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Crow Wing SWCD takes a Look Back at 2014

Was 2014 a healthy year for the Brainerd Lakes Area’s soil and water? The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) believes it was having assisted over 100 Crow Wing County residents with clean water improvement projects.

According to JoAnn Weaver, Pelican Lake Resident, "We were faced with a problem that involved a rapidly diminishing area of shoreline adjacent to a fifty year old structure in a highly visible location. We turned to the SWCD for advice on how to address this issue in an effective and environmentally sensitive manner. Their staff quickly and efficiently guided us in developing a workable plan. Their involvement undoubtedly saved us a great deal of money and frustration for which we're very appreciative!"

Crow Wing County projects highlights:

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Radiothon to End Child Abuse Raises over $64,000

The 21st annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse held on December 4th and 5th raised $64,607 to help prevent child abuse, according to figures released by Crow Wing County.

Pledges totaled $42,700 and the online auction raised $21,907. All pledge money raised will be shared between the local Child Protection Teams (60%) and Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota (40%), while 100% of all money raised from the auction will stay in Crow Wing County.

The Radiothon would not exist without the ongoing commitment of BL Broadcasting, and financial support from families, individuals and businesses in Crow Wing County, according to Kris Ott, Child Protection Specialist with Crow Wing County Community Services and a member of the Child Protection Team. “The community outpouring is an annual inspiration and testament to the truth that it takes all of us to support and strengthen families,” she said.

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Habitat for Humanity Donation by CRMC

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby recently donated no longer needed cabinets, shelving, tables, office equipment, and furniture to the Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate out of Brainerd that is a member of a world wide effort to eliminate poverty housing. They service all of Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard counties and have built homes on the Mille Lacs Reservation.

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Crosslake Council makes annual organizational appointments

The Crosslake City Council made several organizational appointments at its regular meeting Jan. 12, as they do every year. The Northland Press was named the city’s newspaper and named Widseth Smith Nolting its city engineer.

The following council liaison appointments were made: Council member Brad Nelson was named liaison to building and grounds and Crosslake Communications. Mayor Steve Roe and council member Mark Wessels were named liaisons to the Economic Development Authority. Wessels was named liaison to parks, recreation and library. Roe, council member Dave Schrupp, city finance director/treasurer Mike Lyonais and Crosslake Communications’ Debbie Floerchinger were named to the personnel committee. Roe, the fire chief, the police chief and Vogt were named to public safety. Schrupp was named liaison to public works, and the police chief was made emergency management director.

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Consensus, A Capella Vocal Ensemble, to Share the Joy of Music with You on Jan. 31

Consensus, an A Capella vocal ensemble, with professional quality “home grown” local vocal talent will be featured on stage at the Pequot Lakes High School Theater on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Consensus has performed for a variety of local Brainerd lakes area events; the summer Lakes Area Music Festival, the UCC church Epiphany concerts, area churches and various conventions. The Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA) is pleased to host this exceptional vocal ensemble as part of their 2014 – 2015 season of shows.

Consensus is a nine member group. The vocal chamber ensemble started in 2011. The goals of the Consensus members are to create an opportunity to socialize and sing music with a high degree of polish. The group meets weekly in each other’s homes, sharing conversation and songs. Members of Consensus are: Laurence and Sonya Chamberlain, Grace Forbord, David and Jennifer Pelowiski, Virginia and Daniel Rohr; and Brian and Jennifer Stubbs.

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