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Interfaith Volunteers expand services during COVID-19 crisis to bring comfort to residents
Interfaith Volunteers have been providing rides and building ramps for the elderly and disabled in the Brainerd Lakes Area for 20 years.

Due to the recent crisis, they are expanding services to offer phone calling to the lonely, homebound, and isolated who may be in need of social contact.

The volunteers are committed to helping people remain living safely and independently at home.

If you or someone you know are in need of their services, please call Interfaith Volunteers at 218 820-7454. The volunteers are ready and willing to help.

TLC Delivers
“Helping local businesses serve the local community through FREE doorstep delivery of meals, household essentials and medications during the pandemic.”

We have all been asked to "stay at home" yet we still need food, household items and medications. With that in mind the Crosslake Log Church has put together a team of volunteers who are willing to provide free delivery of meals, household essentials and medications from Crosslake area businesses and restaurants to area residents. How does it work?

Simply call a local participating business or restaurant stating you would like to place an order for delivery with “TLC Delivers.” . Place your order and make payment to the business or restaurant.
• Maucieri’s 218 692-4800
• Moonlite Bay 218 692-3575
• Andy’s 218 692-3722
• Grand Champion Meats 218 692-6328
• Crosslake Ace 218 692-1230
• Crosslake Drug 218 692-2502
• Valeri Ann’s Family Foods 218 454-3663

This list of participating businesses is subject to change. For updated information go to: www.crosslakelogchurch.org

The business/restaurant will contact “TLC Delivers” and the delivery will be setup and made to your doorstep (no face to face contact) sometime between 1-5pm Monday-Saturday.

If you want to leave a “tip” for the delivery person please place it in an envelope on your doorstep. All tips go to a benevolence fund to subsidize meals for families in need.

Crosslake Cares Announces Call-in COVID-19 Help Line
Do you have questions about the virus, have questions you can’t get answered? We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Crosslake Cares callin help line at 218-513-0131.

This call-in line is only for nonmedical and non-emergency use. Calls will be answered Monday through Friday from 1pm-5pm by a Crosslake Cares volunteer. You don’t need WiFi or internet computer capability -just pick up your phone and call us!

Given the coronavirus outbreak and the resulting actions taken by government officials and employers we have established a non-medical and nonemergency CALL-IN HELP LINE for all Crosslake Area Seniors and those who assist them.

The current environment is difficult for everyone but particularly so for our seniors who are largely staying at home with limited outside activities and social interactions.

We are focused on providing answers to non-medical and non-emergency questions by having you call in. Our Crosslake Cares volunteer team will answer your questions directly or refer you to a source that can answer your questions. During these difficult times it is important for everyone to pull together to support and build up our community.

Crosslake Library offers curbside pick-up
The Crosslake Area Library is now offering a curbside pick-up program for materials. Curbside drop-off will also be available.

Go to https://crosslakearealibrary.follettdestiny.com to access our catalog. This link is also available on the City website.

Request your order by email at clal@crosslake.net or by phone Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00-12:00 only at 218-692-7323. You will need the title or author, your name and library card number to request your material. There will be a limit of 5 items per card.

Curbside pick-up will be from 1:00-3:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only. Please park in designated area, remain in your car and call 218-692-4271 for staff. You will need to show your library card to receive your materials. We are not accepting book sale donations at this time.

For more information please call the Library at 218-692-7323.

CRMC Care Center contacting residents
To offer more opportunities for communication between residents’ families and friends during this pandemic, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Care Center is now offering alternative communication methods.

These include Skype, Facetime, Zoom Meetings, Facebook Messenger, House Party App and window visits.

For more information or to schedule a communication time, please contact the Activities Department at Mary.Dehning@cuyunamed.org or (218) 546-4353.

