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Weekly and Monthly Events

Over the Hills Gang
The Over the Hills Gang ATV club meets the first Saturday of the month at Granny's Bar on Hwy. 6 located between Outing and Emily at 10 a.m.

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

Memory Loss Support Group
A memory loss support group for the caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

The group’s facilitators are Karen Ford and Pam Wachholz who have been trained through the Alzheimer’s Association to lead memory loss support groups. Both women have loved ones in their lives with Alzheimer’s, a disease that attacks the brain. A session will also be held that day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Home Instead in Brainerd.

The group is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. For more information, contact Tammy Jo Johnson at Heartwood, tjohnson@cuyunamed.org or 218-545-8522.

Outing Volunteer Library Hours
Winter Hours:
Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12

Storytime begins May 27 at 10. Book Sale Sat., May 27 from 9- 4 and Sun., May 28 from 9-2 at the Crooked Lake Town Hall

Free exercise programs for adults continue at Emily City Gym
Walkers are welcome to use the gym during open/unscheduled times and during the Mon–Wed–Fri 9:00 program. Take advantage of a dry place to walk during our Minnesota winter. Also, if you’re curious about any of the exercise programs, stop in and check them out. If not for you, you can always visit the Emily Library, right down the hall.

Mon-Wed-Fri at 9:00 a.m., this free 45 minute ongoing low-impact program to vintage music on CD allows you to work at your own pace. Chairs are provided. Keep it low-impact, kick up your heels, or simply walk.

Wednesdays 10-10:50 a.m., Line Dance classes return on Feb 7th. This is a free exercise/dance program for adults. Our goal is to have fun learning dance moves while improving coordination and balance to a variety of music, heavy on country. No boots or hats needed. Join any time –no previous experience required.

Mondays and Thursdays: Yoga for All
Discover the kind and gentle way to improve flexibility, balance, lung capacity and overall well being.
Emily City Hall
Mondays and Thursdays
10:30 – 11:45 am

‘Bone Builders’ exercise program in Outing

The Bone Builders strength-training program, promoted by RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), helps prevent and reverse osteoporosis, improves balance, enhances energy and well-being, increases socialization, and provides senior friendly health information.

Volunteer trainers lead Bone Builder sessions each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Outing/Crooked Lake Township Hall on Highway 6 in Outing.

There is no charge for the sessions –hand and leg weights are provided. The program, sponsored by Outing Seniors, serves seniors in Outing, Emily, and Fifty Lakes.

For information on how to get started, contact Jack Schuller 218-792-5256.

Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time.
 
An additional distribution day will now be added for fruits, vegetables,and bakery items ONLY; on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

For more information please call the Emily Food Shelf at 763-3663.
 

Local area AA
• Mon Night AA Meeting, 7:00 PM at Crosslake Luthern Church, 35960 Cty Rd 66

• Tue Night AA Meeting, 7:00 PM at Presbyterian Church, 14444 Daggett Pine Road

• Thur Night AA and Alanon Mtgs, 7:00 PM at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church South of Reeds Market on CR 37


The Closet
The Closet of Narrows Community Church offers gently loved clothing for men and women who are in need of a helping hand. There is no charge for the clothes and no restrictions apply. What you will find at The Closet, in addition to some lovely clothing selections, is a warm smile, some tasty treats and very friendly volunteers to assist you.

Our shopping hours are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month. If you have clean, repair-free clothes you want to donate, we’ll gladly accept them during this time as well or you can call at 218 792-5530 for more information or to make other arrangements.

Narrows Community Church is located in Outing at 6297 Woods Bay NE, across the street from the Crooked Lake Town Hall. Please look for the yellow directional signs we’ll place for you just north of the Hwy. 6 bridge. If you’d like more information about The Closet, please call the number listed above.

Gamblers Anonymous
Gamblers Anonymous meetings in Brainerd at 7 pm on Monday nights at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 408 N. 7th Street, Brainerd.

