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Local news briefs- Sept. 22

Citizen of the Year nominations sought

Brainerd Community Action is accepting nominations for the 38th annual Citizen of the Year 2011 award.

This is an opportunity to recognize someone who has served volunteer time for the betterment of the Brainerd lakes area. Letters of nomination may include the nominee’s occupation, impact of the nominee’s contributions to the lakes area and letters of support from organizations that have benefited from their services.

The award criteria include the following: The award to be given to a living person, the nominee volunteered services that are above and beyond normal employment or business pursuits, the services performed contributed to the welfare of the community and the services were performed for an extended period of time.

The selection committee will consist of past citizens of the year, Brainerd Lakes Chambers representative, Crow Wing County volunteer coordinator, representatives from a financial institution, clergy, business owners, labor, Community Action board members and the executive director of Brainerd Community Action.

A Distinguished Services Awards banquet will be held later in the year, hosted by the Brainerd Jaycees, Brainerd Dispatch and Brainerd Community Action.

Submit your letters of nomination for Citizen of the Year or for any of the other categories to Brainerd Community Action, 213 South Fifth Street, Brainerd, MN 56401. Call 829-5278 for more information.

Nominations should be sent by Oct. 25.

Invest in Kids breakfast planned for Oct. 6

The Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center will have its ninth annual Alex & Brandon Invest in Kids breakfast at 7 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Black Bear Lodge and Saloon.

The cost of an individual ticket is $56 which is the cost of one hour of supervised visitation. An Underwriter ticket at $100 will buy two breakfasts and get recognition at the event and in the program. A Patron ticket at $200 will buy four breakfasts as well as recognition at the event and in the program. A Benefactor ticket for $400 will buy six breakfasts, recognition at the event and in the program and a special keepsake. For the Down Right Saintly ticket, this is any contribution more than $400, which will buy eight breakfasts, all of the aforementioned recognitions, a keepsake and undying gratitude.

For tickets or more information, call Angie at 828-1306.

Public comment sought on rec trails plan

Crow Wing County is soliciting additional public comments on the draft Comprehensive Trails Plan, which has been developed during the past two years through an extensive public planning process.

Written comments on the draft plan will be accepted by the Land Services Department during a 30-day period between Sept. 26 and Oct. 25.

The plan may be accessed through the county website: Copies of the plan also are available from the Land Services Department in Brainerd during business hours or by contacting the office at 824-1115.

Comments may be emailed to: (the county asks participants to include “Comp Trails Plan” in the subject line.), or mailed/faxed to: Crow Wing County Land Services Department, Attn: Comp Trails Plan, Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St. Suite 12, Brainerd, MN 56401 or fax to (218) 824-1070.

The Comprehensive Recreation Trails Plan focuses on the recreation trails and facilities under the direct management of the County. The document reports the outcomes of the plan development process and focuses on near-term priorities for addressing trail management opportunities on these lands.

Components of the plan include establishing a trail proposal and planning process, activities for trail monitoring and enforcement, evaluation criteria for trail review, and strategies for improved trail linkages. 

“The Comprehensive Recreation Trails Plan aims to ensure that Crow Wing County is able to meet and manage recreation opportunities while maintaining the other forest benefits and services that residents and visitors value,” Crow Wing County Land Services Supervisor Kirk Titus said in a news release.

Following the public comment period, the plan will be revised in response to comments and prepared for review by the county board. The goal is to finalize the plan before the end of the year.

The County manages 103,000 acres of forest land for timber production and diverse recreational opportunities for multiple users. The sale of timber at public auctions during the year funds the county’s management of these lands, while providing revenues to local communities. County forest lands are managed to strict environmental standards established by both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council certification standards.

Lakewood to hold Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Ceremony

STAPLES — October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Each year, approximately one million pregnancies in the U.S. end in miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of the newborn child. Lakewood Health System hosts a special ceremony to acknowledge these painful losses and provide comfort to families each year.

Those who have been touched by a pregnancy or infant loss are invited to a ceremony of dedication and remembrance on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. on the patio level of Lakewood’s Main Campus just east of Staples.

The nondenominational ceremony will include poems, a time for reflection and a special candle light and water service at the Serenity Sanctuary fountain. Those attending will receive a special token of remembrance.

Whether your loss is recent or was experienced in the past, all parents, family and friends are invited to attend. For more information contact Nola Varilek at 894-8586.

Brainerd Lakes Optimist Club to meet

There will be an informational meeting and lunch for the Brainerd Lakes Optimist Club at noon Wednesday at the Sawmill Inn in downtown Brainerd. Plan on attending the meeting to learn how an Optimist Club can serve area youths.

The official charter meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sawmill Inn.

The purpose of an Optimist Club is to develop optimism as a philosophy of life using the tenets of the Optimist creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youths in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.