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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.

Fifty Lakes Day postponed to August
Fifty Lakes Day has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020 due to the Covid-19 Health Pandemic and Emergency Declaration.

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/.

MnDOT to postpone all public meetings, open houses
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced – in accordance with guidance from state health officials – that the agency will indefinitely postpone all public meetings and project open houses statewide to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of all Minnesotans. This includes all MnDOT-hosted events for at least the next 30 days.

Public engagement on transportation and construction projects remains a top priority for the agency. MnDOT is exploring alternatives, such as virtual and remote options for
Paul Bunyan Cyclists cancels the annual Tour Of Lakes
It is with great regret that Paul Bunyan Cyclists is canceling the 2020 Tour of Lakes. Due to the current pandemic, we cannot guarantee the safety of our riders and volunteers. We have decided to refund entry fees for this year's event. All riders will receive a full refund of fees paid to Paul Bunyan Cyclists. There is a small fee per rider charged by Tempo, our registration provider which covers their costs, and which they will not be refunded.

We hope to see all of you next year at the 2021 Tour of Lakes. We wish all of you the best in these tough times, stay safe and enjoy the ride.

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 located at 34212 County Highway 3 in Crosslake, MN. We are open the first and third Fridays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. When you come in for the first time, please bring a driver’s license and a current utility bill no more than one month old. 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

Outing Volunteer Library Closed
The Outing library will be closed until the end of March because of the Corona Virus. We will reassess at that time about April.

Emily City Library closed

Emily Gymnasium programs cancelled

‘Bone Builders’ exercise program for Adults at Crooked Lake Township has been suspended

Emily Food Shelf
The Board of the Emily Food Shelf would like to assure past and future clients that we are committed to remaining open to serve any and all who are in need during these uncertain times.

Our days and hours will not change. We are open the 3rd Wed of the month from 9:30am to 11:00am and the following Thurs from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

However, we do have to change the way we do business going into the near future. In order to keep volunteers and clients healthy, starting with April distribution and until further notice, we will be providing:

- Curbside pick-up will be provided in the drive thru lane or the west side handicapped sidewalk access area. Stay in your vehicle, you will be greeted by a volunteer.

- Pre-packed boxes with non-perishable foods based on recommendations from Second Harvest.

- Pre-packed assorted frozen meats and dairy products

- Pre-packed paper products

No clients will be allowed to enter the building

Call the Emily Food Shelf at 218- 763-3663 for further information, Board contacts, and to leave a message if necessary.

Stay safe, stay well!

Wednesday Care 'N Share meals in Emily temporarily suspended
The Care-n-Share Wednesday free meal program has been temporarily suspended due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to reflect the concerns about the health and safety for our volunteers and the community members we serve. When these extremely fluid health concerns return to normal, Care-n-Share will resume this meal program. We thank all for your understanding of these concerns.

Caregiver Classes Postponed Until April
The Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes sponsored by Faith in Action for Cass County and Union Church in Hackensack will be postponed to begin on April 15, 2020. Please call Faith in Action at 218-675-5435 for more information.
Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 1st Wednesday of each month for the Board Meeting 6 PM at Old Milwaukee Club. The 2nd Wednesday each month for the General Meeting 5:30 Social, 6 PM meeting, at Maucieri’s. For interest in joining our club of 75 local members helping the community please call Connie at 218-692-1267 or email at: crosslakeideallions@gmail.com.

New members wanted
Looking for new members willing to serve our community by volunteering your time to support local organizations. Crosslake Ideal Lions support the Crosslake Food Shelf by stocking shelves every Tuesday, sponsoring the Free Concert @ Town Square in the summer months in Crosslake, sponsoring a weekly Flea Market June through September, in addition to annual events. Crosslake Ideal Lions donate all proceeds from fund raising to local organizations. Support your community by joining us by emailing us at CrosslakeIdealLions@gmail.com. OUR MOTTO IS TO SERVE!

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.

More Healthy Meals available to older Minnesotans during COVID-19
Through a new federal grant that is part of the CARES Act, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is now able to provide older Minnesotans ages 60+ two meals a day, seven days a week through its LSS Meals service – up from one daily meal.

Since the start of the pandemic, Lutheran Social Service has experienced a dramatic increase in meals requested. More than 120,000 meals have been served since mid-March, an increase of 30 percent over the same period last year.

The availability of additional meals comes at a time of increased demand when many older adults are facing more difficulties securing healthy nutrition.

