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Lakes Area Food Shelf: Hunger Free & Healthy Campaign

Lakes Area Food Shelf (LAFS) announced today a major fundraising campaign to build a Community Resources Hub. Creating the Hub will address the growing need for social services in northern Crow Wing County. The fundraising campaign is called “Hunger Free & Healthy.” Money raised will be used to expand the current food shelf building on the campus of Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes, MN. Development of the project will come at significant cost.

“LAFS is an essential resource to the communities we serve, and our core program will remain operating as a food shelf,” explained LAFS Director Kathy Adams. “We are trusted. So, individuals and families are comfortable sharing information. Our bond makes us uniquely positioned to identify resources and help them overcome the barriers they face.”

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Emily City Council January Highlights

The Emily City Council met for their first regular meeting of 2023 on Tuesday, January 10th in the Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m. Present were newly re-elected Mayor Tracy Jones; incumbent council members Mary Eppen and Gerhart Hanson; new council members Andrew Hemphill and Gregory Koch; and Clerk-Treasurer Cari Johnson.

Council approved the regular meeting Agenda, and Consent Agenda that included: Treasurer’s Report from December 2022; Checking Beginning Balance $746,324.22 and Ending Balance $1,099,085.36; Receipts to General fund $497,046.23, Sewer fund $30,233.92, Total $527,280.15; and Claims for Approval: $91,141.79 including Pine River State Bank checks #60116 to #60183 and automatic withdrawals #330658 to #330665; Investments $371,289.36; The checking and investments totaled$1,470,374.72.

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Chilly yet successful Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Despite the chilly weather in the lakes area, the Brainerd Jaycees experienced a smashing success on January 28th, 2023, for the Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Preliminary estimates indicate that nearly 12,000 people were in attendance at the world’s largest charitable ice fishing tournament Saturday for the 33rd annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Contestants came from across the country, including New York, California, Tennessee. A few contestants even flew from Australia and France in order to be a part of this extraordinary event!

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Voting begins for MnDOT’s third annual “Name a Snowplow” contest

Voting is now open for the 2022–23 “Name a Snowplow” contest, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today. The top eight vote-getters will become MnDOT snowplow names – one named snowplow for each MnDOT district.

Minnesotans can see all the finalist names and vote now at mndot.gov/nameasnowplow. Voting will be open through Friday, Feb. 3. Individuals will be able to vote once and select up to eight of their favorite names.

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