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Reif and Northern Community Radio kick off 4th Season of CenterStage MN Concerts

Chastity Brown to play Reif Performing Arts Center Sept. 19

The popular CenterStage Minnesota Concert Series is back for a fourth season. This collaboration between KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio and The Reif Arts Council has brought some incredible acts to Grand Rapids over the years. The series features Minnesota based musical acts.

Singer/songwriter Chastity Brown is featured as the first artist of the season. She performs Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m. in the Ives Studio Theater at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids.

Based in Minnesota, but with roots in Tennessee, Brown grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville, TN, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, she’s been featured on NPR’s “Favorite Sessions,” CMT, American Songwriter, the London Times, Paste Magazine and others. Chastity has toured the U.S. and abroad, appearing on the U.K.’s Later…with Jools Holland. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon/activist Ani Difranco.

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Homeless and WoundedWarriors-MN presents check to Central Lakes College for Veterans Scholarships

Steve Eisenreich of Homeless and WoundedWarriors-MN presented a $5000 check to Theresa Harsha and Jessie Perrine of Central Lakes College as an endowment for 5 veterans scholarships of $1000 each over the next 5 years. Ms. Harsha is the CLC coordinator for the Veterans Resource Center and Ms. Perrine works in the Scholarship, endowment and trust area of CLC.

These scholarships are to go to previously deployed veterans with honorable discharges and both Harsha and Perrine will be developing a screening tool as will Homeless and WoundedWarriors-MN. At the point where candidates are vetted both CLC and Homeless and WoundedWarriors-MN will perform the interviews. The chosen party will be eligible to apply again the following year.

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Busy Weekend at and on Lake Washburn

Members of the Lake Washburn Association gathered at the DNR Public Landing early Saturday morning to assist in the cleanup of County Road 48. The LWA participates in the Minnesota Adopt-A-Highway program covering a 3.5 mile stretch of CR 48. Twice a year, LWA Members volunteer to collect trash along the road and into the ditches. This Labor Day weekend there were 18 participants.

That same afternoon, the LWA hosted its annual Floating Ice Cream Social. Captain Dave Patterson guided the ice cream boat (donated by Ron and Nancy Reich) into a quiet bay in the main body of Lake Washburn, and the crew, headed by First Mate Eleanor Patterson, quickly began dispensing ice cream bars and informational packets to the eagerly awaiting patrons. Boats with smaller children received gift bags which included a Find-A-Fish puzzle, fish magnet, a water safety comic book and Minnesota fish poster. This year, dog desserts were also handed out to every watercraft with furry friends onboard. Over 50 boats cruised in and a few even circled back for seconds! The “drive up window” closed after an hour and a couple dock deliveries were made to Iowa Camp, Bear Paw and into Birch Bay to empty the cargo hold of the remaining delectable frozen treats. Summer is sweeter when it ends with ice cream on the lake.

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Crow Wing Power announces Local Community Award

If you know an association or business that has made an outstanding contribution to a local community, you can nominate them for a commitment to community award.

Crow Wing Power is seeking applications for the 16TH Annual Touchstone Energy® Community Award, which recognizes businesses, non-profit and community groups that have shown a strong commitment to the community. Anyone who has helped made the area a better place to live and work is eligible for the award. Organizations do not have to be a member of the cooperative, but must have served a community need within the service boundaries of Crow Wing Power in Cass, Crow Wing or Morrison counties. The recognition comes with a $500 cash prize to be donated to a community service project of choice.

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