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Saturdays: Emily Community Market
Emily Wesleyan Church will be hosting the Emily Community Market every Saturday morning, 9 am - noon, beginning Saturday July 23. Emily Wesleyan Church is located at 40141 State Highway 6, Emily MN. The community market will offer garden fresh produce, handmade crafts and specialty items. For questions, or to be a vendor call 303-815-5887.

Wednesdays: GriefShare July - September
GriefShare is a weekly support group for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. You are welcome to attend anytime during the 13- week cycle. Each session is self-contained, so you don’t have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you come.

Griefshare will begin Wednesday July 6 at the Crosslake Log Church, 37218 County Rd 66 Crosslake, MN 56442. We meet from 6:30- 8:30 weekly.

Contact Wendy or Tom Canon at 765-993-3518 or 765-977-6675 for more information.

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 call the St. Cloud office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid toll free at 1 (888) 360-2889 for help scheduling an appointment by phone, virtually, or in person. We have lots of options to meet. There are Legal Kiosks in communities across Cass County that you can use to meet with us. The kiosks let you do video meetings and remote court hearings. We can also bring the Justice Bus to your area to meet with individuals.

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

Tuesdays: New Area Mental Health Support Group at CRMC
People who need someone to talk to or listen are welcome to attend a new mental health support group, I.O.U. (Importance of Unimpaired), the last Monday of each month at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

The confidential, non-religious based support group type environment of the gatherings will allow those attending to share, learn, inspire, and more regarding all concerns about mental health. Meetings are held from 2-3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Earl Bedard Board Room on the lower level of the hospital.

“To be unimpaired means to be healthy. If talking, or even listening helps you help your own wellbeing, please come,” said Facilitator Christina Mullen, a mental health advocate from Crosby. She added that there will be no introductions and no standing in front of a crowd.

Mullen says as the I.O.U. implies, people owe it to themselves to keep their well-being healthy. Mullen’s son Conner was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, high anxiety, and depression. Born May 25, 1995, he died June 2, 2014, as a result of suicide. Mullen said although the group is not a cure-all for what ails individuals, together, those in the group can help those who may be in similar situations to Conner. She encourages attendees to feel free to share their thoughts, insight, inspirational quotes, and other information so that everyone may give hope to those who fear there is none and share knowledge with those in search of it.”

Registration for the support group is not required. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/groups/inhonorofconner

Free Online Mental Health Resources, for BIPOC communities
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a variety of free online BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) resources, community-focused classes, and support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, partners, and parents.

On Wednesday, July 20, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM, NAMI Minnesota will offer the class “Finding Your Power” to address what it means to navigate wellness in a colonized society. Participants will  use personal storytelling to engage with a survivor with complex PTSD, anxiety, and depression.  They will also learn tools like body scans and gentle movement to process trauma with a group or individually. A certificate of attendance is available.

Find a complete listing of classes and resources for Multicultural Communities by going to namimn.org and clicking on the “Education and Public Awareness” tab or going straight to https://namimn.org/educationand-public-awareness/ . It includes resources in Spanish.

The support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. They include an African American support group meeting on Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, an Asian support group meeting on the first and third Sundays of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 PM, and two general BIPOC support groups on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 AM, and the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Biracial and bicultural people are welcome.

Find a complete listing of our peer-led online connection support groups for people in BIPOC communities who live with mental illness by going to namimn.org and clicking on “Support Groups”or going straight to https://namimn.org/support/namiminnesota-support-groups/ and click on "Online BIPOC Focused Connection Support Groups.”

Care-n-Share pick-up meals

The Care-N-Share free weekly pick-up meal program is scheduled to continue through spring 2022 at which time the Board will again review opening to in-house meals. The need for additional volunteers to package the free pick-up meals is an ongoing need.

