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2012 Average Crop Revenue Election and Direct Counter-cyclical Program sign up continues to June 1

USDA Crow Wing-Cass Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Trisha McMonagle reminded producers enrollment for Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) runs through June 1. Producers should contact the county office to set up appointments. Annual contracts are required to be signed to receive program benefits. All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP and ACRE payments are required by June 1, 2012.

For more information about DCP and ACRE programs or other FSA programs, contact the local Crow Wing-Cass County USDA- FSA at 7118 Clearwater Road in Baxter, phone (218)829-5965, or at the Aitkin-Itasca County USDA-FSA at 130 Southgate Drive in Aitkin, phone (218)927-2912.

For more information on DCP or ACRE, contact a nearby FSA county office or visit the FSA website at

Morrison County planning session rescheduled

The Morrison County Board planning session scheduled for Friday has been moved to 8:30 a.m. Monday in the County Board Room of the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls.

The agenda includes an extension report by Becky Moe; public health report by Bonnie Paulsen; planning and zoning report by Amy Kowalzek; surveyor appointment by Deb Gruber and other business.

Introduction to home composting workshop

Northland Arboretum will host an introduction to home composting workshop, presented by Jackie Froemming, extension educator at the University of Minnesota extension, Crow Wing County. The workshop will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members with compost bins available for purchase at the workshop or the Arboretum for $25.

Register at the front desk of the arboretum or call (218)829-8770.

Memorial and scholarship walk on Paul Bunyan Trail

A memorial 5K and two mile walk to start a scholarship fund in Evan Lindquist’s name will take place on the Paul Bunyan Trail in Pine River beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 12. Currently 300 registered people for the first event, the scholarship fund will be set to start with the Pine River-Backus class of 2022, which would have been Lindquist’s graduating class.

Crow Wing County seeks public comment on Crosslake trail

Crow Wing County Land Services is requesting public comments on the proposed Crosslake Nordic Ridge Trail Project.

Written comments on the project will be accepted by the County Land Service Department until June 12.

The project plan can be accessed through the county website: Copies of the project plan also are available from the Land Services Department in Brainerd during business hours or by contacting the office at 824-1115.

Written comments may be emailed to: (Please include “Crosslake” in the subject line.), or mailed/faxed to: Crow Wing County Land Services Department, Attn: Crosslake, Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St., Suite 12, Brainerd, MN 56401, Fax: (218) 824-1070.

The county manages 103,000 acres of forest land for timber production and diverse recreational opportunities for multiple users. The sale of timber at public auctions during the year funds the county’s management of these lands, while providing revenues to local communities. County forest lands are managed to strict environmental standards established by both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council certification standards.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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