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Radinovich note IRRB's online tool


■ BHS Key Club takes first place

The Brainerd High School Key Club took first place in a single service project contest for hosting three Red Cross Blood Drives. The club also won second place for its Applebee’s breakfast fundraiser for The Eliminate Project, second place for their scrapbook, third place for a promotional poster and third place for overall annual achievement.


The club received these awards on the weekend of April 19-21, when the BHS Key Club members attended the district Minnesota-Dakotas Key Club convention in St. Cloud. Outgoing president Emily Bukowski earned the Distinguished President Award and was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the district. The attendees were Emily Bukowski, Brianna Manley, Sophie Campbell, Erica Swenson, Erica Embertson, Delaney Kennedy, Claire Siekas, Katrina Bell, Maiah Maki, and Aimeejoy Balko.

Key Club holds fundraisers and volunteers for a variety of events in the Brainerd community and high school. The club is led by BHS adviser, Ginger Augustinack, and sponsored by the Brainerd Kiwanis Club.

■ Benefit planned for Jackson

Fredrick Coverdale-Ukura

There will be a benefit with live music, a silent auction and food from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at T.J.’s Log Cabin, 320 South Seventh St., Brainerd, for Jackson Fredrick Coverdale-Ukura.

Jackson was born Dec. 25, 2012, in Crosby. He was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis that night. He was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Shone’s Heart Complex. He has already had two open-heart surgeries and is expected to have more before he can receive a heart valve replacement.

Live music will be by King’s Ransom, The Beetkeepers and more. Pizza, chicken wings, veggies and desserts will be served. Suggested donation is $10 per adult and $6 per child.

Donations can also be made at Wells Fargo to the Jackson Coverdale-Ukura Benefit.

■ College Drive improvement

project begins Monday

Work on College Drive will begin as early as Monday, April 29, to finish the landscaping, irrigation, turf establishment, and final clean-up on this project.

Work is planned to begin in the early morning with sweeping of the salt and sand that was deposited on the boulevards and roadway this winter. Lane closures will be set up to accommodate the project. Tree planting and placement of the irrigation system is planned to follow. The schedule is dependent on the weather. This work is planned to last about five to six weeks to mid-June.

The work zones will include the area from County Road 48 on the west to Quince Street on the east. It is anticipated that access to the side streets in this area will remain intact, with temporary disruptions possible.

Motorists are asked proceed cautiously through the corridor as lane closures may vary daily and especially watch for pedestrians and construction workers in the roadway during this process.

Additional information is available by accessing the website at or by contacting Ron Bray, project engineer, at 612.360.1280 or Bryon Amo, project inspector, at 320-420-1255.

■ Veteran with PTSD to

discuss mental illness

Hector R. Matascastillo, a military veteran, will discuss his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 16 at Central Lakes College.

Matascastillo will share the lessons of his journey so as to bring meaning to those living with mental illness and recovery. His presentation will be in the Chalberg Theatre. It is sponsored by B L Broadcasting, Comfort Inn and Suites in Baxter, Lakes Printing and the North Central Region of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

The event is free and open to the public.

■ Radinovich notes IRRRB’s

Free Online tool

Rep. Joe Radinovich, DFL – Crosby, is informing constituents and area business leaders and site selectors about a new tool from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. The IRRRB recently launched the new tool, located online at The tool enables visitors, particularly business leaders and site selectors, to explore the wide range of available buildings and properties in northeastern Minnesota. In addition, visitors can view community profile information such as demographics, labor force wages and housing — all available at the region, county, and community level.

Using Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, the website tools provide access to in-depth information, including powerful real estate search, demographic analysis, industry reports, along with dynamic mapping tools. The applications are built upon GIS Planning and Google Maps technology, which offer state-of-the-art site selection analysis capabilities.

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