Call 952-240-7936 to reserve your free meals for pick-up between 1:00 & 2:30 PM at Emily Wesleyan Church on Wednesday. Your name can also be added to a distribution list for routinely receiving free meals every Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

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

Outing Volunteer Library
The Outing Library Story Time will kick off Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 28th at 10:30 am. The program runs through September 3rd

Outing Volunteer Library hours:
Mon.10-12, Wed. 1-4,Sat. 10-1

The Outing Volunteer Library is located at: 6300 Woods Bay Dr NE, Outing, MN 56662

Emily Public Library
The City of Emily Public Library in Emily City Hall is now open. Hours are Mon-Wed 8 -4:00, Thur & Fri 8-11:30.

The option to request materials remains for in-house pickup. To request items or for more info log on the city website at www.cityofemily.com and select the library tab.

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

Lakes Area Food Shelf Now Open an Additional Day Wed. from 3-6 p.m.
Lakes Area Food Shelf is a community food shelf, open to any person from anywhere. To better serve our friends and neighbors, we are now open every Wednesday from 3-6 p.m., as of January 5. These new hours are in addition to our regular hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to Noon.

We have an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and butter, a wide assortment of meats, bread, canned goods, baking supplies, and toiletries.

Our core values include:
• All are welcome at Lakes Area Food Shelf.
• We will help any person, from anywhere, needing food.
• We value all who use our services as friends, neighbors, and members of our community.
• We will serve all with compassion, dignity, and respect.
• We will do all we can to help friends and neighbors address barriers that prevent them from receiving food assistance through Lakes Area Food Shelf.

Physical address: 28316 Patriot Ave., Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Mailing address: PO Box 724, Nisswa, MN 56468

Phone number: 218-568-8474

Email address: lafs1@tds.net

Web Site/Facebook: lakesareafoodshelf.org

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

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

We and you Serve!!

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

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

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

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

Weekly Crosslake AA Meetings
There are three AA meetings in Crosslake held on different nights and in different locations. Those with a desire to stop drinking are invited to attend one or more of these meetings. They are all nondenominational and held as follows:

Monday Nights from 7-8 p.m. at the Crosslake Lutheran Church; 35960 County Road 66, Crosslake

Tuesday Nights from 7-8 p.m. at the Log Church; 37218 County Road 66, Crosslake

Thursday Nights from 7-8 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 35208 Co. Rd 37, south of Crosslake.

Crosslake Ideal Lions Seek Donations

One of the missions of Lions, worldwide, is in the collection of eyeglasses and hearing aids. If you have any glasses you no longer use, please drop them off at one of our sites where we have collection boxes. The locations are as follows: Crosslake Drug Store, Crosslake Clinic, Crosslake Community Center, Blackridge Bank, First National Bank, and Crosslake Lutheran Church. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Outing Bone Builders

Bone Builders, the strengthening program for men and women to help prevent osteoporosis and rebuild bone density for vaccinated seniors. The hour-long classes, held every Tue & Thurs at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing begin promptly at 9 am. There is no charge to participate. Hand and leg weights are provided in class or bring your own. New to the program? Contact Jack Schuller 218-792-5256 to learn more and find out how to get started. The program is sponsored by the Outing Seniors, serving Outing, Emily, and Fifty Lakes.

Exercise opportunities at City of Emily Gym
Mon & Wed 9-10am: Exercise (low impact)

Mon 10-noon, and Fri 9-Noon: Ladies Beginner Pickleball

Mon Noon -3 pm & Wed 1-4 pm: Pickleball

Wed 10-11am: Beginner Line Dancing

For open gym times, call 218- 763-2480 for availability. Prescheduled activities and events take precedence. Dry gym shoes are required for all activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Makers’ Place of Emily
All are welcome to learn, create and collaborate at the Makers’ Place of Emily located at the Emily City Building.

Open Studio on Thursdays from 6-9 PM. Afternoon times can be scheduled if there is interest.

For questions or interest contact: makersplaceofemily@gmail.com

First Thursdays: Explore Crosslake Business Meeting
Join us for the monthly Explore Crosslake Business meeting of business owners, managers and key staff. Meet and network with others, learn more about events, activities and organizations in Crosslake, and share information about your business!

