Kinship Partners annual End of Summer Picnic will be Aug. 20 at Lum Park in Brainerd.

All Kinship kids who attend this event will receive a new backpack full of school supplies, as well as a bag of personal hygiene items. Kinship reported it is in need of new school items such as three-ring binders, loose leaf paper, scissors, glue sticks, school glue, pencil bags or boxes, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens (blue, black and red), rulers, notebooks both college and wide-ruled, folders, markers, erasers, crayons and highlighters.

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Hygiene items the kids can use are new, full-size (no travel size) shampoo, conditioner, soap, male and female deodorant, toothpaste, dental floss, toothbrushes, body lotion, combs, brushes, washcloths and feminine hygiene products. Deadline for the donation of any of these items to the Brainerd or the Pequot Lakes Kinship Partners office is Aug. 14.

For more information about Kinship Partners, call 829-4606 in Brainerd, or e-mail to or call (877) 730-5437 or go online to

U.S. 169 resurfacing begins Aug. 10

BAXTER - Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and expect delays as crews begin work Monday to resurface U.S. 169 from Mille Lacs County Road 13 to County Road 11 near Milaca, the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Baxter reported. The project is funded with federal stimulus dollars.

Motorists should watch for intermittent lane and shoulder closures and slow down where crews are working. The project is scheduled for completion by late September, weather permitting.

Hardrives Inc. of Rogers is the prime contractor for this $3.9 million resurfacing project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law February.

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Planning commission to meet Wednesday

The Brainerd Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.