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Local news briefs: Jan. 25

■ Arb presents ‘Landscaping

for Wildlife’ Monday

A presentation offers a chance to learn about the benefits and principles of Landscaping for Wildlife at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Northland Arboretum with presenter Ed Feiler.

Discussion will include habitat components and information about native plants. Feiler will show the basics of how to landscape the yard. Feiler is a retired Minnesota Department of Natural Resources senior fisheries specialist, a Minnesota Master Naturalist, Minnesota Master Naturalist instructor and Master Gardener. The event is open to the public and qualifies for Minnesota Master Naturalists training hours.

For more information, contact the Arb at 829-8770.

■ Paul Bunyan Toastmasters

host speechcraft

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to become a better speaker? Do you need confidence speaking in public?

The Paul Bunyan Toastmasters Club is conducting a six-week program called speechcraft, designed to help develop or sharpen communication skills. The speechcraft will be conducted from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 7-March 14, at the Sawmill Inn, 601 Washington St., Brainerd.

Cost is $30.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Brian Hinton at 507-269-4550 or

Paul Bunyan Toastmasters meets at 11:45 a.m. Fridays in the back room of the Sawmill Inn. For more information about this event and the club, visit or contact Hinton.

■ Public invited to learn about 2014 project to reconstruct Highway 71 through Browerville

BAXTER — Residents and business owners are invited to an open house to learn details for a 2014 project to reconstruct Highway 71 through Browerville.

The open house is planned from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 6, at Browerville Community Center, 653 Main St.

Those attending may learn about the project’s schedule, detours and plans to maintain business access, view a preliminary layout of the project, take home project information and get their questions answered directly from Minnesota Department of Transportation staff responsible for the project.

The project will reconstruct Highway 71 between Harris Creek near 11th Street and Drayer Creek near First Street, replace sidewalks, improve underground utilities, install new LED lighting, improve a segment of Fifth Street and an alleyway east of Highway 71 and install an emergency vehicle advance warning system.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay Service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TYY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or email your request to

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

■ EDA to meet

The Brainerd Economic Development Authority will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Brainerd City Hall Council Chambers.

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