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All-expense trip paid for youths on Washington Tour

55+ driver improvement program offered

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7-8 (8 hour first time course), Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15 (4 hour refresher), Emily United Methodist Church, Emily; from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 (8 hour first time course), Walker Area Community Center, Walker; and from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 16 (4 hour refresher), Crosby-Ironton Senior High/Com. Ed., Crosby.

The driver improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is requested. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. The fee for the four hour refresher course is $20 and the eight hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit our website at or call toll free (888) 234-1294. Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.

Freshwater Education District Science Fair

BERTHA- The Freshwater Education District will be sponsoring an elementary science fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb.16 at the Bertha Community Center. The science fair will involve students in fourth through sixth grade from the Freshwater Education District: Bertha-Hewitt, Browerville, Eagle Valley, Hening, Motley, Pillager, Staples and Verndale.

Get Organized seminar in Brainerd Feb. 1-2

Deniece Schofield, author of five books on home management and organization will be in the Brainerd area to share how to be better organized.

Appearing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. through noon Thursday at the Comfort Suites, 7376 Woida Road, Brainerd, the seminars will cost $20 at the door and will include free handouts.

At the seminars­-which are both the same- Schofield will share:

• Hundreds of no nag ways to have a neat house, happy kids and calm parents.

• How to eliminate all scraps of floating paper.

• How to calendar and schedule your time.

• Household hints and ideas for more efficient use of your space and time.

No reservations are required. For more information call (800) 835-8463 or visit

Morrison County Board to meet

LITTLE FALLS — The Morrison County Board will meet at 11 a.m. Monday for a planning meeting in the County Board Room in the Government Center in Little Falls.

Perpich Arts application deadline Feb. 1

Applications will be accepted for the Perpich Arts High School located in Golden Valley, Minn., until Feb. 1, for students throughout Minnesota entering 11th and 12th grades in fall 2012. Information and applications are available online at or by calling (800)657-3515. Perpich is a tuition-free public high school.

Students at Perpich take academic courses along with a concentration in music, visual arts, dance, media arts, theater, literary arts or integrated arts.

Perpich is a state agency that serves all school districts in Minnesota. Created in 1989 by the legislature, the agency seeks to advance K-12 education throughout Minnesota by teaching in and through the arts.

Police and Fire Civil Service will meet

The City of Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission will hold their annual reorganizational meeting at 2 p.m. Feb. 6, in the Brainerd City Hall conference room.

Washington youth tour offers paid trip

Crow Wing Power is offering students from 10 area high schools in Crow Wing, Cass and Morrison counties an opportunity to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. scheduled for June 16-21. The contest is available to all high school juniors regardless who they receive electric service from.

Three high school juniors will be selected to spend six days with hundreds of other students from all over the country. They will learn about government and see the sites of Washington, D.C.

High school juniors wishing to enter the contest need to simply write a short essay describing a New Energy Technology Idea, or a Futuristic Energy Thought. Contest forms may be obtained from area high school counselors or by contacting Crow Wing Power at (800) 648-9401 or at Deadline is Feb. 17.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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