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People are once again venturing out and planting gardens, so what should Brainerd lakes area residents be planting that will grow locally, when should they be planting, what tips are there for beginners and for those with mobility problems or small spaces, how can they also garden?
The July 15 outdoor concert in Aitkin is part of Long Lake Conservation Center’s first annual Nature Rocks — A Concert for Conservation.
Forensic psychologist Frank F. Weber’s latest true-crime thriller, “Black and Blue,” is about the search for the killer of 19-year-old Sadie Sullivan. The Pierz resident will speak at Roundhouse Brewery in Nisswa and sign books at CatTale's Books & Gifts in downtown Brainerd.
With the cost of trash disposal, there will be a minimal charge to take care of unwanted items in the home, yard or garage.

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All items are for the taking; no exchange necessary, but book donations are accepted. The library prefers no encyclopedias, textbooks, cassettes and video tapes.
Visit Brainerd’s tours are available by advance reservation — online purchase or via phone. Tours are limited to 10 people. Tour durations last about 90 minutes and participants are advised to dress accordingly for the walking tours.
The meeting will be to negotiate contract proposals.
May is Mental Health Awareness month. We are excited for our May Event, which will be from 3-8 p.m., May 20, at Forestview Middle School.
With doors opening about 4 p.m. and poker starting at 6 p.m., the organizer said cookie sales during the event will be donated to the Loucks family. During the event, a table will be set up with information about domestic violence along with a QR code for donations to the Loucks family.
Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd reopens May 7, and Pine Grove Zoo switches to its summer hours starting Sunday, May 1, respectively, with plans for new animals, exhibits and rides after a tumultuous few years of business in a world upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd and Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls reopen for the season.
Crosslake Cares’ “Senior Days & Senior Expo" begins Friday, April 29. The three-day event includes presentations, a 3K walk, restaurant deals, a prom, pickleball, golf and mini-golf, and former WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby as the keynote speaker.
Proceeds will fund Danish Sisterhood Charitable Giving.

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