“While social distancing measures are important for our safety and health, they also have an impact on older adults and nutrition,” explained Kristin Schurrer, senior director of LSS Meals. “It’s a risk for them to go to the grocery store. And adult children or neighbors who might have helped them with shopping or cooking may not be leaving their homes, because of underlying health conditions.”

Lutheran Social Service provides home-delivered and curb-side meals to Minnesotans age 60 or older in 39 counties in Minnesota. Federal and community funding allows Lutheran Social Service to provide meals for a suggested donation of $5 per meal. No diner will be turned away because they can’t afford a meal.

Lutheran Social Service also offers Meals to Go, which ships healthy, affordable frozen meals anywhere in Minnesota. A generous donation from Dr. Donald Nelson of Northfield recently helped Lutheran Social Service renovate its kitchen in Waterville, Minnesota near Faribault. The newly-refurbished kitchen is also helping to meet a growing need for shipped meals.

Lutheran Social Service will continue offering meals for curbside pickup as well as home-delivered Meals on Wheels left at diners’ doors to limit contact.

To order meals or find an LSS Meals location near you, please visit lssmn.org/meals.

Food Opportunities for Children During COVID-19
The Crow Wing County Public Health Team has compiled a list of locations that will offer free meals for all children 18 years and under during the COVID-19 school break.

Baxter/ Brainerd:
Brainerd Public Schools: Free breakfast and lunch pick-up will be available from 11am-12:30 pm, March 18-27, 2020 to all children 18 years and under. See additional details including locations here: http://ow.ly/JBiH50yOm6I

Operation Sandwich:
Follow facebook page for current updates. Facebook: @OperationSandwich (218) 825-7682

The Burn: Offering free nutritional shakes to children. Facebook: @TheBurnShakeBar (218) 454-2077

Prairie Bay: Free meal to all kids Facebook: @prairie.grill (218) 824-6444

The Outreach Program of the Brainerd Lakes: Info on where meals are being distributed: Facebook: @Outreachprogrambla 218-961-0055

Soup Kitchen: Still operating, now doing take-out meals. Facebook: @brainerdsoupkitchen (218) 829-4203

Sweet Sinsations: Free meal to all kids (11:00-2:00) Facebook: @SweetSinsationsLLC (218) 203-9468

Crosby/ Ironton/ Deerwood:
Ironton American Legion:
Free lunches for kids K-12 11am-2pm, Monday-Friday 218-546-5975

Iron Range Eatery: Free meal to all kids Facebook: @ironrangeeatery 218-545-5444

North Country Cafe:
Boxed lunch for kids Facebook: @northcountrycafe Please call ahead: 218-820-6528

Nisswa/Pequot Lakes:
A-Pine Restaurant:
Free bag lunch for kids between hours of 10:30-11:30 Facebook:@APineFamilyRestaurant 218-568-8353

Mainstreet Ale House:
Free meal to all kids (Opens at 11:00AM) Facebook: @MainStreetAleHouse
Please call ahead: 218-961-6724

Pequot Lakes Schools: Starting Wednesday, March 18th PequotLakes Schools will provide a breakfast and lunch bagged together for students. A bagged meal can be picked up at either the High School or Eagle View between 7 – 8:30 a.m. or 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. daily.

Please contact your child’s school office with the full name of the student(s) requesting meals for planning purposes.
EV: 218-562-6100
MS: 218-568-9357
HS: 218-568-9210

Pine River Backus Schools: Take & Go Lunches will be available to those who need starting Monday, March 16 from 11-1 in the Commons Area. Lunches are free to anyone 18 and under. Offered Monday-Friday. 218-587-8000

Sherwood Forest: Free meal to all kids Facebook: @sherwoodforestmn (218) 963-6261

Crosslake Community School: During the School shutdown ordered by the MN Governor, we will provide the following MEALS to all children 18 and under. Meals will be delivered by afternoon school bus routes on Mondays and Thursdays only. or you can pick them up at the School.

On Monday you will receive Lunch for Monday, Breakfast and Lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday, Breakfast for Thursday.

On Thursday you will receive Lunch for Thursday, Breakfast and Lunch for Friday, Breakfast for Monday.

Please let us know as soon as possible - at least 24 hours if you need to change your meal delivery.

This is crucial, so we do not make meals that are not needed, or we do not get you the meals you do need. To sign up you can email kathyfaust@crosslakekids.org or call 218-692-5437 – School Office.

