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Breafast on the Farm set for June 16

Ward, revenue commissioner host Tuesday meeting

Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, will host Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Brainerd to discuss tax reform ideas with area residents. The meeting will be conducted at the Central Lakes College cafeteria. It will begin with a short presentation about Minnesota’s tax system and will then open up for questions and discussion. Commissioner Frans will be interested in hearing Brainerd area residents’ input on:

• What fair taxation means to them.

• What they look for in a good tax system

• What can be done to simplify Minnesota’s tax system.

The Brainerd town hall meeting is one of many stops Commissioner Frans is making to talk with Minnesota residents and gather tax reform ideas and input for Gov. Mark Dayton.

“It’s become clear that Minnesota is in need of comprehensive tax reform,” said Rep. John Ward in a statement. “This is an excellent opportunity for area residents to offer their thoughts, ideas, and input on potential reform ideas. “

Road construction on CSAH 3 and 11 in Crosslake

expected to start June 4

The Crow Wing County Highway Department has entered into a contract with Anderson Brothers Construction for the resurfacing of Country State Aid Highway (CSAH) 3 from CSAH 11 to the Pine River Bridge in Crosslake and the replacement of a culvert at Pelican Brook approximately 1/2 mile north of CSAH 11.

Construction operations are scheduled to begin June 4 with new turn lane and bypass lane construction and miscellaneous safety improvements. Culvert replacement is scheduled to begin on June 11.

During culvert replacement operations, CSAH 3 will be closed to through traffic from CSAH 11 to Fawn Lake Road. North bound traffic will be detoured onto CSAH 11, CSAH 39 and Fawn Lake Road and the reverse for south bound traffic. The detour is expected to last one week, weather permitting. Mainline paving operations are scheduled to begin on June 15 and will continue through June 25. All construction operations are scheduled to be completed by June 30.

Traffic will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot car as needed. Expect delays and use caution while traveling through the construction zone.

Contact Crow Wing County Highway Department at 218-824-1110 or visit with any questions.

Kindergarten graduates celebrate with bird house decorating

Bruce Banks, David Bottorff, Jim Brown, Lowell Hilbrands, Mike Porter, and Calvin Wallin of First Baptist Church, made 23 “in the rough” bird houses to give to each of the kindergarten graduates of Lake Region Christian School.

The students are planning to decorate their bird house with items that they have collected from nature such as: twigs, bark, leaves, flowers, pine cones, acorns, stones, etc. Nothing manufactured or purchased can be used, except for nails, screws, staples or glue. On graduation night, May 22, they are to bring their bird houses to put on display.

Breakfast on the Farm

set for June 16

PIERZ — Breakfast on the Farm, a way for the public to see a farm and animals up close, will be conducted this year on June 16 at the Chuck and Pat Tax farm, located northwest of Pierz. Their daughter Mary, is Princess Kay of the Milky Way. More information on the event may be found by searching for Morrison County Breakfast on the Farm on Facebook. Parking for the event will available in Pierz at Sunrise AG, “the old Brandl building.” Buses will take people out to the farm from there. The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m. June 16. The breakfast is being made by the Pierz Lions Club. Cost of the breakfast is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Pierz Lions Club.

There will be live broadcasts by Little Falls radio stations, an animal contact area, a 9 a.m. pedal pull for ages 3 to 11, a farm tour, hay rides and viewing of tractors and equipment.

Princess Kay of the Milky Way and other Dairy princesses will attend.

Ward encourages area

organizations to apply for history grants

State Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, is encouraging eligible area organizations to apply for Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants available through the Minnesota Legacy Amendment, which was passed by voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

The Minnesota Historical Society received an appropriation in 2011 to award a total of $10.5 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers.

For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including updated application materials, process and deadlines, visit For more information about other Legacy-funded history projects, please visit .

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