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News Briefs - March 7

CLC offers online biofuels course

Central Lakes College (CLC) is offering an introduction to biofuels production and processing as an online course this spring. The deadline for registration is March 12.

“FBMT 2229” is a special topics course focused on the rising interest for on-farm fuel production using non-food crops such as camelina. Camelina is an oil-seed crop that is 38 percent oil and has shown excellent drought tolerance on soils with low water holding capacity.

This course is designed to provide crop management, the economics related to cost of production and the on-farm potential for processing the oil-seed crop on the farm.

The course is a joint effort of the Central Lakes College Agricultural and Energy Center and the Farm Business Management program at CLC. It is intended to provide basic principles to assist in researching new crop opportunities, incorporating the crop into a normal rotation, and basic economics to those interested from various perspectives. – sustainable production, renewable energy, alternative energy, biofuel, biodiesel, bioenergy, or on-farm processing.

For information and registration, contact Cindy Hase at (218) 894-5161.

Summer conservation apprentice opportunity

A summer apprenticeship position for a young adult, ages 18-25, is available at the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) through Conservation Corps Minnesota.

Apprentices spend their summer working alongside natural resource professionals and will serve as AmeriCorps members, receiving a monthly living stipend and an education award of $1,468 to use towards qualifying education and student loan expenses. The member will serve from May 21 through August 17.

Applications are required and available online at The application deadline is March 23.

Crosby family assisted by Red Cross

CROSBY — The American Red Cross is assisting a Crosby family following a fire Saturday that destroyed their home and business, Up North Bistro.

North Star Chapter Disaster Action Team volunteer Terry Sluss said in an email release that he arrived at the scene to find two people unhurt, although in an ambulance. Several pets also were rescued.

“I arrived on the scene between 7:30-7:45 a.m. and was directed by police to the ambulance,” Sluss said in the release. “The fire was still being actively fought by multiple fire departments”

The home sustained major damage. The Red Cross has provided emergency shelter for the couple for three nights, along with food and clothing.

Red Cross disaster relief includes emergency lodging, food, clothing, medicine and medical supplies, health services and mental health counseling. Relief is typically provided in the form of vouchers for use in local businesses, designed to encourage clients to participate in their own recovery and support local economic growth.

The American Red Cross reminds residents that installing a smoke alarm inside bedrooms, outside sleeping areas and on every level of their homes is a simple and inexpensive way to prepare for emergencies, said Lynn Arlt, chapter community coordinator, in the news release.

“People should also create a plan of escape in case they need to leave at a moment’s notice, because during a fire every second counts and being prepared can greatly reduce the effects of these devastating disasters,” she said.

The North Star Chapter of the American Red Cross is headquartered in Bemidji and responds to about 40 local emergencies each year in a 10,000-square-mile jurisdiction. The chapter is accepting donations now. Donations are accepted and can be mailed to the North Star Chapter at 1900 Division St. W. Unit 1, Bemidji, MN 56601. More information about how to help is available at (218) 444-9490 or by visiting

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