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Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals to Seniors
The Senior Nutrition Site in Pequot Lakes the serves the Nisswa and Pequot Lakes area are in need of volunteers that would deliver meals to seniors Monday through Fridays. You would only need to volunteer one day a week and it only would take an hour normally. Please call 218-568-4909 and leave a message. These neighbors are depending on your help.

Eating Disorder Association Formed
The Eating Disorder Association of Central Minnesota has been organized. Their mission is to educate the public and establish a greater understanding and awareness of eating disorders, while supporting those suffering with an eating disorder and all affected by it through education and creating a network of all available treatment options.
Brain Injury Support Group
On the last Wednesday of each month there is a Brain Injury Support Group meeting from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at The Lighthouse. The address is 704 Norwood Street in Brainerd, MN. The purpose of these meetings is to share stories of living with a brain injury. They are for persons with a brain injury, their families, friends, and are open for all to attend. We provide coffee and cookies and there are no costs for persons who attend. No appointments necessary to attend and  persons with questions may call Meridith at 218-829-4492 or Russ at 218-763-3760.
MN Lyme Asso. Brainerd Lakes Chapter
The Minnesota Lyme Association Brainerd Lakes Chapter is operating a year round fundraiser to support it’s efforts in the fight against and the treatment of Lyme Disease.
Come and be a part of this effort at Papa’s Treasures of Hope, a Women’s Boutique and Thrift Shop located a 1/2 mile north of Pequot Lakes on Hwy 371.
Address is 4176 Langenbou Rd. Pequot Lakes. Hours Open are 10-4 Wed. to Sat. Volunteers always welcome.
Lyme support meetings are held every second Thursday of the month, 1:00 pm at Papa’s Treasures of Hope.

Lyme Disease Support Group
Monthly Lyme Disease Support Group meeting are the 2nd Thursdays of the month at 6 pm at the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes. Everyone is welcome and the meetings are free.

May is Lyme Disease awareness month. We will have a garden flag available to buy for showing support for the life changing disease of Lyme. Contact Judy at 218 543-4945 for more information.
Circle of Parents free community based support groups for parents and their children
Circle of Parents is a parent support group that is open to all families in the Pequot Lakes area. Based on the statewide Circle of Parent program model the local program is free and open to all families. The Pequot Lakes Circle of Parents group meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Trailside Center. Free childcare is available.

During the once a week meetings, parents come together to exchange insights into common parenting challenges. The program is free, confidential, nonjudgmental and designed to promote positive parenting skills. To find out more about the Pequot Lakes Circle of Parent group, call Joan at (218) 821-6429. The philosophy behind Circle of Parents is sharing ideas, sharing support. Parents in the lakes area do not have to feel alone with their parenting concerns, please call or drop in for the weekly discussion.
Bereavement/Family Support Group
The Bereavement / Family Support Group will meet the third Thursday of each month, at 4 pm, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Crosslake. For more information, please call Donna Keiffer 218-821-1158.
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

Crosslake Bereavement Group
Crosslake Evangelical Free Church “Log Church” Monday’s at 6:30 p.m. Meet in the church, use the back entrance. This is a local support group for those who have lost a loved one. Contact Jean Young 218-692-1854 if you have questions.
Pequot Lakes - Breezy Point Lions
The Pequot Lakes - Breezy Point Lions Club meets the second Monday of the month at the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club at 5:30 pm. All visitors welcome. For more information call 218-838-8002 or visit plbplionsclub. com or send an email to info@plbplionsclub.com.

Crosslake Food Shelf Needs Wool Mittens
A benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous has been making beautiful 100 percent all wool mittens which she sells to raise money to benefit the Crosslake Food Shelf.

So many mittens have been sold for this wonderful cause that there is a problem with a sufficient supply of all-wool product. 100% wool sweaters and vests are preferred. Donations of up to 1 inch buttons are also needed.

If you can help, materials may be dropped off at the Crosslake Welcome Center, Crosslake Hair Company, Haven Book Store, Frandsen Bank Crosslake, or the Crosslake Food Shelf during normal hours.

If you have any questions or need a special pick up, please call Nancy Rudberg at 218 692-2309.
Crosslake "Clothes Closet" Announces Summer Hours
Crosslake: the Clothes Closet at 37560 Ox Lake Landing announces its summer hours as the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 5 PM to 8 PM. The closet will not be open Tuesday mornings during the summer months of June, July or August.

The Closet offers clothing and shoes for men, women and children, some small appliances, kitchen items, knick knacks, etc at no charge! Donations are accepted during business hours. For information please call Dodo Fraser at 218-692-4056 or Arlyn Carlson at 218-543-6509.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Adult Exercise Program - Emily
FREE low-impact exercise program for men and women at the new City Hall in Emily on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9AM-10AM. (Note: Must sign waiver for City of Emily for use of city facility.)

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

All club events, ride schedule and training events can be found on the club’s website at www.overthehillsgang.org

Currently the Over the Hills Gang are in the process of getting a GIA trail in the Outing/Emily area.

