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Heartland Symphony Orchestra Announces Fall Concert Season in Brainerd and Little Falls

Heartland Symphony Orchestra will begin it's 44th season with a Fall Concert Series that reflects on the universality of Music. "One World in Music" will be presented October 10th at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls and October 11 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Initially, a Halloween theme was considered, but after the experiences of the coronavirus it was decided that the biggest thrill this season would be relief from the very real goblins and ghouls of the pandemic. Music will include the "Funeral March of a Marionette," "Night on Bald Mountain," plus a medley of themes from all eight Harry Potter movies. This year, HSO hopes to collaborate with students from Forestview Middle School and Brainerd High School to prepare them to play side-by-side with the orchestra as the St. Francis Music Center has done for many years.

Meanwhile, we are using our traditional summer break between the Spring and Fall concert series to prepare for living with the pandemic. Even now, at the beginning of July, we have no way of knowing what the future will bring. What we do know is the Heartland Symphony Orchestra has been considering a variety of scenarios, and the very process of doing that has hopefully prepared HSO to be able to adapt to a variety of circumstances.

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

USDA Rural Development has funding availabile for very lowand 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 verylow 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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Lakers Lions of Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes had a Big Night

For the first time since COVID-19, the Lakers Lions club met at the Pickled Loon Saloon for a socially distanced General Membership Meeting.

Joining the Lions for this meeting was their PDG Jay Norby who installed the new officers and presented
awards. Along with these great happenings, the club’s President inducted a new member Lion Jill Anderson.

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Northern Lakes Initiative assisting with next steps for National Loon Center

A community driven group of very successful volunteers known as the Northern Lakes Initiative received two partnerships in 2019 and 2020 through the University of Minnesota Extension Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (CRSDP) to study fresh water curriculum and how to bring critical public awareness to the community for the future National Loon Center and outdoor features . The Northern Lakes Initiative was created in 2019, in collaboration with WAPOA (Whitefish Area Property Owners Association) and the Crosslakers. Two graduate students researched, developed and created reports that are conceptual guidelines for the future National Loon Center curriculum program and exhibit designs. In addition to the U of M Extension CRSDP funding, partnerships grants were provided by the Initiative Foundation, Sourcewell, and Crow Wing County Lakes & River Alliance totaling $20,000.

The two U of M graduate students, Jordyn O'Gara and Michele Girard, created reports covering the Loon/Lake/People message and practical executions and exhibit recommendations.

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Crosslake/Ideal Lions Update: Knippel new club President

With restrictions being lifted related to COVID 19, the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club will be resuming the following events. The Flea Market will be held at Crosslake Town Square on July 18, August 15, and September 26. Additionally, Crosslake Music in the Park began on June 27th and and will continue as a weekly event, Saturday evenings, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm through August 29, 2020.

The annual peach sale is also scheduled to occur at the end of August, dates contingent on the crop ripening in Colorado. Information will be posted as updates are available.

The July meeting will be held on July 15, 2020 at the Lion’s picnic shelter in Crosslake.

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Family Farm ethanol

Gasoline prices fell dramatically this spring, one of the few bright spots for consumers this year. The oil feud between Russia and Saudi Arabia that began March 8, led to a 34 percent drop in domestic oil prices. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic is the other driving factor. Around the globe, people were issued stay-at-home orders and businesses temporarily shut down, tamping gasoline demand. But, we know this oil and gas price drop is only temporary. Big oil companies will raise the price of gas quickly, as demand returns. In Montana where I live, I’ve already noticed fuel price increases of sixty cents a gallon in the past three weeks.

September, 2019 marked the first time the United States became a net exporter of crude oil and refined petroleum products. Oil is non-renewable, and big oil companies are mortgaging our country’s future energy independence for short-term profits. Most of the U.S. oil exported is from Gulf of Mexico fields, where oil rights are owned by all U.S citizens.

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