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Olson meets with Mississippi River mayors

■ Olson meets with

Mississippi River mayors

ST. CLOUD — Baxter Mayor Darrel Olson was among more than 20 other Mississippi River mayors who met Thursday to announce developments in their work to make the Mississippi River more sustainable — including a Memorandum of Common Purpose with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The meeting was scheduled to be followed by the Mayors’ Jobs Forum, where leaders in navigation, agriculture, water infrastructure, and recreation/tourism industries will discuss job opportunities. The mayors — members of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, a mayoral-led effort comprised of 55 river mayors committed to creating a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River — conducted their second annual organizational meeting in St. Cloud from June 26-28 to continue their efforts to improve the shared waterway.

■ Planning Commission agendas to be published in Dispatch

Brainerd Planning Commission meeting agendas will be published in the Brainerd Dispatch starting in July, city officials announced.

Agendas will appear in the Sunday Dispatch published prior to each monthly meeting. Agendas will also be posted Friday’s prior to each meeting on Brainerd’s website at

The Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Brainerd City Hall.

■ MnDOT to conduct blood drive, Red Cross to be at MnDOT’s Baxter office July 2

BAXTER — Brainerd Lakes area residents and visitors are invited to celebrate Independence Day early by donating blood at the Red, White and You Blood Drive hosted at the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s office in Baxter.

The American Red Cross blood drive is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., July 2, at MnDOT’s District 3 headquarters, 7694 Industrial Park Road, located on the east side of Highway 371 between South College Road and Highway 210 in Baxter.

All of the day’s blood donors will be entered into a drawing for prizes valued up to $3,000. All prized are donated through the American Red Cross.

Donors should be healthy, at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds.

To make an appointment, call Ellie at 218-828-5700.

The Red, White and You Blood Drive is a nonprofit event of the American Red Cross. More information on the Red Cross, visit

For directions to MnDOT’s District Headquarters in Baxter, visit

■ Child safety event at Mills

A Lifeprint Next Generation child safety event will be held from 4-8 p.m. on July 12 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 13 at Mills Auto in Baxter.

There will be free FBI certified biometric palm prints and finger prints, free digital photo of your child and free child safety journal.

For more information go to or call Bonnie Franke at 866-455-7638.

■ CLC to freeze tuition

over the next 2 years

Tuition at Central Lakes College and other MnSCU institutions will remain the same for the next two years.

The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities earlier this month approved an operating budget for fiscal 2014 that freezes undergraduate tuition at fiscal 2013 levels. This is the first of a two-year tuition freeze made possible by a $78 million appropriation by the state legislature during the 2013 session.

Average full-time tuition and fees comparison for Minnesota post-secondary institutions:

• Central Lakes College: $5,393.

• MnSCU State Universities: $7,240.

• University of Minnesota: $12,881.

• Private Trade Schools: $17,267.

• Private Colleges and Universities: $33,815.

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