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Minnesota Power asks customers to conserve during peak hours in heat wave

Lake Shore to discuss councilor’s incident

LAKE SHORE — The Lake Shore City Council will meet in a special session at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Lake Shore City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss an incident involving a city council member.

Programs coming to Staples Library

STAPLES — The Staples Public Library will host two upcoming programs.

“Uncle Mike’s Big Dreams Show” will be held from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. July 9. The program is geared for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Children will get to dance to polka music, do quizzes and watch educational videos.

“Cartooning with Jim Bertram” will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. July 12. The program is for preteen ages 8-12. Bertram is a nationally published cartoonist. He will cover basic techniques on how to draw cartoons quickly and easily. Participants may feel free to bring their your own artwork to share as well as pictures of their favorite cartoon character for drawing exercises. Attendance limit is 20 and preregistration is required.

These programs are funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information, contact the library at (218) 894-1401.

Minnesota Farmers Union’s Focus on the Future retreat a resounding success

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) held its bi-annual leadership retreat focusing on the future of farming and rural communities. The leadership conference was held at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, June 25-27.

“As a Minnesota Farmers Union member, I am always pleased with the way MFU keeps us informed and provides forums where there is an open dialogue for discussion and wehre everyone’s voice can be heard,” said John Borden of Merrifield. “It was great to see some old friends and to welcome some new leadership into our Minnesota Farmers Union family, and I am proud to be a member.”

Speakers included former WCCO personality Don Shelby, who was the keynote speaker and covered issues about global warming and its impact on farming; Tom Buis, Growth Energy CEO, talked about the importance of biofuels to rural America and the United States economy; MFU Legal Counsel Dave Velde of Alexandria provided key points about farm ownership, its legacy, and transitioning the farm to the next generation; and Don Davis of Forum Communications and Tom Rothman of Minnesota Farm Network led a communications panel discussion about how to promote the MFU message.

Keep pets safe during the heat and holidays

During the hot and humid days — Donna Wambeke, executive director at Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART), would like to remind animal owners to keep their pets safe and cool.

Wambeke offered a few tips, including asking animal owners to change their pets’ water bowls at least twice a day.

“The flies also are very bad and if you leave a dog tied outside they will literally eat their ears off,” said Wambeke.

Wambeke asks that owners never leave their dog in a vehicle, even with the air conditioning on, as it could malfunction and the dog could die within minutes.

Wambeke also asks that people keep their dog at home and preferably indoors during the Fourth of July celebrations.

“Don’t take them to parades and fireworks and make sure they have ID (identification) on,” said Wambeke. “HART gets many scared dogs in the shelter over the Fourth.”

Minnesota Power requests conservation during heat advisory

Minnesota Power asks customers to conserve power this week.

The MISO electric grid that serves all customers in the upper Midwest, including central and northern Minnesota, is experiencing peak heat/peak energy use days through Saturday, Minnesota Power reported. The average temperature across the region will be 95 degrees. Minnesota Power is asking customers to conserve power; especially during the hours between 4-8 p.m. Consider turning off any unnecessary lights and electronics during those hours; postponing the use of major appliances until after 8 p.m. and temporarily raising the temperature setting of your thermostat to 77 degrees. Minnesota Power said more conservation tips are online at its Power of One Energy conservation site at:

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