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News Briefs, Wednesday, Aug. 14

Birding club to meet

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Birding Club, as part of the Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society, will meet 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Lueken's Village Foods North, 1171 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW.

Anyone interested in talking about birds they have seen, as well as learn more about birds are invited to attend.

A special presentation will be made by George-Ann Maxson about the birds of Iceland.

For information, call John Eggers at 766-9009.

DNR seeks individuals for panel

BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Beltrami Island Land Utilization Project citizen input panel.

DNR commissioner Tom Landwehr will appoint members for a two-year term.

The panel will meet twice a year to improve communication between the DNR and citizens on implementation of the Beltrami Island Land Utilization Project Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan, which was implemented in March.

Those who have interest in the management are invited to submit nominations through Sept. 3 to Molly MacGregor, DNR northwest region planner, at or 308-2660.

Landwehr will appoint 15 members, who will be notified by Sept. 16.

Power to be fully restored

BEMIDJI -- Power should be fully restored by 6:30 a.m. today after a planned power outage was scheduled.

Minnkota Power Cooperative performed scheduled maintenance on three substations in Beltrami Electric's service area including Leech Lake, Laporte and Helga.

Leech Lake substation includes Steamboat Lake and south to the Walker city limits, Oakpoint and Kabekona Lake and also east of Laporte.

Laporte substation includes the city of Laporte and Kabekona and south of the Guthrie area.

Helga substation includes Plantagenet to Becida, south and east of Grace Lake, the Lake Hattie area and south along the Highway 71 to Kabekona.

Food shelf collects labels

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Community Food Shelf is encouraging the community to help them participate in "Labels for Learning," a community service project of the Nash Finch Company.

The food shelf collects the UPC labels from "Our Family" brand products and turns them in for rebates equaling $.05 per label.

To participate either bring the labels to 1260 Industrial Park Dr. SE or mail them to PO Box 3118, Bemidji, MN 56619.

Nash Finch is offering double the rebate through Sept. 14.