Youth As Resources has grant funds available for youth-led projects that benefit the community.
For more information or a grant application, call Brainerd Community Action at 829-5278.
Recent projects funded by the Youth As Resources Board include the Comfort Blankets Project, The Fish out of Water at the Northland Arboretum, Beading to Achieve and the Gregory Park picnic.
Federal disaster aid approved for counties
Last week, federal disaster aid was made available to help people and communities in Minnesota to recover from losses caused by winter kill, resulting from severe cold, excessive moisture and lack of snow cover that took place Nov. 1, 2004, to April 30, 2005, Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., announced.
Morrison and Mille Lacs counties were among those given the natural disaster designation. Others were Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec and Pine counties.
In addition, Crow Wing and Aitkin counties were among those named as contiguous disaster counties.
Brainerd teacher honored
A teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Brainerd was named a regional honoree in the WEM Foundation's 2005 Outstanding Educators Awards program.
Elizabeth Swenson, the Lincoln teacher, is being honored in the Teacher Achievement category, which recognizes teachers who support, inspire and assist students to achieve despite barriers to learning.
Swenson is a literacy specialist for the Brainerd School District and she has 20 years of teaching experience. She was cited for her work to develop individualized and different learning plans and instruction for at-risk students at all grade levels. Swenson also was cited for assisting a group of students to read above grade level on state tests and for leading the school's change in a literacy program that produced school-wide improvements in reading ability. The program changed to a full inclusive model for teaching and cut special education numbers in half.
Billie Elavsky, a teacher and coach at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School, also was honored with an award in the Academic Coach of the Year category.
Wadena hospital to receive funds
WADENA -- The Tri-County Hospital and Fair Oaks Lodge, both in Wadena, will receive funds Tuesday from USDA Rural Development.
Steve Wenzel, USDA state director, will present a $3.5 million check to Tri-County Hospital for the hospital's ongoing renovation and expansion project.
Fair Oaks Lodge will receive $4.7 million for purchase of the nursing home and for working capital.
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