The event is Chamber facilitated, and all businesses are invited to attend regardless of Chamber membership. Always the first Thursday monthly beginning at 7:45 for coffee and networking, and the meeting runs from 8 - 9:15 a.m.

Businesses are encouraged to pick a month to host and can plan for 15-25 attendees monthly. Call Cindy at the Chamber if you'd like to host this meeting and highlight your business!

Individual Sought for CRMC Advisory Council
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is seeking a diverse group of area interested individuals to join its Patient and Family Advisory Council to provide staff with constructive advice to improve the experience of its patients and guests.

CRMC is committed to partnering with patients and families to assist with creating a patient-centered approach to the care delivered every day. The organization recognizes that to best serve the patients and families in the community, it is important for CRMC to include patients and families in decision making.

Those who are interested may contact Director of Care Management KariLee Pietz for details at 218-545-5361 or Karilee.Pietz@cuyunamed.org.

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Low-Income Individuals and Families Buy or Repair Homes
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for very low- and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area.

The Direct Home Loan program offers financing to qualified verylow and low-income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as one percent with a subsidy. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines and demonstrate repayment ability. The program is available in rural communities of generally 35,000 people or less.

The maximum loan amount is $40,000 at a one percent interest rate, repayable for a 20-year term and can be used to improve or modernize homes and do essential repairs. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to homeowners 62 and older and must be used to remove health or safety hazards, such as fixing a leaking roof, installing indoor plumbing, or replacing a furnace.

Contact a USDA Rural Development Housing Specialist in your area today, to see if you qualify.

USDA Rural Development loans and grants provide assistance that supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/mn.

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August Events

TUES AUG 16th, 5PM           
SUN AUG 21st, NOON           
SAT SEPT 3rd, 1 PM           
TUES SEPT 13th           
SAT SEPT 24th           
SAT OCT 1st, 2PM           

Within a few days of each paddle, we will email and post on Facebook more detailed information. Remember our club is open to anyone free of charge. You do not have to let us know if you are coming, just show up. We work out any shuttling that will be needed based on the number of people who arrive. If you need to rent anything, call our sponsors Crow Wing Kayaks at 218-692-1200. They offer special prices for our events.

August 17: Crosslake Area Garden Club
Crosslake Area Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1:00PM in the meeting room at the Crosslake Community Center. The upcoming programs are listed below:

August 17th – “Jam and Jelly Makers Garden” by JoAnn Weaver

Everyone is welcome to join our meetings. For questions call Linda Gates @ 507-202-9374.

August 17: Bemidji Area Church Musicians Recital Series

continues on Wednesday, August 17, 12:00 noon, at Calvary Lutheran Church, featuring Jennifer (Paquette) Ellis. Ellis will play piano and harp. Her program will include several Sinfonias by J. S. Bach, a transcription of a Hungarian Dance, some Celtic music for harp and a hymn medley she has arranged for harp. She will include an original song by her late brother, arranged for harp. She and her mother, Shar Paquette will play a piano and organ duet.

Ellis, a Bemidji native, now married and living in West Fargo, is a stay at home mom of 3 beautiful girls. volunteers for a local Christian maternity home, and recently joined the board of a new local private Christian school. Ellis was awarded a music scholarship by the Bemidji Area Church Musicians when she went to college several years ago.

Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 2508 Washington Ave S. A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced.

The public is invited to attend this recital. A free-will offering will be received at the door for the Scholarship programs of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians.

The public is cordially invited to all of the recitals in the series, each week on Wednesday, 12:00. For further information call Kenneth Wold (218-751-2554), Carol L. Johnson (218-751-0415), or Shar Paquette (218-751-1893).

