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Wadena Otter Tail tornado recovery teams complete mission

■ Wadena Otter Tail tornado

recovery team completes mission

WADENA — Another sign of recovery from the 2010 tornado may be seen in the decision to close the Wadena Otter Tail Long Term Recovery Committee.

A closing remembrance ceremony is planned at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Burch Shelter at Sunnybrook Park in Wadena. “We have fulfilled our purpose and it’s time to close these two committees,” the group reported. “It is a time to gather and remember.”

The committee worked from August 2010 to October 2012.

■ College of St. Scholastica

to host Centennial Celebration

The College of St. Scholastica is hosting a Centennial Celebration at its Brainerd campus Oct. 3.

A brief program is planned to highlight the history of the college and its partnership with Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Local dignitaries, college officials, faculty, staff, alumni and students have been invited to attend.

■ Camp Ripley Veterans State

Trail meeting set Oct. 11

Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, and the Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail Committee (CRVST) will be hosting a meeting 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Morrison County Government Center, Meeting Room No. 1.

Also in attendance will be Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, chair for the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Ingebrigtsen’s committee overseas the Legacy Fund. The purpose of the meeting is to seek Ingebrigtsen’s support for The Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail and obtain funding for the project during the upcoming legislative session.

Considerable information will be presented at the meeting that defines the goals of this state trail and the merits of building a true multi-modal trail with motorized and non-motorized use that will link the Paul Bunyan State Trail to the Soo Line Trail.

Trail supporters report they are asking for as many people as possible to attend this informative meeting in order to demonstrate the enormous support this trail effort is receiving from the Department of Natural Resources, Camp Ripley, Morrison County, Cass County, Crow Wing County, city of Little Falls, the National Park Service and many of the surrounding townships.

Adjoining trail committees have deemed this effort as “the most important connecting trail” in all of Minnesota, reported Bob Reinitz, CRVST committee chair, adding the completion of this trail portends a very large economic impact for all of central Minnesota.

To see the final version of the master trail plan, go online to

■ Baxter Lakes Area and Friends Kiwanis

Club donates more than $5,000

The Kiwanis Club of Baxter Lakes Area and Friends hosted its annual awards banquet on Sept. 23, at Bonanza Steakhouse. The club reported donating more than $5,000 to local youth charities and organizations in the past year.

At the banquet, Kiwanis Minnesota-Dakotas District Lt. Gov. Betz Tepley installed Mike Schwartzwald as president, Karl Samp as president-elect, Ruth Nelson as treasurer and Bill Fortune III as secretary. Incoming and current board of directors are Greg Anderson, Dave Csanda, Kevin Dens, Jean Collins, Betty Jessen and Shawn Fortune.

Greg Anderson and Dan Fundingsland were recognized as the Kiwanians of the Year.

Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Kevin Dens and Pat Pickar for their work on the Lakes Country Triathlon and to Dave Csanda, Greg Anderson and Karl Samp for their work with the Terrific Kids Program at Baxter School. Also recognized were Marlowe Fortune, Shawn Fortune Ruth Nelson and Shannon Fortune for their work with the triathlon and Brainerd Sharing Bread Kitchen; and Darrel Olson (Baxter Mayor), Mary Reetz and Roy Rauen for their efforts with the Lakes Country Triathlon other areas of the Baxter Lake Area and Friends Kiwanis Club. Additionally, Tyanne Rezac (Baxter Elementary), Marwin Bogue and Jean Collins were recognized for their work with the K-Kids Kiwanis Club at Baxter Elementary School.

The following charities and organizations benefitted from Baxter Kiwanis Club donations in 2011-2012: Crisis Line, Youth as Resources, FRED, Key Club, Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen, Brainerd Food Shelf, Kiwanis International Foundation, Healthy Brains for Children initiative, MN-DAK Kiwanis Foundation, MN-DAK Kiwanis Outreach, Day of the Young Child, Good Samaritan Bowl, Terrific Kids Program, Timber Bay, Toys for Kids, Lord of Life Children’s Programs, Mid-MN Women’s Center, Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition, Brainerd Nordic Ski Club and the Brainerd Schools’ Swim and Cross Country Ski teams.

About the Baxter Lakes Area and Friends Kiwanis Club

The Baxter Lakes Area and Friends Kiwanis Club meets Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. All are welcome.

Kiwanis is dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time, and the Baxter club places its major focus on youth programming and support.

The Club sponsors K-Kids, Terrific Kids and the BUG programs at Baxter Elementary.

The Club also holds the Lakes Area Triathlon in Baxter every August with proceeds benefiting youth and community activities in the Baxter/Brainerd lakes area.

For information visit

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