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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

CAREER

Bahma joins Hair and Beyond

Crystal Bahma is working at Hair and Beyond Salon in Brainerd.

Bahma has been in the industry for 11 years, and was recently a cosmetology school educator. Bahma said she keeps up on trends by attending hair shows and advanced education classes.

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Lorenz is employee of the month in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS - The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced its August Employee of the Month is Eunice Lorenz, St. Otto's Care Center.

Lorenz has been a ward clerk for the past 44 years.

"St. Otto's Care Center and the community is fortunate to have Eunice, as part of the community," stated Brian Bernander. "Her dedication over the years illustrates her many

connections and positive interactions, we have had with our residents and families."

Lorenz said St. Otto's Care Center has been like her second home for 44 years and it is an honor and privilege to work with her co-workers and residents.

EVENTS

Little Falls chamber to host Morrison County sheriff candidate forum

LITTLE FALLS - The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber and community members to our Morrison County Sheriff candidate forum from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the pavilion at the Morrison County Fairgrounds.

Invited candidates include: Tom Justin, Shawn Larsen, Dan Rocheleau, and Charles Strack.

Direct questions about these candidate forums to the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 320-632-5155 or by email at dboelz@littlefallsmnchamber.com.

DONATIONS

Bremer Bank meals for Many Campaign donations top $95,000

During the ninth annual Bremer Bank Meals for Many Campaign, the $2-for-$1 donation match up to $35,000, was met and exceeded once again. In total, about $96,000 was raised during the two-week campaign for local Feeding America food banks and local food shelves in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. This total includes an additional $2,100 donated by Bremer as a result of a $1 donation per completion of an online hunger awareness quiz. Bremer's total donation during the nine years of the campaign has reached $1.2 million.

During the campaign, Bremer employees across Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin also raised money by sponsoring bake sales, hosting cook-outs and coordinating food drives.

"We are always so proud to report the donation totals of our annual hunger awareness campaign," said Kim Ellingson, North Central Region CEO for Bremer Bank. "Last year, we surpassed the $1 million mark in total donations over the history of this campaign and we continue to watch that total grow. Our employees understand that hunger impacts all of us, including many neighbors in our own bank communities. Thank you to our employees, clients and communities that participated in this year's campaign."

Operation Round-Up donations distributed

The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $56,280 to local community programs during their third quarter meeting held in July. Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to the following projects: $2,000 to Aadzuhman Shrine Club, Brainerd; $2,380 to The Warehouse, Pine River; $2,000 to Boys and Girls Club, Little Falls; $2,500 to Civil Air Patrol, Crow Wing Composite Squadron, Brainerd; $1,000 to Prevent Child Abuse, Circle of Parents, Pequot Lakes; $1,000 to Oasis Central, Little Falls; $2,000 to True Friends; $800 to Brainerd Area Education Center, Warrior Worker Program; $3,000 to Youth Investment, Timber Bay, Brainerd; $3,000 to Care 'n Share, Emily; $3,000 to Crow Wing County Victim Services, Brainerd; $5,000 to Let's Go Fishing, Brainerd Lakes Chapter; $1,100 to HOWA Family Resource Center; $1,000 to New Pathways, Brainerd; $3,000 to Personal Ponies Organization, Pequot Lakes; $5,000 to New 2 You Thrift Store, Little Falls; $11,000 to Pine River-Backus Family Center (one time Impact Grant); $2,500 to Junior Achievement, Brainerd; $2,500 to Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen, Brainerd; and $2,500 to Private Cooperative Member Crisis Medical Support.

Operation Round-Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly. Since the program's inception in late 1996, Operation Round-Up has donated more than $2,620,000 to community projects and programs in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties.

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Oct. 30. Grant forms may be obtained by calling Crow Wing Power at 829-2827 or 800-648-9401 or at www.cwpower.com. The deadline for grant applications is Oct. 10.

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