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Weekly and Monthly Events

Fun in the Park
Crosslake Parks and Recreation is excited to host a new program this summer, Fun in the Park. This program is geared towards children ages 1 to 10 and is designed with interaction in mind. We will combine games, activities, arts and crafts, stories, and environmentally focused instruction in a fun, recreational setting. For more information, please call the Community Center at 218-692-4271.

Second Wednesdays: Quilting Opportunity
The Knotty Ladies Quilters of Our Savior’s would like to invite women in the community to join us to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief and others in need. No quilting experience is needed. Come learn how to quilt with mini quilt lessons at each meeting and help complete quilts. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you starting in September! Please contact us with any questions you may have at 218-792-5346. If no answer, please leave a message for Shirley S.

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.

Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Food Shelf is located at 20948 County Road 1 in Emily, MN.

Food Shelf Hours
• First Tuesday of the month – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
• Third Tuesday of the month – 5:00 -6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday following the third Tuesday of the month – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

The Emily Food Shelf serves all neighbors in need within our local communities. Although we serve the communities of Emily, Fifty Lakes, Outing, Fairfield, Little Pine, Ross Lake and Perry Lake, all are welcome regardless of location.

Call the Food Shelf at 218-763- 3663 with any questions, or for emergency assistance.

Financial contributions may be sent to PO Box 93, Emily, MN 56447. We sincerely thank all who continue to support the food shelf.

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

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

Summer Saturday Storytimes
10:30-11:30 am from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day

A new volunteer,Mary Andresen is conducting Saturday Storytime this year. She reads and talks about a couple of stories and then has a craft for each child to do and take home, which relates to the theme of the stories. We are unbelievably lucky to have her because she is so awesome. Your preschoolers will love their
time with her from 10:30-11:30. No registration required—just come and share the fun!!!

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.

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.

Emily Gymnasium Schedule
• Exercise (low impact to vintage music): Mon &Wed 9 -10 am
• Ladies Beginner Pickleball: Mon 10 - Noon & Fri 9 - Noon
• Beginner Line Dancing: Wed 10 - 11 am
• Men's Pickleball: Mon 2 - 4 pm
• Youth Activities: Wed 4:30- 6 pm
• Open gym times: Call 218-763-2480 for availability.
• Prescheduled activities and events take precedence. Dry shoes MUST be worn in the gym.

Saturdays: Emily Community Market
The Emily Community Market will be located in the Emily Wesleyan Church parking lot, 40142 State Hwy 6 from 9 am - 2 pm on these Saturdays: May 20, June 24, and every Saturday from July 22 through September 30. There will be local artisans, baked goods, jam& jellies, and local produce (when available).

Makers’ Place of Emily
All makers - (artists, crafters, writers, musicians, etc.) are welcome to come to the Emily City Building to meet, share, create, learn and collaborate.

Bring a project you are working on or bring ideas or interest in learning something new. A place to meet and make new friends, work individually or share/learn an art/craft or work together on collaborative ideas.

New Schedule Open Studio Times:
2nd Tues. 4-8pm
Most Thurs. 6-9pm (check FB)
3rd Mon. 10am-Noon then lunch
4th Mon. 1-4pm

For questions or interest contact makersplaceofemily@gmail.com or find the Facebook group by the same name.

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!

Fourth Tuesday: Dementia Caregivers Support Group
Caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia are invited to the monthly Dementia Caregiver Support Group in Crosby.

Meetings are scheduled the fourth Tuesday of each month. To learn more, contact Kent O’Grady at kent.ogrady@gmail.com or 612-868-7260 or CRMC social workers at 218-546-2357.

Last Mondays: 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 well-being, 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

Volunteers Needed for Care ‘N Share Meals
Community Care ‘N Share in Emily (CNS) sends to-go meals to over 100 people in the Crosby area who are seniors, veterans or home-bound people. We also supply another 100 to-go meals closer to Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes.

