Debate Minnesota to sponsor
8th District DFL debate
Debate Minnesota, a nonpartisan organization, will sponsor a debate among three candidates in the 8th Congressional District DFL Primary from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Invited to the debate, which will be conducted in the John Chalberg Theatre, are Jeff Anderson, a former Duluth City Council member; Tarryl Clark, a former state senator; and Rick Nolan, a former U.S. representative.
Debate Minnesota Director Mary Underwood said more details of the debate would be released in a few days.
Airport commission to act
on 2013 preliminary budget
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission will conduct a special meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, in the airport conference room at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport for discussion and action on the preliminary 2013 budget.
Any individual needing special accommodations, may call 825-2166.
Flood emergency hay exchange
to assist beef, dairy herds
The Aitkin-Carlton County Farm Bureau created a flood emergency hay exchange to assist area cattlemen and women who are in need of emergency cattle feed as a result of the recent flood damage to hay fields and pastures.
While the flood waters have receded in most places within the county, the unusual mid-summer high water has resulted in many local farmers with little or no production from their hay fields and many pastures remain too wet to sustain livestock grazing.
The goal of the flood emergency hay exchange is to match up farmers with emergency feed stock needs with farmers who have excess hay to donate or sell. Livestock operations are an important part of the local economy. The loss of hay production and summer pastures, if not mitigated, may result in forced down-sizing or liquidation of entire cow herds. The more than 5,000 head of cattle in the area, including both dairy and beef cows generate more than $5 million dollars in annual revenue that farmers and ranchers spend in the local economy.
The Aitkin-Carlton County Farm Bureau is committed to helping prevent the forced liquidation of this important local economic asset. The severe damage caused by the recent flooding may be overcome by farmers helping farmers, the farm bureau reported, allowing growers to get back to their primary job, that of producing food for American’s dinner table.
Those who need hay to feed cattle or those who have excess hay or hay stumpage that can be made available should contact Dale Lueck, president of the Aitkin-Carlton County Farm Bureau Chapter at 927-2495 or email to email@example.com.
Four airport manager
finalists to be interviewed
One candidate withdrew from consideration for the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport manager post and another one was added on the list to be interviewed recently.
Todd Gibbs of Oklahoma told the commission he had accepted other employment. Added to the list of candidates who will be interviewed by the full commission was Steve Miller of Tucson, Ariz., Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission member Beth Pfingsten said. Announced earlier as finalists were Leah Henderson of Alaska, Bill Turner of California and Neil Ralston of California.
The candidates will be interviewed from noon to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, the same day as the airport commission’s monthly meeting.