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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

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 or contact  club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email 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, or 218-545-8522.

Outing Volunteer Library Hours
Summer hours :
Mon. 10-2; Tues. 9-1
Wed. 3-5; Thurs. 1-5
Fri. 9-1; Sat. 10-1

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 opportunities for adults offered at City of Emily
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at  the City Gymnasium 9:00—9:45a.m., walk or exercise to old time music. This ongoing exercise program on CD allows you the flexibility to work at your own pace! Chairs are provided. Keep it low-impact, pick up your feet, or just walk indoors during our Minnesota-cold winter and wet spring.

NEW! Low-impact activity offered at the Emily City Gym on Thursdays at 10:45. A beginner level program on DVD will lead participants through guided exercises, such as a mile walk or low impact moves. DVDs are rotated weekly for variety. This is perfect for those who prefer a later morning activity and a complete low impact workout in under 30 min.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Yoga for Life
Integrate mind & body for peace & tranquility. Emily City Hall 9:00 - 10:15 am Tues. & Thurs. Lynne Marchese, instructor

‘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 and Al-Anon
Crosslake AA and Al-Anon meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. at CrosslakeLutheran Church. Crosslake AA Open meets Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Crosslake Presbyterian Church.  For info. AA call: 218-692-1845 or218-232-3558; Al-Anon call: 218-821-4621. 

The Closet at Narrows Community Church
If you are in need of clothes or know someone who is, The Closet, located in the lower level of Narrows Community Church in Outing, offers gently loved clothing for men and women at no charge.

Shopping hours are 8 a.m. - noon the second and fourth Saturday of each month; clean, repair free clothing donations are accepted during this time as well.

Narrows Community Church is located just north of the Outing bridge on Hwy 6, across the street from the Crooked Lake Town Hall on Woods Bay Drive NE. Follow the yellow signs!

For more information, call Pastor Stanley Mikles at 218.820.5365.

Brainerd Gamblers Anonymous Monday Night Meetings
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 ocated 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 for the board meeting at Old Milwaukee Club. On the 3rd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s for the General Meeting. For information about joining our club please call Doreen at 218-838-8219.

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

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

Tennis in Emily Monday, Wednesday & Friday
If you are interested in joining the Emily tennis group, call Milt at 218.792.5786 or Mary Jo at 218.763.2648 for more information, or just show up on at 9 AM for mixed doubles; great tennis fun and exercise. The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily.
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 and under the About Us tab, select Volunteer. For more information, please call 218-545-4447.

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

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August Events

August 15: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Garden Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake  Community Center. New members welcome. For more information contact Jayne at 218 763-1222 or visit our website at:

August 15 Board of Director's Meeting Pine Peaks at 9am.

August 16 Crosslake Community Center, 1:00 "Gifts from the Kitchen Garden" Presenter: JoAnn Weaver.

September 20 Crosslake Community Center, 1:00, Members Plant Exchange, "Our Gardens in Bloom" Presenter: Linda Thurk.

August 15: WAPOA Workshop-Seminar: Water quality in Whitefish Chain
What Is the Current State of Water Quality in the Whitefish Chain of Lakes and area lakes? We Are Concerned About Water Quality On Your Lake and In Our Area!

The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) continues to support its water quality and public information mission with this next workshop. We invite our members, local government officials, lake  associations, neighbors and all interested persons to our next workshop/ seminar August 15.

What is the current state of the water quality on our lakes?

WAPOA, with other area lake associations, has been testing area lakes for water quality since the early 1990s. WAPOA undertakes this annual water testing, including (1) water clarity using Secchi discs, and (2) collecting water samples with a laboratory under contract testing for (a) chlorophyll-a and (b) phosphorus. Thirty-nine (39) area lakes are tested monthly for five (5) months May through September.

The results of this water testing provide data for calculating a Trophic State Index (TSI) for each of the thirty-nine (39) lakes. The results are forwarded to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). In addition, WAPOA will begin using the annual data, working with RMB Lab, our contract laboratory, to consider formulating lake improvement plans.

