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Local news briefs: Feb. 14

■ Temporary intersection

closing set for Sunday

FIFTY LAKES — The Crow Wing County Highway Department announced the intersection of County State Aid Highways (CSAH) 1 and 3 in Fifty Lakes will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Traffic will be detoured one block east to Town Hall Road. Please contact Jory Danielson, Crow Wing County Highway Department maintenance supervisor, with any questions or concerns regarding the intersection closure at 822-2682 or 820-9922.

The closure is in conjunction with area fire departments that will participate in a practice burn of the former Fifty Lakes Store. If weather or wind conditions are poor, the burn will be postponed to Feb. 23.

The structure is being removed as part of the CSAH 3 reconstruction project scheduled for this summer. Improvements will provide a 12-foot driving lane with eight-foot paved shoulders, turn/bypass lanes at various locations, and improved sight distances. For more details regarding the CSAH 3 reconstruction project, please visit the county website at or contact Steve Stroschein, senior engineer, at , phone (218) 824-1110.

■ Sesquicentennial Farm Applications Due April 1

Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Since the Sesquicentennial Farm program began in 2008, more than 165 farms have been recognized. The Sesquicentennial Farm program recognizes family farms according to the following qualifications:

• The farm must be at least 150 years old this year (2014) according to the abstract of title, land patent, original deed, county land records, court file in registration proceedings or other authentic land records. Please do not send originals or copies of records.

• The family must have owned the farm for 150 years or more. “Family” is defined as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, first cousins and direct in-laws (father, mother, brother, sister, daughter, son-in-law). • Continuous residence on farm is not required, but ownership must be continuous.

• The farm should consist of 50 or more acres, and currently be involved in agricultural production.

Applications are available by writing Sesquicentennial Farms, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, P.O. Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164; emailing; or calling 651-768-2100. Applications are also available on our website, Deadline for application is April 1. Previously recognized families should not reapply.

Century Farms are not automatically recognized as Sesquicentennial Farms. Families must apply to receive Sesquicentennial Farm recognition. Recipients will be announced at the beginning of June.

■ Crosslake council

announces special meeting

CROSSLAKE — A special joint council meeting with the Crosslake City Council and Crosslake Communications Advisory Board is planned at 9:30 a.m. March 13 at city hall.

The purpose of the meeting will be to hear a presentation from Olsen Thielen regarding the 2013 Crosslake Communications’ audited financial statements.

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