We need about 10 volunteers Wednesdays Noon to about 2 pm for a variety of tasks: help prepare and package to-go meals, wash dishes, clean up or help deliver boxes of packages of to-go meals to apartments in Crosby or other surrounding destinations.

Our chef could use 1 or 2 more on Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 pm to help pre-make some of the menu. If you would like to volunteer, call Lori at 651-246-7292 or LoriNelson@brainerd.net.

If you need a meal, call 952-200-9108. Any amount of financial contributions are needed to help us cover expenses. Care N Share is a 501c(3) charity exempt from federal income tax.

Our kitchen is co-located with the Wesleyan Church in Emily on State Highway 6. Donations can be sent to Care N Share, PO BOX 354 Emily, MN 56447.

We are financially supported in part by Essentia Health St Joseph Foundation; Second Harvest North Central Food Bank; Crow Wing Power Round Up; Hallett Foundation and generous individuals like you.

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 very low 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 highspeed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/mn.

Promedica Hospice Volunteer Training
Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving  terminally ill patients and their families in Crosslake, Breezy Point, Nisswa, Outing and the outlying communities. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, pet therapy and musical enrichment. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule. Please call Keshia Kettler at Promedica Hospice at 218-829-1252 for further information.

Volunteers Needed for Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers to help us complete two current build projects, as well as in our bustling ReStore. If you want a rewarding volunteer experience, many of our volunteer say that they receive more by volunteering than they feel they give…and that there is so much to learn! Here are the areas where we need help right now:

Get hands-on experience on with Habitat! You’re never alone building with us; a professional staff member is always on site to teach new skills or put your expertise to best use. Construction volunteers perform a variety of skilled and unskilled tasks including framing, vinyl siding, sheet rocking, painting, flooring, and installing trim. We work alongside each partner family for each home, so you will see and know the lives you are changing firsthand.

Opportunities change day-to-day, occur indoors and outdoors, and are typically four-hour shifts (morning or afternoon). Participating in build projects is an excellent opportunity for church and youth groups, local businesses looking for VTO, individuals in need of volunteer hours, or anyone with a desire to get involved with our community.

We are currently building two homes in the Brainerd/Baxter area and have several projects coming in 2023.

Is HGTV your favorite channel? Our Brainerd ReStore is a retail outlet that deals in recycling new and like-new building and home improvement materials sold at discounted prices. We prevent quality items from crowding the landfill and reuse, repurpose, and recycle appliances and furniture, too.

Regular, weekly volunteers are needed to provide support to the ReStore staff, donors, and customers. Whether you’re a people person or you love seeing all the interesting things that come in, you’ll love the ReStore.

If you're a people person, your key responsibilities will be:
• Greet customers and answer questions
• Answer the phone/light office tasks between customers
• Assist customers in making purchases/cashier
• Help maintain a clean and attractive store

If you love to see all the donations that come in or like to fix things, your key responsibilities will be:
• Receive and organize donations
• Clean, repair, sort, and stock donations
• Help donors unload vehicles/trailers
• Fill out donation receipts

We tear apart, too! Pickup volunteers take our trucks and trailers throughout the Brainerd lakes area, collecting new and gently used home accessories, appliances, and building supplies. Pickup volunteers go out daily (on a planned route, scheduled ahead of time) and deliver donations to our warehouse.

Salvage volunteers go to a site and save reusable, quality materials from demolition. All these items stock our ReStore, which is open to the public and sells merchandise discounted up to 75% off standard retail prices. All net proceeds support our mission to build affordable homes for working families. Plenty of volunteers like to do both! We need pickup volunteers every weekday and salvage volunteers roughly once per week.

