The Thirty Lakes Watershed District launched its cost-share program Wednesday on the shore of the Merrifield bay on North Long Lake.
"Most of us think of planting only in the springtime, but the experts say that native seeds do better after they spend the winter in the soil," Thirty Lakes Watershed office manager Tasha Lauer said in a news release. "So that's what was done for this shoreline restoration."
Lauer said after preparing the soil, native grass and flower seeds were planted and covered with an erosion control blanket. To supplement the other vegetation, shrubs were planted.
The program offered by Thirty Lakes shares the cost of a shoreline restoration project with the property owner. Native vegetation serves an important function in filtering storm water runoff and removing undesired chemicals, including phosphorus, before it enters the lake. The roots go down far deeper than grass, which also stabilizes the soil.
Residents of the Thirty Lakes Watershed District can apply for cost share funding by calling 828-0243 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Build Smart Web site offers information on conservation design
The MN Build Smart Web site was designed for three audiences: Local units of government, consumers, developers and builders in an effort to increase knowledge of conservation design. The Web site offers a variety of resources and information on conservation design as well as information for cities and townships on how to implement sustainable design and building into their ordinances.
In April, Region Five Development Commission hosted a Build Smart Summit. The summit combined more than 40 exhibitors with nationally recognized lecturers who gave presentations on why conservation development is needed, why it benefits communities and how local units of government can implement conservation design strategies.
For more information on MN Build Smart or to order DVDs from the summit, view the Web site at www.mnbuildsmart.org or www.regionfive.org or contact Cheryal Lee Hills at Region Five Development Commission at (218) 894-3233.
Ward: Medicare Part D election period begins on Nov. 15
State Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, wants to remind people the fourth annual election period for Medicare Advantage and Part D begins Nov. 15 and ends on Dec. 31. During that time, all people with Medicare can change their health plan or prescription drug coverage, with the new coverage becoming effective on Jan. 1.
Beneficiaries may opt to receive this help by calling (800) MEDICARE or the Minnesota SHIP program at (800) 333-2433 to schedule a possible appointment. Questions may be addressed to Ward at (651) 296-4333 or email@example.com.
Nisswa Lions elect new officers
NISSWA - The Nisswa Lions elected their new officers in July at the Yacht Club. They include Ted Schaefer (president); Janet Bernstrom, first vice president; Dell Draves, second vice president; Mike Rempe, third vice president; Ted Dullum, secretary; Bob Bernstrom, Lion tamer; Bruce Gateley, tail twister; Jim Dullum, membership; John Weizenegger, treasurer; Keith Both, gambling director; Jim Starkey, director; Dave Loch, director; Duane Blanck, director; and Steve Johnson, director.
Veterans' Day program planned
Brainerd High School will host its Veterans' Day program at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 11 in the high school gymnasium with Brainerd High School graduate Mark Ness, retired brigadier general in the Minnesota Air National Guard, as the guest speaker. Veterans and the general public are invited to attend.
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