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Deadline to Homestead for Property Taxes Approaches

Homestead applications for owner occupied and relative occupied properties must be received by December 15, 2019 for the 2020 payable tax year. Crow Wing County Land Services Department encourages eligible property owners to apply for homestead status prior to the December 15 deadline. Applications are available at www.crowwing.us, in person at 322 Laurel St, Suite 15, Brainerd, or by calling (218) 824-1010.

Homestead classification may affect the amount of property taxes payable in 2020, and it may affect property tax refund eligibility. “Receiving homestead on your property can make a substantial reduction to your property taxes,” noted Sam Bedard, Assessing Services Manager. “We encourage everyone who qualifies to get their application in before the 15th,” he added.

Please contact Land Services to file a homestead application on or before December 15, 2019 if one of the following applies:

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Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarships Awarded

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard is pleased to announce three local awardees of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship Program for 2019. The association awards scholarships each year to individuals planning to become Minnesota Peace Officers. The applicants apply through their local sheriff’s offices. This year, the scholarship committee chose 22 recipients.

The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship Program, which is promoted by the 87 Sheriffs of Minnesota, is pleased to announce these awardees from Crow Wing County:
Alexander Vukelich
Kortny Villnow
Masen Barton

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Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center 20th Anniversary Open House December 13, 2019

Brainerd, Minn. – Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center (MMWC)

Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center is named after 4- and 5- year-old brothers who attended our children’s support group before their father murdered them during an unsupervised visit in 1996. The Center began offering supervised visits and safe exchanges in 2000 with the hope that having a safe space available for supervised visits would prevent other families from experiencing such a devastating loss. Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center is a family-friendly and nurturing place where families in crisis can visit with each other in safety 365 days a year. This includes children and their parents who have been involved in an abusive relationship and/or conflict over visitation. We also welcome parents who are allowed contact with their children in foster care to arrange to visit them at the Center. Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center is an ideal place for a parent and child who have never met to become acquainted or for parents and children who have not seen each other for a long time to get reacquainted. Last year 1,457 parents and children visited our child safety center.

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Crosslake Community School Announces The Hiring of Executive Director

Clifford A. Skagen, MA ED, will be the new Executive Director of Crosslake Community School

The Crosslake Community School Board of Directors has voted to hire Clifford A Skagen to be the next  Executive Director of the school. Mr. Skagen was chosen from a field of 10 application and confirmed by unanimous selection from the Board of Directors.

“Cliff impressed us throughout the process. On paper, his credentials, extensive experience with charter schools, and commitment to academic growth by students made him very exciting to interview. Once we had him onsite, he had wonderful interactions with students and staff. As we got to know him better, it became clear that he would be committed to the success of our students and staff and work to create deep relationships with parents and our community,” said Lori Scharenbroich, Board Chair.

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