The city of Brainerd is asking all businesses, rental property owners and owner-occupied homeowners to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice this winter.
The Brainerd Police Department has received calls from many pedestrians who are having a difficult time walking and sometimes have to resort to walking in the street.
Brainerd city code requires that snow and ice be removed within 24 hours after a snowfall.
If the sidewalks are not cleared after the 24-hour period, the owner of the property adjacent to the sidewalk will receive a letter. That property owner then will have two days to clear the sidewalk. If the sidewalks are not cleared, the city will clear the sidewalk and bill the business or property owner.
If you know people in your neighborhood who are unable to shovel their walk, consider helping them. For more information, call Crime Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Harris at 829-2805.
To look up city codes, go to the city's Web site at www.ci.brainerd.mn.us.
BHS bands to perform holiday concert Tuesday
The Brainerd High School Instrumental Music Program will present its holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Educational Services Building, Brainerd.
The Concert Band, BHS Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The Concert Band will present "C'est Noel!" by Andre Jutras; "Fantasy On a Bell Carol" by Edward Madden; "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" arranged by James Swearingen; and "I Saw Three Ships" arranged by Jeffrey Taylor.
The BHS Jazz Ensemble will perform a jazz version of "Super Christmas Jam," arranged by Larry Kerchner; and "Winter Wonderland" arranged by Dave Barduhn.
Symphonic Band will close the concert with "Holiday for Winds" by Glen Osser; "Hymn Variants" by Alfred Reed; "I Wonder as I Wander" by Terry Vosbein; and "Fanfare and Hymn of Brotherhood" by Jay Bocook.
Millions available to help ag producers
Money - $25 million - is available to help ag producers apply conservation practices on land through Minnesota and the program sign-up starts this month in Baxter.
The Environmental Quality Improvement Program sign-up period begins Thursday and runs through Jan. 31. Landowners may go to the Natural Resource Conservation Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Ag Service Center, 7118 Clearwater Road in Baxter, before that to start the planning process.
Producers receive up to 50 percent cost share on projects and limited resource producers can receive up to 90 percent cost sharing.
For more information, contact the NRCS office at 829-3272, ext. 3.
Planning commission to meet Wednesday
The Brainerd Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.
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