The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and happy riding in the area.
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.
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. Join the fun and camaraderie-become a member today!
Tuesdays: Crosslake Area MOPS
The group, which meets from 9- 11:15 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month throughout the school year at the Crosslake Log Church, is for mothers whose children range from newborn through kindergarten. Meetings include fellowship, brunch, speakers, small group discussions and crafts. Free childcare is provided.

For more information you can call the Log Church Office at (218) 692-4141 or visit their Facebook page "Crosslake Area MOPS."

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.

Cass County Triad
Cass County Triad is a community- based partnership between senior citizens and law enforcement. The goal of Triad is to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly and to enhance communications between senior citizens and law enforcement. If you are interested in learning more about Triad, please call Pauline with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 218-547-7308.

Triad meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Hackensack Senior Center. Lunch is available at noon with the meeting at 1 p.m. All are welcome!
Care Center in Crosby seeks volunteers
The Care Center at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is seeking volunteers to assist with evening activities four to five nights a month.

Volunteers are sought from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on any evening to help get people to and from the activity center, have fun singing, dancing, or with other pastimes, and assist residents back to their room. Generally, there are more than 100 residents living at the center.

Those who are interested or would like more information may contact Activity Director Ali Engler at 545-4353 or aengler@cuyunamed.org.
Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things support group for Amputees
Brainerd Lakes Limbs & Things is a support group being organized by Tim and Mindy Speldrich working with Amputees and local professionals to help Amputees over limb loss and family questions and struggles.

“We have been inspired by the number of people who have spoken to us since sharing our journey with the community in recent articles,” said Tim Speldrich, a below the knee (BK) amputee for 20 years and an above the knee (AK) amputee for more than 9 years. “Mindy and I have been married for 20 years and have supported one another through all things.”

Amputees and families are welcome to come to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st Monday of every month in the Kerst Meeting Room located in the lower level.

For more information contact Tim at timspeldrich@gmail.com or (218) 838-8431; or Mindy at speldrichm@yahoo.com or (218) 839-1488.
Wednesdays: Farmers’ Market Wed. 9am-1pm • Crosslake Town Square
The Farmers Market is back in Town Square. The lead person for the farmers market in Crosslake passed away this winter. It took a little while to put together another group but they are back! We missed out of some of the early season items, but it is prime time now. Please show your support! Every Wednesday 9am to 1pm in the Crosslake Town Square. Any vendors interested in participating can contact Sheila at 218-839-0493 or email sheilacec@live.com
Wreaths for Graves at Fort Ripley
Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes Lions have purchased 10 wreaths to be placed on graves of military personnel at Christmas time who have been put to rest at Fort Ripley. If you would like to submit a name of someone buried there so a wreath can be placed on their grave please see www.lakerslions.org. Click on Wreaths for Wounded Warriors and fill out the form.
Miracles Happen
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center employees have coordinated Miracles Happen/Team Zed to raise funds for the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota.

The team is named in honor of Zed Schweitzer, son of Mike and Lisa Schweitzer of Crosby, who was critically injured in an accident this past January. Their goal is to raise $1,000; all donations would be greatly appreciated.

To join the effort visit: www.braininjurymn.org/fundraising/campaign and select Miracles Happen/Team Zed. The annual Walk for Thought will be September 20 at Battle Creek Park in St. Paul.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Whitefish “500”: New Groups Forming
Starting September 18 and every Thursday thereafter meet at the Crosslake Legion at 3:30 for 500. Starting September 23 and every Tuesday thereafter, meet at the Jenkins VFW at 3:30 for 500. Call Judy at 218-851-5136 to reserve a seat at either location.

Whitefish Dinner Club
Meet new single friends and fun married couples. We choose a variety of places and generally meet twice a week. Where do you prefer to dine? Locations with favorite weekly specials? By cozy fireplaces? Or with potlucks? For more information, please call Judy at 218-851-5136.
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.

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February Events

February 2: Deer population goal-setting public meetings begin
Opportunities for the public to participate in deer population goal setting for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota begin Monday, Feb. 2, in Monticello.

“Working with citizens to achieve conservation and management goals is integral to the mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “To make sure that goals are based on the broad range of public interest in deer, we use a public process to help determine how many deer to manage for in a given area.”

Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. After a short presentation on deer populations and management, meeting participants may comment verbally, ask DNR staff questions and complete a written questionnaire.

Deer population goals will be set for 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas in 2015. People can view a map of the goal-setting areas at www.mndnr.gov/deer. They should attend a meeting for the goal-setting block that contains the deer permit areas in which they are interested. Meetings are scheduled for:

Block 1 – Superior Uplands Arrowhead
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015: Two Harbors High School Auditorium, 1640 Highway 2, Two Harbors. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015: Cook County Community Center, 317 West 5th St., Grand Marais. Deer permit areas included: 117, 122, 126, 127, 180.

Block 2 – North Central Plains Moraines
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015: Sanford Center, Lakeview Rooms, 1111 Event Center Drive NE, Bemidji. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015: Deer River High School Commons, 101 1st Ave. NE, Deer River. Deer permit areas included: 169, 172, 184, 197, 210, 298.

