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May 24, 2020

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Lake Country Cares launches campaign By Renee Richardson Managing Editor Lake Country Cares officially launched Tues- day, May 18, in part- nership with the area's major health care pro- viders for a unified approach for a safe reopening. "This is very much a community collabora- tion, a community coa- lition," said Matt Kilian, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce president. During a Zoom press conference, Kilian noted they were disappoint- ed more businesses were not allowed to open for the crucial Memorial Day weekend, the start to summer in a lakes area where tourism and sea- sonal business is key for many. After the coronavirus pandemic closed commu- nities across the globe in March, the state's stay- at-home order expired Monday to be replaced by a stay safe order with more businesses open- ing. The state is requir- ing businesses to create a COVID-19 preparedness Safari North Wildlife Park offers drive-thru admission By Frank Lee Staff Writer Those looking for a wild ride need look no further than Safari North Wildlife Park in the Brainerd lakes area. The attraction was slated to open May 9, but was pushed to May 18 because of the governor's social distancing measures. Now the attraction will offer only drive-thru admission to the park starting Thurs- day, May 21. "This is not what we wanted, but it is what we have to do at this time," co-owners Kevin Vogel and his wife Kelly announced to their followers on Face- book. "We greatly and most humbly appreciate our guests and hope that you can come out to sup- port us and our family of animals." Safari North Wildlife Park features bears, tigers, kangaroos, leopards, cou- gars, bobcats, alligators, lynx, lemurs, monkeys, otters, zebras, porcupines, warthogs, hyenas and barnyard animals, accord- ing to Explore Minnesota, the state's official tourism website. "Our gift shop can be open because it's retail, but our zoo cannot be open, but it can be open as Brainerd lakes area businesses reopen amid coronavirus concerns By Frank Lee Staff Writer It definitely wasn't business as usual as Minnesotans who had been staying at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus were given the OK by the governor to go out. Several local businesses in the Brain- erd lakes area that were closed or only offered curbside service or takeout flung open their doors Monday, May 18, to the warm weather and welcomed back shoppers. "You know a lot of stores are in the predicament where they need to unload a lot of things because they have been closed for two months, so people are excited about the sales, I think," Christ- mas Point Wild Rice Co. Co-owner Jenni- fer Tihanyi said. Christmas Point Wild Rice Co.'s three-story building along Highway 371, which opened in Baxter in 1999, tempo- rarily closed its doors in March due to the coronavirus. It reopened Monday to eager shoppers looking for furniture, apparel, home d├ęcor and gifts, or something to eat. 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Vote by mail, ballots sent Early May Paid for by Giles Radtke A fter shutting down in March, the Prayer Quilt Ministry had been unable to meet at The Center on Mondays and Thursday to pin, sew, cut and tie quilts for people who have suffered a serious injury or illness. If the quilters know the name of the beneficiary of the quilt during construction, a prayer is said with each knot. The group was started by Rita Tasche in 2009 and has since recruited a team of quilters. They have created over 3,000 quilts to be given away in the community. On Monday, May 18, three masked quilters were sewing in the conference room on the third floor of The Center. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Surrounded by fabric, Rita Tasche sews Monday, May 18, in the third floor conference room of The Center. The Prayer Quilt Ministry group now has created over 3,000 quilts that are given to anyone who has a serious injury or illness. The group was forced in March to remain home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The quilters now meet Mondays and Thursdays but must wear masks. Prayer Quilters back at work By Chelsey Perkins Community Editor The Crow Wing County Board wants to see shut- tered businesses reopen as soon as Wednesday, May 20, provided they've developed preparedness plans and are able to exe- cute them. During a special meeting Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a resolution urging Gov. Tim Walz to allow bars, restau- rants and other places of accommodation to reopen once they've met guide- lines put forth by the state, expected to be released Wednesday. Modeled after one put forth by the Deer- wood City Council, the resolution comes as some Crow Wing County Board advocates for earlier reopenings Businesses with safety plans should be allowed to proceed, commissioners say CWC BOaRd: Page A8 Todd County again topped area counties with its increase in laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday, May 19, adding 14 more for a total of 87. At the county's current rate of case increases, it may reach tri- ple digits as soon as Wednesday, making it the first north-cen- tral Minnesota county to do so including Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Mille Lacs and Wadena. Meanwhile, Morrison County added two cases while Cass, Wadena and Mille Lacs counties all saw an increase of one case. Crow Wing County remained at 30 cases, although that fig- ure is expected to rise once the outbreak at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany is accounted for in Minnesota Department of Health figures. The long-term care facility reported Monday it's confirmed 21 cases among residents and staff. Todd County continues steep increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases Case nUMBeRs: Page A14 ReOPenInG: Page A14 saFaRI: Page A8 LCC: Page A8

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