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West Point information session scheduled at Backus Legion May 4

BACKUS — Students, educators, parents and any members of the public who are interested in education and military service opportunities offered by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., are invited to attend an information session from 6:30-8 p.m. May 4 at the Backus American Legion.

The session is an opportunity to learn about the application process and help students and their families decide whether West Point and a commission in the army might be a good choice for them. The session will also help educators better identify students who might benefit from such an experience. Anyone interested in the session can contact Melinda Thein for information at or (320) 444-1769. Information is also available on West Point’s homepage at or its admissions website at

RSVPs are not required to attend the session but are encouraged for planning considerations. Contact Thein to RSVP or for directions if needed. The Legion is located at 426 Wren Trail NW at Backus near the intersections of Highways 371 and 87 West.

Wadena book sale set May 11-13

WADENA — The Friends Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Wadena Library, will be held May 11-13 at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 60 S. Jefferson. 

Book donations can be made at the church from 2-5 p.m. May 9 and May 10, and 1-3 p.m. on May 11. Encyclopedias more than 10 years old will not be accepted. No magazines will be accepted. 

The book sale at the church will be 5-7 p.m. on May 11, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on May 12 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 13. Unsold books will be sold the highest bidder. 

Volunteers are needed. Contact Doris Veden at (218) 631-4024 to volunteer. The book sale committee is Veden and Marge Leslie, who can be reached at (218) 631-4005.

Minor truck and bus crash

The Brainerd Police Department responded to a truck versus TCC bus accident at 3:38 p.m. Wednesday at the 1400 block of Norwood Street.

No one was injured.

Morrison County to conduct interviews

LITTLE FALLS — The Morrison County Board will meet at 1 p.m. Friday to conduct interviews for the social service director position in the county board room at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls.

Steve Reger is retiring for the position after 30 years.

Crosslake Chautauqua program planned

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake Chautauqua program will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Crosslake Community Center.

Camp Knutson director Rob Larson will share the early history of the camp and trace the growth of its facilities and services over the years. He will discuss the wide range of special needs served by the camp and explain the vast resources needed to address them.

Little Falls High School parent/teacher conferences

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls High School will have its parent/teacher conferences from 3:45-6:45 p.m. April 18 in the high school commons.

Egg hunt planned Sunday

An egg hunt is being planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at The Farm on St. Mathias, located three miles south of Brainerd on Crow Wing County Road 21.

The egg hunt is geared for children age 8 and under and begins at 12:30 p.m. Cost of the event is $3 per child or $5 for a family.

There also will be an opportunity for children to have spring pictures taken with live bunnies. Prints will be available to order. Other activities and prizes also are being planned.

Children also will have the chance to see the farm’s llamas, chickens, kittens and bunnies.

Annual City and Township Forum to be in Nisswa

NISSWA — The 18th annual City & Township Forum is planned at 6:30 p.m. April 13 at the Nisswa American Legion. 

Each year, the forum is hosted by Anderson Brothers of Brainerd for elected officials, public works employees, developers and interested members of the public. 

The forum focuses on topics pertaining to public infrastructure. 

Presenters include Crow Wing County Highway Engineer Tim Bray, Jeff Ledin of Short Elliott Hendrickson Engineering and Darrick Nystrom of Brock White Industries. 

The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. To RSVP, call 829-1768 or email

Gardening for Birds  and Butterflies April 18

CROSSLAKE — Attracting lots of butterflies and birds to your garden can easily be your reward for thoughtful landscaping. This information will help you understand the behaviors and the natural preferences of these creatures so you can successfully plan and plant an attractive “pollinator friendly.” 

JoAnn Weaver, Crow Wing County master gardener, will share her vegetable gardening knowledge at 7 p.m. April 18 at Birch Hill Inne Bed & Breakfast, 38606 County Road 66, Crosslake.

This is the first in a series of five Crosslake in Bloom seminars. Cost to participate is $8 in advance, $10 at the door or $35 when registering for all five Crosslake in Bloom seminars. For more information and to register, contact the Crosslake office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber (218) 692-4027 or