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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.

Are you looking for an opportunity to meet new people from the lakes area and also do something worthwhile? Emily Quilters meet every Monday (excluding legal holiday) in a room at Emily City Hall next to the library. They assemble quilts for Retired Senior Volunteer Program to distribute to people in need who live in Crow Wing County. Quilts are also given to area Hospice Programs, the Women’s Shelter in Brainerd and one is donated to Camp Knutson for their annual auction. They made and donated 151 quilts in 2014.

You do not have to show up every week. Come when you can. Quilting starts between 9 and 9:30 and continues until around noon. The time you can offer is completely flexible to fit into your schedule. Jobs in addition to sewing include yarn tying the completed quilts and cutting squares to be sewn.

If you can’t help on Mondays, other ways of assisting include donating quilt tops you have sewn at home. The recommended size is 62" x 82". The size for Hospice is 45”- 48” wide x 72” long. The quilters also can use washed sheets in good condition for backing quilts and large pieces of cotton fabric that they can cut into squares to make quilts.

Donations can be brought to Emily City Hall any Monday morning. Both men and women are invited.

For more information, call Shirley Anderson 218 763 - 8019 or Bette Swensen 218 763 - 2385.

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

Monday 10 am - 2 pm
Tuesday 1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 3-5 pm
Thursday 1-5 pm
Friday 9 am - 1 pm
Saturday 10 am - 1 pm
Free adult exercise program at City of Emily Gym
Mon, Wed, Fri at 9:00 a.m. Begin your day with this ongoing, 45-min, low-impact program set to vintage music. Chairs provided. Exercise at your own pace. Walkers are encouraged to join us during this program –walk the perimeter while we exercise.

Wednesdays, at 10:00 a.m., improve your balance and coordination by learning some dance moves to a variety of music with emphasis on country. No experience required for this 45-min class –all dances are for beginners. No boots or hats needed, just a desire to have fun!

YOGA HAPPY HOUR in Outing Yoga
Happy Hour at Crooked lake Town Hall in Outing. BYOB (Bring your own body.... and a yoga mat and a blanket). Tone and Zone Mondays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

City of Emily Yoga 101 Classes
This class is postponed and scheduled to resume Monday May 2.

Classes held at Emily City Hall Mon. and Thurs. 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Start anytime. No restrictions apply!
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. For more information contact Nancy Moritz, 218 763-3097.

Emily Food Shelf seeks school supply donations
The Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes, Little Pine, Ross Lake, and Fairfield Area Food Shelf is once again collecting school supplies for the area children that are served through our Food Shelf.

Typical supplies that are needed are: Backpacks, Wide line spiral notebook and narrow lined notebooks, 3 and 5 subject notebooks, #2 pencils and mechanical pencils, pink & white erasers, small pencil sharpeners, Eraser tops, Black/blue/red pens, Crayons, Washable colored Markers both regular and dry erase markers, and black sharpies, Skinny colored markers, Highlighters, Colored Pencils, Scissors, Glue Sticks & glue bottles, Rulers-inches and centimeters, Reams of computer paper, Kleenex, Ziploc bags – large and small, Plastic Pencil boxes, Book covers, Cheap Head phones, Pocketed Folders, different colors, Plastic pocketed notebooks with center clasps, Scotch tape, Loose-leaf notebook paper wide & narrow, Calculators – scientific and regular, Pocket dictionary and Thesaurus, Composition notebooks, Bottle of correction fluid or correction tape, 1-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch – 3 ring binders, Subject dividers, vinyl report covers, Stapler & remover, Sanitizer wipes.

Monetary donations would also be accepted and used towards the purchase of these items.

Please indicate that the donation is to be used for back to school supplies. The items collected will be distributed to the children through the Emily-Outing Fifty Lakes Area Food Shelf.

For more information or if you have school supplies to donate, please contact food shelf director, Nancy Moritz at (218) 763-3097.

Monetary donations can be sent to: Emily Emergency Food Shelf, 42145 Birchwood Drive, Emily, MN 56447.

Local Area AA groups
The Emily-Outing AA group meets in Emily each Sunday at the Emily Wesleyan Church 40141 Hwy 6 in Emily. Meeting time is at 4 pm. Call Rich at 218 792-5881 for more information.

The Crosslake AA and Alonon meet every Monday at 7 pm at the Crosslake Lutheran Church, information call 692-4113

The Crosslake AA also meets Tuesday night at 7 pm at the Crosslake Presbyterian Church, information call 692-1845.

Officers are Justina Richter, President; Margie Young, Vice President; Sandi Day, Secretary; and Larry Embertson, Treasurer. Support group meetings are held the first Monday of every month at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Justina at 218- 963-7421, or Margie at 218-829-3509.
Narrows Community Church Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet at the Narrows Community Church in Outing in open from 8 am to 12 noon on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. The church is located at 6297 Wood Bay Drive in Outing. For more information call 218-792-5530.

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. Contact person is Sheila at 218 820-5903.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: City of Emily Yoga Classes

Introductory yoga classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Emily City Hall gym.
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!