Block 3 – Pine Moraines
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015: Century High School Cafetorium, 501 Helton Ave., Park Rapids. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015: Franklin Auditorium, 1001 Kingwood St., Brainerd. Deer permit areas included: 241, 242, 246, 248, 251, 258, 259, 287.

Block 4 – East Central Uplands
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015: Hinckley High School, 201 Main St., Hinckley. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015: Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Peterson Center, 300 Spirit River Drive South, Cambridge. Deer permit areas included: 152, 155, 156, 157, 159, 183, 221, 222, 225, 247, 249.

Block 5 – Sand-Plain Big Woods
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015: Monticello Community Center, Mississippi Room, 505 Walnut St., Monticello. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015: Spring Lake Township, Town Hall Community Center, 20381 Fairlawn Ave., Prior Lake. Deer permit areas included: 219, 223, 224, 227, 229, 235, 236, 285, 338, 339.

For those unable to attend a meeting for the area in which they are interested, details on how to submit written or online comments will be available soon at www.mndnr.gov/deer.

White-tailed deer are an important resource to the state of Minnesota. Nearly 500,000 individuals hunt deer and countless other people enjoy viewing deer in the state.

Deer managers look at deer density goals as a societal issue more so than a biological issue. Deer are capable of achieving high densities so are generally managed at a level of social tolerance rather than managed for the maximum number that habitat can support. This approach involves balancing desires of hunters, wildlife watchers and others who may support higher deer densities with those of farmers, foresters or others who experience conflicts with deer who may favor lower deer densities.

“The public participation process has been designed to include input from anyone who has an interest in deer management,” McInenly said. “Citizen advisory team members also will attend the public meetings for their goal-setting block so they can learn what others have to say.”

When public meetings for each goal-setting block are complete, each citizen advisory team will review relevant biological and social data as well as public input. Teams will recommend population goals for each deer permit area in their assigned areas. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the advisory teams’ recommendations before DNR makes its final decision about goals.

This is the third year DNR has worked with citizens to reassess and re-establish deer population goals in Minnesota. Goals for southwestern and a portion of northern Minnesota were set in 2012. Goals for southeastern Minnesota were set last year. Goals for the deer permit areas not part of the 2012-2015 processes will be set in 2016.
February 2: Brainerd Gamblers Anonymous Monday Night Meetings
Beginning Monday, February 2, 2015 Gamblers Anonymous will hold meetings in Brainerd.

The Monday night meetings will start at 7 pm at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 408 N. 7th Street, Brainerd.

Contact person is Sheila at 218 820-5903.

February 4 through April 8: Income Tax Preparation Free E-File Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes AARP Tax-Aide Program
Free income tax preparation, for all ages, is available Feb. 4 through Apr. 8, at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing. The service is available on Wednesdays from 2-6 pm by appointment only.

After receiving your tax information, call Tom Martin (Mon-Thurs only) at 218-792-5903 for an appointment.

All appointments to be scheduled later than Mar. 15 should be made prior to Mar. 15. This assures we can assist all members in the communities. A valid photo ID and Social Security card must be brought with you.

Feb 5-7: Crosslake 12th Annual Winterfest begins with medallion hunt

Feb 6: Crosslake Community School Cabin Fever Carnival, 4-6pm

Feb 6: Crosslake 12th Annual Winterfest Kickoff with Fireworks at Community Center, 7-9pm

February 6: Pre-Order Trees & Plants
Think Spring, and join us for the 15th annual SWCD Tree Sale Pre-Order Open House on Friday, February 6, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Open House is at the Crow Wing SWCD office located in the Crow Wing County Land Services Building, 322 Laurel Street, Suite 13, Brainerd.

Residents will save $10 off every $100 spent before or on February 6th.

At Open House:
• Enjoy free coffee
• Refreshments
• Residents will learn from area plant experts
• Explore different County, State, and Federal conservation programs
• Grant funding opportunities.

NEW: Septic Mound seed mix available. Great opportunity to plant flowers and grasses, on your mound. This seed mix is safe for your septic mound.

Check out our new website, complete with pictures and description of all the trees, plants and seed mixes. www.crowwingswcd.org .

Deadline for ordering is February 27th, 2015. SWCD accepts Cash, Check, and credit card payments for orders. All plants, trees, and seeds must be picked up Thursday, April 30th - Saturday, May 2nd at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Thursday 4pm-6pm, Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12noon.

“Trees and plants are one of the best investments you can make.” said Beth Hippert.

For more information, visit www.crowwingswcd.org. Email: tasha.lauer@crowwingswcd.org or call the SWCD at 218-828-6197.

February 18: Crosslake Area Garden Club
Our club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. For more information contact Jayne at 218-763-1222.

February 18: Share Plans and Catalogs for 2015 Gardens
Presenter: Sue Ross

March 18: Peonies
Presenter: Shelly Boser

Come and see what we are all about. We welcome new members.

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