 
Wednesdays:  Care 'N Share meals in Emily
Come and join us on Wednesday's at the Care N Share Community Cafe for a delicious community meal, 5-6 pm. The Care ‘N Share Cafe is located in the fellowship hall in the Emily Wesleyan Church on Highway #6 in Emily, MN. Come, meet, share with your neighbors and community friends. This is a great way to make new friends and have a good meal. This is a community activity open to all. Please join us!

Caregiver Support Group in Crosslake
Caregiver Support Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the Month at10:30 am at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association andgeared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss. Open to the community and will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.

 
Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 2nd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s 6PM for board meeting and 6:30 for the general meeting. For more information about joining the Lions please call Connie at 218 839-1267.

Heartland Hospice Volunteer Training
Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in Breezy Point, Crosslake, Outing and the outlying communities. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, pet visits, musical enrichment, art enrichment, Veteran to Veteran visits and clerical services. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule.

Please call Keshia Kettler-Herrmann at Heartland Hospice at 218 829-1252 for further information.
 
National Senior Service Corps
Make a difference in your community by joining the National Senior Service Corps.

Here are two opportunities to serve locally: Foster Grandparents tutor and mentor children in schools, head starts and shelters working 1:1 and in small groups with children in need of extra assistance.

Senior Companion volunteers are assigned to seniors they visit each week to keep them living independently: assisting them with grocery shopping, getting to medical appointments and helping them get out into the community.

Retirees (age 55+) receive a small tax-free stipend and mileage for serving 15-20 hours a week. For more information on how to volunteer and an application: call 218-839-6650 or email Marcia.Ferris@lssmn.org

The grants are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Minnesota Board on Aging, with in-kind support from the agencies they serve at.

Faith in Action Volunteer Drivers Needed to Help Your Neighbors
Many people in rural Minnesota depend on friends or neighbors for rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands. For some, this is the only way they can connect with community, especially during the winter months. At times, finding a driver can be difficult.

In this Season of Giving, consider giving of your time and yourself by becoming a volunteer with Faith in Action and providing rides to someone in your community. Faith in Action Volunteers can choose to drive once or twice a month or weekly as their time allows.

“Without your help I would not be able to live in this community. Each person that has helped me is terrific!” exclaimed Jeannette. And Fred from Pine River said, “Thanks for sending the driver to help me get groceries. I didn’t know how I would get it done. You are lifesavers!”

If you like spending time with people and can transport them to their appointments, shopping and errands, Faith in Action is the place for you to volunteer. Volunteers receive liability insurance coverage, coordination, recognition, mileage reimbursement, and the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference. An application with background check and orientation session are required.

Faith in Action is currently seeking compassionate drivers in your area to help people like Jeannette and Fred to connect with community. Volunteer drivers give them the freedom to manage their health and well-being, and the freedom to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Your neighbors need you! For more information on Faith in Action services and volunteer opportunities, call 218-209-9608 or email cassfia@uslink.net.
 
Crooked Lake Township Property Owners: Become a Road Ambassador
The Crooked Lake Township Emergency Management Planning Team is seeking property owners who would be available during storms or other emergencies as a point of receiving and providing information for your local neighbors. For more information please contact Keith Ahlquist 612-799-5787.

Saving Hearts Suicide Support Group
A confidential and non-judgemental group for those who have been affected by suicide. The group meets at CRMC Ambulatory Room every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 pm.

For more information call or text Michelle Houck 218 251-7230 or Patty Fonda 218 851-6270. Saving Hearts is a committee of The Crisis Line and Referral Service.

CRMC volunteers needed
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is seeking volunteers to assistant patients in wheelchairs get to their destination. Volunteers are needed in four-hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and must be able to walk long distances.

CRMC volunteers must be 18 years or older, flexible and be willing to provide excellent customer service. Benefits of becoming a CRMC volunteer include tremendous self-satisfaction from helping others, social interaction and the opportunity to make new friends, and seeing first-hand what various professions are really like.

To submit an application, visit cuyunamed.org and under the About Us tab, select Volunteer. For more information, please call 218-545-4447.