At this workshop/seminar, Moriya Rufer, Aquatic Ecologist, RMB Lab, in Detroit Lakes will present “The Current State of Lake Water Quality” among the lakes of the Whitefish Chain and the other 25 area lakes included in our annual water testing program.

If you live at or enjoy Ossie, Kimble, Clear, Star, Roosevelt, Lawrence, East and West Fox, Kego, Eagle, Mitchell, O’Brien, Goodrich, Big Pine, Ruth, Mary, Emily, Velvet, the 14 lakes of the Whitefish Chain and other lakes in the area, this workshop/seminar is for you.

The workshop/seminar will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, August 15 at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN 56442

Join us to learn more about managing surface water quality on our lakes and our area. You will also have an opportunity to participate in an interactive question and answer period.

August 15: Ask a Cardiologist
Does red wine protect you from heart disease? Should you take an aspirin daily? Is there a heart disease gene? CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center cardiologist Mark Johnson, MD, and Rebecca Wirtz, NP, will debunk myths and deliver facts for keeping your heart strong. Bring along your own questions for an evening of casual, yet lively conversation.

This free talk will take place 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Prairie Bay Grill, 15115 Edgewood Dr., Baxter.

Call 320-255-5998 to RSVP. The event includes light refreshments and is presented by CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, which will now have a clinic in Baxter beginning September 5.

About the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center
CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center is a comprehensive heart center dedicated to the prevention, discovery and management of heart disease. It offers a full range of heart services and is one of the few sites in Minnesota with a heart research program.

August 17: Families In Grief educational and supportive presentation
Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center is offering an educational and supportive presentation of Families In Grief on Thursday, August 17 from 5:00- 7:00 pm. Topics will include:

Shared grief and its impact on families
Physical and emotional responses to grief
Surviving first years of grief

Families In Grief is for those who have had a relative, friend, or significant person die. There is no charge to attend.

This presentation is part of the Essentia grief support program offering grief groups and education to our community. This presentation will take place in a meeting room located in the lower level of the Hospital, 523 North 3rd Street in Brainerd.

At Essentia Health our care team is here for the community not only when they are feeling ill, but also to encourage mental, emotional and physical well-being to equip individuals and families with the tools and resources to reinvest oneself in life. For more information about this session or our Grief Support please call 218.828.7442 or 218.828-7464.

August 18: Reminder: Apply for Camp Ripley archery hunts
Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 18, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Apply online, by phone at 888-665-4236 or in person wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 19-20 (Thur.-Fri., code 668) or Oct. 28-29 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be made available. The bag limit for this year’s hunt is one, and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will sample deer harvested at the Camp Ripley hunts for chronic wasting disease. There will be protocols in place for sampling and for handling trophy deer using licensed taxidermists.

The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with the Department of Military Affairs and the Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department. Visit to find additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt.

August 18: MN Backyard Birds
Please join us on Friday, Aug.18, 2017 when Judd Brink (owner & guide) of MN Backyard Birds from Brainerd Minnesota will be sharing his knowledge.

For over 20 years, Judd has been observing birds for hours from a small shed by the Mississippi River. He experimented with a variety of feeders and special bird seed blends as well as planting trees, shrubs and flowers all of which resulted in a large increase in both the number and variety of birds at the feeders.

Judd graduated from Brainerd’s Central Lakes College with an A.A.S. degree in Natural Resources, transferring to Northland College in Ashland, WI to obtain a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Management.

Pot luck dinner at 6:00 pm
Speaker at 7:00 pm
Everyone Welcome! Presented by Fifty Lakes Conservation Foundation, 40554 S Eagle Lake Rd., Fifty Lakes, MN

August 19: Crosslake Community School Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Lakes Area Kids Enrichment (LAKE) Foundation will hold a ground breaking ceremony on a $7.7 million dollar building to be leased to the Crosslake Community School. The ceremony will be held at the new school site, corner of County Road 66 and Swann Drive, on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 11-2 pm.

About the Crosslake Community School:
Small School... Big impact The school provides in person education for students in kindergarten through 8th grade and online education for 9th-12th grade students.

August 19-20: Seeking volunteers for Cuyuna Lakes Crusher bike race

More than 500 mountain bikers their friends and families will come to Crosby the weekend of August 19-20 for the Third Annual Cuyuna Lakes Crusher Race sponsored by the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber and the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series.

