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Injured eagle rescued in the Outing area

If it takes a village to raise a child it may take perseverance and helpful people from several villages to save an injured eagle. At least that’s the way it was when Vickie Anderson saw a wounded eagle near a pond on her property about 4 miles northwest of Outing last Monday.

She notified Todd Trovinger, a neighbor across the pond. Between the two of them they called the DNR and the Raptor Center but were told those agencies were not currently staffed to be able to respond th this incident, according to Trovinger. However, neither Anderson or Trovinger saw the bird that rest of the day and they had hoped that it had safely flown away.

When the injured bird reappeared the next day, she called Kirk Smith, another neighbor with adjacent property who suggested she try contacting an animal rescue agency. A subsequent call to a local veterinary clinic resulted in her being referred to Wild and Free, a not-for-profit animal rescue organization in Garrison. Wild and Free said the Anderson’s property was too far away to have its staff member pick up the bird but if someone could catch the eagle and volunteer to drive half way, Wild and Free would drive half the distance to pick it up.

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The Landing Welcome Center & Marketplace

One of the first tangible results of GoNorth, a two-year effort to revitalize a group of five area communities, will be open to the public May 1 when The Landing Welcome Center & Marketplace opens its doors in Emily.

The facility is located on Highway 6 in Emily. Visitors will be able to purchase items from local vendors, attend special events and classes, enjoy free wi-fi and coffee and get answers to their questions about the area. People can even rent the facility for use as a temporary “pop-up office” for a limited period of time. The building, a house rented from local businessman Keith Findlay, will also be used as a venue for area activities, clubs and businesses.

A map guide will be available to visitors featuring businesses in the five towns involved in the GoNorth project. They include Emily, Fairfield, Fifty Lakes, Little Pine, and Outing. Any business in the five communities can advertise digitally with the Landing and also have brochures distributed at the site.

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CLC’s Verse Like Water presents poet Mark Conway

Verse Like Water, the visiting poet program of Central Lakes College, will host poet Mark Conway at noon on Friday, April 28 in the library, Brainerd campus. This will conclude the fifth year of programming for Verse Like Water.

Conway has won numerous national awards for his work, and his third book, “In the Middle Sky”, will be published by Four Way Books in early 2018. His poems have appeared on the PBS News hour, The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review and the Harvard Review.

Conway directs the College of St. Benedict Literary Arts Institute and has been an important evangelist for poetry and writing on the American literary scene for decades.

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Two great shows on one day: The National Players Present “The Giver” and “The Grapes of Wrath”

Theatre lovers will get a rare opportunity to see two professional productions on the same day when The National Players perform ‘The Giver’ and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ on Tuesday, May 2. The performances are part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series, and will be held in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

‘The Giver’ will have a 1 p.m. curtain. ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Adapted from the Newberry Award winning book by Lois Lowry, ‘The Giver’ is set in a “utopian” future where society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to “Sameness,” a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. The play’s protagonist, young Jonas, inherits an unusual career: to receive and keep the memories of his community’s past. Lessons with his elder predecessor, The Giver, teach Jonas of love, war, and all of life’s unknown joys and pains. As his oppressive world continues unchanged, Jonas must decide whether to keep these secrets or upend his community.

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