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Local news briefs — Mar. 31

Walk in school immunization clinic planned

Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division (Public Health) will be offering a Walk In School Immunization Clinic from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division (Public Health) office, 204 Laurel Street, Suite 12, Brainerd.

This clinic is for sixth to 12th graders in need of vaccinations. Immunizations offered are: Tdap, HPV (Gardasil), Meningitis, MMR, and Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A and Varicella (chicken pox).

Shots are $5 each; however, no one is denied access due to inability to pay. Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care is also accepted as payment so bring your cards. If your private health insurance pays for vaccinations, you must be seen by your home medical clinic and should not attend this clinic.

A parent or legal guardian and a complete shot record are required to accompany the student or shots may not be given.

If your child has a special medical problem and cannot be vaccinated or if you as a parent are conscientiously opposed to immunizations, you may receive a legal exemption. Please contact the school nurse.

For more information, call Margie Young at Crow Wing County Public Health at 824-1098 or toll free at (888) 724-1080, ext. 1098.

Brainerd Planning Commission to meet

The special workshop of the Brainerd Planning Commission will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the city of Brainerd’s conference room to discuss the proposed zoning map.

Ward details changes to state farm grants, encourages applicants

Rep. John Ward, DFL- Brainerd, has encouraged constituents and area businesses to apply for “Community Connect” grants being offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and urged local farmers to take advantage of recent changes to the Value-Added Producer Grant Program.

The USDA is currently accepting applications for the “Community Connect” grant program through May 3. Application information can be obtained by visiting the “Community Connect” website at Any project applying must have matching contributions, serve a rural area where broadband service does not exist, provide services to critical communities free of charge for two years, and offer basic service to all in the proposed service area. Funds may be used to construct, acquire or lease facilities to deploy broadband to residents, businesses and essential community facilities such as police and fire stations, libraries, schools, and health care clinics.

Additionally, recent changes to the Value-Added Producer Grant Program will provide opportunities to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers. The changes will also assist independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and will support local and regional supply networks.

These changes take effect on March 25. Those interested in applying should contact Thomas Leach at 829-5965, extension 150; or at

Crosslake Council to meet Thursday 

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake City Council planned to meet at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Crosslake City Hall.  

The purpose of the meeting includes a comprehensive review and discussion of zoning issues on the Planning and Zoning Department work plan listing. The committee will review outstanding issues for purposes of submitting recommendations for action to the city council. The public is welcome to attend.  

 The meeting may include a quorum (three or more members) of the Crosslake City Council and/or any of its advisory commissions to observe and participate in the proceedings. There will be no agenda or any official actions taken by the advisory commissions that may be in attendance.