August 18: CRMC Cancer Support Group presented by Chaplain Mark Henson
People who are newly diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment or post treatment and their significant others are invited to hear Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Chaplain Mark Henson will make a presentation about how being spiritual can help patients cope with their diagnosis and illness at CRMC’s Cancer Support Group on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 12 to 1 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Henson is the spiritual care specialist of CRMC’s Care Management team. He works with other members of the interdisciplinary team to identify and respond to spiritual and emotional needs and is attuned to notice the relational dynamics and ethical principles at play in the clinical and professional setting. He is a full-time Chaplain who has time dedicated to Hospice, Care Center, Palliative Care, Hospital, and also participates in employee support programs and community outreach with local ministerial services.

Also at the group, Cancer Care Navigator Dustine Parks will lead a discussion. The group is an opportunity to share experiences and support one another, to listen and learn. Cancer Support Group meetings are held the third Thursday of each month with a new topic each month. A soup and sandwich lunch is served. There is no cost but those planning to attend should make a reservation by sending a message to dustine.parks@cuyunamed.org or calling 218-546-4319.

Participants can also attend virtually. Send a message requesting a meeting link to dustine.parks@cuyunamed.org. Call 218-546-4319 or 218-546-4302 for more information.

Aug 18-21: Crosby Heritage Days, 4 days of fun on the Cuyuna Range

Through August 19: Applications open for prairie chicken hunt lottery
Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 19, to be chosen for one of 125 permits for the 2022 Minnesota prairie chicken hunting season. The nine-day prairie chicken season begins Saturday, Sept. 24, and is open to Minnesota residents only. The hunt takes place in northwestern Minnesota from St. Hilaire south to Breckenridge.

Hunters can find details about the season on the DNR website (mndnr.gov/Hunting/PrairieChicken ).

Apply by August 19: Camp Ripley archery hunts
Hunters can apply for the fall archery deer hunt at Camp Ripley near Little Falls through Friday, Aug. 19.

This year, the three-day hunt will happen on Oct. 28-30 (Fri.-Sun., application code 668). A total of 2,500 permits will be made available. The bag limit is two and bonus permits may be used to take antlerless deer. Additional rules and instructions will be posted by early August on the DNR website (mndnr.gov/Hunting/Deer/Camp-Ripley-Archery-Hunt.html).

Hunters may choose from three options to apply for the Camp Ripley archery hunts:

In person at any one of 1,500 license agents located throughout Minnesota. By telephone at 888-665-4236. Online (mndnr.gov/BuyALicense).

The application fee is $14 per applicant. Additional transaction fees and convenience fees may be applied depending on how the application is made. Successful applicants must buy a valid archery license to participate.

To apply, resident hunters 21 and older must provide a valid state driver’s license or public safety identification number. Nonresident hunters must apply using a valid driver’s license number, public safety identification number, or Minnesota Department of Natural Resources number from a recent Minnesota hunting or fishing license. Preference will be given only if the same ID is used from previous Camp Ripley applications.

All applicants must be at least 10 years old prior to the hunt. In addition, everyone 12 years of age and born after Dec. 31, 1979, must have a firearms safety certificate or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course in order to purchase an archery license if successful in the lottery.

Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group of up to four people. The first group applicant must specify “Create New Group” when asked, and will receive a group number. Subsequent group applicants must specify they want to “Join an Existing Group” and must use the same group number supplied to the first group applicant.

The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department, and the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.

Aug 20: Flea Market, Crosslake Town Square 8:30am-3:30pm
August 20: Get the Lead Out at the Lakers Lions Corn Feed
In our continuing campaign to Get The Lead Out (GTLO), the Crooked Lake Township Lakes and Shores Committee will again have a lead tackle collection booth at the Lakers Lions annual Corn Feed on Saturday, August 20, at the Pickled Loon Saloon from noon to 4:00. We’re hoping to exceed the amount of lead collected at this event last year, which was 27 pounds - the highest one-day lead collection event in the state.

Anglers of all ages who still have lead split-shot or any other lead tackle are encouraged to safely wrap it up and bring it into the Lakes and Shores GTLO booth, where it will be weighed and disposed of at a local hazardous waste site, in accordance with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) protocols.

