ONAMIA -- A regional essay contest called "See Mille Lacs in 2020" is giving residents a simple way to get involved in shaping the Mille Lacs Lake area's future by submitting short essays about how they envision the area in 2020.
"This is an exciting time to watch the Mille Lacs area evolve with new businesses, tourism and a growing population," said Melanie Benjamin, Mille Lacs Band chief executive. "'See Mille Lacs in 2020' gives people from all walks of life the opportunity to get involved on a personal level and describe their visions for this area. We all need to have a say in this."
Entrants' essays are due Dec. 31 and must be no more than 750 words. They may highlight any of a wide range of issues, including economic development, tourism, the environment, community relations, housing, health care, education, public safety, transportation and infrastructure.
The contest is open to people who live or work in the Mille Lacs area. Cash prizes will be awarded to the people who submit the top three entries. The prizes will be $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.
The judges for "See Mille Lacs in 2020" represent a wide variety of areas of expertise and interest, including people from local schools, businesses, tourism, community groups and the Mille Lacs Band. Judging will take place in January, with winners announced in February.
Contestants may send their entries by mail to See Mille Lacs in 2020 Contest, Attn: Sara Jayne Treiber, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Corporate Commission, P.O. Box 343, 777 Grand Ave., Onamia, MN, 56359; by fax to (320) 532-8896; or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.millelacsojibwe.org or call Treiber at (320) 532-8814.
Knowles, Marshall share winning ticket in $10,000 Nisswa raffle
NISSWA -- Dick Knowles and Bill Marshall won $5,000 each as they shared the $10,000 winning ticket in a Nisswa Chamber of Commerce raffle.
They may take a trip to Hawaii together with their wives, Nancy Knowles and Evie Marshall, with their winnings, they said.
The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce raffle drawing was held Nov. 16 at the Nisswa at Night networking event hosted by Glacial Waters Spa at Grand View Lodge. The winning ticket was drawn by spa director Lisa Keplinger. In addition to the $10,000 winner, 20 names were drawn and awarded $100 each.
Knowles, first vice commander of the Nisswa American Legion, had agreed with the Marshalls before buying their raffle tickets to share the winnings if either name was drawn. Marshall is a member of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce board of directors and assistant gambling manager and trustee of the Nisswa American Legion. Both Knowles and Marshall live in Nisswa.
Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce and Nisswa Community Services.
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