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This Fallen Soldier Table was displayed in the Whitefish at the Lakes Bistro in Crosslake throughout the Memorial Day weekend. - photo submitted by Cammie Laurence, Administrative Assistant, Whitefish at the Lakes

Cass County Sheriff’s Office K9 Ranger to get donation of body armor

Cass County Sheriff’s Office K9 Ranger, handled by Deputy Truitt Buckhouse, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Ranger’s vest is sponsored by Kathleen Clark of West Burke, VT and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 3,867 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

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CRMC resumes Well Child Check Ups for all ages

Early in the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations were to focus well child care on children less than two years of age to ensure they did not fall behind on primary vaccinations. Recently the recommendations changed to resume well child care for all ages. Cuyuna Regional Medical Center encourages and reminds parents that well child checks are still needed and important for healthy children. Visits are being resumed at CRMC’s physician clinics in a safe, reliable environment.

Guided by infection control experts and recommendations from the CDC, CRMC has taken numerous steps in addition to standard rigorous infection prevention measures to ensure its facilities remain safe places for patients to confidently receive care.

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CRMC Blood Drive Success

Sixty-eight units of blood were donated at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s American Red Cross Blood Drive at Crosby-Ironton Schools last week. Thank you to the donors who took the time to give blood. Each blood donation can help save up to three lives.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross relies on community partners to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients. About 80 percent of blood donations made to the Red Cross are through blood drives set up by community organizations, groups and businesses.

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Candidate Filings Open

Filings for elected office for federal, state, county and city of Brainerd offices open Tuesday, May 19th and runs through Tuesday, June 2nd.

To run for office, a candidate must meet all of these requirements:
• Be a citizen of the United States
• Be an eligible voter
• Must be 21 years or older upon assuming office
• Must have maintained residence in their district for at least 30 days before the general election
• Pay all filing fees
- State Office $100
- County Commissioner $50
- Soil & Water Supervisor $50
- City of Brainerd office $5

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Historic Log Village in Crosslake cancels all onsite programs and events for 2020

A special meeting of the Crosslake Area Historical Society board was held on Tuesday, May 19 to discuss the feasibility of opening the Historic Log Village for the 2020 summer season. A list of pros and cons was compiled and discussed. Sadly, after much soul searching and deliberation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty of future Governor’s mandates, the board resolved to cancel the Memorial Day opening of the Village and remain closed this year. All onsite programs and events will be cancelled.

The setting of the Historic Log Village Museum makes it difficult to monitor visitors to ensure their protection from the Coronavirus. Visitors will be permitted to stroll through the Village, but the Historic buildings will not be opened to the public.

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The City of Emily Begins Comprehensive Plan Update

Emily, MN – The City of Emily is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan and is seeking community input to help create community-developed goals and aspirations to guide future planning efforts.

In essence, a comprehensive plan is an expression of the community’s vision for the future and a strategic map to reach that vision. Comprehensive planning is an important tool for cities to guide future development of land to ensure a safe, pleasant, and economical environment for residential, commercial, industrial, and public activities.

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Foster Parents needed for Kids

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is seeking foster parents for children and youth in need. If you have a special heart for children, consider becoming a foster parent.

On an average day in 2019, there were approximately 9,300 children in foster care in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Most children are referred to foster care because of parental drug abuse and neglect.

Even amidst COVID-19, Minnesota still has a great need for foster parents to provide safe, supportive homes for children and youth. According to researchers with Harvard University, supportive relationships with adults are key to children developing resiliency.

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