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Local news briefs - Aug. 10

MDA issues consumer advisory for recalled organic grape tomatoes

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to the recall of Menno Beachy brand Certified Organic Grape Tomatoes after routine testing by the department found a sample of the product to be contaminated with salmonella.

 The recalled Menno Beachy brand Certified Organic Grape Tomatoes are sold in one pint containers and were shipped to retail stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. A photograph of the product packaging and list of stores where the product was sold is available on the MDA website at

MDA advises consumers not to eat the tomatoes and to throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund. No confirmed illnesses have been reported in association with these tomatoes.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in very young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. Anyone who believes they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider.

The Menno Beachy brand Certified Organic Grape Tomatoes recall information is posted on the FDA website

Franken to kick off Nolan

rally on Monday

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will kick off Monday’s door-knocking effort for 8th Congressional District candidate Rick Nolan’s campaign at a 5:30 p.m. rally at Gregory Park in Brainerd.

Nolan supporters will knock on doors and make phone calls for their candidate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and from 9 a.m. until the polls close on Tuesday.

Nolan, a Brainerd native, is running in a three-way race for the DFL nomination to challenge Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., in Tuesday’s primary. Other DFLers on the ballot are former state Sen. Tarryl Clark and former Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson.

Gregory Park is located two blocks north of Brainerd’s historic water tower.

Veterans open house is

Tuesday at WorkForce Center

Rural MNCEP, Inc. is hosting a Veterans open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the WorkForce Center at 204 Laurel Street in Brainerd. This open house is intended for all veterans and their family members to inform them of available benefits for career planning, job search and re-training.

Anyone with questions may call 218-828-2450.

Corps’ Cross Lake Recreation Area to host free youth fishing derby

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting a free youth fishing derby for kids age 14 and under Aug. 11 at its Cross Lake Recreation Area in Crosslake.

Event registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Educational programs including knot tying, casting and water safety will begin at 9 a.m. The derby begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until noon. Children should be accompanied by an adult and be present for the duration of the educational programs to participate in the fishing derby.

All fishing will take place from shore and within park boundaries. Participants need to bring their own bait, sunscreen and fishing pole. Local merchants will provide prizes and soft drinks.

The fishing derby will be held rain or shine. For more information, please contact the park at (651) 290-5793.

Cardboard boat races

set for Moonlite Bay

CROSSLAKE — The second annual Cardboard Boat Races will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Moonlite Bay in Crosslake. There is no admission fee for spectators.

The races are sponsored by Moonlite Bay and the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club. Prizes will be awarded. Persons interested in more information or regulation pamphlets may call Harvey Kack 543-5051.

Brainerd area families

can make a difference

Academic Year in America (AYA) is looking for Brainerd area families to play host to the world by welcoming an exchange student into their home for four to six weeks. This year, AYA is bringing hundreds of high school students age 15 to 18½ to the United States.

There are several key elements to the hosting experience. For five or 10 months, host families must provide their student with two meals a day and a place to sleep and study. Most importantly, they must welcome their student into their home as if they were a son or daughter. To help facilitate the exchange experience, host families will receive full support from an AYA local coordinator located in their community.

AYA is a nonprofit organization designated by the U.S. Department of State to offer J-1 visas to international students. AYA is sponsored by the American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation, which was founded with the assistance of the late Robert F. Kennedy. To learn more about hosting an exchange student with AYA, call Stella at (800) 322-4678, ext. 5164 or e-mail Visit AYA on the web at

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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