BUNCO Card Group in Crosslake
Mondays at 1 pm at the Crosslake Community Center. Beginners welcome, $1 fee. Call Jena for more information: 763-441-6417

Crosslake Citizens urged to participate in Comprehenive Plan Update Survey
The City of Crosslake is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, the documents that the current and future City Councils use to help guide their policy making decisions. The Steering Committee working on the update is interested in your opinion on several key issues. Please go to the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MZX8X32 to let the City know how you feel on these issues.

Crosslake Area Library Preschool Story Time
The Crosslake Area Library will have a Preschool Story Time with Mr. Tom on Thursday Mornings at 10:15 a.m. (except for school breaks and holidays.)

Please call 218 692-7323 for more information

New Pathways is launching Path to Home 350
The homeless shelter program run by New Pathways, with day centers in Brainerd and Cambridge, was recently informed that they will lose their HUD funding, effective June 2018. As the HUD contribution makes up half of the program budget, this is threatening the future services for homeless families in Aitkin, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, and Todd counties.

New Pathways is the only family shelter program operating in the 10-county area, and turns families away frequently due to lack of capacity. The need becomes even greater in the winter as people find it more difficult to stay in temporary dwellings like tents or cars. “We are very grateful to the communities who have supported us for over 15 years, and we are hoping they will help us continue to serve them for many years to come”, said Pamela Streed, Executive Director.

To offset the loss of Federal financing, New Pathways is launching Path to Home 350, an emergency fundraising campaign, immediately. “350 pledges of $50 per month would cover our loss”, said Pamela. “We are hoping to find 35 generous donors in each of the counties we serve”. If you would like to learn more about New Pathways or make a contribution, please visit: www.newpathwaysmn.com.

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.

Emily City Library Hours
The Emily Library is located within the Emily City Hall building and is open year round. Hours are Mon - Wed 8 am to 4:30 pm, Thur and Fri from 8 am –12 pm. In addition to a variety of books, the library offers audio books, music CDs, magazines, movies (DVD/ VHS), and puzzles for your enjoyment. Wi-Fi is free at the library.

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, and the Emily Wesleyan Church.

We and you Serve!!

Crosslake Food Shelf needs your help
For some time now, our fantastic “Mitten Lady” has been making beautiful 100% all wool mittens which she sells to benefit the Crosslake Food Shelf. She is currently in need of donations of 100% wool sweaters and vests (no blends, please), especially in the colors of black, gray and red, and with any stripes or patterns. She could also use decorative 1/2 to 1 inch buttons. If you can help, materials may be dropped off at Lakes Area Gallery and Frame Shoppe in Town Square or the Crosslake Food Shelf (located at 34212 County Road 3 in Crosslake) during our open hours, which are the first and third Fridays of every month from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

If you have any questions or need a special pick up, please call Nancy Rudberg at 218-692-2309. The community has been very supportive of the Crosslake Food Shelf over the years, and we hope you will continue to help with your donations of wool.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid awarded Older Americans Act funds to provide legal services for seniors
The St. Cloud office of Mid- Minnesota Legal Aid has received a grant of Older Americans Act funds from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging to provide legal services for seniors residing in ¬-Cass County. The funds will be used to provide legal advice, counseling and representation in court and administrative hearings. There is no cost for these services.

If you are 60 years or older and reside in Cass County, you can get help with legal problems involving Medicare, Social Security, eviction or other housing problems, public benefits, such as medical assistance, food support and fuel assistance, family law issues, including domestic abuse and income maintenance, nursing home problems, home care services, powers of attorney, health care directives and debt collection. NO help is provided for criminal matters, wills, estate planning, or real estate transactions.

Seniors can also call the St. Cloud office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid toll free at 1 (888)  360-2889 for help scheduling an appointment.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid accepts contributions for the legal services, but contributions are not required to receive legal help.

Ideal Transfer Station begins Spring hours
Beginning April 18, the Ideal Transfer Station will begin Spring hours of operation. It will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm.

The Ideal Transfer Station is operated by the Township of Ideal with the cooperation of Crow Wing County and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. It’s mission is to provide access to convenient and environmentally-safe disposal services for the residents of Ideal Township and the surrounding community.