Those who turn in lead tackle will receive lead-free tackle packets as well as raffle tickets for chances to win great prizes, including ten combo rods and reels, and ten $10 gift certificates to purchase lead-free tackle at My Store (Outing Station). The Grand Prize this year is an electric trolling motor! Prize drawings will be held at 3:00, and winners don’t need to be present to win.

Stop by the Lakes and Shores GTLO booth to drop off lead tackle, get your raffle tickets, decorate a Water Safety t-shirt or tote bag to take home - or just to chat with committee members.

As previously reported, you can also drop your lead tackle off at the Crooked Lake Town recycle/canister station when the attendant is on duty, behind the Town Hall just off Highway 6 north of Outing.

Lead is dangerous to loons, swans, and water birds that pick up small stones on the lake bottom to aid in their digestion. A single split-shot sinker ingested by a loon can be fatal. Studies show that in Minnesota, lead is a leading cause of loon mortality. Help rid our lakes of this poisonous material that kills loons and other wildlife.

Clean out your tackle box today!

The Crooked Lake Township Lakes and Shores Committee is a volunteer environmental action group under the auspices of the Crooked Lake Township Board. It is made up of area property owners, and is focused on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) prevention and management, water quality preservation and protection, and threatened wildlife. Representatives from the Lake Washburn Association, Roosevelt and Lawrence Area Lakes Association, as well as local environmentalists are members of the committee.

August 20: You’re Invited to WAPOA’s 2022 Annual Meeting
The WAPOA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the WAPOA Annual Meeting will be held in the Social Hall at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake on Saturday, August 20th. Coffee and rolls  will be served starting at 8:00 am. A short business meeting will be conducted at 9:00 followed by our keynote speakers, Dr. Walter Piper and Dr. Anna Cates.

Prior to the business meeting, vendors and local organization will be available from 8:00-9:00am in booths to answer your water-quality related questions.

Dr. Walter Piper is a leading loon biologist. He began a scientific investigation of loons in Minnesota’s Brainerd Lakes area in 2021. Dr. Piper, a professor at Chapman University in Orange, California, has studied loons in northern Wisconsin since 1993, where he has documented alarming declines in breeding success and in the adult population. Under a National Loon Center grant awarded to Chapman University, Piper is studying the loon population in Minnesota, specifically here on the Whitefish Chain and other area lakes. Dr. Piper will provide an update on the National Loon Center Research loon study that began last summer in our area, on the importance of protecting water quality.

Dr. Anna Cates is an Extension Specialist in Soil Health, Assistant Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate; University of Minnesota. Dr. Cates is Minnesota’s first State Soil Health Specialist in the MN Office for Soil Health (MOSH). MOSH is dedicated to improving soil health in Minnesota by working with farmers and conservation professionals. Anna’s research focuses on soil organic matter cycling and storage in a variety of cropping systems. She received a PhD in Agronomy and an MS in Soil Science and Agroecology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will present information about Grassland 2.0 -- including the importance of soil health and environmentally friendly farming, some basic soil processes, and why soil health practices- and grassland- are beneficial for soil. This will an interesting annual meeting and we hope you will join us. You do not need to be a member of WAPOA to attend.

Aug 20-21: Cuyuna Lakes Crushers Race – mountain bikers
Aug 21: Crow Wing Paddlers – Noon, Crow Wing River (Nimrod) 3-4 hrs

August 22: Community invited to join music ensembles at CLC
The community is invited to join cuyunamed.org one of Central Lakes College’s 11 musical ensembles. Ensembles meet at different times throughout the day and evening hours, and are open to musicians of all levels, from beginner to expert.

There will be an audition and meet & greet with Director of Instrumental Music Jonathan Laflamme on Monday, August 22 from 4:30-6pm and 7-8:30 pm. The audition will be for chair placement and will include a twooctave scale and piece of music of your choice. Contact Jonathan at: jonathan.laflamme@clcmn.edu for more information.

