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DNR: Caution is Vital as Open Water Begins to Freeze

With a deadly open-water season nearly in the rearview mirror, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that lakes and ponds throughout the state have started to freeze – and that where ice hasn’t formed, the water is dangerously cold. It’s up to all people to choose to stay safe around the water or ice, according to the DNR.

Where there is ice, its thickness this time of year is highly variable and subject to the whims of Mother Nature. And where ice hasn’t formed – or where it freezes at night and opens during the day - the water temperature is so low that an unexpected fall in can be deadly.

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Land & Waters Preservation Trust’s Grant Application Deadline is March 1st

Land & Waters Preservation Trust Endowment will be awarding $15,000 in grants to worthy projects in April 2022. Land & Waters, administered by the Initiative Foundation, is a joint endowment of Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) and the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA).

The Grant Application submission period is open until March 1, 2022. Additional information may be requested from applicants by Land and Water; with a response deadline of March 15, 2022. Grants will be made on April 1, 2022 and projects should be completed in 2022. Project grants will be made for proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations that fit one or more of the following priorities:

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Heartland Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert Series Dec 2, 4-5

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra will be performing their Winter Concert Series theme “A Concerto for the Holidays.” Due to the Spring 2020 concert being canceled, HSO will now have the opportunity to feature the world premiere of their 2020 Composer Competition winner Quinn Mason’s Overture in a Classical Style. The program will also feature Dr. Hilary Lowery from Bemidji State, as well as holiday favorites. There will be three concerts to choose from starting with an outreach concert in Crosslake on Thursday, December 2 at The Log Church at 7:30 PM. On Saturday, December 4th they will perform at Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls at 7:30pm. The final performance will be on Sunday, December 5 in Brainerd at 2:30 PM at the new performing arts center, Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts.

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Community invited to Cultural Thursday: Somali culture and customs

The Central Lakes College Office of Equity and Diversity and the Cultural Thursdays Program will host author and educator Hudda Ibrahim to speak on Somali culture and customs for the December Cultural Thursday Program.

The program will be held as a live event in the Chalberg Theatre at 12 p.m. on December 2 and will also be available via a live Zoom Webinar. Those participating via Zoom are asked to pre-register via this link: https://tinyurl.com/pytt33m9

Ibrahim is a Somali refugee whose family fled her war-torn homeland in 1991. She spent her formative years in Ethiopia and Kenya before moving to the United States in 2006 and settling in Minnesota.

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