Free Online Mental Health Peer Support Groups for Individuals and Families
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors a variety of online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, spouses/partners, as well as parents of children and teens. Led by trained peer facilitators the support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. When joining an online group, please add only your first name. Also, the groups are specifically for those individuals suggested by the group’s title. For example, Family Support Group is only for family members and NAMI Connection is only for those who live with a mental illness and are over 18 years old, etc. Find a complete listing of group meetings and how to join in by going to namimn.org and clicking on “Support Groups” or go straight to https://namimn.org/support/namiminnesota-support-groups/.
Over the Hills Gang

The Over the Hills Gang ATV club meets the first Saturday of the month at Emily Log Cabin Bar at 10 a.m. Meetings are held February through October with no meetings in November, December or January.

All club events, ride schedule and training events can be found on the club’s website at www.overthehillsgang.org

The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and fun riding in the area.

Cuyuna Iron Range Riders
We are a family style ATV club located in the Crosby /Ironton area. We are dedicated to responsible riding for all ages, youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We plan activities centered around riding in Minnesota’s great outdoors.

The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders club has been activity in the Cuyuna Range community since 2004. We volunteer our time to host youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We are actively pursuing grant in aid trails in Crow Wing County. The club offers memberships to anyone interested in trail riding and exploring nature. For more information, go online to www.cuyunaironrangeriders.com or contact  club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email heittola@brainerd.net and visit us on Facebook.

Crosslake Food Shelf
The Crosslake Food Shelf is open the first and third Fridays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. It is located at 34212 County Highway 3 in Crosslake, MN. If you have any questions or need emergency assistance, you may call:
Doris Mezzenga 218-692-1004
Fred Walch 218-270-0646
Nancy Rudberg 218-692-2309

Monetary donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 253, Crosslake, MN 56442

Outing Library
The Outing Volunteer Library reopened on Monday, June 15th with the following regulations: limit of 5 people plus staff at one time. Everyone must wear a mask of their own. Because of the Corona Virus we WILL NOT be having story time.

Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12

We strongly urge you to volunteer for 2 hours on 4 different days. The librarian will train you if you are a new volunteer. Call Carol Pierce or leave a message at 612-803-1569.

Emily Library
The City of Emily Library, closed to public access in accordance with current state and federal  guidelines, is offering curbside pickup during city open hours. Log on to the city website at www.cityofemily.com and click on the library tab. On the library page you will find a link to contact the library.

Emily Gymnasium programs cancelled
‘Bone Builders’ exercise program for Adults at Crooked Lake Township has been suspended

Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Food Shelf located at 20948 County Road 1 in Emily is open the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30pm and the following Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00am.
Call the Emily Food Shelf at 218- 763-3663 for further information and emergency assistance.
Financial contributions s/b sent to our mailing address: PO BOX 93, EMILY MN 56447
We sincerely thank all of you who continue to support the food shelf and the local communities we serve: Emily, Fifty Lakes, Outing, Fairfield, Little Pine, Ross Lake, Perry Lake.

Wednesday Care 'N Share meals in Emily
Care-n-Share Wednesday free meal program was suspended March 18, 2020 due to COVID 19 and health and safety concerns for the volunteers and community members we serve.
During April there were some program changes worked on to provide some meals which have now been initiated. The changes also work to protect the volunteers and community members. Bag meals are being prepared for pick-up. The number of bag meals requested must be reserved by calling 952-240-7936. Bag meals can be picked up at Emily Wesleyan church between 1:00 and 2:30 PM on Wednesdays.
At some future time, we all hope that these fluid health concerns are resolved. In the mean time we thank you for your understanding and support.
Crosslake Ideal Lions News
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club is in full swing meeting the second Wednesday of every month at the Crosslake Lions Picnic Shelter at 6:00 pm.

Their latest project has been the Pickleball Courts that are located next the Picnic Shelter and are experiencing a great amount of activity. The Lion’s Club will be donating additional funds to further enhance these courts.

The monthly flea market resumed in July and will end on the last Saturday of September during Crosslake Days. Music in the Park continues with record turnouts.

Peach Sales will again occur at the end of August. The dates are open depending on when they have reached the optimum ripening stage. Watch for the signs and truck in the Moonlight Bay parking lot.

The Melvin Jones Award, the highest achievable Lion’s award, have been presented to five local businesses for their contributions and support of the Crosslake-Ideal Lions Club. Watch for future articles to learn more about them.