The Transfer Station is not a landfill – none of the materials disposed there remain there - all materials are hauled away and disposed properly.

Items that can be dropped at the Transfer Station for a fee include household garbage, metal & appliances, electronics, mattresses & furniture. Garden materials such as leaves, grass clippings, and lake weeds can be composted for free. Brush can be dropped for a small fee and the station takes blocked wood to be used as firewood at the Rollie Johnson Rec Area. There is an annual permit required to use the facility that can be purchased at the station.

The Station also has a recycling center where glass bottles, tin & aluminum containers, and paper can be dropped for free. During the summer months, the Station can also accept household hazardous materials such as paint, stain, and other household chemicals for free.

There is a Disposal Guide available with a list of items that can be brought to the station and the fees for each type of item. The guide is available at the Station or at the Township website idealtownship.com.

The Ideal Transfer Station is located 2.5 miles East of Hwy 371 at the end of West Island Lake Road. Look for the signs on County Road 16.

Get more info at the Township website – idealtownship.com – or by calling the Township  clerk’s office at 218-543-4392.

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May Events

May 24: Outing Seniors to host AARP driving course
The Outing Senior Club will sponsor an AARP Smart Driver Course at the Outing/Crooked Lake Town Hall. The Four hour refresher course will be held on Thursday, May 24 from noon to 4 p.m. To register or for more information call 218-792-5123.

May 24: Nisswa Garden Club
The Nisswa Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday evening, May 24, 2018, at The Treehouse in Pequot Lakes. Note the change in time and location for this meeting.

Social hour and check-in will begin at 6:30 pm. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer for potluck followed by the business meeting.

The program entitled, “Annual Spring Garden Party” will be presented by Jim Sherwood, club member and owner of The Treehouse. Coordinators are Jill Macnamara, Doreen Mahoney, and Chuck and Betty Ramsbacher.

Upcoming programs include the “Lilies: The Aristocrats of the Garden” on June 28 by Jennifer Knutson and the “Festival of Tables” on July 26.

The Club’s annual spring plant sale will be held on June 2 (June 9 in the event of rain) at Schaefer’s parking lot.

Non-members with an interest in gardening are welcome. Call Marie Boudrye at 218-963-7494 for further meeting details.

Visit www.nisswagardenclub.org for further information on the Club.

Annual Plant Sale
The Nisswa Garden Club annual plant sale will be held on Saturday, June 2 beginning sharp at 8:30 am – 11:30 am at Schaefer’s parking lot, highway 371 & CR 13, Nisswa with no presales. Rain date is June 9. Karen Mitchell 218-562-5949 is the chair of the event.

There will be plenty of seedlings, perennials, annuals, and vegetables for sale. Proceeds of this sale go to three scholarships given to a CLC student going into horticulture.

Plant experts will also be available to answer gardening questions.

May 24 and June 28: Operation Save the Shelter – Community Help is Needed for Homeless Families
New Pathways, a Homeless Shelter Program, has been helping find housing and services for families with children in the Brainerd Lakes area since 2006, but now desperately needs your support. This July, New Pathways will lose approximately half of their normal operating budget due to federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding changes.

Pamela Streed, Executive Director, said, “We’ve launched a ‘Save the Shelter’ campaign because we still need to raise a significant amount of money to replace the $192,541 ($86,237 for the Brainerd site) in lost HUD funding. Our hope is that we will be able to preserve our current programming and continue this important work of assisting families through life’s obstacles and helping them find stable housing.”

Last fall, New Pathways launched their Path to Home 350 Campaign, with a goal of obtaining commitments from 350 supporters across their 10-county service area to commit to donating $50 per month on an ongoing basis. To date, 44 individuals in the Brainerd Lakes area (78 donors altogether) have made commitments, and New Pathways is very thankful to these supporters who stepped up immediately to help. However, more donations and ongoing support are still needed.