All musicians, involved in any ensemble, will be invited (but not required) to tour Spain, France & Italy at the conclusion of the academic year.

More information: www.clcmn.edu/events/clcmusic-department-international-tour-mediterranean-cruise/

Attention All State students and serious high school band musicians!
Did you know that there is an honor band symphonic and jazz band meeting weekly at Central Lakes College? Join the best band students from all around Central Minnesota, along with over 30 music educators, in a large symphonic band that meets once a week. There are also symphonic and jazz ensembles geared specifically towards learning a secondary instrument meeting from 2-3:15PM this fall. Contact Jonathan at jonathan.laflamme@clcmn.edu for more information.
Aug 24: Back Porch Program “Chasing the Paranormal” 7pm, Historic Log Village, Crosslake
Aug 26: Mike Wilder Memorial Tournament, Crosswoods Golf Course, Noon-6pm
Aug 27: Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, Mills Ford, Baxter10am-2pm
Aug 27: Outdoor Movie, Crosslake Campground 9:30-11pm

August 27: Community Outreach Day
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office announces that the next “Community  Outreach Day” will be held SATURDAY, AUGUST 27th 2022 at the Sylvan Township Building located at 12956 24th Ave SW Pillager MN from 10:00 AM –2:00 PM. We invite you to come and visit with Sheriff Tom Burch and members of the Sheriff’s Office staff. Learn about initiatives within the Sheriff’s Office. Applications for a Permit to Carry a Firearm or Purchase a Firearm, Alarm Permit Applications and Event Permit Applications will be available. Our portable “Take It to the Box” prescription drug disposal box will be available to drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs. Staff can assist you in signing up for our instant emergency notification program “Nixle.” The event will be held in conjunction with Sylvan Township and many other partners.

We look forward to hearing how we can improve public safety in your neighborhoods.

August 27 & October 1: DNR to hold 2 online Confiscated Equipment Auctions
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled two public auctions of confiscated fishing, hunting and trapping equipment, one on Saturday, Aug. 27 and the other on Saturday, Oct. 1. The auctions, which will be held online, include 316 firearms, 67 bows and a variety of other equipment. All of the equipment was confiscated following serious game and fish violations.

The bidding catalog for each auction will be available online on the Wednesday preceding each auction date—i.e., on Aug. 24 and Sept. 28, respectively. The catalog will include a written description and photos of each item. Onsite inspection is available at Hiller Auction Service in Zimmerman from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Friday before each auction. All equipment will be sold as-is, including all defects or faults, known or unknown. Once purchased, items cannot be returned. Background checks are required for anyone who purchases a firearm.

Revenue from confiscated equipment auctions goes into the Game and Fish  Fund, which is the DNR’s primary fund for delivering fish and wildlife management and law enforcement.

For more information, see the confiscated hunting and fishing equipment auctions page of the DNR website (mndnr.gov/Enforcement/Auctions). A list of equipment to be auctioned will be available about a month before each individual auction at the Hiller Auction Service website (HillerAuction.com).
September 8: Youth Soccer
Crosslake Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations for Fall 2022 Youth Soccer. The registration deadline is Sept. 8th. Registration fees are $30/$35 dependent upon level. Registrations will be accepted until the deadline. You can find the registration form on the Crosslake Community Center Facebook page or via the city website: www.cityofcrosslake.org

Please mail your registration form and fee to 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN 56442

September 10: 2nd Annual KAXE and Grand Rapids Riverfest

Northern Minnesota will be seeing some of music’s top acts coming through for the 2nd annual Grand Rapids Riverfest, Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the Grand Rapids Library Amphitheater. A collaboration between KAXE (Northern Community Radio) and the City of Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Riverfest just announced the lineup for this year’s event.

A seven-time nominee and twotime Grammy winner, Wilco is an indie rock band that formed in 1994, based in Chicago. The band is headlining festivals across the nation and beyond this year alongside acts like Beck, The Avett Brothers, Billy Strings, Dawes, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Emmylou Harris and many others.

