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Guard rail repairs planned north of Mill Avenue Bridge

There will be repairs to the guard rail on the east side of County Highway 3, just north of the Mill Avenue Bridge, the Crow Wintg County Highway reported.

The work is planned to begin Thursday and may extend through Friday. The work will involved temporary lane closures during the daylight hours while work is in progress.

The highway department advised motorists to expect delays or use alternate routes during this time.

For more information, contact the Crow Wing County Highway Department at 824-1110.

Breezy Point Ice Fest’s snowmobile runs canceled

BREEZY POINT — The snowmobile radar runs have been canceled Saturday as part of Ice Fest in Breezy Point due to lack of sufficient ice for this event.

All other Breezy Point Ice Fest events will go on as planned.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department’s event permit required 15 inches of good ice to support the radar runs because of the vehicle traffic on the ice associated with this event. There are 11 inches of ice.

Ice Fest in Breezy Point is Jan. 6-7, 2012, on Pelican Lake in Breezy Point.

Saturday events will include hot air balloon rides, world championship ice auger contest, horse-drawn trolley rides, pond hockey tournament, arts and crafts fair, Ugly Sweater contest, tubing, daily bonfires, fireworks, food and beverage tents, live entertainment at Breezy Point restaurants, children’s activities, dogsled rides, snow golf, ice slide, and more!

Specials are available at participating Breezy Point businesses for those wearing an Ice Fest Blinkie Button, which are available at a cost of $5 at area businesses, Breezy Point City Hall and the Brainerd Lakes Chamber office in Pequot Lakes.

Look for a complete schedule of events and a list of Ice Fest Blinkie Button specials at

Bee Nay She Council Bird Club to meet

The Bee Nay She Council Bird Club will have its January meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

The program “Gotcha My Fine Feathered Friend” will be presented by bird banding expert Mike North of the Pillager area. North recently recaptured a black-capped chickadee that he had first banded nine years ago when the bird was estimated to be 2 years old, making the bird the oldest known chickadee at 11 years old.

North will show how he captures and bands birds plus discuss the importance of reporting banded birds for ongoing bird conservation. He is also educating youngsters about the science of bird banding. Warren Nelson will present his monthly program on bird identification. Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jo Blanich at (218) 546-5939.

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