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Kinship Partners announces results of mentor drive

Clean area energy projects receive funding

Two area energy projects have received funding upwards of $5,000 as part of a renewable energy education.

Granted $2,500, the Northland Arboretum Solar Energy Conservation Project in Brainerd is a display that will create an interactive exhibit in the lobby of the arboretum’s Visitor Center designed to educate viewers about the value of energy conservation. Receiving $5,000, the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance’s Solar Thermal for Mobile Homes Project in Pine River aims to bring energy efficient and cost saving solar air heat to mobile homes in Minnesota. This project will allow RREAL to secure a structural engineering stamp for the integration of SAH on a typical mobile home structure and thereby allow this valuable service to be extended to mobile homes across the state.

Crow Wing Youth Rally on Feb. 25

The Youth Wellness Initiative of Crow Wing County will hold the First Annual Crow Wing Youth Rally from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Central Lakes College. There is no fee to attend and refreshments and activities will be provided.

Crow Wing ninth through twelfth graders will help plan and lead the event that will highlight the strengths and challenges facing youth in Crow Wing County.

Gardening classes to be held

Brainerd Community Education will be offering four gardening classes from 6:30-8 p.m. in March at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.

The classes, taught by University of Minnesota Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners, are:  “Introduction to Rain Gardens,” to be held March 1; “Edible Landscaping,” March 8; “Home Composting: Indoors and Out,” March 22; and “Planning and Planting a Productive Vegetable Garden,” March 29.  

Cost of each class is $10. To register call Brainerd Community Education at 454-6924 or online at

For more information about the classes contact Jackie Froemming, extension educator, at 824-1068 or at

Kinship Partners gains 36 mentors

Kinship Partners reported 36 people filled out application forms to become mentors during its recent drive with National Mentoring Month in January.

Every child deserves a responsible and concerned adult who will provide guidance and support, help set and accomplish goals and act as a positive role model, David Downing, Kinship Partners executive director reported in a news release.

Even when these 36 new mentors are matched with a child, Kinship Partners will still have 21 kids waiting for a mentor — 15 in Brainerd, four in the Pequot Lakes/Pine River area and two in Crosby. In addition to individuals, couples or families may mentor a child together. Many Kinship relationships involve the entire family, Kinship reported. Most get-togethers between the Kinship children and the Kinship volunteers involve everyday activities like making dinner together, sharing in personal hobbies, attending school activities and more.

“Mentors are ordinary people, doing ordinary things with extraordinary results,” Kinship reported. “All it takes is an hour or two a week to make a difference in the life of a child.”

For more information about Kinship Partners call 829-4606 or (877) 730-5437, email, go online to or stop by Kinship offices in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes and Crosby.

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