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Cass annual planning meeting is June 22

Cloquet man still in critical condition

The 29-year-old Cloquet man, who was injured May 30 while working on the College Drive project when an excavator backed over him at the College Drive and Fourth Street South intersection in Brainerd, continued to be in critical condition Wednesday at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Andrew Jutila, who suffered significant injuries to his pelvic and leg areas, was upgraded to serious condition Friday, but was placed back to critical condition Monday.

Jutila and the excavator operator are employed by Andrew Jutila Companies of Scanlon.

Trolling for the Troops scheduled Friday

The second annual Trolling for the Troops is scheduled Friday and will involve 36 professional fisherman and guides who will partner with a recently deployed soldier and a disabled veteran for a fishing experience on either the Mississippi River or Lake Mille Lacs.

Trolling for the Troops is an event designed for disabled veterans and recently deployed soldiers to fish with some of the best anglers and fishing guides in the Midwest including the FLW Fishing Tour, Upper-Mississippi River Smallies Club, and Linder Media Network.

Veterans and recently deployed soldiers applied for the event through the VA hospital in St. Cloud and the American Legion Organization of Minnesota. More than 100 applicants applied with 72 chosen through a random drawing process.

Soldiers and veterans will receive the experience of fishing with professionals that utilize the most up-to-date fishing equipment, boats and tactics used in professional fishing tournaments.

Supporters of the event include the American Legion, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.

Brainerd woman

joins the Peace Corps

Alexa Hanson of Brainerd recently joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Costa Rica. She will be there for 27 months working in business development.

Her earlier experience involves volunteer work, church mission trips, business and Spanish degrees.

Her parents are Kurt and Linda Hanson.

Crosslake Chautauqua program to feature metal artist

CROSSLAKE — Jeff Kreitz, a metal artist, will address the next Chautauqua session from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Crosslake Community Center.

The program is titled “Metal Magic: the Artistry of Jeff Kreitz”

Kreitz will explain the creative process behind his metal sculptures. He will describe the specific steps of this process, from the initial idea through rough sketches and scale models to the fabrication of the completed work. Included will be a demonstration of the types of tools and metals he uses, photographs of works in progress, actual completed sculptures, and photos of many others.

Blood donation opportunities

For those interested in donating blood, the following is a list of locations: 1-7 p.m. June 19-20 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21, St. Francis Center, 116 Eighth Ave. SE, Little Falls; noon to 6 p.m. June 25 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26, VFW Post 3922, 213 1st St. SE, Wadena; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29, Heritage Assembly of God, 13242 Berrywood Dr., Baxter.

The American Red Cross will also be accepting blood donations from 1-7 p.m. June 14 at the Light of the Cross Lutheran Church, 27170 Monroe St., Garrison. The drive is sponsored by the VFW Post No. 1816 of Garrison. Walk-ins are welcome after 4:30 p.m. To make appointment in Garrison, call Maggie at (320) 692-4304 or Jan at (320) 692-5754. Those attending should bring identification.

Role of university to

be addressed at Rotary

The role of the University of Minnesota will be the topic at noon Tuesday at the Brainerd Rotary Club’s meeting at the Brainerd Hotel and Conference Center, 2115 South 6th Street.

The presenter is Joyce Hoelting, assistant director, University of Minnesota Extension’s Center for Community Vitality

The topic is the University’s role in strengthening the social, civic, economic, and technological capacity of communities: making Minnesota better place to live, work and play.

To make reservations contact Mary Kay Delvo, director of advocacy, and alumni association representative at or (612) 626-1417.

Cost of lunch will be collected at the door.

NJPA hosts fifth

annual vendor meeting

The Staples-based National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) conducted its fifth annual vendor advisory meeting at a three-day convention this week at Madden’s.

The session began Tuesday and concluded Thursday, June 7.

Executive Director Todd Lyscio said the alliance is one of the largest procurement offices in the country, working with schools, cities and counties.

The NJPA is a public agency, service cooperative that serves more than 35,000 members. NJPA offers a multitude of contracted products, equipment and service opportunities to education, government and other non-profit entities.

It offers members contract purchasing solutions that are leveraged nationally to enable contracted suppliers and member agencies to work smarter and more efficient as they do business with each other. NJPA does this by establishing a business and service alliance between member buyers and contracted suppliers ensuring a valued and successful national purchasing program.

Locally in Minnesota, NJPA offers regional programs for counties, cities and schools that comprise an area known as “Region 5.” The alliance aids in the planning, development and provision of services in a vast array of fields, including technology, health insurance, curriculum, staff, health and safety and more.

Cass County Board to hold special meeting

BACKUS – Cass County Board will hold the annual planning meeting at 9 a.m. June 22 at the land department building in Backus.

The board will review 2012 trends and the local impact of the 2012 state legislative session, followed by a discussion of the county’s 2013 issues in the morning. Following an 11:30 a.m. lunch, the board will begin planning for the 2013 budget.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to notify the administrator’s office at (218)547-7419 to reserve a lunch.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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