FASD Caregiver Support Group
For caregivers of individuals with a diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Meet with other caregivers (adults only please) for support, understanding, and networking. Meetings are 9:00 am the second Saturday of each month at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Ave. NE, Brainerd.

For more information, please contact Sheila York at 218-820-5903 or

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.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Tennis in Emily
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.
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity builds next two homes in Brainerd
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity has begun building the first of two homes in Brainerd. Shifts for building are 8:30 am – noon, 12:30 – 4:30 during the weekdays; 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm most evenings and Saturdays 8:00 am – noon and 12:30 – 4:30. 15-25 volunteers are needed for each shift. Volunteers can sign up individually or as a group. No experience is required. Volunteers will receive instruction and supervision by LAHFH Construction Managers, Keith Schaefbauer and Mark Almen.

Each build will take approximately three to four weeks. For more information or to sign up for a shift, contact Beth Ann Norrgard at 218-828-8517 or on the web at

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that serves Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard Counties. Since 1991, LAHFH has worked with 68 families to provide a hands-up opportunity for decent and affordable homeownership.
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.

Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Brainerd/Pine River recognized
The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Brainerd/Pine River has been notified by the national Unitarian Universalist Association of its recognition as a Welcoming Congregation for its work on LGBTQ issues, and commitment to ongoing ministry in this area.

In the letter of notification, encouragement to continue efforts toward sexual orientation and gender identity inclusion, as well as promoting understanding of the intersections of race, ethnicity, class and ability, are charges on the congregation, as plans for future goals are developed.

Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets from September through May every two weeks; currently the location will be Tiny Sprouts Day Care on 371 south of Pequot Lakes. Please find further information online in the NUUF newsletter. All are welcome.

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August Events

August 24: Statewide Writers’ Contest
Minnesota Writers, there’s still time! Enter your poems, stories, and essays/memoirs in the 2016 Brainerd Writers Alliance contest. Entries must be postmarked by August 24, 2016.

See website for details: or contact contest chair at 218-828-7750 or

August 25-28: 11th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival

The 11th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River from August 25-28.

The festival will feature the best in national and regional bluegrass bands, plus camping, jamming, workshops, food and more.

This event is sponsored by the Pine River Area Foundation each August.

For more information visit: or call 1-800-728-6926

August 25: What Do You Know About Ground Water – Drinking Water?
The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) continues to support its water quality mission with this forthcoming workshop. Sarah Fogderud, A.W. Research Laboratories, Brainerd, will present information about drinking water in our area. A.W. Research Laboratories offers inhouse laboratory testing for drinking water, wastewater, surface water, groundwater, and storm water, and are committed to providing our clients with the best information to help them understand and protect their water quality.

A.W. Research Laboratories has been working with local homeowners and lake association members to document the arsenic concentration in groundwater throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area, which Sarah will address during the workshop.

WAPOA has invited the Minnesota Department of Health to be a presenter addressing the state drinking water standards for on-site and municipal wells.

The workshop/seminar will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 25 at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN 56442

WAPOA is Concerned About Water Quality On Your Lake and In Our Area. We invite our members, local government officials, lake associations, neighbors and all interested persons to our next workshop/seminar. Join us to learn more about managing ground and 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 25: “Jazz in August”
The Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation (LLAWF) is hosting an annual gala, “Jazz in August”, on August 25 from 5:00 - 9:30 PM at the BlueWater Lodge in Walker.

“Jazz in August” will be an evening of great music by Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club with Charmin Michelle, dinner catered by Dawn Anderson at the Lucky Moose Restaurant in Walker, exciting silent and live auction items, and an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones.

Tickets are $40. All funds raised will benefit the protection of our region’s lake and forest resources for future generations. To order tickets, please call LLAWF at 218-675-5773. Or pick up a ticket order form at the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and mail it to LLAWF.

LLAWF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working with partners since 1992 to protect over 30 miles of critical shorelands and preserve more than 2,500 acres of land.

August 25: Nisswa Garden Club
The Nisswa Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

Social hour and check-in will begin at noon. Lunch will be served by Ernie’s Restaurant at 12:30 p.m. followed by the business meeting.

The program entitled “Trees: Choose Wisely and Plant Properly” will be presented by Jackie Burkey, a Crow Wing County UMN Extension Master Gardener. Coordinator is Doreen Mahoney. Hosts are Betty Ehrhardt and Jeanne Goodwin.

Upcoming programs include “Gifts from the Garden” on September 22 and “Easy Holiday Arrangements” on October 27.

Non-members with an interest in gardening are welcome. For lunch reservations, call Marie Boudrye at 218-963-7494. Program presentation begins after 1:00 p.m. For further information on the Club, visit

August 27: Charcot-Marie- Tooth(CMT) Meeting
Please come join us Saturday, August 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Brainerd Public Library(the small meeting room) 416 So. 5th Street Brainerd. We will discuss updates on CMT, the upcoming CMT Awareness month and the September 24th 2nd Annual Dam Walk for CMT in Crosslake. Light refreshments will be served.

If you plan to attend or would like more information about future meetings, please call Jo Smith 612-807-4729 or email me at Hope to see you there!

