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Cuyuna Area Connections Offers Honoring Choices Advance Care Planning via Zoom April 21 and 28

In March, Cuyuna Area Connections hosted an Honoring Choices Advance Care Planning Facilitator training for Cuyuna Regional Medical Center staff, community volunteer leaders, and Central Lakes College Registered Nursing faculty and students. Funding for this offering was provided by Sourcewell through their 2020 Innovation Funding Grant.

Darci Goeden was one of the Central Lakes College RN instructors who became a certified Honoring Choices Facilitator in partnership with Cuyuna Area Connections. She has been a Registered Nurse for 24 years, and currently is an RN instructor at CLC and has been for the past 19 years. Golden said she also stays current with her skills by being a casual float RN for Essentia Health St Joseph’s Medical Center.

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County Emergency Addressing System

Crow Wing County is requesting assistance to ensure our E911 system continues to work effectively by allowing emergency responders to quickly locate those in need of emergency assistance. If you have a blue 911 sign on your property please keep the sign visible at all times by removing vegetation, debris, snow and other intrusions. If the sign is damaged or removed, please contact the Land Services Department at (218) 824-1010 to assist in getting a new sign installed. Under the County sign ordinance, E911 address signs or road signs cannot not be altered, defaced, removed or moved.

Crow Wing County government serves more than 65,000 full time residents in an area covering nearly 1,000 square miles. There are over 80,000 parcels with over 27,000 E-911 address signs. In 2020, Land Services assigned over 350 new addresses throughout the county. “Crow Wing County considers the safety of its residents and our guests a top priority” stated Doug Hansen, Recording Supervisor. “Proper maintenance of E911 signs is vital to ensuring emergency vehicles are able to locate folks quickly and efficiently.”

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Crow Wing County Offers Septic System Upgrade Assistance Program

Crow Wing County received $32,746 in grant funds from Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources to provide funding to replace or protect septic systems for low income residents. Proper septic maintenance ensures that groundwater is being protected from human contaminants. In 2020, $18,600 in loans from these funds were disbursed to Crow Wing County Residents through this loan grant program. “Having functional septic systems benefits our groundwater quality, it’s important not to pollute groundwater because it’s a major water source” stated Jacob Frie, Environmental Services Supervisor.

Residents can go to https://www.crowwing.us/242/Grants to fill out the application and read more information on the lending program through Region Five Development Commission. Residents who receive funding will be provided a loan from the Region Five Development Commission at 3% for 60 months for the cost of the projects. The terms of the loan are set by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

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USDA Funding Available to Help Low-Income Individuals and Families Buy or Repair Homes

USDA Rural Development has funding available for very low- and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area.

The Direct Home Loan program offers financing to qualified very-low and low-income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as one percent with a subsidy. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines and demonstrate repayment ability. The program is available in rural communities of generally 35,000 people or less.

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Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid awarded Older Americans Act funds to provide legal services for seniors

The St. Cloud office of Mid- Minnesota Legal Aid has received a grant of Older Americans Act funds from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging to provide legal services for seniors residing in Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright Counties. The funds will be used to provide legal advice, counseling and representation in court and administrative hearings. There is no cost for these services.

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Wosmek to receive Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation Scholarship

(Emily) The Minnesota Telecom Alliance announced that they received 158 scholarship applications from across the state and one winning student is from Emily. Gavin Wosmek was selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation, according to Josh Netland, Emily Cooperative Telephone Company.

Wosmek will be graduating from Pine River-Backus High School and plans to attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He is the son of Chad and Lorie Wosmek.

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Notice to CRMC Patients: Highway 210 Construction

Crosby’s main thoroughfare, Highway 210, will soon be under construction and those traveling to CRMC may experience traffic detours or delays. Patients are reminded to allow extra time for travel, slow down and pay attention to the road.

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