Weather Forecast


Local News briefs - Aug. 9

Temporary lane closures planned

in Little Falls, Brainerd, Motley

Motorists will encounter delays and intermittent lane closures on five area highways beginning Aug. 15 while crews resurface segments of each roadway.

The schedule is:

• Aug. 20-24 — both directions of Highway 371 between Crow Wing County Road 27 (the entrance to Crow Wing State Park) and Highway 210 in Baxter will be reduced intermittently to a single lane as crews resurface shoulders. The same segment of Highway 371 again will be reduced intermittently to a single lane Sept. 6-14 when crews resurface the driving lanes.

• Aug. 20-23 – Highway 27 between 127th Avenue and Ninth Street Northeast in Little Falls intermittently will reduce to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic beginning at 7 p.m. daily. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. the following day.

• Aug. 24-28 – Highway 238 between Walnut Avenue and Third Avenue in Upsala will reduce intermittently to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic.

• Aug. 28-31 – Highway 10 between Long Prairie River and Sunset Road in Motley will reduce intermittently to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic.

• Sept. 4-5 – segments of Highway 210 will intermittently reduce to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic as motorists near the east junction of Cass County Road 36, and the west junction of Cass County 36.

The schedule is weather dependent.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

Car seat clinic offered in Staples

STAPLES — Todd-Wadena Healthy Connections will be sponsoring a Car Seat Safety Clinic from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Ron Biebighauser’s Nyhus Chevrolet (across the street in the detail garage), in Staples. During this clinic, certified child passenger safety technicians will inspect the child’s car seat and will provide important installation tips.

Call (218) 894-8623 to make an appointment. New car seats will be available for those who qualify. This clinic is free to the public, but donations are appreciated.

Todd-Wadena Healthy Connections was established in 1993 as a health coalition made of public and private health agencies serving the communities of Todd and Wadena counties. Its mission is to provide a forum for communication and collaboration to improve the health of the people in those communities.

Crow Wing County hosts free family law clinic

The Crow Wing County Community Services Department is sponsoring a free family law clinic from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Brainerd Public Library (large meeting room).

The library is located at 416 S. Fifth St. in Brainerd.

A volunteer panel of judges, attorneys and child support officers will be present to answer questions related to child support, custody, and a broad spectrum of family law issues and processes.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Crow Wing County Child Support Office at 824-1260. No appointment is needed.

Free showing of ‘Under Our Skin’

planned for Monday

STAPLES — Central MN Lyme Awareness will present a free showing of “Under Our Skin,” the critically acclaimed and Academy Award shortlisted documentary by Andy Abrahams Wilson, at 6 p.m. Monday at National Joint Powers Alliance, 202 12th St. NE, Staples.

A 20-time winner at international film festivals, “Under Our Skin” investigates one of the most controversial and fastest growing epidemics of our time.

For additional information about the film and the honors it has received since its release, go to

Emergency haying and grazing

of RIM acres authorized

The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced recently it will authorize emergency haying and grazing of Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) acres for 70 counties affected by drought conditions, including Cass, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.

“We want to be responsive to landowners’ needs in these extreme weather conditions,” John Jaschke, BWSR Executive Director said in a news release. “In order to address those short-term needs, we’ve developed a policy that will protect the public’s investment and preserve wildlife habitats on these lands.”

Many RIM easements are enrolled jointly with a federal program, such as the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) or Wetland Reserve Program (WRP). For these joint easements, BWSR will defer to federal guidelines, requiring landowners to comply with federal provisions.

For state RIM easements only, BWSR established the following policy:

Landowners who are interested in emergency haying and grazing must contact their local soil and water conservation district office (SWCD) to file a plan amendment before haying or gazing RIM acres.

At least 50 percent of each easement area will remain undisturbed for wildlife. Tree plantings, food plots, water control structures, wetland basins and stream banks shall be excluded. Where practical, mowing will begin in the center of the area to be harvested and commence inside out to allow wildlife escape routes.

Haying/grazing will be limited to Aug. 2 – Sept. 30, 2012, to protect ground nesting wildlife. Haying/grazing grasses should be harvested no shorter than 6 inches in height to ensure regrowth. Interested landowner should contact their local SWCD.

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Pequot Lakes

Clinic to close for renovations Aug. 13-17

PEQUOT LAKES — Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Pequot Lakes Clinic, 4317 W. Woodman St. in Pequot Lakes, will be closed for renovations the week of Aug. 13-17.

Pequot Lakes Clinic renovations include paint, flooring, cabinets, lobby furnishings and reading materials, said Bill Palmer, clinic administrator, in a news release.

An open house will be held in October to celebrate the new, more patient friendly atmosphere.

For those who need medical care while the clinic is closed, Essentia Health recommends UrgentCare at the Essentia Health St. Joseph’s - Baxter Clinic,13060 Isle Drive, near Walmart

Open seven days a week, they care for patients on a walk in basis. The Baxter clinic is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit to view current wait times.

Another option is Essentia Health–ConvenientCare located at Baxter Cub Foods, 14122 Edgewood Dr. Care is provided by a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant for adults and children 18 months and older on a walk in basis. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. It is closed Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit to view current wait times.

For more information, call the Essentia Health St. Joseph’s–Pequot Lakes Clinic at (218) 568-4416.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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