August 27: Crosslake Presbyterian Church to Hold 2nd Annual Car & Motorcycle Show
Saturday, August 27, at 9 AM, Crosslake Presbyterian Church will be sponsoring its 2nd  Annual Car Show. Four categories of trophies will be awarded by “People’s Choice” and classifications will be as follows: Best Sedan or Coup, Best Convertible, Best Truck and Best Motorcycle. There will be a $10 admission charge to participants. Trophies will be awarded at 1 PM and you must be in attendance to win. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 50 cars to register. Door prizes will be available to participants, and food and snacks for everyone. Come and enjoy the fun. Free admission to guest. Crosslake Presbyterian Church is located at 14444 Daggett Pine Road, just east of the Community Center.

August 27: 9th Annual Kiwanis Kids Triathlon
The Brainerd Kiwanis Club is hosting the 9th annual Kids Triathlon at Whipple Beach, in Baxter, MN from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. The wide sand beach, protected swim area, and quiet residential roads will create a fun and safe venue for beginner and experienced youth triathletes alike.

The Kiwanis Kids Triathlon is a youth triathlon that is open to any child age 5 to 14. Triathletes will be divided into two age groups Ages 5-9: Swim 25 yards, Bike 2 miles, Run 1 mile; and Ages 10-14: Swim 50 yards, Bike 4 miles, Run 2 miles.

“Kiwanis is an organization dedicated to serving the youth of our community. The Kiwanis Kids Triathlon is an event that promotes youth fitness and fun competition. In the past eight years approximately 1,000 different boys and girls from around the Brainerd lakes area and surrounding region have completed in the triathlon, and many of those have completed five or more of the races. The event is having the intended effect of encouraging young people to adopt a healthy, fit lifestyle.” Chris Robinson, Brainerd Kiwanis Club.

Essentia Health has had the honor of being the major sponsor of the Kids Triathlon for the past six years providing helmet fittings, educational materials, healthy snacks, and inspirational sign coloring to cheer on the triathletes. Essentia Health would like to invite you to be a part of this kid friendly event and opportunity to be active as a family.

Registration is available online at or by mail. Details are available at the race website:

August 29: LLAWF/NWA water conversation meeting to be held in Outing
The Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation and Northern Water Alliance are committed to hosting public dialogues about water resources in North Central Minnesota.

The second Water Conversation will be held August 29, 2016, from 9-11:30 am at the Crooked Lake Township Hall in Outing. The discussion will again be pipelines and routing with the same presenters available for the discussion. The puiblic is invited to attend.

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September Events

September 8: City of Grand Rapids special deer hunt enters fourth season
The city of Grand Rapids will hold its fourth special deer hunt this fall in an attempt to further reduce deer numbers within the city limits. Following back-to-back mild winters, higher than desired deer numbers have persisted within the city limits.

The hunt is open to archery, firearms and muzzleloader hunters during the regular season dates for those hunts. In order to participate in the hunt, a hunter must purchase a regular license for the type of hunt they want to participate in through the DNR’s electronic licensing system (ELS), and then may purchase up to four bonus permits through the ELS to take additional antlerless deer. The city hunt limit is five deer and hunters may take only one antlered buck. Muzzleloader and firearms hunters will have to apply for their special hunt permit through the ELS by Thursday, Sept. 8. Special hunt numbers are 931 for firearms, and 946 for muzzleloader.

Firearms or muzzleloader hunters who want to hunt in a lottery area and participate in the Grand Rapids special hunt must make a choice whether to apply for an antlerless permit or participate in the special hunt; they cannot apply for both.

Special hunt permits for the archery season hunt can be obtained at the Grand Rapids Police Department at any time. After buying an archery hunting license, hunters will be issued a permit to possess up to four bonus tags, which they can buy through the ELS.

Deer taken in the special hunt must be registered under the special hunt numbers (995 for archery, 931 for firearms, and 946 for muzzleloader) and not the larger permit area 179. A deer taken outside of the city hunt boundary cannot be registered under the city hunt number. Most of the land in the allowed hunting areas is privately owned. Hunters must get permission directly from private landowners to hunt or cross private land. A map depicting allowed hunting areas is available on the city of Grand Rapids website at under the map tab. Itasca County plat books and online public  records can help prospective hunters identify landowners in order to seek permission to hunt.

September 21: 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:

Sept. 21: "Miniature Gardens" Presenter: Jennifer Knutson Member Plant Exchange. Elections.

Oct. 19: "Putting Your Garden to Bed ", Presenter: Shelly Boser

Nov. 15: Board of Directors Meeting, Location: TBA

Nov. 16: "Houseplants" Presenter: Dyanna Rasinski

September 17: Crow Wing Paddlers Club
The Crow Wing Paddlers Club is open to everyone. If you don't have something to paddle on we can supply you with a kayak, paddle and PFD. Contact us for exact time, locations and more information. Call Jim at 612-581-2144. Sponsored by Crow Wing Kayaks and Wind, Water & Wheels.

2016 Scheduler:
Saturday, September 17th Evening

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