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Limited access to county parking lots during resurfacing

Due to road resurfacing projects in the vicinity, Crow Wing County is providing notice of limited access to some county parking lots.

This week the city of Brainerd is resurfacing South Fourth Street from Washington to Laurel streets, South Fifth Street from Laurel to Oak streets, and Oak Street from South Fifth Street to South Sixth Street.

The resurfacing is expected to be completed by Nov. 2, weather dependent. During the actual resurfacing, Crow Wing County’s public parking lots located to the south and also to the northwest of the Historic Courthouse will be open, but limited in access.

To access the public parking lot south of the Historic Courthouse, the county advises utilizing Maple Street, traveling west to cross South Fifth Street.

To access the public parking lot northwest of the Historic Courthouse, use Laurel Street. Only the south entrance of this parking lot at South Fourth Street and Laurel Street will be open during construction.

Essentia Health breast cancer awareness event set Oct. 16

PINE RIVER — The community is invited to mark breast cancer awareness month with a free informational seminar, courtesy of Essentia Health.

The event, from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 16, at Pine River State Bank, 103 Mill St. S in Pine River, gives women an opportunity to interact with Essentia Health experts and get their questions about breast cancer answered.

The first hour features gourmet refreshments and a chance to chat with breast cancer experts.

From 6-7 p.m., three speakers on these topics: Dr. Kari Messner, radiologist, will discuss the importance of routine mammograms and screenings.

Laura Witrak, certified genetic counselor, will discuss how to understand your genetic risk for breast cancer. Missy Laposky, registered nurse, clinical patient navigator, will discuss patient navigation and its role in cancer care.

The theme for the event is “A Recipe for Breast Health.” Participants will have a chance to win a pink KitchenAid Artisan Susan G. Komen stand mixer. This event is a collaboration with the Minnesota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Rental property owners and managers meeting Monday

The next rental property owners and managers meeting is 1 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Police Department. The Brainerd City Council candidates have been invited to attend to express their views on rental housing and other issues.

Senior college courses offered at Good Samaritan

Beginning next week, seniors can take part in courses offered through the Senior College program at Good Samaritan Society – Woodland.

The Good Samaritan Society, in conjunction with Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota West Community and Technical Collage in Marshall, Minn., offers courses taught by college-level instructors to residents and seniors in the community. The courses are free of charge, tests and grades.

The courses offered during the fall 2012 term will be: “The Roaring 20s, Act Happy! Live it Up! Never Act Your Age!” and “Creativity – How to think like Leonardo DaVinci.”

All classes will be held at the Good Samaritan Society – Woodland campus in Brainerd. For more information or to reserve a seat call 829-9433. Local transportation is available.

Brainerd’s Great Pumpkin Festival Oct. 13

The sixth annual Great Pumpkin Festival will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13, at Gregory Park.

The Great Pumpkin Festival is a free event with games and contests designed for children and also for parents to participate with their children. Children are divided into age groups. Horseback rides will also be available.

There will be arts and crafts provided by Crossing Arts Alliance/Flip Side and temporary tattoos provided by Women of Today.

Food vendors will also be on site.

The event is sponsored by the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department.

Forum on photo ID amendment is Oct. 14

HACKENSACK — All are invited to an Oct. 14 forum and discussion concerning the proposed photo ID amendment in Minnesota. Florence Hedeen of Park Rapids and Wayne Holtmeier of Pequot Lakes of the League of Women Voters will lead the conversation in opposition to the proposed amendment.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Minnesota has established a position in opposition to the ballot question on photo ID.

The forum is 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at the Union Congregational Church — United Church of Christ in Hackensack.

Worship at Union begins at 9 a.m. The church is located across from the ball field in Hackensack, 401 Lake Avenue E. For more information call Pastor Michael Small 675-6300.

Grand opening set for Staples railroad overpass

STAPLES — A ceremony to celebrate the grand opening for the Staples north/south corridor with railroad overpass project will take place at 1 p.m. Oct. 17, just south of the new bridge on Front Street.

The ceremony will involve U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., as well as representatives from the Federal Highway Administration, Todd County, city of Staples and other organizations that have played a role in the project.

The north/south corridor with railroad overpass project constructed a two-lane north/south collector (urban and rural) roadway and a bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and U.S. Highway 10 in Staples. The bridge and roadway incorporates a 10 foot pedestrian/bicycle trail for the entire length of the project. The Overpass Project received a $7.65 million federal TIGER II grant as well as other Federal, State, County and local funding. Construction began on April 16th.

Interested persons may access the ceremony site from the south via Front Street from Wisconsin Avenue or Long Prairie Road. Parking is available along Front Street.

A reception will be held at the city of Staples council chambers following the ceremony.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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