Volunteers are needed for many different positions to help make the event a success. Those who can assist may send an e-mail message to jessica@cuyunalakes. com or call 218-546-8131 with availability.

On Saturday, August 19, racers and the public are invited to celebrate at the Cuyuna Lakes Crusher Happy Hour, located on Cross Avenue in front of the Spalding House from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be FREE live music by Avery & Duncan Trio, and food provided by Maucieri’s Catering throughout the evening.

The Minnesota Series Race takes place in the Mahnomen Unit of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area on Sunday, Aug. 20. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The first annual Cuyuna Crusher was such a success, that the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series Race presented the event with the “Race of the Year Award.” The Crusher was nominated for the award by the 500 racers who raced at Cuyuna, noting that the course, volunteer, and  sponsorship support was outstanding.

For more information on the race, including times, lengths, maps and pre-registration visit

August 21-22: ‘My Fair Lady’ auditions set
Auditions are scheduled for “My Fair Lady,” a musical to be staged by Pequot Lakes Community Theater, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21 and Tuesday, Aug. 22 in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

“My Fair Lady,” is based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.

This beloved musical will be directed by Gary Hirsch and choreographed by Wendy DeGeest, with music direction by Renee Anderson. Performance dates are Nov.10, 11, 12, and 17, 18, 19.

The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady.

“My Fair Lady” appeared on the Broadway stage in 1956 with a list of hit songs which included “Wouldn’t it be Loverly,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

The cast of characters includes Professor Henry Higgins, Colonel Pickering, Eliza Doolittle, Alfred P. Doolittle, Freddy Eysnford-Hill and a large number of supporting roles along with a good-sized chorus. Ages 15 and older are welcome.

Hirsch promises “Many, many good roles will be cast. We’ll rehearse Monday through Thursday evenings beginning August 24.”

Hirsch asks that those auditioning arrive early enough to fill out the audition form. “Dress to move, bring tap shoes if you have them, and please prepare a song you think will make you sound good. It does not need to be from the show,” he advised.

“My Fair Lady” is being produced with special permission from Tams-Witmark Musical Library. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For information go to or call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

August 24: Shoot Down Cancer Sporting Clays Event
The first annual “Shoot Down Cancer” sporting clays event will take place on Thursday, August 24 at Hunts Point Gun Club, 2142 CR 29, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472. This event is designed to bring together sports men and women, hunters. anglers, conservationists, and outdoor sports enthusiasts.

Event includes a 50-clay course, followed by dinner, silent auction, and “celebrity bartender” competition. Participants will receive an event t-shirt and gift bag. The shotgun start is at 5:00pm. Dinner 7:30pm. Proceeds will go to support the American Cancer Society.

Registration limited to 60 shooters. Shooters $75. Non-shooters $55. Registration open to individuals and teams. Individuals will be placed on a team. Registration accepted through August 18 or until full.

Local celebrities will be “bartending” to help raise donations. Walleye Dan, Matt Wilkie, owner of the Dive Guys, and members of the Nisswa Fire Department and just a few of the celebrities.

Event planners are also seeking event sponsors and items for the silent auction and gift bags.

Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.

To register, to become a sponsor, or for more information, contact Jane Edwards at 832-541-5766 or at

August 24-27: 12th Annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival Coming to Pine River
The 12th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival is coming to Pine River August 24-27 at the Cass County Fairgrounds. The festival provides a wonderful opportunity to hear some of the nations’ best bluegrass artists perform taking you on a musical journey into the roots music of America.

The foundation of bluegrass and gospel music began in the hills of Appalachia and has evolved ever since those first songs were sung in the mountains. Today, festival audiences enjoy a variety of musical styles ranging from very traditional to more progressive. Regardless of style, the performances are full of energy, award-winning talent, and heart felt renditions of the stories that make bluegrass and gospel music what it is today.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday evening with a FREE old time and country music dance with Eric’s Dance Band. The dance is open to the public and no tickets are required to attend the dance.

