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“Love Letters” performance to benefit Plut Scholarship on Sunday, February 24

Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center and the Central Lakes College Foundation will team with Prairie Bay Grill and Catering to present A.R. Gurney’s ‘Love Letters’ on Sunday, February 24. The  performance will be at Prairie Bay’s Baxter restaurant, and all proceeds will go to the Joseph Plut Scholarship Fund. Since 2010, 23 CLC students have received over $11,000 in scholarships from the Plut Scholarship Fund.

‘Love Letters’ was first produced at Central Lakes College with Plut, a long-time instructor at the college and a local actress, the late Coral Stein, in 1994. “At that time, we planned this as a summer theatre production with a limited run of two weekends,” said Patrick Spradlin, who directed that initial production. “However, the show was so popular with our audiences that we brought it back on for over 26 performances over the next three years.”

Spradlin noted that the play also traveled to other locations during this time. “We performed at Blue Cloud Abbey at St. Ben’s. There was a Willmar businessman who heard about the show and paid to have it performed twice in a Willmar theatre for his loyal customers.”

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Model Railroad Museum starts construction of New Building

Wherever the NMRHA club members go, people ask “What’s happening with the train club?”. The members are happy to announce that construction of the new home of the Northern MN Railroad Heritage Association (NMRHA) has begun! The museum lost almost their entire inventory as well as the facility they rented to a fire last June. Since that time, they have raised adequate funds to begin construction of a new facility on the land donated to them by the previous owners of Pineberry Plaza. The current construction activity will include framing in and enclosing the facility in a weather tight shell. This activity is referred to as Phase 1 of construction. Contractors project completion of this phase within the next couple of months. The exterior of the building will look like a train depot!

In order to finish the facility (Phase 2), including the interior rooms, new model train layouts and displays, they need to raise additional funds. To do this, they will be applying for grants to help offset Phase 2 expenses, and holding fundraisers throughout the Brainerd Lakes area.

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Surveillance cameras detect cabin break in

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard reports that on February 10 at approx. 1:37 pm, his office received a call from a property owner who reported that he had surveillance cameras on his property which showed 2 males on the deck of his remote cabin and he believes they may have broken into the cabin.

A Crow Wing County Deputy arrived at the property located on the 26000 block of CR #19 and walked into the property where he discovered that the cabin had been forcibly entered. The deputy located 2 individuals inside the cabin sleeping. Both males were arrested from burglary. The suspects’ vehicle was located at a neighboring property which contained several items of suspected stolen property which is being held by investigators.

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Lakes Area Music Festival Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to the Lakes Area Music Festival. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal and to celebrate,” said Carter.

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