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Transportation Advisory Committee meets Thursday

■ Distinguished Service

Banquet scheduled Tuesday

BAXTER — The Distinguished Service Awards Banquet will be held Tuesday at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter (formerly The Lodge).

Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. with awards to follow.

This year’s award recipients include: Kathleen Thorson, Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year; Mary Devine Johnson, Outstanding Young Citizen of the Year; Geneva Mollenhauer, Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year; Sara Goble, Outstanding Child Care Provider of the Year; Bob and Arlene Jones, Outstanding Agribusiness People of the Year; David Borash, Outstanding Educator of the Year; and Gary Walters, Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

The event is hosted by Brainerd Jaycees in partnership with Brainerd Community Action, Brainerd Dispatch and Lakes Printing.

The Distinguished Service Awards Banquet is a celebration honoring residents of the Brainerd lakes community for their outstanding service. The public is invited to attend the event. Tickets are $30 at the door or $20 in advance. Sponsorship information and tickets are available by calling Riane at 330-5480 or by stopping by the Community Action office at 213 S. Fifth St., Brainerd.

■ Power outage puts southeast Brainerd in the dark Friday

Southeast Brainerd residents, businesses, Brainerd High School and government buildings were in the dark Friday after a power outage.

Brainerd Public Utilities learned of the outage about 3:15 p.m. Friday. A contractor hit a cable in the neighborhood of the intersection of South Sixth and Quince streets.

Crews were out working on the issue Friday and had power restored before 5 p.m.

■ Baxter Lions Club

spaghetti supper

BAXTER — The Baxter Lions Club spaghetti supper will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Baxter Elementary School Cafeteria. Tickets are being sold by Baxter fourth graders. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Adults: $6; children 5-11, $4; and under five are free.

All proceeds go to Baxter Elementary School fourth grade field trips.

■ Upcoming blood

donation opportunities

For those interested in donating blood, the following places will provide the opportunity: from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21, VFW Post No. 3922, 213 First St. SE, Wadena; from 1-6 p.m. Nov. 26, American Legion, 232 Fourth St., Ironton; from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 County Road 66, Crosslake; 12:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Deerwood Auditorium, 27 E. Forest Road, Deerwood; and from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 29, Light of the Cross Church, 27170 Monroe St., Garrison.

Simply call 800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

■ Brainerd Eagles Celebrate

110-Year Anniversary Nov. 17

Brainerd Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 287 invites the community to join it in celebrating 110 years of community service during an open house anniversary party Nov. 17, from 1 p.m. until midnight at the Brainerd Aerie, located at 124 Front St.

The event is open to the public and begins at 1 p.m. with an Aerie meeting, followed by bar bingo at 2 p.m., a hog roast at 6 p.m. and live music from The Agates from 8 p.m. until midnight. Minnesota State Aerie President Bob Lee is expected to attend.

The Brainerd Eagles has maintained a presence in the community since 1902 and currently hosts nearly 700 Aerie and Auxiliary members. The group donates approximately $25,000 annually to organizations such as Brainerd Parks and Recreation, Confidence Learning Center, Brainerd Community Action and more.

For information contact Brent Walker at or call the Brainerd Eagles at 218-829-4216.

■ Minnesota forests are

Chautauqua topic

CROSSLAKE — “Minnesota Forest Health: What’s bugging our trees” is the topic of the next Chautauqua meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Crosslake Community Center.

Mike Albers, DNR regional forest health specialist, will explain the problems facing Minnesota’s forests. Included in the discussion will be issues such as the current drought, emerald ash borers as well as other pests and diseases that have been revealed by aerial and ground surveys.

■ Region Five receives grant

for community profiling

United States Department of Agriculture granted the Region Five Development Commission a $200,000 Rural Community Development Initiative grant.

The funds will be used to profile 67 communities in the five-county region. These include all 65 cities, one tribe and one military camp. Storytellers will interview each community and help them tell their story and determine what makes each community special.

The commission will also use a portion of the funding to move forward 10 projects that the region has determined to be of vital importance. These projects include: the Staples Depot renovation, solar thermal site assessments for schools, Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Initiative, Crow Wing Entrepreneurial Initiative, Bridges Business and Teacher Exchange, connection of the Paul Bunyan Trail and the Soo Line Trail, creative place-making in Region Five, local foods distribution system, microlending for small business and expansion of high performance energy efficiency housing.

For more information, contact Melissa Radermacher at Region Five for additional information by email or by phone 218-894-3233 ext. 7.

■ Airport commission

panel meets Nov. 19

The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission’s Tenants Contracts and Leases Committee will meet at noon Nov. 19, in the Airport Conference Room, at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.

Any individual needing special accommodations may call 218-825-2166.

■ Transportation Advisory Committee meets Thursday

The city of Brainerd’s Transportation Advisory Committee meets 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Brainerd City Hall. Any person needing special accommodations may call 828-6172.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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