On Thursday, the main stage runs music from 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances run 11:00a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday starts at 10:00 a.m. and the festival winds up at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets are available through August 19. Tickets are also available at the gate for the weekend, any day, or evening. For more information or for tickets & camping, visit or call the Pine River Chamber at 800-728-6926.

The festival also includes workshops hosted by the band members, jam sessions throughout the facility, camping, onsite food vendors, and more! The concert area includes large tents for shade or inclement weather. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs!

This year’s lineup features some of the very best in bluegrass music.

The Special Concensus – Tennessee--With a variety of “the best” awards to their credit— both nationally and internationally— the Special “C” is a festival favorite. With 18 recordings, many TV appearances, and
several international tours, Special “C” has earned a reputation for some of the best vocal harmonies, for stylistic instrumentals and as great entertainers all around.

The Jeanette Williams Band—Tennessee—Jeanette and her list of awards and accolades has become one of the most successful and celebrated women in bluegrass. She has enjoyed several “wins” as female vocalist of the year.

Po’ Ramblin’ Boys—Tennessee—Back again this year, here is a group that is energy on steroids as they perform their traditional style of bluegrass keeping the old music alive and well.

The Kevin Prater Band—Kentucky—Their sound and strong vocals are reminiscent of the classic Seldom Scene and Country Gentlemen of the 1970s. They are steeped in tradition then add some vintage classic country and rock and roll to the mix so the audience never knows what might be coming next from this entertaining group of performers.

The Kody Norris Show—Tennessee/Kentucky—Sharp and professional—complete with rhinestones, fancy boots and cowboy hats—this group delivers an entertaining and animated performance.

The Baker Family—Missouri—This group of young performers have many “first place” and “championships” in their accomplishments. Energetic and talented, they will also be competing on Season 12 of the TV Show, America’s Got Talent.

The High Plains Tradition—Colorado—They are crowdpleasers with fast-picking guitar solos and razor-fast banjo breaks. They’ve earned the reputation for being “cut ups” on stage—a show no one will want to miss.

Regional artists include Shaffer’s Lost 40, Tim and Cindy with Jerry and Shirley, King Wilkie’s Dream, and Sarah Mae and the Birkeland Boys.

Another favorite is the All Star Jam after the last band on Saturday. You never know what might happen when you blend a bunch of talented bluegrass musicians into a big old jam session at the end of the night. You won’t want to miss this one of a kind experience!

The Lakes Bluegrass Festival is owned and operated by the Pine River Area Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

August 26: Crow Wing Paddlers schedule
Date/Day/Time/ Where/Length/Level

Aug. 26: Saturday Mid-Afternoon Hwy 371 to 15 or Whitefish 2-3 hours, Easy

Sept. 10: Sunday 11:00 AM Rum or Snake River, 2-3 hours Easy to Moderate

September 23: Saturday Evening Cuyuna Mine Pits 1 to 3 hours, Easy

October 1: Sunday 6:00 Strawberry Lake to Star Lake Chain, 3+ hours, Easy to Moderate

All paddles subject to change due to weather, water levels, etc. Updates will be provided via email as they occur. To join, call and give us your email: 218 692-1200

Paddlepaloosa 2017. This year this fun event is adding a paddle on the Whitefish Chain. It is to be held on July 15th at 10 am. This event is open to everyone.

August 26: 8th Annual Harvest Dinner at Sunup Ranch
The 8th Annual Harvest Dinner extends an invitation to the community to join in a celebration of “The Good Life” in northern Minnesota. The Harvest Dinner brings together all who are interested in the region's water-rich environments, the quality of our waters and our agricultural heritage.

This summer, the celebration is hosted again at Sunup Ranch, 12316 Co 18 SW, Brainerd, on Saturday, August 26, 2017, starting at 5 p.m.

Come dine, play, learn and enjoy. The event features a farmer?s market, live demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides and live music with Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors. Activities for all ages.

The plated dinner is a rich variety of local fare? from local producers, served chuckwagon style and  prepared by local chefs. Taste some of the local brews from Gull Dam Brewery and Round House Brewery. Introduce your pallet to a variety of wines with a tasting sponsored by Cash Wise Liquors.