Without additional funds, New Pathways may not be able to serve as many families as it has in the Brainerd Lakes area. Pamela said, “We have the only shelter program specifically for families in the 10 counties that we serve, and we turn away far more families than we are able to serve, due to capacity. This program is absolutely necessary, but we need more financial support from the community to continue to operate as we have”.

New Pathways has received commitments from Hallett Charitable Trusts, Crow Wing Power, and Brainerd Lakes Women of Today for a total of over $11,000 to match donations received in the month of May. These matching gifts provide an excellent way for supporters to maximize the impact of their donation. Donations can be made at www.newpathwaysmn.com.

New Pathways will be hosting Open Houses at its Day Center on Thursday, May 24th and June 28th, from 4:30-6:30pm. Staff will be on hand to give you a tour of our facility and discuss the program. Refreshments and appetizers will also be served. Donations can be made online at www.newpathwaysmn.com or by mailing them to New Pathways at 512 S 8th St #2, Brainerd, MN 56401.

May 24-25: CRMC to host American Red Cross Blood Drive
To help meet the need for blood donations, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, May 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its Clinic Conference Room.

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. Walk ins are also welcome; the process generally takes about 45 minutes. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Individuals who are 17 years and older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days. Please contact the Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276 with any eligibility questions. Donor suitability is determined at the collection site on the day of donation.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross relies on community partners to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients. About 80 percent of blood donations made to the Red Cross are through blood drives set up by community organizations, groups and businesses.

Donors should enter CRMC through its main entrance and follow signs to the Clinic Conference Room. Ample parking is available near the main entrance.

May 26: Lakers Lions Memorial Weekend Brat Sale
Lakers Lions will hold their annual Memorial Weekend Brat Sale Saturday May 26th from 10:00 - 2:00 in beautiful downtown Outing. Come and help us celebrate the day by enjoying food and a beverage with your friends and family.

May 26: Ideal Green Market hosts Pancake Breakfast
The Board of the Ideal Green Market Cooperative is hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday May 26, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 AM. The breakfast will be held at the Ideal Green Market Cooperative parking lot in conjunction with Saturday’s Farmer’s Market.

For five dollars, you can have blueberry buckwheat pancakes, real maple syrup, Fox Farm Sausage, juice and coffee. A Gluten free option will be available as well.

Bring your families, your grocery list, visit with our local growers at our farmer’s market and have a wonderful breakfast.

In case of rain, the breakfast will be held next door at the Old Milwaukee Club.

May 27: 2018 Crow Wing Paddlers schedule
The Crow Wing Paddlers club has released the proposed schedule for 2018. The exact locations and times will be posted nearer to the paddling season. The paddling club is open to anyone who wants to paddle with others, and there is no cost to join.
 
This year will feature a fundraising event called “Paddle to the Moon....and back!” on Friday, July 27th at 6:00 pm (night of the full moon). There is a $25 fee per paddler that will be donated to the new Crosslake Community School project. The club will be paddling from the USAC Campground Beach to Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant for a meal/drink and then paddle back. This event is open to any non-motorized craft. Pre-registration required.
 
For more information or to submit event suggestions for the season, call Jim Bergquist at (612) 581-2144.
 
Sun., May 27 - Morning
Fri., June 8 - Evening
Sat., June 23 - Evening
Tues., July - Morning
Sat., July 21 - Mid Afternoon
Fri., July - Moon Light Fundraiser Paddle, 6pm
Wed., August 1 - Noon
Sun., August 12 - Mid Afternoon
Sat., August 25 - Evening
Fri.-Sat., September 8-9 Overnight trip.
Sun., September 23 - A.M.
Sat., October 6 - Early Afternoon

May 27: Camp Knutson “Family Sundae Funday”
Camp Knutson will host a free community event at the camp in Crosslake on Sunday, May 27 from 11-2pm. Come one, come all for the festivities that includes: walking tacos, ice cream sundaes and more; games and activities such as face painting, photo booth, minnow races and lawn games to mention a few.

Annually Camp Knutson provides summer camping opportunities for about 1,200 campers with identified needs. This includes children and adults with heart disease, skin conditions, autism, Down syndrome, HIV/AIDS, mental health needs, youth experiencing homelessness and burn survivors.

