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Local news briefs - Oct. 28

Good Samaritan seeks participants for senior health research

The Good Samaritan Society – Nisswa Home Care is seeking participants for research evaluating how technology can help seniors live longer and more independently in their homes.

If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, please plan to attend one of two informational sessions on Monday, Nov. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Good Samaritan Society – Bethany in Brainerd. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Reserve your seat by calling Hannah at (218)963-9452.

Farm Service Agency offers marketing assistance loans

Low interest, nine month loans on 2011 grain crops are now available at Farm Service Agency offices. Marketing assistance loans provide producers interim financing to meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows. This also allows producers to store production at harvest facilities and more orderly market their commodities throughout the year.

The deadline to request marketing assistance loans on small grains; including oats, wheat, and barley, is March 31. The deadline for corn, soybeans, and sunflowers is May 31.

Brainerd library has new microfilm reader-scanner

The Brainerd Public Library has a new microfilm reader-scanner that can be used by genealogists, historians and even football boosters looking at old game scores. The new digital microfilm reader/scanner can print from the microfilm newspaper articles and scan the image so that it can be digitally saved as a PDF or image. With this new ability people can send family members important genealogy history as an email attachment.

The all-digital machine offers an intuitive Windows desktop application look and the convenience of viewing enhanced digital live images on a PC screen before scan, capture, and output. It combines industry-standard motorized roll film carriers with a small camera design and new technology.

The library has microfilm of Brainerd newspapers dating back to 1883. Copies are 25 cents per page.

For more information, contact the library at 829-5574.