For more information regarding joining the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club, please contact Barb Hansen at 612-760-5669.

Laker Lions News
Mobility Equipment available for use
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions has mobility equipment for you to use. These articles include: Wheel Chairs, Walkers, Crutches, etc. Please contact Larry @ 218-763-5022 or Kathy @ 218-821-4668. Please call us—We are here to serve our communities.

Lakers Lions accepting recycled item donations
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions are collecting used eye glasses to be recycled for foreign mission projects, used hearing aids to be recycled for our Hearing Foundation Projects, used cell phones to go to battered woman’s shelters, and used ink cartridges to be recycled for Pediatric cancer patients. If you have any of these items you would like to donate to the cause, please deposit these items in our donation boxes at these locations: Outing—Village Inn and Outing Station. Emily—Pine River State Bank, Ace Hardware, Kut & Kurl, Granny’s Bar and Grill, and the Emily Wesleyan Church

We and you Serve!!

Donate your used eyeglasses
Crosslake Ideal Lions are collecting used eyeglasses to donate to the visually impaired. Drop off sites are located at Crosslake Drug, Crosslake Community Center, Black Ridge Bank, First National Bank, Crosslake Clinic, Reeds,and Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Pine River-Backus Free Community Meals
The Free Weekly Community Meals initiative in the Pine River and Backus communities began on April 22, 2019. The overarching goal is to connect families with weekly access to restaurant quality food, prepared by area Chefs, and be a catalyst to continue building the solid network of support within our community.

Free Weekly CommUnity Meals are provided every Monday, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, at the Riverside Church, located at 310 Norway Ave, in Pine River, and every Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 pm, at the Pine Mountaineer Senior Citizens Club, located at 131 Front Street North, in Backus.

These healthy meals are Chef prepared and open to the public. If you are interested in providing a monetary donation to support the CommUnity Meals they may either be mailed to: CommUnity Meals, P.O. Box 1, Pine River, MN or dropped off in person at the Pine River-Backus Family Center, located at 245 Barclay Avenue, Pine River. Your support and financial contributions to this valuable community resource are both respected and deeply appreciated.

CRMC Advance Care Planning One-on-one Consultations Suspended
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Advance Care Planning one-on-one consultations to answer questions and assist in completing a healthcare directive are suspended during April.

Information is available at www.honoringchoice.org. To have a directive mailed, call Mary Novotny at 218-546-700, ext. 4222. For any questions, Facilitators Debra Bergsnev and Novotny are available to assist. Reach them through email at: deb.bergsnev@cuyunamed.org or mary.novotny@cuyunamed.org

The facilitators assist in determining wishes for end-of-life care and who will make medical care decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself. The sessions are being provided to encourage everyone to make their healthcare wishes known to their family members and physician. The advanced care planning process involves conversations about values, beliefs, and goals for future health care. The document helps prepare for the unexpected by outlining values and priorities for future medical treatment and identifies a health care agent.

Outing Seniors revised schedule
The Outing Seniors board has been reviewing the Club’s normal activities. In light of the continuing COVID 19 restrictions and social distancing all normal Club activities are canceled until further notice. As a most vulnerable age group and with realistically thinking the Board believes this is the correct decision. Should there be a positive change to this most fluid health matter, fall or winter seasonal activities may be considered. The Board has also made the decision to wave dues for the coming year. We thank you for your understanding as the Board has the health and safety of all citizens in mind.

Walk with Us
Why..walking is the best exercise for your entire body and mind!

Where do we meet..Crafts and Cones parking lot

How long do we walk..we have a couple of routes and we walk according to our abilities. Approximately 45 minutes.

What time and days..we will try to walk every day starting at 11:00 a.m. Except for weekends.

Who..for everyone!!

We work on distancing and wearing gloves and masks (optional). We will be saving you a spot!!

Please call Donna Keiffer, Senior Fitness Instructor at 218-821-1158...if you are interested. Crosslake Community Center, Crosslake.

