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■ BLAEDC hosts annual meeting

The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation’s 2014 annual meeting is planned 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 10 at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter.

The event includes a Champagne chicken lunch for $15. Local business perspectives are included along with a feature presentation by David Olson, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce president on “Business Prospects for 2014.”

■ MMFCU presents free credit report workshop

Tips to increase a credit score and to correct errors along with tools to keep a credit report accurate will be presented at this free, no-obligation workshop hosted by Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) and presented by Lutheran Social Services Debit Financial Counselors.

The educational workshop is 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at 200 S. Sixty St., Brainerd.

Space is limited. For more information, call 829-0371. Refreshments will be served.

■ Course covers principles of real estate

Principles of real estate will be covered in a three-course series required as a prerequisite to obtaining the Minnesota Real Estate license. Subjects covered include: listings, contracts, agencies, purchase agreements, and financing. Book covers Real Estate I, II and III.

Participants missing more than one class per 30-hour session of the pre-licensing class will not receive a certificate for attendance nor be able to continue with the series.

Cost is $325. Instructor is Kevin Goedker.

The class is 6-10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 18 through March 10 at Central Lakes College, Business and Industry Center, Entrance No. 6.

Advanced registration is required by Feb. 11.

For additional information contact: Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus, 855-8118 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8118.


■ Emily Food Shelf receives $500 from Thrivent

EMILY – Emily Food Shelf recently received $500 donated by Thrivent Federal Credit Union.

The funds will be used to help stock the food shelf’s new location in the former Unity Bank building.

“I heard their shelves were getting bare, and with the continuing cold weather I wanted to help,” said Charlie Banks Jr., a financial associate with Thrivent Financial in Baxter. “Thanks to the generosity of Thrivent Federal Credit Union, I was able to present the donation check to Director Nancy Moritz and help families in need.”

■ Operation Round-Up donations distributed

The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $49,780 to local community programs during its first quarter meeting in January.

Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to the following projects: $500 to Emily Quilters; $500 to First Lutheran Church Quilters, Little Falls; $1,500 to Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center, Brainerd; $1,000 to Smile Again Ministries; $1,500 to Confidence Learning Center, Brainerd; $1,680 to Kinship of Morrison County, Little Falls; $34,100 to 12 area food shelves; $2,000 to Eagleview Elementary, Pequot Lakes; $1,000 to Price4Purpose, Pequot Lakes; $500 to Fun Books for Kids, Pequot Lakes; $3,000 to Lakes Area Restorative Justice Program, Brainerd; and $2,500 to Private Cooperative Member Crisis Medical Support.

Operation Round-Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly. Since the program’s inception in late 1996, Round-Up has donated more than $2,500,000 to community projects and programs in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties.

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for April 24. Grant forms can be obtained by calling Crow Wing Power at 829-2827 or 800-648-9401 or at The deadline for grant applications is April 10.

■ Weichert offices walk for St. Jude’s

Staff members and sales associates from Weichert, Realtors - Tower Properties in Brainerd were among 800 participants at Target Field, joining walkers from combined Weichert offices and Minnesota Broker Council members in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Give thanks Walk 2013 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Presented by Target and Procter & Gamble, the Twin Cities event raised $150,000 for the charity, part of more than $6.3 million raised collectively by more than 51,000 St. Jude supporters walking in 75 cities across country. Some of the offices participants are pictured with Kurt the Bear, Weichert’s official mascot.

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