Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Up North with Leroy, by Frank Haggerty
In its second year, a program at Central Lakes College is putting needed fresh produce into the hands of community members. It's called the Gleaning Program. Here's how it works: The CLC Ag & Energy Center produces many different crops and produce, all while teaching students and leading research projects. That fresh produce is then harvested and given to local community organizations in need. In 2017, 17,495 pounds of food was donated.
High school students are encouraged to apply for a new $1,000 manufacturing scholarship to help cover costs in earning a postsecondary certificate or degrees in manufacturing. Applications are due April 1, 2018. In addition to being a soon-to-graduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, applicants must be enrolling as a full-time student at an accredited Minnesota college or university and be a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd or Wadena.
Presidents of the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations recently announced a renewed commitment to early childhood programming across the state, featuring an increasingly diverse set of strategies that reflect local priorities. The Initiative Foundation of Little Falls - which serves 14 counties in central Minnesota - offers up to $500,000 across its region as a challenge match to help early childhood coalitions drive additional local fundraising. The resulting endowments will serve as a source of sustainable funding for innovative early childhood activities into the future.
A 23-year-old Pequot Lakes man was injured in a car accident that closed a portion of County Road 3 in Brainerd for awhile Monday morning, Jan. 15, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. Keenon Weaver was driving a passenger car south on County Road 3, north of the Mill Avenue bridge, when he crossed over into the northbound lane and struck a semitractor-trailer head-on at 6:16 a.m., the sheriff's office reported. The driver of the semitrailer was David Siercks, 62, of Princeton. He wasn't injured.
Pre-registration is required for the following Pequot Lakes Community Education classes. Call 218-568-9200 or register online at www.isd186.org and click on "community education." Crafty Ladies Night - memory box: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Seven Swans Studio, Jack Pine Center. Bring several small photos, learn new skills and create new pieces. Most materials will be supplied. Instructors are Jenni Sommerness and Darnell Nelson. Cost is $30.
Pine River-Backus Community Education offers the following upcoming classes. Register online at prbschools.revtrak.net or call 218-587-2080. • Bookkeeping for your small business: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, PR-B Media Center. Fee: $20.
Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples announces its fall 2017 honors lists. The following local students were named to the president's list:
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Two local students graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls in December. The students are: Kiley Anderson, Breezy Point, cosmetology; and Stephanie Weik, Pequot Lakes, medical coding and insurance.
Faith in Action is offering a new volunteer training session from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Faith in Action office in Hackensack.