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Work closes access from County Road 81
Work on County Road 81 in Brooklyn Park and Crystal has closed access on the east side of the 63rd Avenue intersection and will close the west side in early August, a county official said.
The east side should reopen in early August and the west side by early September, before schools open, said Paul Backer, the county’s construction project engineer. He said the intersection, which dipped, is being raised about four feet to improve sight lines and provide a smoother ride on the four-lane artery, which will have some lanes closed.
The $9.8 million project extends from the south edge of Crystal Airport more than a mile to near Interstate Hwy. 694. Backer said two homes and a dozen commercial buildings, including an old motel, were bought and removed for the project.
Work began March 13 and will be substantially done by November 2014, with landscaping – about 100 trees will be planted – continuing into the summer of 2015. The project’s general contractor is Landwehr Construction of St. Cloud.
Free ‘Entertainment in the Parks’
The Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department is offering free “Entertainment in the Parks” through the summer. Events in the coming days include: • 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, Star of the North Concert Band at Hilde Performance Center, 3450 Plymouth Blvd; • 6:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, Zoomobile: Cool Animals of the North, Hilde Small Stage; • 7 p.m. Aug. 7, Water Ski Show at Parkers Lake Park, County Rd. 6 and Niagara Lane.
Team Haiti will help folks back home
Eighteen young Haitian soccer players who took part in the Schwan’s USA Cup tournament in Blaine this month will be in action today, July 31, using their teamwork in a different way at another venue.
Members of the Haitian Initiative (HI) team will be at Feed My Starving Children’s Coon Rapids location, where they’ll join in packing meals of the kind they eat after practice in Haiti. For many, FMSC says, these are their only meal of the day.
The meals were formulated in 1993 by food scientists at Cargill and General Mills in order to reverse and prevent malnutrition. They consist of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring fortified with 20 vitamins and minerals.
Joining the players at FSMC will be their host families and representatives of three organizations that help make the HI soccer program possible: Healing Haiti, the Sanneh Foundation of St. Paul, and Latitude.
The HI team finished second out of 11 teams in the Gold division of boys U-14 play.