The camp is located on Manhattan Point Blvd. about 4 miles north of Crosslake off of Route 66. The address is: 11148 Manhattan Point Blvd., Crosslake.

Come bring your family and friends to this free community happening-rain or shine. See you there!

May 30: Talk with Northland Schools Superintendent in Outing
Do you have questions about Northland Community Schools that you’ve wanted to ask? On Wednesday, May 30 John McDonald, Superintendent of Northland Community Schools is traveling to the Outing area to hold an informal coffee and conversation time. Mr. McDonald will be joined by Assistant Principal Jon Payne. They look forward to meeting with residents and having conversation about education on May 30 at 8:00 a.m. at The Outing Station. Please come and meet them!

May 31: Camp Knutson Spring Volunteer Spring meeting/social
Mark your calendars and join us Thursday, May 31st at 10am for the Camp Knutson Volunteer Spring meeting/Luncheon and Waterfront dedication. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new volunteers and greet old friends. The meeting will convene at 10:00am at the Camp Knutson Dining Hall with a meet and greet, volunteer sign-ups for your favorite camp activity (ies) and general meeting. Conclude with a taco bar luncheon and dedication of the completed waterfront project and camp tours for those interested. Invite a neighbor or friend to join you. Camp Knutson is located at 11148 Manhattan Point Blvd. Crosslake. Annual dues are $10. Check out the campkfriends.com website to learn more about the camp and the volunteer opportunities. Feel free to contact Jared to learn more about volunteer opportunities at 218-543-4232 or email jared.griffin@lssmn.org.

We welcome new faces, new ideas and your willingness to get involved to make a difference in the lives of these special kids.

May 31: BI-CAP Energy Assistance Program deadline
Energy Assistance funding is still available for households in Beltrami and Cass County for help with heating and electric bills. If you have not already applied this heating season and meet the income guidelines, you may be eligible. Deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2018. For application information contact the BI-CAP Energy Assistance Program at 218-751-4631 or 800-332-7161 or visit our website at www.bicap.org .

 2018 Income Guidelines
 Household Last 3 Months
Size
Gross Income

 $6,250

 $8,173

 $10,096

 $12,019

 $13,942

 $15,865

 $16,226

 $16,586

 $16,947

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June Events

June 4 - August 31: Lunch Bunch
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 Monday, June 4, through Friday, August 31, except Wednesday, July 4. They will be at the following locations: 11:15 to 11:35 a.m. in Deerwood Veteran's Park across from the American Legion; 11:45 a.m.- 12:05 p.m. at Crosby Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave.; and 12:15 to 12:35 p.m. in Ironton at Grandpa's Park behind Wells Fargo.

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 4,861 lunches were served through the program. That amount compares to 4,650 lunches in summer 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

June 9: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Area Garden club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. New members are always welcome. For more information contact Jayne at 218-763-1222 or visit our website at: crosslakegarden.org.

June 9 8:30 until 11:30 Cross Lake Area Garden Club Plant Sale. In the shelter of the Crosslake Community Center, come early for best selection.

June 20 Noon Potluck Lunch, bring your favorite dish to share. "A Gardener's Perspective" Presenter: JoAnn Weaver.

July 18 10:00 Field Trip: Tour Clements & Munsinger Gardens, St Cloud. Meet at Community Center Parking Lot for map and carpooling.

August 15 10:00 Board of Director's Meeting-all are invited. 1:00 General Meeting "When to Trim Trees, Shrubs and Perennials" Presenter: Jackie Forsberg

September 19 1:00 "Dahlias" Presenter: Jackie Burkey.

October 19 1:00 "Spring and Autumn Bulbs" Presenter: Jennifer Knudson.

June 9: WAPOA’s Annual Meeting set
The WAPOA Annual Meeting will be on Saturday, June 9th at the Ideal Community Center. Doors will open at 7:30 AM for coffee, our traditional free breakfast at 8:00 AM, and meeting with members, DNR and Crow Wing County lake resources. We have invited business members to offer information about their products and services.

