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Swanson earns Water Warrior Award

Swanson earns Water Warrior Award

Dan Swanson of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was recently awarded the Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance’s (LARA) Water Warrior Award for his work with Crow Wing County lakeshore owners to prevent and manage aquatic invasive species.

The Water Warrior Award recognizes individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to achieve positive outcomes for the lakes and rivers of Crow Wing County. Swanson was presented this award at the LARA annual meeting hosted at the Lake Edward Town Hall on Aug. 15.

Phil Hunsicker, LARA president, said he was greatly impressed with the highly complimentary comments freely offered by lake association representatives who truly value Swanson’s work and interpersonal skills, including his ability to listen and his wealth of knowledge.

Law enforcement scholarships set up

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl and Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel have announced that the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2012 is now open. The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association (MSA) will award up to 15 $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are the result of the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs of Minnesota.

The members of the MSA give special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two or four year law enforcement degree colleges, therefore the scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories:

• Mandated POST Skills Programs.

• In their second year of a two year law enforcement program.

• In their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program

The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Applications forms and a statement of procedures are now available at the Crow Wing County and Morrison County Sheriff’s Offices or on-line at Applications must be returned to the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office no later than Oct. 15, 2012.

Scholarship awards will be announced by December 31, 2012.

Cuyuna Iron Range Riders

ATV club hosts meeting, ride

The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders will host their monthly meeting at the American Legion, at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at 232 Fourth St. in Crosby.

A club ride will follow afterward. The club reports it is actively pursuing grant in trails in Crow Wing County, supports responsible riding and youth safety and trail ambassadorship. The club offers memberships to anyone interested in trail riding and exploring nature. For more information, go online to or contact club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email to

BPSF Warrior River Run Sept. 15

The Brainerd Public Schools Foundation announced that the Warrior River Run will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 15 at Camp Ripley. There is a 10K run, 5K  Run/Walk and Kids 1K Fun Run so there’s something all fitness levels. Interested persons may register now and get full information at  

All proceeds will enhance academics, activities, the arts and athletics in ISD 181 schools.

Email for additional information or to make a contribution.

Homeopathy meeting is Wednesday

There will be a free class to learn about homeopathy and how it is natural healing with no side effects or down side. Those attending will learn about the biblical basis for homeopathy. The meeting is in the Brainerd Public Library’s large meeting room from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Crow Wing County announces business electronics collection

An electronics collection event for Crow Wing County businesses is scheduled between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 19 by the Crow Wing County Land Services Department at the Crow Wing County Landfill Site.

This is an opportunity for businesses to dispose of any old computers, printers, scanners, copy machines, tape drives, circuit boards, CD/DVD, telephones, motor generators and also save money on shipping costs. Electronics are prohibited from disposal in the landfill according to state law.

Upon arriving at the county landfill site, businesses must stop at the landfill office. The attendant will discuss the items to be disposed of and will direct businesses to the site where the collection will take place. County staff will off load the equipment, weigh it, and provide a bill of lading for proper record keeping. Asset Recovery will verify the equipment and invoice each company within two weeks of the drop-off, so no payment is required during the event. It is important to note that all loads coming to the county landfill must be covered to ensure roadways are not littered with debris.

Asset Recovery, a private firm, follows “federal military guidelines” when destroying all data. The cost to dispose of business electronics is 35 cents per pound and the county pays the transportation fees. Local units of government that fall under the Minnesota State Contract may pay less on certain items.

Local businesses that plan on participating in this event are encouraged to contact the solid waste office at 824-1290 so paperwork may be completed ahead of time to expedite the process.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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