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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 programs for adults continue at Emily City Gym
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00-9:45 a.m., exercise to oldtime music. This ongoing program on CD allows you the flexibility to work at your own pace. Chairs are provided. Keep it low-impact, pick up your heels, or walk the gym perimeter –your choice.

Walkers are welcome to use the gym during open /unscheduled times and during the Mon-Wed-Fri program. Take advantage of a dry place to walk during our MN winter.
For limited time (into January) an additional beginner-level, low-impact exercise program on DVD/TV is offered on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Participants move through guided exercises such as a mile walk or low-impact moves. DVDs are rotated for variety. This is perfect for those who prefer a later morning activity and workout in under 40 minutes. Try it - it's free - and you can sleep in!

Mondays: Yoga for Life
Integrate mind & body for peace & tranquility. Emily City Hall Mondays 10:00 - 11:45 am. 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
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.

Effective May 1st, our shopping hours will change to 8A - noon 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 JoAn at 320.857.0182 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.

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 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

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
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 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:

3rd Annual Christmas Fund Drive to support Homeless and Wounded Warrior families
Homeless and Wounded Warriors-MN, a local 501c3 nonprofit assisting local area veteran families is now conducting its 3rd Annual Christmas Fund Drive to support Homeless and Wounded Warrior families over the  holidays. Our focus is on the young children who may not have a Christmas at all without our intervention.

Christmas and the surrounding holidays like Thanksgiving and New Years can be a very stressful time as families living on the edge try to figure out what to do to give their children the spirit of Christmas. We invite our communities to participate by dropping donations off at the Crosslake Legion, mailing them to our office at 36200 Pondview Lane, Crosslake, MN 56442, or going online to our website at and using Paypal.

We always encourage people to be watchful during the holiday season as high rates of depression invoke themselves on people, particularly those under stress. This often leads to elevated rates of suicide. Be watchful. Help protect your friends by talking.

Your participation, as always, is greatly appreciated.

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December Events

December 1 - January 15: Land & Waters Preservation Trust Announces Grant Fund Opportunity for 2018
Land & Waters Preservation Trust Endowment will be awarding $10,00 in grants to worthy projects in March 2018. Land & Waters, administered by the Initiative Foundation, is a joint endowment of Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) and the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA). The Grant Application submission period is December 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018.

Further information may be requested with a deadline of February 15, 2018. Grants will be made on March 1, 2018 and projects should be completed in 2018. Project grants will be made for proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations that fit one or more of the following priorities:

• Enhance and protect surface and aquifer water quality in the Pine River Watershed

• Support sustainable riparian land management practices

• Protect habitat for native plants and animals

Applicants can be lake associations, local units of government, or environmental groups. Projects proposed by the two parent organizations, WAPOA and PRWA, will also be considered.

To apply, go to the Pine River Watershed Alliance website (, click “Resources & Links” to get grant guidelines and application. If there are questions regarding the grant process or application, contact Ron Meyer at

Land & Waters Preservation Trust was created by Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) and the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA) and is a Turn Key Fund of the Initiative Foundation. Land & Waters Preservation Trust is a grant making endowment fund directed to preserving and protecting the water quality in the Pine River Watershed. More information is available from WAPOA, PRWA, or the Initiative Foundation.

December 12: Faith Lutheran Church Swanburg to host MN Adult & Teen Challenge Choir 9:30am

December 12: Pine River Backus High School Holiday Concert, 7pm

December 13: 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:

December 13: Noon our "Holiday Pot Luck" and gift exchange (optional) at the Crosslake Community Center

December 14:
Pequot Lakes School Winter choir concert Middle at 6pm High School, Choir Concert at 7PM in the Auditorium

December 14: Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group
People with brain injuries and their caregivers and those who lives are affected by stroke are welcome to attend Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

The group's facilitator is Russ Philstrom, a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota. There is no charge and no reservation is necessary. Call 651-329-1373 for more information.

December 14: Women's Cancer Support Group
Women who are newly diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment or post treatment are invited to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's Women's Cancer Support Group on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the hospital's Ambulatory Conference Room.

The group is an opportunity to share experiences and support one another, to listen and learn. A new topic is discussed each month and refreshments are served. This month's meeting will include a holiday celebration.

Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend. Groups are scheduled the second Thursday of each month. For more information, call 218-546-4319 or 218-546-4302.

December 15: Rock N Roll Christmas Spectacular, Cragan’s , 7-9 pm

Through Decemeber 16: Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of animated lit displays Northland Arboretum, Wed.-Sat., 5:30-8:30 pm

December 17: Faith Lutheran Church Swanburg to host MN Adult & Teen Challenge Choir
One of the ways Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge reaches out to area churches and the community is through their resident choir. Each weekend the choir visits churches sharing music and testimonies. The MnTC choir has had the pleasure of ministering to a wide variety of churches in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Their goal is to be a blessing to congregations by testifying about God’s healing power in their lives and helping others see that with Him, they too, can overcome their struggles.

Potluck to follow. All are welcome.

Faith Lutheran Church Swanburg is located at 10973 County Road 1, Pine River MN 56474.

December 18: Pine River Backus High School Holiday Concert, 7pm

December 19: Eagle View Elementary School Christmas Program K-2nd 6 pm

December 20-31: Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Drive tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays Northland Arboretum, every evening starting 5:30-8:30 pm

December 24-25: Christmas Eve…Merry Christmas!

December 30: Outing Chamber Winter Fireworks over Lawrence Lake, 6 pm

December 31: New Year’s Eve

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