Mask donations needed at CRMC

As the national pandemic continues, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is again calling on community members for donations of hand-sewn cloth face masks to protect its patients and visitors.

Masks may be safely donated Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. at CRMC’s main entrance screening station.

For answers to any donation questions or an alternative time to make a donation, please contact Jennifer Podsiadly at Jennifer.podsiadly@cuyunamed.org or 218-545-4455.

Thursdays: AA Zoom Meeting Thursday Nights
Those with a desire to stop drinking are invited to attend the Crosslake Thursday Night’s AA Online Meeting on Zoom. The meetings are one hour long and take place every Thursday night at 7 p.m. Please call the Immaculate Heart Church at 218-692-3731 to be put in touch with a person who can give you more information about how to log on.

Helping Employees Live in a Pandemic

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has developed an online mental health program for employers to offer their employees to help them manage their stress, coping skills and resiliency during this unprecedented time. The new program is called HELP – Helping Employees Live in a Pandemic.

COVID-19 has increased stress levels due to the uncertainty about the future, being alone or being together too much, caring for children or other family members, working from home or being an essential worker, and it has caused grief from cancellation of major life events. In response to the mental health needs of Minnesotans, NAMI Minnesota’s new program – HELP – was developed to address these issues and promote good mental health and coping skills.

“For employers, taking a practical step like providing the HELP program sends a powerful message to employees that mental health is an important part of overall health and performance. It acknowledges their struggles and supports their wellbeing,”

said Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota. HELP program classes include: Minding Your Mental Health During COVID-19, Keeping in Touch: Staying Connected During COVID-19, Coping with Kids, Self-Care and Mindfulness, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Positive Psychology, and Question, Persuade and Refer, which teaches the 3 steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide.

All classes are 1 hour in length. Employers can choose one or all of the classes to be offered through Zoom or another online platform. A recent class participant remarked, “The speaker did a great job. I found the format for sharing to be grounding and inspirational.”

NAMI Minnesota appreciates, but does not require, an honorarium for delivering the classes. For information or to schedule a class, contact NAMI Minnesota at namihelps@namimn.org.

Training on Self-Care for Senior Workers During COVID-19

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in collaboration with McCubbin Training and LeadingAge Minnesota has created a free, online training on Self-Care for Senior Workers During COVID-19. The training helps caregivers develop personal strategies for managing stress and practicing self-care as they continue to provide care for others.

The training, which includes a salute from Gov. Walz, is targeted for caregivers of older adults living in care centers, assisted living, their own home and adult foster care settings. It is about 20 minutes long and can be viewed on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. To access the training go to namimn.org and see “Self-Care Training for Senior Workers.” For more information, call 651-645-2948.

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October Events

October 1: Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
The Brainerd Lakes Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet virtually via Zoom on Thursday, October 1, at 1:00pm. A physical therapist that specializes in neurological disorders will be speaking. If you are not already on the email list or have a question, call 218 829-4017.

October 3: Crow Wing Paddlers 2020
How do I join? All we need is your email. Call us at 612-581-2144. Cost: Nothing if you have something to paddle, otherwise we offer half price rental for all club events.

Sat 10/3 1 PM Mine Pits Easy

October 13: Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild
Due to concerns of the Coronavirus, the Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild regular monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th has been cancelled.

October 16-18: Lake Bemidji State Park offers firearms deer Youth Hunt
Permits are available for the firearms deer Youth Hunt at Lake Bemidji State Park. The hunt is open to youth ages 12 to 15 and limited to 20 participants. Hunt dates are October 16-18. Each youth hunter must have completed the Firearms Safety Certificate and possess a valid deer license. An adult mentor must accompany the youth at all times and may not carry a firearm. The hunt is either-sex with a bag limit of two. Participants must call the park office at 218 308-2300 to register and schedule a time to pick up their orientation packets prior to the hunt..

October 31: Halloween Trick or Treat Parade at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Care Center
Even though COVID-19 is still a very real boogeyman lurking behind every mask, Coronavirus has not ghosted the Halloween Trick or Treat Parade at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Care Center.

