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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:46 pm

DFL annual convention is April 27

The DFL Senate District 10 (Aitkin and Crow Wing counties) will host its annual convention Saturday, April 27, at the Crosby-Ironton High School.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the convention beginning at 11 a.m.

At this convention, attendees will be provisionally endorsing current representatives for House District 10A and 10B; electing new Senate district officers and ratifying the constitution. Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact Aaron Niklause, chair, at 218-838-8444.

Veterans take command of airwaves

The “vets on the radio” program will take place at the Aitkin VFW at 9 a.m., Friday, May 10.

The hosts are Charlie Amidon and Carroll Janzen.

Expected guests are the VFW state commander, Lee Ulferts, and the national vice commander, John Stroud.

The public is invited to listen and watch the show.

Grand march at AHS Prom this Saturday

The 2013 Aitkin High School prom, “An Enchanted Evening” will be held Saturday, April 27.

The evening begins with the grand march at 6:30 p.m. in the new gym. The community is invited to attend. Admission is $2 for adults and students, children 4-years old and under are free.

After the march, there will be time for photos before the prom participants board the charter bus to the 40 Club Convention Center. Once there, they will have the opportunity to have professional photos taken by Duane’s Photography, then dinner will be served with salad, entree and dessert. After dinner, an evening of dancing begins with DJ Kari Lynn.

Public invited to properly dispose of American flags

Those who have tattered or torn flags for disposal may bring them to Aitkin VFW Post 1727  on Loyalty Day May 1.

Flags will have proper retirement beginning at 10 a.m.

The VFW is open from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Satuday and Sunday. New flags are available.

FIRM hosts ‘Business after Hours’ Thursday

Art and Deb Olson, owners of Farm Island Repair and Marine invite the public to Business After Hours from 3-6 p.m., Thursday, April 25.  

They have added a new showroom and invite everyone to take a look at the new layout and view all the products and services they have to offer.

Extension announces flood preparation resources

University of Minnesota Extension announced that educational resources are available for those with flood-related questions, both in preparation for a flood emergency and while recovery efforts are underway.

Citizens can access the most up-to-date information on flood preparation by visiting Extension’s website at www.extension.umn.edu/flood. Information about recovering from floods will be added as it becomes relevant.

Also available are the Extension’s toll free Flood Information Line, 800-232-9077 and the AnswerLine, 800-854-1678.

‘Cartoons to Conservation’ program tonight

“From Cartoons to Conservation, Ding Darling and his Legacy” by Samuel Koltinsky, is 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

Jay N. “Ding” Darling was often referred to as “the best friend a duck ever had.”  He was nationally known as a syndicated editorial cartoonist, producing more than 15,000 cartoons during 50 years.

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society. For more information contact Pam Perry at pkperry@brainerd.net.

Lois Club luncheon April 30

The Lois Club luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the 40 Club in Aitkin.

New members are always welcome. All luncheon meetings are held the fifth Tuesday of any month.

For more information call Lois at 320-684-2000 or Lois at 218-927-1354.

Association of townships meeting rescheduled

The Aitkin County Association of Townships annual meeting has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the McGregor Community Center.

Blood drive is Monday, Tuesday

A Red Cross blood drive is scheduled for noon-6 p.m. Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30, at Westside Church in Aitkin.

Chamber hosts ‘Lunch & Learn’

The Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce is offering another opportunity to its members and the public.

A “Lunch and Learn” event is scheduled for a noon lunch Thursday, May 2, at the 40 Club Restaurant.

The topic is business retention and expansion in Aitkin County and will be led by Bill Blazar from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

The event costs $10. RSVP to the chamber at 218-927-2316 or upnorth@aitkin.com.

Cemetery Cleanups

Sat., May 4

∆ Tamarack Round Lake Cemetery Cleanup, 9 a.m. Also business meeting and potluck. 

Benefit for Waddick family McGregor May 3

A benefit to help Dawn and Brian Waddick deal with costs incurred when their 15-year-old son, Brady, died March 12 will be held Friday, May 3, from 5-7 p.m. in the McGregor School cafeteria.

It will include a silent auction, quilt raffle, bake sale and turkey dinner with all the fixings. Suggested donation will be $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Trivent Financial for Lutherans will match up to $1,000 in donations for this benefit. Anyone interested in donating an item for the silent auction should drop it off at the school’s district office.

Congress: Just vote the Constitution

Nationally known author, lecturer and leader in defense of Constitutional principles, G. Vance Smith, will be the featured speaker Friday, April 26, at the Brainerd Public Library located at 416-5th St. S.

The 7 p.m. presentation of “Congress: Just vote the Constitution,” hosted by Minneapolis’ Freedom First Society, emphasizes the fact that America desperately needs Congressmen who will honor their oath to uphold the Constitution.

Currently serving as the national president of Freedom First Society, Smith examines why both Republicans and Democrats have pushed America along the path to socialism.  

Smith said that most federal programs and even entire departments are blatantly unconstitutional and, thus, lead to America’s increasing economic woes and, ultimately, the destruction of freedoms.

Smith will present an action plan for Americans to regain control of the government and restore Constitutional principles.

There is no admission fee.  All are welcome.

Annual agate and mineral show May 4-5

The Cuyuna Rock, Gem and Mineral Society will be hosting the 11th Annual Agate & Mineral Show from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5,  at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, 2000 SE 13th St., Brainerd.

In addition to agates and minerals from around the world, there will be a variety of offerings such as polished specimens, fossils, jewelry and gifts by more than 50 top vendors from throughout the region. Special displays and demonstrations will be on-going throughout the day. There will be a special “Kid’s Korner” where children may dig for fossils and agates. In addition, a big tailgating section will be set up in the parking lot for buying, selling and trading stones.

Free admission, free entry for door prize drawings, and concessions on site.

Vendors may reserve space by calling Sharon Smith 218-343-7037 or e-mail sharon@agatesrock.com

Spotter training April 30

SKYWARN spotters training will be held at the Tamarack Sno-Flyers building in Tamarack at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30. It will last approximately two hours.

With SKYWARN, meteorologists from the local National Weather Service go into communities to train volunteers on how to observe and report severe weather.  These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of the severe weather to the local National Weather Service office.

In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the U.S.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings to protect lives and property.

The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office encourages those who desire to help keep their community safe to come out and attend this training.

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