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CRMC’s Blood Drive a Success; next drive scheduled for May 7-8

Seventy-one units of blood were donated at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s recent American Red Cross Blood Drive. Thank you to the donors who took the time to give blood. Each blood donation can help save up to three lives.

Save the date for CRMC’s next Blood Drive to be held on Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8.

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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Wounded Warriors Raffle raises $2000

On February 8, 2020 the Wounded Warriors Raffle sponsored by the Cuyuna Fire Dept.was held at the Bridge Tavern. Approximately $2000 in prizes were raffled off. The Cuyuna Fire Dept will present the proceeds to the Wounded Warriors-MN. Pictured above: Natalie Petersen, Roger Bentley Jr., Russ Philstrom, and Dan Richter who won the Grand Prize worth over $1000. There were 6 other prize winners with prizes of 2 custom ice rods by Rods by Russ Philstrom with reels and $100 gift certificate from the Bridge, an ice rod and reel from Oars & Mine, $100 cash from Oliver Gutzman, $100 gift basket from Unity Bank, $100 gift basket from Deerwood Bank, and a sweatshirt and hat from Brandl Motors of Aitkin.

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Protecting the Outdoors for Future Generations

When E.O. Olson donated the land near Longville that would become YMCA Camp Olson in 1954, he inscribed these words on the dedication plaque: “One man may not live to see his dreams come true, but his institutions carry on. We hope the Young Man’s Christian Association will preserve in this camp a paradise of forest beauty where youth and their leaders will find joy and inspiration in the years to come.” As the camp has grown through the years, those words have guided multiple generations of kids and young adults as they explored the outdoors. And now, 66 years after E. O. Olson first inscribed those words, Camp Olson has taken another step to cement his legacy by protecting the land it’s on forever through the Minnesota Land Trust.

“YMCA Camp Olson is thriving today as a summer camp with 100% occupancy, growing programs, and amazing young leaders,” says Russ Link, executive director at Camp Olson. “As we continue to strategize and evaluate our future growth and capacity, we will not lose sight of the importance of protecting this gift and the intent of our founders”.

Today, YMCA Camp Olson stretches over 1250 acres of diverse forest habitat in Cass County. It also contains extensive shoreline on Cooper and Little Boy Lakes, both of which are important tullibee lakes that provide feeder fish for larger game fish like walleye and muskie. These lakes also provide important habitat for iconic Minnesota birds such as the common loon. Through a partnership between the Minnesota Land Trust and the Northern Waters Land Trust, Camp Olson has now protected over 2,000 feet of shoreline along Cooper Lake and intends to continue to add additional easements in subsequent phases.

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LWVBLA and AAUW Presentation on the ERA Amendment March 19

Did you know there is not an Amendment to either the Minnesota or the U.S. Constitution that states specifically that women and men have equal protection under the law? 76% of the population thinks that we already have an Equal Rights Amendment and 94% of the country believes we should. Minnesota was the 26th state to ratify the federal amendment in 1973. Not enough states nationwide have ratified it, so the federal amendment effort died in 1982. Now there is an effort in Congress to remove the deadline to ratify the original ERA, allowing the ratifications of the final three states (NE, IL, VA) to count and secure the ERA in the U.S. Constitution.

Betty Folliard, Founder of ERA Minnesota and former 3-term state representative, will give an up-to-the-moment presentation Thursday, March 19, at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Room E203. She will speak on the state of the Equal Rights Amendment that is now getting national attention.

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Impact Grant offered by Operation Round-Up

Crow Wing Power Community Trust (Operation Round-Up) is offering an Impact Grant of up to $12,000. The purpose of the Impact Grant will be to give a boost to a unique project/program, organization or community to insure its success.

Applicants must show that this one time grant would have a major impact for their project, organization or community. The organization needs to show that they have a history of success, or if a start-up project, the business plan must be strong and show large community support. Projects that focus on human health and well-being will be given additional consideration.

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Join the St. Patrick’s Day Fun in Crosslake

Get involved in the Best St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in the State of Minnesota which draws more than 20,000 people from across the region! We’re gearing up in a big way to offer family friendly festivities, the Clover Dash 5K and kids run, deals and discounts at merchants and events all across town! The 46th Annual Parade and Celebration is Saturday, March 14, 2020 and Chamber members are encouraged to support the event as sponsors at various levels, donate an item for the raffle or Pot O’Gold, and offer deals & discounts for everyone sporting the NEW 2020 light-up “Lucky Lanyard”.

Commit to Sponsorship and Participation today for best exposure – deadline is February 21st, 2020!

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