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Crow Wing County DFL hosts open house

■ Well water testing advised

Pelican Lakes Association and Pelican Lakes Conservation Club (PLCC) are encouraging all area residents to have their well water tested this summer. Water testing instructions and kits will be available at PLCC farmer’s breakfasts in Breezy Point on May 10, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.

Private wells should be tested every two or three years for safety. Chronic exposure to elevated nitrates may lead to cancer. Some areas of Pelican Lake are known to have dangerous levels of arsenic. Bacteria in a well can make people sick.

AW Research is offering a reduced rate for Pelican Lakes area residents this year. The firm will test well water for $48 for nitrates, arsenic and bacteria. The firm’s staff will be available at Pelican Lakes Conservation Club pancake breakfasts this summer. They will provide you with a sterile bottle and instructions on how to take a proper sample. Bring the sample back to the breakfast or drop it off at AW Research Lab at the Brainerd airport. All water tests must be pre-paid at the time people pick up the sample kit.

AW Research will mail results back and provide advice on any action that a person may need to take if a well is not safe. In many cases, installing an osmosis water filter can help.

The Pelican Lakes Conservation Club is located one mile south of the Breezy Point gate on Crow Wing County Highway 4. Breakfast is served the second Saturday of each month.

■ Smart play spot opening

at Brainerd library

Minnesota Children’s Museum is building two additional early literacy environments after completing a plan to build 17 smart play spots in libraries and community centers across Minnesota earlier this year. One of the new spots has been installed at the Brainerd Public Library at 416 S. Fifth St.

A grand opening ceremony for the Brainerd Public Library smart play spot will be at 6:30 p.m. on May 12 at the library, with remarks from Minnesota Children’s Museum Director of Development Laura Nichols-Endres. A special guest from “The Farm on St. Mathias” will lead story time and share information about how food is farmed locally. The event will be followed by an ice cream social.

The Smart Play Spot at Brainerd Public Library was funded largely by the state of Minnesota, Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The early literacy environment includes hands-on activities for children, including a boat, farmer’s market and garden.

■ CWC DFL Party hosts open house

Crow Wing County DFL invites all community members to an open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the opening of its new campaign office.

The office is located at 503 Maple St. in Brainerd. It will serve as a base for District 10 DFL candidates Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter and Rep. Joe Radinovich, DFL-Crosby. Their campaigns will also support volunteers for candidates for national office.

More information may be obtained by please contacting DFL Chair Tiffany Stenglein at or 270-8030.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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