Activities Supervisor Mary Dehning devised a creative and fun outdoor way for youngsters to roam along the building in search of sugary and spooky delights. Residents will stay inside their rooms while children trick-or-treat for self-serve candy at scary stations that will be set up outside of their individual windows. The stations will be more than six feet apart and all candy will be pre-packaged.

All tiny goblins, superheroes and ghouls age 10 and younger are asked to gather outside at the back of the Care Center on Saturday, Oct. 31, beginning at 5 p.m. They must maintain proper social distancing as they trick or treat from each spooktacular station to the main entrance collecting their loot. They’ll be able to greet residents through their festively decorated windows. The community will also be able to vote on the residents’ window decorating competition at a station under the Care Center’s main entrance.

The Care Center is also seeking candy and monetary donations to help support the event as COVID-19 has not allowed residents to hold their usual fundraisers. Generally, more than 500 youth trick or treat at the Center and thousands of pieces of candy is distributed. Donations may be sent to CRMC Care Center Activities Department, Attention Mary Dehning, 320 E. Main St., Crosby, MN 56441 any time before Halloween. They may also be left at CRMC’s main entrance screening station at any time before Halloween. For more information, contact Dehning at: Mary.Dehning@Cuyunamed.org

October 24: Saving Hearts 5K Run/Walk Cancelled
The Saving Hearts 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention scheduled for October 24, 2020 has been cancelled.

The group will move forward with the planning of the event for next year to be held October 23, 2021.

Through November 12: Faith in Action Kicks Off 14th Annual Fundraiser Raffle
Raffle tickets are now available at local businesses for the Faith in Action for Cass County 2020 Fundraiser Raffle. The Grand Prize will be a 2020 Polaris Ranger 570 with an Aluma Trailer. The machine and trailer will be on display at area businesses throughout the raffle period. The second-place prize is $1000 Cash and the third place prize is a $500 gift card from Hackensack Lumber and Do It Best Hardware. Tickets are available individually or in packets of 8 for a great deal. The raffle drawing will be held Thurs., November 12, 2020, at Bites Grill and Bar in Pine River.

This is the 14th Annual Faith in Action Fundraiser Raffle and each year the grand prizes have gotten better. This year 10 additional prizes are available, all of which were donated by area businesses, including Tianna Country Club in Walker, Full Stringer Bait in Longville, Godfrey’s in Backus, Southside Station, Mark’s Market, and Swanson’s Bait of Hackensack, One Stop in Longville, Clem’s Hardware in Cass Lake, and the Pine River Family Market and Bites Grill and Bar in Pine River. Proceeds from the 2019 Raffle (approx. $21,000) were used by Faith in Action for Cass County to deliver direct services to people in need.

Faith in Action for Cass County is a community-based, volunteer, non-profit organization providing non-medical assistance to older adults, adults with disabilities, and other individuals experiencing difficult circumstances. Services include transportation, friendly visiting, respite, light housekeeping, chores and simple home repair. There are no income restrictions and no fee is charged for the services which are provided based on need. Donations are gladly accepted. Faith in Action’s goal is to assist those who are looking for the resources they need to remain living in their homes and communities. By buying a raffle ticket you are directly supporting Faith in Action and you have a chance to win a great prize.

Be on the lookout for the Polaris Ranger 570 and Aluma trailer with a large WIN ME sign attached. Check with your local businesses about buying tickets or check out our website at www.faithinactioncass.com for a list of participating businesses. Or call Faith in Action for Cass County at 675-5435 or 1-866-675-5435 for information about getting help or about volunteering. Volunteer trainings are being scheduled for June and July. Faith in Action is “Neighbors helping Neighbors.”

Through November 20: Lakers Lions Christmas Gift Program
The Emily, Outing, 50 Lakes Lions will again be providing Christmas gifts to families living in the Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes area who need assistance with gifts for area children through 12 years of age.

Application forms are available at the Emily Food Shelf. Forms must be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian. The application deadline is Nov. 20th.

Gifts will be distributed at the Emily Food Shelf in December.

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