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Rendition of Adele song wins homecoming

talent contest

Marieke Hallo took home first place honors during Thursday’s “Brainerd’s Got Talent” contest at Tornstrom Auditorium. Hallo sang popular artist Adele’s version of “Make You Feel My Love.”

Noah Stewart performed an original piece entitled “Wicked” for second place and Cade Platta, Tiffani Dewey and Elliot Amick earned third place with the original piece “Autumn Leaves.”

Birdscaping for winter

Birdscaping for Winter will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Northland Arboretum Visitor Center. It will be presented by Judd Brink of MN Backyard Birds.

Cost for Arb members is $5; $10 for non-members.

Are you interested in providing or improving your backyard habitat to increase the number and variety of birds and wildlife to enjoy?

This program will focus on seed and other food sources for those birds that stay with us over the winter months.

You will also learn about what birds can be attracted to your backyard.

The proper care and use of fresh seed on a routine basis will greatly increased and enhanced viewing opportunities of the area songbirds and creatures attracted to your feeders.

History and Happenings invites participants Saturday

History and Happenings, a regional fall round-up gathering with the Paul Bunyanland Regional Historical/Cultural Society is Saturday at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

The party begins at “high noon” and features a “chuck wagon” picnic meal with music. Guests are encouraged to participate in the western theme and dress in appropriate “duds” for the event, which weather permitting, will include a hay ride and other festivities.

The public is invited to attend, but reservations are requested by calling Steve Hansen at 963-8745 or email

In September, the Heritage North group unveiled its newly awarded National Historic Place designation for the 1905 Pine River Depot.

The history enthusiasts report two other “exciting developments at the complex” will be shared at the Saturday get-together.

This marks the fourth regional communitywide event aimed at bringing people from all walks of life together for fellowship and learning fun information about Paul Bunyanland, which stretches from Little Falls to Walker, Aitkin to Staples, the group reported.

The first gathering was at Madden’s Resort in July, which was followed by a Brainerd Public Library sponsored railroad symposium in Brainerd in September.

Saturday, Dick Carlson, executive director and curator at the Nisswa Historical Society and Pioneer Village, will highlight historic Grand View Lodge and its relationship to the area during the past century.

Brainerd School Board candidate forum Oct. 15

Ten candidates running for seats with the Brainerd School Board will be on hand to answer community questions.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Brainerd High School Little Theater, candidates will discuss current issues and answer questions from the public in a candidate forum.

Three seats are available on the school board this year. Reed Campbell, Jim Hunt and Kent Montgomery have terms that expire on Dec. 31, 2012. Neither Hunt nor Montgomery filed for re-election. Filing for candidacy earlier this year was Campbell, Randy Heidmann, Bill Cruz, Sue Kern, Robert Passi, Kari Green, Sally Jacobsen, Bruce McComas, Maurice Olson and Bob Nystrom.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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