John Borden, Crow Wing County Farmers Union president, and Laureen Borden, delegate, attended the 2004 Minnesota Farmers Union state convention Nov. 21 in Minneapolis.
Delegates to the convention pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect the nation's soybean crop from Asian rust and supported mandatory country-of-orgin labeling.
U of M-Morris representative to visit Brainerd High school Monday
A representative from the University of Minnesota-Morris will visit Brainerd High School at 1:45 p.m. Monday to talk with students about UMM.
High school students in the top 5 percent, 10 percent and 20 percent of their graduating classes are eligible for an automatic, four-year renewable scholarship at UMM.
For more information, look on the Web at www.mrs.umn.edu.
Region 5 board to meet Dec. 9
The Region 5 Commission board of directors meeting will be 6 p.m. Dec. 9, and the regular commission meeting will be 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Region 5 office in Staples.
Coalition for peace to host fund-raiser dinner Friday at senior center
The Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace will host a spaghetti dinner featuring singer/songwriter/political satirist Dave Lippman as George Shrub, singing CIA agent, Friday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.
Dinner, including bread, salad and dessert, will be served 6 to 7 p.m. with entertainment beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The event is a fund-raiser for the Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace billboard fund. Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $4 for students and children.
Lakes area volunteers gain recognition
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has recognized area volunteers for their efforts to help the agency keep track of water quality.
Gregg Struss, Bob Espenson and Mary Kay Larson, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Gull Lake Recreation Area, were presented with volunteer appreciation awards for long-term service in the MPCA's Citizen Lake Monitoring Program.
The volunteers have been taking clarity readings on Gull Lake in Cass County for 15 years. Volunteers track their data through open water months and submit them annually to the MPCA.
Others recognized in Cass County for 15 years of monitoring included Fred Hauenstein, Gull, Margaret and upper Gull lakes; David Trampe, Hunter Lake; Robert Duncan, Trillium Lake; and Carolyn Dindorf, Blackwater Lake.
John and Barbara Monson were recognized for 20 years of monitoring on Five Point Lake. Ralph Arens, Long Lake, and Diane Hipsher, Cooper Lake, were cited for 10 years of monitoring.
Those monitoring for five years included Jack Gustafson, Portage Lake; Lea Johnstone, Horseshoe Lake; Timothy Moore, Lost Lake; Scott Sleight, Blackwater Lake; and Don Wengler, Sanborn Lake.
Jennifer Klang, program coordinator, said volunteers help the agency track long-term trends in water quality.
For more information on the program, contact the MPCA at (800) 657-3864 or go online to www.pca.state.mn.us/water/clmp.html.
Shrine Club annual meeting set
The Brainerd Shrine Club will have its annual meeting and election of officers with camel's milk at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Friday at the Shrine Club. Bring a guest and wear your fez. For reservations, call 829-6283.
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