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Search on for Mrs. Martin County

APPLE VALLEY – Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. Martin County.

Mrs. Martin County will represent her county at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, which will be held March 14 in St. Cloud.

The woman chosen as Mrs. Minnesota will receive a prize package worth $7,000 and the chance to represent Minnesota at the 2015 Mrs. International Pageant in July.

Competitions in the pageant are: personal interview, aerobic wear and evening gown.

For married women living in Martin County interested in applying, write for a bio-form: Mrs. Minnesota, International Pageant, P.O. Box 240537, Apple Valley, MN 55124-0537, or an online application can be filled out at www.mrsminnesota.com, or call for information at (952) 432-6758.

W’bago to host National Night Out

WINNEBAGO – Winnebago Public Safety Department will sponsor the 31st annual National Night Out at West City Park on Tuesday.

Citizens, friends and neighbors are invited to celebrate from 5-8 p.m. with representatives from the Winnebago Public Safety Department, Winnebago Fire Department and Winnebago Area Ambulance Service.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

There will be several handouts for adults and children of all ages, including child identification kits. Participants can take a tour of police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances. There will be a free swim offered 5-8 p.m. courtesy of the Winnebago Police Department. Winnebago Fire Department will serve a light meal, and Winnebago Ambulance Service will provide popcorn.

Midwest economic index declines

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states remained in positive territory despite dropping from a three-year high point a month earlier, a report released Friday said.

The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped more than 3 1/2 percentage points in July, to 57.0. The index had risen slightly in June, to 60.6 – the three-year high.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers at Creighton University say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.