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Coffee with GOP candidates is Wednesday

Maroon Day means increased patrols

State Patrol announces special enforcement

Minnesota State Patrol announced this year’s statewide Maroon Day will be on Wednesday where all sworn personnel shall set aside all other business and duties to work road patrol on that date.

“The date is selected to coincide with the annual return to school for students,” said Sgt. Curt Mowers, regional public information officer, in a news release. “Traffic crashes remain the number one killer of our youth. Impaired driving, speed, lack of seat belt use and aggressive driving remain the top contributing factors of traffic crashes and injury outcome. Our agency focus on Maroon Day will be to visibly target those violations and pay particular attention to traffic going to and from school and school-related events.”

District commanders will be coordinating high visibility efforts throughout the day to the degree possible with available staff.

Commanders will also be coordinating the involvement of Minnesota State Patrol Aviation in their local plans.

The involvement of local law enforcement in these efforts is encouraged and welcomed.

Coffee with GOP

candidates is Wednesday

Interested persons may join Chris Kellett, candidate for Minnesota House District 10A seat, and Carrie Ruud, candidate for Minnesota Senate District 10 seat, for coffee from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, at 26841 Pelican Lake Road, Merrifield. Other invited guests include Congressman Chip Cravaack and U.S. Senate Candidate Kurt Bills. More information may be obtained by contacting Linda at 218-545-4438 or Phyllis at 218-330-7929.

Housing Quick Start program available for Crow Wing County residents

The Minnesota Housing Quick Start Disaster Recovery Program is now available in Crow Wing County. State Rep. John Ward, DFL – Brainerd, co-authored and voted for the disaster relief law that included the $12.2 million in funding for this program in the Aug. 24 special session.

The financial assistance is available for residents and rental property owners in northeastern Minnesota and other areas damaged in the June flooding event (June 14 – 21) who are not eligible for Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance or who need additional assistance.

The Quick Start Disaster Recovery Program provides assistance as a last resort when private insurance and federal assistance are not adequate to return a damaged home to its pre-disaster condition. The program provides a no-interest loan of up to $30,000 for home repair, which is forgiven if the owner remains in the home for 10 years.

Funding for repairs to rental housing properties is also available under similar terms and conditions. If homeowners have already incurred home repair expenses as a result of the disaster, they may be eligible for reimbursement under the Quick Start program.

Minnesota Housing has contracted with local administrators to deliver the program and work with residents to complete Quick Start applications. The application deadline for Quick Start is Dec. 17. Homeowners needing assistance should contact the local administrator for their area directly: Lakes and Pines Community Action Council, 1700 Maple Street E., Mora, MN 55051, or 800-832-6082 or 320-679-1800, Ext. 119.

Red Cross bloodmobile planned

NISSWA — Lutheran Church of the Cross, located at Highway 371 and County Road 13, will host the blood bank from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

The need for blood is constant. For those who are in good health, over 17 years old, (16 with parental permission) and weigh at least 110 pounds, you may be eligible to give blood. They will also be drawing double red cells at this location. Schedule an appointment on the Red Cross website at or call Joy at 963-2564. Bring a photo ID to the donation site.

Skoog remains in critical condition

Gregory Skoog, 65, remained in critical condition Friday at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Skoog was injured Aug. 26 in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 25 south of Brainerd.

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