For more information on how you can help, you can contact us at:
• Heidi Gould, Volunteer Director, heidi.gould@lakesareahabitat.org, 218-454-7021 Lakesareahabitat.org > Volunteer

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June Events

Mondays in June: Grief Support Available
All are welcome to a new Grief Support Group facilitated by Pastor Brian Kimbler at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays in June in the VC Room at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

The group will then meet monthly. Pastor Kimbler is the Chaplain at Heartwood. He is an ordained minister through the International Ministerial Fellowship. The group is an opportunity to share experiences and support one another, to listen, and learn.

The Grief Support Group is sponsored by Heartwood, a partnership between Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and Presbyterian Homes & Services. There is no charge to attend, and no reservation is necessary. For more information, contact Pastor Kimbler at 218-232-2515. All those entering Heartwood will be required to wear a face mask.

June 6: Whitefish Chain Yacht Club 2023 Events
The board of the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club (WCYC) is pleased to announce a full calendar of events for 2023. With its’ mission of ‘safety on the water’, youth swimming and boating classes as well as its popular 'Women at the Helm’ classes will be underway beginning in June.

June 6 and July 6
Youth Boating Safety Classes in conjunction with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Water Patrol for youth ages 12-17 (Held at Zorbaz in Crosslake)

July 10-14, July 17-21 and July 24-28
Youth Water Safety/Swimming Classes (held at the Army Corp of Engineers Campground in Crosslake)

June 15 and July 14
Women at the Helm – Held at Bertha Boatworks – for women who would like to get more comfortable at the helm of their boats with Jonny and Jody Wallin instructors.

June 17
In addition to these classes, the WCYC is a proud sponsor of the Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendevous at Moonlite Bay. Come see vintage wooden boats and other classic boats on the docks at Moonlite Bay.

August 12
Cardboard Boat Races. This is a popular event and enjoyed by all as teams try to paddle their homemade cardboard boats around the buoys in Moonlite Bay.

For WCYC members, plans for our spring member dinner are underway. Join us on June 10 at Riverside Restaurant in Crosslake.

The location and date for the fall member dinner will be announced later.

If you are not yet a member or have questions about the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club, please go to our website at www.wcyc.info for more information about our organization and how your membership will support ‘safety on the water’.

June 7-8: Cabin Succession Planning Workshops
Northern Waters Land Trust (NWLT) is offering two options for a workshop on cabin succession planning, “Your Cabin, Your Family, Your Legacy”. The first is on Wednesday June 7th, 2023, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in Park Rapids at Northwoods Bank of MN. The second option is on Thursday June 8th, 2023, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at the Crosslake Community Center in Crosslake.

The family cabin or shoreland property can be a family’s most treasured asset. This workshop will provide an overview of different legal and estate planning tools for passing down the family cabin and property to the next generation.

Experts will present the consequences of not planning ahead, common scenarios, and several options for transferring your property ownership. They will navigate the nuances and potential hurdles of each succession option. Northern Waters Land Trust will discuss various conservation options to consider in planning for your property’s future.

These workshops are offered in a hybrid format with virtual and in-person attendance welcome. Register online through our events page on the NWLT website, www.northernwaterslandtrust.org.

There is no charge for these workshops. The online registration form asks if people would like to make a donation, but its not required.

The experts presenting provide some general information and encourage participants to consult their financial advisors.

Contact information is provided for each of the presenters if participants would like to follow up with any of the presenters for more information or to solicit their particular services.

Questions about the event? Call our office at (218) 547-4510 or email us at: info@nwlt-mn.org.

June 9: Retirement Party for Fifty Lakes Clerk/Treasurer Karen Stern
A retirement celebration will be held for long time Fifty Lakes City Clerk-Treasurer Karen Stern on Friday, June 9th from 4-7 pm at the 50 Lakes Bar and Bottle Shop. Stern served the city for 26 years and her last day was Friday, June 2.

June 10-11: Crow Wing Paddlers Schedule
6/10 – 6/11 Sat. & Sun. Mississippi River North of Itasca State Park 12:00 PM, M Afternoon paddle for everyone and camping overnight for those who choose to.

