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Forestry agency announces 2013 leadership

■ Penquin Plunge planned

As the “Back to Hack” events of the last weekend of January 2013 approach, a friendly competition is brewing. To Plunge or Not to Plunge is a rivalry that has developed between two local pastors. When Pastor Michael Small announced to his congregation at Union United Church of Christ, that he planned to participate in the Penguin Plunge, he was surprised at their reaction. They decided that it wasn’t a good idea for him to jump into frigid lake water, so it was agreed that if they raised $1,000 or more, he would agree not to jump. “It’s for a good cause,” Small stated. The monies raised through pledges will benefit the local health clinic, operated by Essentia Health.

Small stated he didn’t think it was likely that the pledges for him not to jump, would reach the $1,000 mark. Pastor Judy Gustaffson, of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is committed to take the plunge. She is struggling to get the pledges as she admits, “I’m just not very good at raising money.” This is her first exposure to activities of the annual celebration as she is the “new kid on the block.” She looks forward to participating in the PAMDA sponsored event, that takes place on Jan. 26 at noon on the shores of Birch Lake. “It is wonderful that the clinic will benefit as our community benefits from having the clinic in our midst,” she added.

Many local businesses are sponsoring teams. Included in that number are: North Country Tire, Mark’s Market, Swanson’s, Hackensack Hardware and First National Bank. Mary Parrish, a member of the team from Mark’s Market, is taking her second plunge. The “seventy-something” participant took part in the 2012 event, appearing at the water’s edge with a walker. “I just wanted to show that you’re never too old,” she laughed.

The funds are raised from the entry fee of $30 per jumper, plus any pledges raised over that amount.

Dawn Pederson, Chairman of the PAMDA (Pines Area Medical Development Association) stated, “The funds are vital to the operation of the clinic. New clinics always struggle in the first few years. This is a fun way to help and support the community celebration at the same time.” Other lake events taking place over the weekend include: a Radar Run and Ice Boat Racing.

Bleachers will be available for spectators to get a good view of the activities and cheer their favorite jumper on. PAMDA will sponsor a food booth where hot dogs and brats will be available, and the youth of Union UCC church will provide hot coffee and cocoa for donations.

Registrations for individuals and teams will begin at noon at a lakeside tent and the Penguin Plunge begins at 1 p.m. Warming/changing tents will be provided separately for both men and women. The Cass County Diving Team will be in the water to assist. Registration forms/pledge cards are available at local businesses. Many other events are scheduled throughout the community over the entire weekend.

■ Bi-County Cap Board

seeking member

Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc. has an opening on its Board of Directors for one low-income representative from Cass County. The board member selected will fill an unexpired term that will end May 2014.

Low-income persons interested in serving on the Board of Directors are asked to please contact the Bemidji BI-CAP Office at 218-751-4631 or toll free at 800-332-7161, for an application and more information regarding this opportunity to serve. Application deadline is Feb. 1.

The Board of Directors meets every other month. Its purpose is to adopt the overall policies of the agency, review grant applications and reports, establish agency goals and priorities, and monitor and evaluate agency operations. Board Members are reimbursed for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

■ Forestry agency

announces 2013 leadership

The Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership (MFRP) announces the selection of officers for 2013, including Chair Dennis Thompson, forester with Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD); and Vice Chair Dick Moore, Beltrami County natural resource management director/land commissioner.

The Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership is a nonprofit corporation of the state’s largest land managers and landowners including: the Chippewa and Superior national forests, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR); Minnesota Association of County Land Commissioners, Minnesota Power; Molpus Timberlands; Minnesota Forestry Association (MFA) and private landowners; forest industries including Boise Paper, Potlatch, and UPM Blandin; and the University of Minnesota.

Thompson, a district forester with the Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District, specializes in working with private forest landowners, having written over 350 stewardship plans covering 39,500 acres. In 2007,

He successfully developed a Forest Stewardship Council group certification program for private forest landowners in Aitkin County. Today, the management of that group includes 20 landowners and 4,692 acres. He is a board member of the MFA, Minnesota DNR State Stewardship Committee, and adviser to the Minnesota SWCD Forestry Association.

Moore began his forestry career in 1978 as a member of a heli-tack fire crew on the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana. His recent positions include serving as the director of forestry and natural resources/forest administrator for the 270,000-acre Douglas County Forest in Wisconsin and as area manager for the Montana DNRC in Billings.

■ Irrigation clinic in

Staples on Feb. 1

STAPLES — The Central Minnesota Irrigator’s Corporation (CMIC) will conduct an Irrigation Clinic on Feb. 1, at the Town’s Edge Restaurant, Bar and Event Center in Staples.

This year’s clinic will feature a session entitled “The Changing Face of Risk Management.” The presenters will explore risks farmers encounter in marketing. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:15 a.m. and concluding by 1 p.m., followed by the CMIC Annual Meeting and door prizes. Exhibitors will have booths for your viewing. New members are welcome to join the CMIC at the clinic. To become a CMIC member the fee is $20 which includes the lunch and newsletter to keep you up to date on the issues.

In addition to speakers the event will include resolutions and election of new board members and IAM Directors and CMIC award presentations-Irrigator of the Year and the Denzil Cooper Award.

For more information please contact: Bob Schafer, director, Central Lakes Ag and Energy Center and CMIC educational adviser; by phone at 218-894-5160 or by email at

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