Virtual story time returns to ECRL

Virtual Storytime is back, and so are your local librarians who together with youngsters and their families will have fun, sing songs, read books and learn. Watch on the East Central Regional Library Facebook page at

 Grab your shakers and scarves for Virtual Storytime, which runs every week from now until Nov. 18th. The librarians and their schedules are:

· Ms. Erica on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

· Ms. Amelia on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

· Ms. Kirsten on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

 Each week we will spend 20-30 minutes working on our early literacy skills while we all spend time at home. Video will be accessible for a week so you don’t have to watch at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, check out the events calendar at and follow East Central Regional Library on Facebook (@ecrlmn).

Minnesota beef producers wanted for survey

The University of Minnesota and Minnesota Beef Council are collaborating on an overview study mapping the pathways Minnesota beef cattle travel from birth to finish.

The study will provide a foundational overview by documenting and describing the farm-to- feedlot pathways currently being utilized by Minnesota beef producers. 

The survey is the first step in a larger effort involving a collaboration between the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine, MN Beef Council, and UMN Extension. 

The survey is available online and should take producers approximately 5-10 minutes to finish. Survey results and responses are completely voluntary and confidential.

The survey is available at starting August 24, 2020.

Participants will have the option to be entered into a raffle using an email address that will give away a Pierce VAXmate cooler.

For more news from U of M Extension, visit or contact Extension Communications at

Small Cities Development Program begins in Mora

After much anticipation, the Small Cities Development Program will be kicking off in the City of Mora. The Central Minnesota Housing Partnership has scheduled informational meetings for homeowners and rental property owners in Mora who are interested in participating in the program. 

The meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Mora City Hall. That date will represent the official start of the Small Cities Development Program, which was first put in motion over one year ago. 

The homeowner’s meeting is scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m. and the rental property owner’s meeting will follow at 6 p.m. Those attending will learn about program eligibility requirements, the application process and construction steps. Applications will be available at the meeting. Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis.

A total of $393,300 was awarded to complete a minimum of six homeowner projects and four single family rentals, two duplex projects, and eight multifamily units. Questions about the Small Cities Development Program can be directed to Messina Owings, Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, Inc. Program Manager at (320) 258-0681 or

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