6/15 – Thursday, Pine River 9:00 AM, 2.5-3 Hours, E Gentle flow, pristine! Starts North of Norway lake and  ends at dam in the town of Pine River.

6/25 – Sunday, Bonnie Brook / Woman Lake 1:00 PM, 2.5-3 Hours, M Pristine paddle/potluck to follow.

7/7 – Friday, Pine River South of Rock Dam 6:00 PM, 2 Hours, E As tame as it gets. I call this stretch “Gently Down the Stream”.

7/15 – Saturday, Daggett Creek 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM, 2 or 4 Hours, M Your choice! First stretch in the AM is from Mitchell Lake to Co 1. In the afternoon we will continue to Little Pine Lake.

7/20 – Thursday, Crosslake 10:00 AM, All day on the lake, M Progressive feast!

7/30 – Sunday, Long Prairie River 1:00 PM Potluck to follow.

8/8 – Tuesday, Gull Lake Chain 1:00 PM, 3 Hours, M Starts at Nisswa Lk ends at Zorbaz on Gull.

8/20 – Sunday, Crow Wing River, 2:00 PM, 2-3 Hours, E Gentle wide river.

8/30 – Wednesday, Blue Moon / Trout Lake 5:00 PM, 4+ Hours, M On the night of the Blue Moon (second full moon in one month). Includes a stop for a snack and a view of the moon on Whitefish.

9/9 – Saturday, Pine River 1:00 PM, 5 Hours, E Last stretch from Snowmobile Tr to Co 11.

9/17 --- Sunday, Cullen Lake 1:00 PM, 2-3 Hours, E From Middle to Lower Cullen.

9/28 – Thursday, Crooked / Hanks Lake 1:00 PM, E, As long or short as you want Lakes west of Bay Lake.

10/7 – Friday, Mine Pits 2:00 PM, As long or short as you want, E, Crystal clear water at depths of 400+ feet.


June 10: Elite 100 Fishing Tourney
The Crosslake Ideal Lions will be holding the 35th Annual Elite 100 3-4-5 Mixed Bag Classic at Moonlite Bay on Saturday, June 10th. Registration is now open for two-person teams.

If you are a fishing team and have questions about the rules, entry forms or other day-of details, please call organizer Donna Leagjeld at 218-820-3717

June 13: Outing Seniors

The Outing Seniors Club invite you on June 13th at 1:30 PM to the Crooked Lake Township Hall in Outing, MN to hear FBI Special Agent Matthew Snell of the Complex Financial Crimes speak on elder fraud & scam protection. Meeting is open to the community for a topic of interest to many. Refreshments will be served after the presentation and before the business meeting. Membership in the Outing Seniors Club is open to all seniors 55 and older in Emily, Fifty Lakes, Crooked Lake Township and surrounding communities. For more information contact Club President Patsy Bernhjelm at 612-916-3132.

June 13: Protect Youself From Fraud & Scams
FBI Special Agent Matthew Snell will speak on Elder Fraud and Scam Protection on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 1:30 pm at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing. This event is hosted by the Outing Seniors and is open to the public.

Matthew Snell has been an FBI Special Agent for over 19 years. He is currently assigned to the Complex Financial Crimes (CFC) squad for the FBI Minneapolis Division, where he investigates corporate fraud, bank fraud, investment fraud, and healthcare fraud. In addition to his investigative responsibilities, he is a commercial pilot supporting the FBI aviation program.

Prior to the FBI, SA Snell was a Professional Engineer responsible for designing cleanup systems for military hazardous waste sites in the Pacific Northwest.

June 13: Grand Opening for Legacy Gardens in Crosslake Town Square
Please join us for the Grand Opening and Dedication of the Legacy Gardens in Crosslake Town Square on June 13th at 4 p.m. Business After Hours to follow at 4:30. All are welcome to both events.

