STAPLES—For the fifth-consecutive year, city and county entities within Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties—Region Five—have the opportunity to partner with National Joint Powers Alliance and make special projects and initiatives come to life. The application process for NJPA's 2018 City & County Innovation Funding program is open now through May 9.
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Crow Wing County maintenance crews will continue brush and tree removal in the road right of ways on County Road 159 in Nokay Lake Township, between North Nelson and Crooked roads, and on County Highway 3 in Crosslake and Mission Township. Crews will also begin brushing activities on County Highway 8 in Bay Lake Township near the Clearwater Lake access. Chipping of the smaller brush will take place at the site. The crews will cut and place larger trees at the back of the road right of way for property owners.
AITKIN Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin will have a new CEO, the Aitkin Independent Age reported. Chad Cooper will leave the post after four years to lead Central Minnesota Diagnostics Inc. as its president and CEO. Chief Operating Officer Cindi Baker will take over as interim CEO. BACKUS Streetlights in the city of Backus will transition to LEDs, the Echo Journal reported. The Backus City Council agreed to the switch in the interest of affordability. As the sodium vapor lights burn out, the city will replace them with LED bulbs.
MILLE LACS RESERVATION—Gov. Mark Dayton this week appointed Mille Lacs Band Police Chief Sara Rice to the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, or POST Board. An enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Rice is the first tribal police chief to serve on the POST Board.
PINE RIVER—Registration for the 12th annual sustainable living event, Back to Basics: Navigating Changing Currents, is open.
PILLAGER—Two drivers were hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash at 8:07 a.m. Thursday on 21st Avenue Southwest, also known as Cass County Road 36, in Pillager. The Cass County Sheriff's Office reported the crash occurred when a 2005 Ford Taurus, driven by Jade Parks, 18, Pequot Lakes, pulled out of a driveway in front of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Parks was extricated by the Pillager Fire Department and transported by North Memorial Ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
ST. PAUL—Gov. Mark Dayton declared Wednesday "MNsure Enrollment Day" in Minnesota, with five days remaining to enroll in health care coverage for 2018 through MNsure. Already, more than 111,600 Minnesotans successfully enrolled in private health coverage for 2018 through MNsure, a news release from Dayton's office stated. More than 66,000 families have saved an average of more than $7,000 per year through tax credits that are only available with MNsure.
ST. PAUL—There have been at least 22 crashes so far this season involving vehicles and snowplows. With significant snow totals forecast for much of the state this week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation in a news release urged motorists to use extra caution during plowing and snow removal.
Calvin Madison and Gavin Hoelzel of the Mount Ski Gull Alpine Race Team turned in the second- and third-fastest combined times of the day at last Sunday's season opener of the Northland Junior Race Series at Mont du Lac, Wis. Of 156 racers attending, 63 were from MSGART with 15 reaching the podium. Teams from Lutsen, Duluth, Detroit Mountain, Giants Ridge, and Mont du Lac participated. In the boys 6-7 age group, Reef Sampson and Henry Collins reached the podium in second and third place. In boys 8-9, Holden Krantz took silver.