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May Events

May 27: Blood Drive Crosslake Community School, Noon-6pm
The Crosslake Community Charter School located at 35805 County Road 66 in Crosslake will be holding a Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from Noon to 6 p.m.

Call Kathy Faust at 218 692-5437 for an appointment or more information.

Come to give for a special Red Cross T-shirt by mail, while supplies last.

May 28 - September 4: Lunch Bunch continues
Nutritious lunches will be available to area youth again this summer through the Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch, a free program organized by area churches and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

The lunches are available on weekdays starting Thursday, May 28, through Friday, Sept. 4. They will be at the following locations: 11:15 to 11:35 a.m. in Ironton at Grandpa’s Park; 11:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m. at Crosby Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave.; and 12:15 to 12:35 p.m. in Deerwood at Veteran’s Park across from the American Legion. Volunteers preparing and distributing lunches will take all safety precautions including wearing gloves and masks.

The Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch’s goal is to provide meals for students who normally receive free or reduced lunches through school programs. The lunches are prepared and distributed by several local volunteers including members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby; Cascade Methodist Church and Salem Lutheran Church, both in Deerwood; St. Joseph Chapter of St. Vincent de Paul in Crosby and Deerwood; and employees of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

Last year, a total of 5,572 lunches were served through the program. That amount compares to 6,164 lunches in summer 2018; 4,861 lunches in summer 2017; 4,650 in 2016; 3,820 in 2015; and 900 in 2014, the program’s first year.

For more information or to contribute to the Lunch Bunch, contact Ellen Brandt at St. Vincent de Paul, eltrbrandt@gmail.com.

May 30-31: Sacred Festival of Shabuoth

Torah Keepers are invited to attend Yahuah’s Annual Sacred Festival of Shabuoth on May 30-31. We will also meet for the Festival of Tabernacks on Oct. 3-10. For location, time and details call 218-766-8176

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June Events

June 6: 4th Annual Veterans Kayak Fishing Tournament Cancelled
The 4th Annual Veterans Kayak Fishing Tournament that was to be held on June 6, 2020 has been cancelled.

Hopefully the event can be reschedule later this year otherwise next year. The Northland Press will update the information if a new date is scheduled.

June 9: Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild
Due to concerns of the Coronavirus, the Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild regular monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday June 9th has been cancelled.

June 13: Crow Wing Power Postpones Annual Meeting and Cancels Member Breakfast Event
In light of the current health situation facing our country and in doing its part in helping slow down the COVID-19 Coronavirus, Crow Wing Power has decided to postpone the Annual Meeting for members, which was previously scheduled for June 13, 2020 at the Cooperative Headquarters.

A rescheduled date will be determined once large groups can meet again.

In addition, the Cooperative has decided to cancel the annual Member breakfast event for this year.

Crow Wing Power’s Bylaws allow for postponement of the Annual Meeting, but the election process will continue as scheduled. Cooperative members will be receiving an election ballot in May.

Since there is no onsite voting this year, members are asked to mail ballots in the provided envelope. Only ballots received by June 12, 2020, will be counted. Survey and Ballot Systems, a secure elections services company in Eden Prairie, MN, conducts the election process and counts the ballots.

Once certified on June 12, election results will be available at www.cwpower.com.

June 13 and 20: 33rd Annual Whitefish Chain Classic Boat Show and Crosslake-Ideal Lions Fishing Tournament Cancelled
Two annual Crosslake events have been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Organizers for the June 13 Crosslake-Ideal Lions Fishing Contest and June 20 33rd annual Whitefish Chain Classic Boat Show. have decided to cancel their events for 2020. Both events are held at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant.

June 15: Emily Cooperative Telephone Company Postpones Annual Meeting
In light of the current health situation facing our country with the COVID-19 virus, the ECTC Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Annual Meeting for members, which was previously scheduled for June 15, 2020.

A rescheduled date will be determined once large groups can meet again. ECTC’s Bylaws allow for postponement of the Annual Meeting, but the election process will continue as scheduled. ECTC members will be receiving their Annual Report and election ballot in May.

Since there will be no onsite voting this year, members are asked to mail ballots in the provided envelope. Only ballots received by 4:30 pm on June 15, 2020, will be counted.

Once certified on June 15, 2020 by the ECTC Nominating Committee, the election results will be available on www.emily.net.

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