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Former Colorado lieutenant governor to speak at CLC

Central Lakes College will host The Dream Alive Program from 10-11:30 a.m., Feb.7, at the Central Lakes College Brainerd Gymnasium. Sponsored by the CLC Diversity Council and Minnesota Department of Human Rights and presented by Joe Rogers (former lieutenant governor of Colorado), the program is a a dedication to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the leaders of the civil rights movement. To reserve a spot, email or call (218) 855-8260.

Donkey Basketball Show set Monday

The Dailyland Donkey Ball will present a donkey basketball show at 7 p.m. Monday in the gymnasium at the Washington Educational Services Building.

Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Advance tickets are available through Brainerd FFA at the South Campus by calling 454-5253.

There will be two games played during the event. The Brainerd FFA will take on the Brainerd High School teachers and the second game the Brainerd FFA alumni will take on the BHS Homecoming Court and athletes.

Hatch joins Wednesday’s Rosenmeier forum on redistricting

Former Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch has been added to a Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government panel that will discuss redistricting and reapportionment on Wednesday.

The forum is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Hatch served two terms as attorney general after elections in 1998 and 2002. He finished a close second to Tim Pawlenty in the race for governor in 2006.

Other panelists will be: Peter S. Wattson, a veteran Minnesota Senate legal counsel and former general counsel to Gov. Mark Dayton; Rep. Sarah Anderson, chair of the House Committee on Redistricting; and Gregg Peppin, former legislative analyst on the 2001 legislative redistricting legislation.

Grants available to protect forests, trees

The Minnesota DNR is now accepting project proposals to diversify community forests using Community Forest Bonding grants for 2012-2014. Rep. John Ward, DFL – Brainerd, is encouraging area cities, counties and townships to submit applications. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.

Grants will be made for the planting of native Minnesota shade trees on public land to: replace trees lost to forest pests, disease and storms; establish a more diverse and resilient community forest; and remove and replace ash trees in communities with a known emerald ash borer infestation within their boundaries or that have public lands within a one-mile radius of state-designated “known EAB infested areas.”

“According to a recent DNR survey, nearly every city in Minnesota has an overabundance of maple and ash,” said Ward. “We should take this opportunity to diversify our trees, and protect our beautiful forests and area from devastation by pests and disease. I strongly encourage cities and counties in our area to apply.”

Grant projects will be financed using state general obligation bond dollars, authorized by the 2010 Minnesota Legislature. This appropriation provides $3 million for a four-year period ending in June, 2014. The use of these funds is specifically restricted to activities of a capital nature and must be conducted on publicly owned land.

For more information, contact Ken Holman at (651) 259-5269 or

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