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Eastbound I-94 closed in St. Cloud

■ Early childhood screening and Brainerd School District kindergarten registration planned

Is your child going to kindergarten this fall or in the fall of 2014? (Children must be 5 by Sept. 1 of each year).

Minnesota law requires children to have an early childhood screening before entering kindergarten. This is a free appointment that includes checking your child’s immunizations, growth, hearing and vision as well as skills in thinking, communication and language, large and small muscles, and social/emotional development.

Kindergarten registration is also done at this time. This appointment is a help to you as a parent, your child and the District so we can be prepared for your child when they enter kindergarten.

Appointments available on May 29 and 30. There are no other screenings prior to Sept. 3, when kindergarten begins for 2013.

Call now to schedule at 454-5430 at The Early Childhood Center.

■ Free property tax

preparation offered

RSVP Volunteer Services announced its summer tax preparation schedule for taxpayers seeking assistance in applying for the Property Tax Refund Program.

Highly trained certified volunteer tax preparers will be available to assist property owners and renters in accurately completing the forms needed to apply for a refund. This is a free service available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers.

Volunteer sites include The Center, formerly the Brainerd Area Senior Activity Center, in Brainerd, Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby and the Pequot Lakes Library.

Summer volunteer tax aide schedule 2013:

• The Center — 9-11:30 a.m.; May 8, June 19, July 17, Aug. 7; 803 Kingwood St. Brainerd. Appointments necessary, call 829-9345.

• Jessie Hallett Memorial Library — 1-4 p.m.; May 29, July 10, Aug. 7,

101 First St. SE, Crosby. No appointment necessary.

• Pequot Lakes Library — 1-4 p.m.; Aug. 8, 1069 County Road 112, Peqout Lakes. No appointment necessary.

To file for the 2012 property tax refund, bring your 2012 Social Security 1099SSA, 1099-Rs, 1099 INT, 1099-DIVs,W-2s and include your 2013 property tax statement. If you have not previously filed your 2011 property tax refund, bring your 2011 income statements and your 2012 property tax statement.

■ Mershon to present ‘Lighten Up — How to Build Humor into a

Healthy Lifestyle’

Ever been told to “lighten up?” Learn how with this humorous and educational session through The Center for Lifelong Learning entitled “Lighten Up — How to Build Humor into a Healthy Lifestyle,” presented by Jean Mershon from 4-5:30 p.m. May 7 at the Brainerd Campus of CLC.

Mershon’s presentation will teach participants how laughter can be part of a healthy lifestyle. During this session, learn how humor, risk and change can be positive motivators to promote your health and increase your quality of life. Take a stress assessment to evaluate the four components of healthy living; then learn how you can creatively establish priorities for building a positive, laughter-filled lifestyle.

Cost to attend this event is $6 for non-members or free for those with a Center for Lifelong Learning membership. Pre-registration is recommended and can be made by calling 855-8118.

For more information on The Center for Lifelong Learning, visit

■ Crow Wing County seeks

public comment on land use ordinance revisions

Crow Wing County Land Services Department is requesting public comment on proposed revisions to the county land use ordinance.

Ordinance revisions may be viewed on the county website at by clicking on the “CWC Listens” button on the home page. Written comments on the proposed changes will be accepted until May 27 and may be submitted to the Environmental Services Office at or mailed to 322 Laurel St., Suite 14, Brainerd, MN 56401.

A public hearing for the review of the proposed revisions to the land use ordinance is set 5 p.m. June 20 before the planning commission in the county board room on the third floor of the Historic Courthouse at 326 Laurel St., Brainerd. The planning commission will make a recommendation on the proposed ordinance revision to the county board for final decision at the July 9 meeting.

There are two articles in the land use ordinance that are being revised and are listed below:

• Article 9 — subdivision ordinance.

• Article 46 — definitions.

The revisions to the ordinance include clarifying language for number of lots required for a plat or minor subdivision. The ordinance also clarifies application requirements, improvements required in a plat and additional definitions.

■ Crow Wing River Watershed launches photo contest

As part of education events within the Crow Wing River Watershed, residents are invited to participate in a photo contest, capturing the diverse mixture of natural resources visible with the watershed, as well as the role watersheds play in daily lives.

A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that drains off it goes into the same place. A watershed carries water “shed” from the land into soils, groundwater and streams, making its way to downstream rivers, lakes and eventually to the sea. It’s important to remember that what you do on the land not only affects water quality in your watershed, but for all communities.

Photos may be submitted now through May 31 to Anne Oldakowski at Photos must be taken in the Crow Wing River watershed, labeled by township and section and dated. Each household may submit up to five photos, which should be in digital form, at least 300 dpi, preferably in jpg format and landscape orientation. Trademarks, commercial names or advertisements must not appear anywhere in the photos. All entries will imply consent to use photos in the Crow Wing River Watershed calendar or in any other watershed campaign.

■ Eastbound I-94 closed

in St. Cloud

Eastbound Interstate 94 is closed at County Road 75 in St. Cloud and St. Augusta.

The road will remain closed until further notice.

The road was initially closed near Highway 15 — just west of County Road 75 — due to a wildfire. That road closure has been extended to allow work crews to conduct emergency repairs to traffic control devices within the work zone on I-94 between County Road 75 in St. Cloud/St. Augusta and Highway 24 in Clearwater.

A 10-mile detour will direct motorist along Exit 171 to eastbound County Road 75 in St. Augusta, to southbound Highway 24 in Clearwater and back to eastbound I-94.

For updated information on road conditions, visit or call 511.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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