How did this event begin? Several years ago lakeshore property owner associations began to have concerns about preserving water quality in the face of water testing revealing impairment. They endeavored on a search, and contacted the ranching and farming community to join them to study the watershed. Together, they funded research to see if they could identify what was compromising the watershed. The study did identify some sources, one being rotting pine needles. Through the organizing efforts of the Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council and Cass County Farm Bureau, producers, landowners, lakeshore owners and ranchers organized efforts to continue to educate themselves on what was going on in the watershed. Together they walked cattle pastures to learn and discuss best practices for forage and water; they boated along lakeshores to see and talk about buffer plantings and methods to mitigate runoff, and they went to watershed creeks to evaluate stream bank integrity.

From this mutual effort to learn more about each other, the idea of the Harvest Dinner came about, viewed as a way to solidify and celebrate a shared interest in the stewardship our resources.

This year, the Harvest Dinner is excited to announce that it is a recipient of a grant from Region Five Development Commission’s branding project, called the “Good Life.” Counties in the region were invited to apply, with Region Five’s goal of evaluating community efforts or events that exemplify what the Good Life means in this region. The ultimate goal is to draw in the next generation interested in the region’s future.

This event is also sponsored by Cass County Farm Bureau, Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, Pine River Watershed Alliance, Central Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association, Happy Dancing Turtle, Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, Minnesota Beef Council, Y4 Ranch, Bell's Rawhide Ranch and Sunup Ranch. For information or to order tickets contact: Greg Booth 218-838-1266, Ron Meyer, Pine River Watershed 218-831-0509, or Cass County Farm Bureau 218-587-4604. Go to our Facebook page for the latest news or to contact us for tickets. Tickets: Adults $25, children 15 and under $10; under five free. Limited tickets available at the door.

Through August 26: Donations sought for 13th annual Homeless & Wounded Warriors-MN Motorcycle Ride
Homeless & Wounded Warriors–MN is now accepting donations of cash and merchandise for its 13th Annual Motorcycle ride and silent auction on August 26th, 2017.

Donations of cash are tax deductible for this 501©3 nonprofit. Donations can be sent to:
36200 Pondview Lane,
Crosslake, MN 56442

In case of merchandise items, call 320-267-0376 for Pickup We appreciate the generosity the public has shown to this organization In years past.

August 30: Screen Porch Productions presents Patrick Scully’s Leaves of Grass – Illuminated
Screen Porch Productions presents, Patrick Scully’s Leaves of Grass – Illuminated on Wednesday, August 30 at 4:00pm at The Landing in Emily.

This solo performance by Patrick Scully summons the spirit of America’s great poet, Walt Whitman, revealing Whitman’s many sides. Whitman is truly an artist for 2017, a poet who loved America, and used his writing to strategically transform what he believed needed to be changed.

This show is the product of over 10 years of research and development. A large cast version of this show opened in Minneapolis to critical acclaim in 2014. Scully developed that version into a one man show in a residency at MANCC at Florida State University in 2015, and premiered Leaves of Grass – Illuminated in New York City and Minneapolis in 2016. He is now, in 2017/18, touring it to 24 communities in Minnesota, with support from the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Legacy Funds.

This outdoor performance (weather permitting) is free to the public..

Through September 1: Cuyuna Lakes 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 5, through Friday, Sept. 1, with the exception of Tuesday, July 4. They will be at the following locations: 11:30 to 11:50 a.m. in Deerwood Veteran's Park across from the American Legion; 12-12:30 p.m. at Crosby Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave.; and 12:30 to 12:50 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. Fifty-seven percent of Crosby area school students receive free lunches.

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.

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

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September Events

September 2: Donations needed for Great River Strings Garage Sale Fundraiser
The Great River Strings will be holding a Garage Sale Fundraiser Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the Aitkin American Legion.

We are seeking good, quality items for our sale especially because it is a Fundraiser! We are also asking the public that if you have a larger item to donate like a car, boat or 4 wheeler, we will be hosting an auction for those items.

Please contact Mary Aulie, Co-Director of the Great River Strings at 218-839-1085 if you have items you would like to donate. We will be taking items Friday September 1 from 4:30 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. at the Legion. Clean out your closets and your garages! We appreciate any good quality items you can give!

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