State Veterans Cemeteries to hold virtual Memorial Day program

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) will hold a virtual Memorial Day program this year in place of live events at the three State Veterans Cemeteries where past years drew thousands of visitors. MDVA is partnering with Twin Cities PBS-TPT to create a 30-minute Memorial Day program that will be broadcast across the state on TPT’s Minnesota Channel at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 25. The program will also be available to stream from both the TPT and MDVA websites. The program will include remarks from Gov. Tim Walz and MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke, personal stories about those we have lost and honor on Memorial Day, music and a rifle salute traditionally included in a live event.

DNR urges anglers to fish close to home

The COVID-19 pandemic requires that Minnesotans approach the fishing differently this year, which means fishing close to home. To help anglers and other people engaging in outdoor recreation determine what “close to home” means in the context of COVID-19, the Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with the MDH, developed additional guidelines. Following these guidelines will minimize potential opportunities for transmission:

No overnight stays.

Bring all needed supplies with you.

Only go as far as you can travel and return on a single tank of gas or single charge for EV drivers

Maintain appropriate social distancing by staying at least 6 feet from people from other households. This is essential at boat launches, shore fishing areas and fishing piers.

Anglers planning to fish on the water also should only boat with those in their immediate household and maintain a minimum six-foot distance from other boats at all times. Beaching or rafting with other boats is not allowed.

When launching or loading a boat, boaters should give those ahead plenty of time and space to finish launching or loading before approaching.

To avoid crowding at license agents, the DNR is encouraging anglers to buy their fishing licenses early, and consider buying online and then saving that license on your phone. Licenses are available online.

USPS Offers Guidance on Hold Mail Service

The U.S. Postal Service is providing updated information on Hold Mail to help customers temporarily displaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hold Mail service is designed for customers who plan on being away from their home or business for up to 30 days. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Postal Service suspended the 30-day time frame and extended all Hold Mail requests beyond 30 days. That extension ends on May 30, 2020. Customers whose mail has been on hold beyond 30 days as of May 30 will have until June 14 to make arrangements to have their mail held longer if needed. On June 15, 2020, the Postal Service will revert back to its normal policy that allows for customers to have their mail held for 30 days.

Customers with questions regarding Hold Mail requests can contact the Postal Service at 1-800-ASK-USPS (275-8777).

For the latest information on Postal Service service updates, please check about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Agencies seek trucking, carbon sources, for state’s livestock farmers

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture need assistance with disposal and composting of livestock carcasses due to the closing of meat packing plants. 

The agencies are surveying the trucking industry to determine if firms have extra capacity to haul carcasses. 

The agencies are also seeking carbon sources, such as woodchips, to aid in the composting process. 

For more information, contact Michael Crusan with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health at 651-201-6815 or via email.

East Central Minnesota Pride cancels 2020 Pride in Pine City

East Central Minnesota Pride, the nonprofit that has been holding the regional LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning) pride event for 15 years, announced today that it is officially canceling the event for 2020. The festival was set to take place June 6, 2020, in Pine City. It will be rescheduled for the first Saturday in June, 2021.

This decision comes after a wave of large event cancellations and postponements due to the developing COVID-19 situation. This is the first time the Pine City event has been canceled in its history.

More information can be found at www.EastCentralMinnesotaPride.org.

IMAGE Art Show deadline extended to May 15

The East Central Regional Arts Council is committed to bringing you the IMAGE Art Show online this year. All artwork submitted for the show will be part of this first ever digital show on our website starting June 1. 

However, we have had a couple of things happen which were out of our control. The online entry form didn’t work for some of you. You clicked on it, and it said you had already entered. Another issue is that our Call for Entry postcard mailing from the printer couldn’t go out in the mail weeks ago, as planned. Instead, it was mailed out only this week. Because of these extenuating circumstances we are extending the entry deadline until May 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Go to www.ecrac.org to enter the show.

Kick Cancer to the Curb

Because of the coronavirus and the impact it has had on all the businesses in our county, we have decided to cancel our annual fundraiser at the Back to the Tower Days in Ogilvie. 

We have been blessed with private donations, Lions donations, Hardees, local churches, Knights of Columbus and others so we will be able to help cancer patients through the coming year.

Thank you for all the support you have given to us.

If you  have any questions call Rita at 320-679-2047 or Sharon at 670-4128.

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