An Americana duo based in Charleston, South Carolina, Shovels and Rope bring a mix of traditional folk, country and down-right rock and roll. A festival favorite across the country, the band is best known for their energetic live performances. Out with a brand new album this spring, Manticore, Shovels and Rope will be sure to deliver all of the goods to us on the banks of the Mississippi.

A Tennessee raised, Minneapolis-based roots musician, Brown has been covered by NPR, Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine and more, touring with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco. Releasing a brand new album this spring, Sing to the Walls, Brown will be out on tour with Valerie June this summer.

A crowd favorite from last year’s festival, an up-and-coming Americana band from Grand Rapids featuring several local musicians: Jed and Ariana LaPlant, McKeon Hugh Roberts and JJ Snell. Wild Horses has quickly garnered a fervent and loyal fan base, filling the Wilcox Theater at the Reif Center this winter, and packing houses wherever they play. They made their debut as a band on the West Stage of Grand Rapids Riverfest last year, and will be making their mainstage debut in 2022. Keep your eyes on this band!

The festival will continue to be located in downtown Grand Rapids, and will be shifting to a new community amphitheater on the grounds of the Grand Rapids Area Library, allowing for ample green space and closer proximity to the Mississippi River. Tickets for the Grand Rapids Riverfest go on sale Saturday, April 30th at www.grandrapidsriverfest.com. Tickets are $99 for adult, $29 kids 11-17, and free for children 10 and under. The first 500 ticket buyers have the option of Early Entrance to the festival to claim a spot!

Follow Grand Rapids Riverfest on social media for the latest event updates.

September 13: Upcoming FREE Seminars!
Plan to join Tremolo Communications, Powered by ECTC for the following technology seminars, which will be held the second Tuesday of each month at the Crosslake Community Center at 10am.

September 13: Home Automation You’ll Want to Know About
How would you like to be able to monitor your home and property from anywhere in the world? You can monitor and record deliveries, know when people stop by, turn on lights, adjust the thermostat, receive alerts and more.

October 11: Cybersecurity
We will dive into cybersecurity as a whole and learn how to stay safe and secure while online. We will be discussing all sorts of topics such as distinguishing between real and fake emails, tips on how to avoid scams and what to do if you are scammed.

November 8: Top Tech Gifts
This annual seminar will update you on all the newest and greatest electronics available. Whether you are shopping for gifts or just want to see what’s new, this a fun, fast paced seminar you won’t want to miss!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for these FREE seminars held at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake. Come early for the best seat. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated on all Tremolo Communications events.

September 24: First In-Person NAMIWalks in Two Years to Raise Awareness About Mental Illnesses
The 16th annual NAMIWalks Minnesota, a 5K walk to raise awareness about mental illnesses and celebrate hope, is set for Saturday, September 24, at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. NAMIWalks supports the efforts of NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to provide education, support, and advocacy for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. The event opens at 11:00 a.m. and runs through 3:00 p.m.

There will be picnics & food trucks, music speakers, mental health resource tables, a t-shirt contest, a tree of hope, and more. NAMIWalks is a transformative opportunity in which participants reduce stress, build community, and find local support and services that can make a difference.

Walkers can also join the Walk in their own way to raise awareness in their home communities, with some choosing to bike, run, skate, swim, canoe, post signs, start conversations, or walk, for example. For details, including forming or joining a walk team, go to namimn.org or call 651-645-2948.

Mental illnesses affect persons of any age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status. One in five people is affected by a mental illness in any given year. “The Walk brings people together to raise awareness about mental illnesses, to demonstrate that recovery is possible, and to provide hope,” said Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota. “Join us as we come back together for our first in-person Walk in two years!”

The top sponsors of NAMIWalks Minnesota are BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota, Zinpro, Alkermes, and Evernorth, along with more than 50 corporate and individual sponsors, including Allina Health, Coremark Metals, Great River Energy, HealthPartners, Hennepin Healthcare, Medica, MHealth Fairview, UCare, and Värde.

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