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The idea was planted in Elise Carey's mind to create an exchange where growers could check out a variety of seeds for flowers and vegetables, grow them and return new seeds for others. "I started working here just over three years ago, and I had heard of seed libraries from various parts of the world and thought, 'Gosh, they're a great idea,'" Elise Carey said of the seed library within the St. Clare Library on the campus of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.
The Jenkins City Council may have burned bridges with Crow Wing County when it recently withdrew from a cost share agreement with the county for road work after months of consideration. "Jenkins is balking at the local cost share," County Administrator Tim Houle said at the Tuesday, May 21, committee of the whole meeting of the board. "And obviously that's disappointing." The County Road 145 improvement project included a higher cost share to the city than anticipated, so the council attempted for several months to renegotiate the terms.
Crow Wing County is seeking bids from contractors to perform repairs and improvements to the historic Pequot Lakes fire tower it bought from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. County commissioners heard at the Tuesday, May 21, committee of the whole meeting from the land services department about the future plans for the planned tourist attraction. "We just sent the (request for proposal) to the State Historic Preservation Office," county environmental services supervisor Ryan Simonson said.
Students of Steve Cotariu, aka "Hudson, the Master Magician," learn more than just tricks. The children in his summer camps learn lessons to help them succeed in life. The 61-year-old full-time magician from Merrifield believes in magic, especially its power to transform a shy, awkward child lacking in social skills into a polished and poised performer.
Erik Flowers has worked for Crow Wing County for more than a decade in the sheriff's office, but he will be helping veterans as the new county veterans service officer starting next month. The sergeant was appointed by the county board at its Tuesday, May 14, meeting to a four-year term. His last day working at the county jail was Thursday. "Serving our veterans is extremely important to our county. We are so pleased to have Erik leading the services and outreach as the county's veterans service officer," county board Chairwoman Rosemary Franzen stated in a news release.
Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Koering questioned a county manager extensively about hiring a social worker because of what he said were his concerns about the cost to taxpayers. The recommendation at the Tuesday, May 14, meeting was for the commissioners to approve the human resources department action to hire a social worker due to the amount of work. "The economy is good. I would think there's lots of jobs for people, but yet here we are hiring another social worker, and I guess I want to know why that is," Koering said.
It's about to get a little more crowded on Crow Wing County roads in Breezy Point. The Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners approved the resort community's request to allow golf carts on stretches of county highways 4, 11 and 39 within the city limits. "If somebody is riding their golf cart and they cross out of Breezy Point and they're on a county road, they are breaking the law," Commissioner Paul Koering said.
Community organizations took a new tack in August dealing with issues such as suicide, juvenile offenses and dropout rates by partnering with Bridges of Hope for a "self-healing community." Since the faith-based nonprofit embarked on the Self-Healing Communities Project, it has launched many initiatives related to adverse childhood experiences or childhood trauma.
A Crow Wing County road improvement project with a long and contentious history was recently adopted by the county board in the county's highway improvement plan. Commissioners unanimously voted at its Tuesday, April 23, meeting to include County Road 115—also known as Ojibwa and Nashway roads—in the five-year plan. "This is finally coming together ... after years of working on that. It's been a long time ... but it's become part of our promise to the public," County Engineer Tim Bray said Thursday.
Jerry Meadows can finally go home. Less than six hours after the Wahpeton, N.D., resident began walking Wednesday, May 1, from Bemidji to St. Cloud for a second time, the 61-year-old disabled veteran reached—and even surpassed—his initial goal of raising $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. "I left Bemidji at about 8:30 in the morning, and I raised over $1,000 by 2 o'clock in the afternoon ... just south of Cass Lake," Meadows said.