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Minnesota National Guard earns two awards

CAMP RIPLEY — The Army National Guard recently announced the 2011 Environmental Security Award recipients and the Minnesota Army National Guard is among the winners. Minnesota received first place in the category of environmental quality and second place in the category of natural resources conservation, according to a memorandum from Army Col. Michael J. Bennett, chief, environmental programs division.

Categories for the competition include cultural resources management, installation; natural resources conservation, installation and team/individual; environmental quality, installation and team/individual; and sustainability/pollution prevention.

The Army National Guard annually submits accomplishments in the hopes of being awarded one of the awards. Winners go on to participate and represent the Army National Guard in the 2011 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards, competing against all other Army installations, including active duty and reserve locations.

Each award distinguishes the state’s environmental program apart from all others and clearly depicts successes and dedication to the Army National Guard Environmental Program. In Minnesota, the award reflects the dedication and team effort from both the facilities management office and Camp Ripley environmental staff members.

Multi agency rescue training scheduled

CASS LAKE — A multi agency emergency rescue exercise will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 on the ice and in the waters of Cass Lake.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Cass Lake Fire Department are sponsoring the 11th annual training exercise.

Last year 37 agencies participated with more than 100 participants involved in the exercise. The goal is to bring area agencies together to work with equipment, view new purchases of equipment and develop a good working relationship should an emergency arise in a departments area. Several exercises will take place including dive scenarios, ice rescue training and a Cold Water Rescue Technician certification class.

Responding to any emergency situation, the responders need to know what is available to assist them in saving lives. This exercise allows a building of department relationships and the sharing of resources in a real life rescue to save lives.

The first group briefing will take place just after 8 a.m. at the access of Cass Lake, near the rest area on Highway, 2 just east of Cass Lake.

Special collectible book sale anounced

LITTLE FALLS — The Friends of the Little Falls Carnegie Library have announced a special “Better Books and Collectibles” sale to be conducted on Jan. 27 and 28. This will be a sale of only hardcover and collectible books, along with vintage records and classical music.

“We received a wonderful and generous donation this fall from the estate of John and Audrey Hohncke,” said Margaret Kaiser, president of Friends of the Library. “They were symphony supporters, avid readers, and collectors of books. The donation includes books of all kinds, including many Heritage Press books and antique volumes of classic literature.”

Items will be priced from $1 and up, depending on their value. The sale will be January 27 from noon to 6 p.m. and Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Little Falls Library, 108 Third St NE.

For more information contact: LuAnn Jarvis at (320) 632-1942

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