Gregory Park will once again serve as the host location for the annual Brainerd Easter Egg Hunt on March 31. The free event will have age specific hunt areas for children. Those attending will meet as a group in the center of the park. The Brainerd Park and Recreation Department reported staff members have it on good authority that the Easter Bunny is planning to drop thousands of eggs in the park. The event starts at 10 a.m. sharp, the park department reported.
Emily area residents, businesses and motorists are invited to attend an open house to learn about a major construction project that will reconstruct Highway 6 through Emily in 2018. The public open house will be 5-7 p.m., April 9, at Emily City Hall, 39811 Highway 6. Open house attendees will be able to learn about the project's construction details, planned traffic changes and southbound Highway 6 detour route, view large layouts of the project, speak with project staff, get questions answered and take home project information.
Pine River-Backus senior Nick Ackerman was selected to the All-Northland Conference team. The guard helped the Tigers to a 7-7 conference record this season. Teammates Torry Hirschey and Brady Raph were all-conference honorable mention selections.
BAXTER—Leah Heggerston, the National Loon Center Foundation vice president/treasurer, and Carla White, National Loon Center Foundation secretary, will make a presentation 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive, Baxter. Heggerston and White will be discussing the mission, scope and timeline for the National Loon Center at the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers site in Crosslake.
Pequot Lakes landed the most winners in the Knights of Columbus Region 7 Free Throw Competition Feb. 24 at Aitkin High School. Winners on the girls side were Grace Kuhnke, (Stanchfield, age 9), Abby Palm (Aitkin, 10), Lilly Petty (Sturgeon Lake, 11), Kelsi Martini (Pequot Lakes, 12), Maci Martini (Pequot Lakes, 13) and Rylie Kreger (Sandstone, 14). Boys winners were Tyler Kimman (Pierz, 9), Kaden Schilling (Brainerd, 10), Braedyn Smith (Deerwood, 11), Cal Ollman (Royalton, 12), Cooper Johnson (Pequot Lakes, 13), Kevin Laman (Stanchfield, 14).
Junior post player Olivia Lane was named the Mid-State Conference Most Valuable Player as she helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots to the conference title this season. Lane's teammate Karli Skog was named to the all-conference list along with Aitkin's Maggi Fellerman and Kaija Davies, Crosby-Ironton's Shyanne Loiland and Lilly Peterson and Staples-Motley's Claire Wolhowe. Kaisa Coborn and Riley Michaelson of Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes' Breanna Price and Lauryn Manning were also named to the team.
Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March, according to a news release. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives. In Minnesota, 21 blood drives were canceled or closed early due to winter weather in March, causing 525 donations to go uncollected, the release stated. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling 800-733-2767.
NISSWA—Annie Humphrey will perform in the next Grassroots Concert scheduled at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa. Growing up on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, Humphrey lived in a home filled with voices made of thunder and nothing could stop it, a news release stated.
Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, earned The Nature Conservancy's 2017 Government Relations Award for her efforts to protect Minnesota's prairies, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands this past year. "I am humbled to receive this important recognition and would like to offer my sincere appreciation to The Nature Conservancy for their work," Ruud stated in a news release. "I am proud of my accomplishments this past session and look forward to continuing to fight to secure safe and healthy forests and waters for our children and generations to come."
AITKIN—University of Minnesota Extension will offer a course covering finances for farmers. "Taking Charge of Your Finances: How to Survive and Thrive," is a free, short course that will use an interactive and fun approach to teach participants how to organize and use financial records, develop and analyze financial statements and make informed decisions regarding finances and production, a news release stated.