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■ Ward, Medeck, Dewey receive awards

Three Brainerd area residents received awards last week from the Central Minnesota School Counselors’ Association.

Rep. John Ward, DFL–Baxter, last week received the Legislator of the Year award from the Central Minnesota School Counselors’ Association. Alison Medeck from Forestview Middle School was selected as the Middle School Counselor of the Year and Forestview Middle School Assistant Principal Tammy Dewey received the Administrator of the Year Award.

“As a former educator, I fully recognize the necessity and importance of having great counselors in our schools,” Ward said. “I will continue to do all that I can to support our school counselors and ensure our students have them in their schools as an important resource.

“Alison won this award as a result of her dedication, her love of her students, and her passion for her job,” Ward said. “She has an incredible ability to collaborate with her colleagues and has done great work in her ongoing legislative advocacy to move the counselor profession forward.

“I had the joy of teaching with Tammy and know her to be an outstanding educator,” added Rep. Ward. “She has carried that great work into her work as an assistant principal.”

■ Summer registration for Kinderclub

Summer registration deadline for Kinderclub Early-Age Care and Pre-K program serving 4- and 5-year-old children and Fun ‘N’ Friends/Senior Leaders School-Age Care and Enrichment programs is May 16.

Registration materials can be picked up at our Nisswa Elementary and WESB after school program sites between 2-6 p.m. Contact Brainerd Public Schools Community Education for more information at 454-6953.

■ Brainerd boy gets wish

granted by Make-A-Wish

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Minnesota, Brainerd’s Caleb Pence and his family will receive the opportunity of a lifetime as they embark to Orlando, Florida to swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove.

Pence, 7, suffers from a chronic genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfect, which is characterized by bones that break easily. Thanks to Arrowwood Lodge and the Brighter Days Foundation, Pense was scheduled to have a celebration to kick off his wish, where he would learn the fine art of pizza making and then enjoy a pool party with his family and friends. He will be presented with his dream come true — a chance to swim with dolphins.

■ Parks and Recreation Board to meet

The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, at the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Office. The meeting will deal with selective harvest of trees at Trailside Park.

Any individual needing special accommodations should call 218-828-2320.

■ Street sweeping to start

The Brainerd Street Department will start street sweeping operations in the central business district on Wednesday, May 7. Parking will be prohibited on the following streets between 4-9 a.m.: Front Street to Sixth to Eighth streets; Laurel Street from Sixth to Eighth streets; Seventh Street from Front to Maple streets.

Vehicles parked on these streets will be ticketed and towed. Street cleaning operating will continue every Wednesday until further notice.

■ TRIAD event scheduled

A safety event for seniors titled “Protect Yourself In Today’s World” will be presented by TRIAD, a three-way partnership between area seniors, law enforcement professionals and the community as a whole.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. on May 14 in meeting room one at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building. The presenter will be Baxter Assistant Police Chief Russ Wicklund.

The event is free and attendees will receive a make and take safety kit.

Register by calling the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office at 829-4749.

■ Opening delayed for Chippewa Loop,

Norway Beach campground

on Chippewa National Forest

CASS LAKE — The Chippewa National Forest has announced a delay in opening the Chippewa Loop campground, part of the Norway Beach Recreation Area complex near Cass Lake The campground was originally scheduled to open May 9, but the date has been moved to May 23 due to the cold spring, remaining ice on the lake and maintenance on the water system.

Forest recreation staff noted that Knutson Dam and West Winnie campgrounds on the Chippewa National Forest are both scheduled to open May 7. and offer alternatives for those planning to camp over Fishing Opener weekend. Visitors may also contact Leech Lake Recreation Area at Federal Dam for sites with electricity.

For more information, please check the Forest website at or call 218-335-8600.

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