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State business survey predicts growth

McCalla named interim

CAO at Central Lakes College

Kelly B. McCalla of Deerwood will be the interim chief academic officer (CAO) at Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, for next year effective July 1.

Dr. Suresh Tiwari, vice president of academic and student affairs the past four years, is leaving CLC for a vice presidency at Century College in White Bear Lake.

McCalla, a 1983 graduate of the college, will also continue as liberal arts dean with other duties to be reassigned.

After completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Bemidji State University he returned to the CLC in 1989. He has been Tutorial Center coordinator, English instructor, football coach, and outreach coordinator, before becoming a dean in 2008.

He was selected the Teacher of the Year at CLC in 1995 and has led travel study trips to five different countries.

In addition to his work at CLC, McCalla serves as the chair of the Crosby-Ironton School Board. He is a 1981 C-I graduate who is active in the Cuyuna Lakes Blandin Leadership Cohort and youth sports where he helps coach. He and wife, Celeste, have two children.

Beth Adams, dean of students at CLC, will have responsibility for student affairs and report to the president.

The CAO search will begin in late fall, according to Lundblad.

Land services to host

information sessions

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department will be holding eight information sessions designed for citizens to have a better understanding of land use permit requirements and the property tax assessment process. The sessions will include information on both the planning and zoning process, as well as the property tax assessment process with staff from both units on hand to present information and answer questions. Information sessions regarding land use are planned from: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 9 at the Ideal Town Hall; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 at the Lake Edward Town Hall; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 13 at the Deerwood Town Hall; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 13 at Long Lake Town Hall.

“We believe that folks want to do the right thing when it comes to their property,” said Chris Pence, Land Services supervisor in a news release. “This is an opportunity for folks to learn and understand rules and regulations for developing and improving their property.”

The ordinance follows a set of performance standards for lots that need to be adhered to as a condition for receiving land use permits from the county. These site-based performance standards apply practical approaches based on the actual characteristics of a property and are designed to achieve measurable results in achieving the goal of keeping our lakes healthy. Rather than a one size fits all approach to land use, site specific performance standards such as stormwater management, vegetated buffers and septic system maintenance are part of the ordinance.

Information sessions to discuss the property tax assessment process are planned from: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 9 at the Lake Edward Town Hall; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 at the Ideal Town Hall; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 13 at the Long Lake Town Hall; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 13 at Deerwood Town Hall.

“People want to know they are being treated fairly. Part of our job is to communicate our policies and procedures clearly so the taxpayers in this county can make informed decisions about their property,” said Gary Griffin, Land Services supervisor in a news release.

The policies and procedures the county must follow are determined by the state legislature. These laws and rules are administered by the Department of Revenue in St. Paul.

For more information, contact environmental services at 824-1125 or property valuation and classification at 824-1010, or go online to

Crosslake Day in the Park

focuses on arts, family fun

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake Park and Recreation Department along with the Park and Library Foundation of Crosslake (PAL) announced Crosslake Day in the Park Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 30.

The event is a community celebration of parks, recreation and library services and programs. This year’s event will once again showcase arts and crafts vendors, musical acts, free family activities, tours, prizes and programs offered by the Crosslake Community Center. Informational flyers are available at the Crosslake Community Center and at participating businesses throughout the community. Interested arts and crafts vendors who would like to showcase their hand-made goods are invited to contact the community center.

The day’s activities will include a variety of vendors displaying beautiful and unique hand-made arts and crafts, motorized tours of the wilderness trails, kids games, a frisbee golf tournament and garden tours. The event will also feature craft demonstrations, face painting, geocaching, a scavenger hunt, fire truck rides, medallion hunt and other family activities. Local volunteers will have lunch available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Awards and prizes will be presented throughout the day. Volunteers are needed. Those interested are encouraged to contact the Crosslake Community Center at 692-4271.

All proceeds from the event will be invested into the community through the PAL Foundation which supplies financial support to Crosslake’s Parks and Library and also heads up the fundraising campaign for the annual fireworks display. Events will be held rain or shine.

County recognized for efforts in preventing child abuse and neglect

One tribe and twenty-two counties received the Tenth Annual Blue Ribbon County Awards from Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota (PCAMN). The Blue Ribbon Award is given annually to recognize communities that exemplify a strong commitment to prevent child maltreatement through collaborative efforts of public, private, non-profit and local service and activities.

Community leaders, parent advocates and/or PCAMN staff will personally present the 2012 Blue Ribbon Award to the following counties and tribes: Anoka, Becker, Big Stone, Chippewa, Crow Wing, Faribault, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Lake, Lyon, McLeod, Morrison, Mower, Olmsted, Polk, Red Lake Reservation, Renville, Sherburne, Sibley, Steele, Todd, and Watonwan.

These awards are presented to county commissioners and community leaders in an effort to encourage continued investment in awareness, maintaining prevention and family strengthening efforts, and knowledge of their innovative programs. The blue ribbon and pinwheel are national symbols of child abuse prevention awareness. This April PCAMN unveiled an online gallery at highlighting all 2012 award recipients’ prevention initiatives!

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota’s goal is to empower individuals and communities to stop child abuse and neglect before it ever starts through education, advocacy and family support. Materials and additional information to promote strengthening families and communities are available at or (651) 523-0099.

Deadline extended for bond funding applications

The deadline for applying for $47.5 million in bond funding for capital projects has been extended to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 9.

The program, which has drawn widespread interest, originally had a deadline of Tuesday.

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) said they extended the deadline because a number of communities requested more time to complete application materials. DEED bond funding, approved during the 2012 legislative session, will be available for public projects, including predesign, design, acquisitions of land or buildings, construction, furnishing and equipping new or renovated buildings, and infrastructure.

A request for proposals and application materials are available on the DEED website at the following link:

Business services firms eye growth in revenue, cautious about inflation

A statewide survey has found that professional business services firms in Minnesota anticipate growing profits and revenue but are concerned about increasing inflation.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis conducted the survey.

The random sample survey with responses from 246 professional business services firms found that 48 percent of respondents expect increases in revenue, and 40 percent expect increases in profits next year. About one-third expect revenue and profits to remain the same.

Conducted in April and May of this year, this is the sixth survey of Minnesota business services firms released from DEED in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The survey has a margin error of plus or minus 6.2 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

The full report is available on the DEED website:

The survey, prepared by the DEED Office of Analysis and Evaluation in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, elicited 246 responses from randomly selected Minnesota business services firms. The sampling error is +/-6.2 percent.

As one of 12 regional reserve banks that serve as the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is responsible for making and carrying out monetary policy, supervising and regulating banks and bank holding companies, and providing financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. Treasury.

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