Nominate your family physician for state award

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The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians wants you to tell us why your family physician should be named 2013 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year. This award is presented annually to a doctor who specializes in family medicine. This doctor should represent the highest ideals of the specialty. Dr. Andrew Burgdorf of Buffalo, Minn., was honored in 2012. Nominations will

Farmers, ag businesses, entrepreneurs targeted for new grant program

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Minnesota agricultural producers can now apply for grants to implement value-added projects to their operations. A total of $700,000 in funding was made available through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program, established by the legislature to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable-energy industries. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will distribute the funds through its AGRI Value Added Grant Program which

Use salt sparingly to help keep Minnesota waters on low-salt diet

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For years doctors have told people to stick to a low-salt diet. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, our waters should follow the same advice. When snow and ice start to accumulate on Minnesota roads, parking lots and sidewalks, one of the more common reactions is to apply salt, which contains chloride, a water pollutant. When snow and ice

Make food shelf donations count

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All of December, maximize your food-shelf donations. Any checks received by the Salvation Army of St. Cloud made out to “Food Shelf Charity Challenge” will be matched by the Norm Skalicky Foundation up to $20,000. Also, many times and locations are still available for volunteer bell-ringing.  To reserve your spot and location, please call Brenda at 252-4552.

Help with snow removal

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Volunteers are needed to help with snow shoveling and other outdoor chores to help people remain independent in their homes. Responsibilities include volunteer orientation, snow removal services, be respectful of the care receiver’s home and aware of safety procedures. Volunteers must maintain client confidentiality. Contact Cherise Robb, Great River Area Faith in Action volunteer coordinator,  at (320) 258-8678.