Annual Meeting Business
Following the breakfast, we will conduct our annual meeting business. The annual business meeting will include a year-end financial report, audit report, and the election and re-election of new directors to serve positions on the Board of Directors.

President Tom Watson will provide a WAPOA report on the critical activities, accomplishments, and plans for water quality in our area.

Guest Speaker
Paul Radomski, Scientist, MN DNR; Title: Which Lakes Would You Invest In?

Summary: In the land of 10,000 lakes, how do you choose? We compared three approaches to identify lakes for future investment: (1) the list of impaired lakes, (2) lakes at greatest risk of becoming impaired or further degraded, and (3) high-quality, high-value lakes. Guess which lakes have the highest return on investment! We’ve done the math.

Paul currently serves as Minnesota’s lead scientific expert on lakeshore habitat management issues. He, together with Dr. Van Assche, recently authored a book on lake ecology and lakeshore redevelopment titled Lakeshore Living, published by Michigan State University Press. Paul has published over 30 scientific articles on a range of topics including water level management, consequences of climate change on fish recruitment, management of commercial and treaty fisheries, loss of lakeshore habitat, recreational fisheries regulation, loon nesting, aquatic plant monitoring, and lead fishing tackle. He also assists local governments in lake protection through improved watershed planning and implementation. Paul is always willing to help lakeshore owners and lake associations better protect their lake.

We also plan to provide a brief overview of the 2018 Legislative session relative to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), public water quality issues, tax matters affecting lake property owners, and actions of interest to our members.

We'll have you on your way about 10:30AM so you can enjoy the remainder of the day. Just before closing we will be via drawing giving away small trees to those in attendance at that time.

July 28: “Because of Brandon”
Because of Brandon, a fund raiser in memory of Brandon Houge, a young man from Ironton who unexpectedly passed away from complications of diabetes, will be Saturday, July 28, in Crosby. All proceeds will be used to fund youth diabetes camps, patient travel expenses, and educational events.

"My son, Brandon, was only 13 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes," said event Chair Doug Houge. "Despite excellent care and his best efforts, complications arose and Brandon passed away in December 2015 at the age of 27. We miss him every day and still cry over losing him. But, we are determined to help others avoid the same loss. Please help us honor his memory by supporting this fun event."

The benefit for Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's Diabetes Education Department will include a beer and wine tasting, silent auction, barbecue, raffle, and street dance featuring Pandemic from St. Cloud, all at the Crosby Bar & Grill. New this year will be an ATV ride to benefit Because of Brandon. Riders will be driving through Crosby to raise funds. For details, contact ironrider@comcast.com

The raffle is for a 2018 Alterra 500 ATV from Brothers Motor Sports ($4,999 value), Ruttger's weekend with meals and golf ($1,150 value), .22 LR Barracuda gun donated by Magnum Research ($840 value), $150, and $50. Tickets are $10 each and are available at CRMC's Cuyuna Lakes Pharmacy, the Crosby Bar & Grill and Culver's in Baxter.

Since Because of Brandon was established two years ago, more than $100,000 has been raised to fund youth diabetes camps, patient travel expenses, and educational events. Most of the funds provide scholarships for youth to attend Camp Needlepoint, a week-long, summer outdoor camp on the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wisc., for youngsters with diabetes. The camp lets children have a great time participating in traditional activities while connecting with others with diabetes. Healthcare professionals oversee daily diabetes care and help campers learn to manage and live successfully with their disease. Scholarship recipients have been from Crosby, Aitkin, Pequot Lakes and Longville.

More than 18,000 youth are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Nearly 30 million people in the United States, or about 10 percent of the population, have diabetes and over one-third of adults have pre-diabetes. When diabetes is not well controlled, people with diabetes are at an increased risk of serious health complications including blindness, amputation, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and premature death. Because of Brandon funds go toward initiatives to promote awareness of this serious disease as well as programs to support those living with diabetes.

For more information, send a message to Peggy.Stebbins@cuyunamed.org or call 218-545-4447. Event updates are available at http://brandon18.gesture.com.

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