Weather permitting, motorists will be switched onto the remaining 5-mile segment of the newly constructed northbound Highway 371 roadway early this week, the Baxter office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.
The remaining segment stretches from the Nokasippi River to the site of the proposed Highway 371 welcome center and rest area in Crow Wing County.
As long as good weather prevails, crews will continue reconstructing the existing southbound lanes. The entire project is slated to be complete in Spring 2004.
For information on weather, road conditions or traffic incidents, travelers can call 511 or log onto the Web site, www.511mn.org.
Prostate cancer expert to speak in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS -- Mark Moyad, a nationally recognized nutrition expert, will lecture on diet and dietary supplements for prostate cancer patients at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Charles D. Martin auditorium at Little Falls High School, 1001 Fifth Ave. in Little Falls.
Moyad, who has a master's degree in public health, is the author of the book, "ABC's of Nutrition and Supplements for Prostate Cancer." Moyad is the director of complementary medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The lecture is sponsored by JAP Pharmaceuticals, St. Gabriel's Hospital and Adult and Pediatric Urology in St. Cloud. For more information, call John Wolfe at Adult and Pediatric Urology at (320) 203-6919.
Doud honored by FFA
Guy Doud of Brainerd was recently nominated by Joel M. Larsen to receive the honorary American FFA degree. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.
Doud will travel to Louisville, Ky., to receive the honor during a presentation at the 2003 National FFA Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 1.
Doud was the 1986 National Teacher of the Year. Since then, he has become a nationally known motivational speaker and author. He served as pastor for a church in Nisswa and has served as a youth counselor. He has been a drama and speech coach. He provides leadership for safer schools to reduce hazing, teasing and bullying.
4-H'ers participate in shooting sports event
Two Crow Wing County 4-H members recently participated in the Minnesota State 4-H Shooting Sports Wildlife Invitational in Rochester.
Tyler Hillman from the Cloverleaf chapter, received a medal for sixth place in the compound archery event scoring 250 in the intermediate division. Jenna Ruzich from the Baxter Sandpipers chapter, competed in the junior division. She placed 18th out of 83 shooters in the 3 position air rifle event and 26th in the standard (standing) air rifle event.
Their other participation included making and presenting a wildlife exhibit. A total of 525 4-H youth from the state participated.
Community Education Advisory Board to meet
The monthly meeting of the Brainerd Community Education Advisory Board will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd School District office.
The public is invited to attend.
Good Samaritan celebrates ground-breaking Monday
The Good Samaritan Communities of Brainerd will be celebrating a ground-breaking ceremony for Samaritan House, a 16-bed/bath "memory care" home to be built on the Woodland Good Samaritan campus.
The public is invited at 1:30 p.m. Monday to the proposed site behind Woodland Good Samaritan Village near the Buffalo Hills Lane and Greenwood Street intersection.
A brief ceremony will be followed by pie and coffee.
Samaritan House will be the first of several specialized homes to be built on the Woodland site. Currently Bethany and Woodland Good Samaritan Villages provide care to more than 450 seniors and people in need for independent living, assisted living, long-term care, sub-acute care and specialized housing for people with memory disorders and Alzheimer's disease.
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