June 15: “Why is Spirituality Important?” at CRMC’s Cancer Support Group
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 present “Why is Spirituality Important?” at CRMC’s Cancer Support Group on Thursday, June 15, from 12 to 1 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Henson will speak about how being spiritual can help patients cope with their diagnosis and illness. The spiritual care specialist of CRMC’s Care Management team, Rev. Dr. Henson 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, the 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.

June 17: Community Outreach Day

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office announces that the next “Community Outreach Day” will be held Saturday June 17th, 2023, at the Fairview Township Building located at 10219 County Road 77, between Lake Shore and East Gull Lake from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. We invite you to come and visit with Sheriff Bryan Welk 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 an informative event hosted by Fairview Township, featuring our Emergency Response Command Trailer, updates on the trail construction taking place in Fairview, Lake Shore, and Nisswa, Pillager Fire Department display, and others!

Be our guest for a light lunch of grilled hot dogs, brats, and dessert!

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

June 18 - July 1 & July 16 - August 19: MN Hockey Camp Athletic Trainer Internship Available
Minnesota Hockey Camps at Breezy Point Sports is seeking Athletic Training Interns to help with coverage at its developmental summer camps. MHC is known worldwide and has been the training place for several previous NHL players. The camp boasts one of the  best professional conditioning programs in the nation.

Within this summer camp, interns can grow as an athletic trainer by working with hockey players ranging from 9 to 18 years old and dealing with both orthopedic and general medical conditions. Interns will be responsible for caring for injured campers and helping those campers return safely to competition.

Each camp is a week-long session ranging from June 18th through July 1st and July 16th through August 19th. Athletic Training Interns will have a rotation of two to four weeks at the camp. Interns will be assigned to a group of campers to provide athletic training services during their daily training sessions. Typical hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for hockey tournaments between groups and camper registration days. During rotation, interns are provided with free room and board and MHC swag.

The internship duties include evaluating general medical and orthopedic conditions, providing treatment as needed, distributing medications as directed by camper’s guardian, communicating any evaluations and/or treatments to a camper’s legal guardian, communicating any restrictions that the camper has to counselors, and documenting evaluations and treatments.

To qualify for the internship, candidates must be CPR and first aid certified and be completing coursework for an Athletic Training degree or planning to take the Athletic Training BOC exam. Newly certified Athletic Trainers are welcome to apply.

For more information or to apply, contact Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Athletic Trainer Donovan Tiberg, Donovan.tiberg@cuyunamed.org, or 715-977-0315.

June 21: 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:

June 21st – “Growing Hardy Roses Up North” with Master Gardener Jackie Burkey

July 19th – Touring “Bragstad Natural Farm” in the Pequot Lakes area. We will meet at the Crosslake Community Center to carpool, time TBD.

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

June 24 and July 6: Upcoming Boat and Water Safety Classes
Cass County Sheriff Bryan Welk reports that this spring, Recreation Deputies Bob Landreville and Travis Collette have instructed approximately 170 students in boating and water safety courses offered with partners at the Northland, Pine River-Backus, and Pillager School Districts. The course, which includes classroom components, teaches boating and water safety and includes a test that passing will allow youth to receive their Watercraft Operators Permit, which is required for 12–17-year-olds. The Sheriff’s Office is excited about this record number of students completing these courses, helping to create safe recreational lifestyles for them and their families and friends.

Upcoming Boat and Water Safety Couse Opportunities:
June 24th 2023 – 9 AM – 1 PM at the Double Study Hall @ WHA High School - with Walker- Akeley-Hackensack Community Education. Bring a sack lunch and a well-fitted life jacket. Fee$5.00 Registration here: https://wha.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/home or Questions – Call 218-547-4216 or 218-547-4360

July 6th 2023 – 9 AM – 1 PM at the Hackensack Hub – lunch will be provided and please bring a well-fitted life jacket. Registration or Questions – leann_sand2001@yahoo.com

June 27: AARP Driver Safety Course
The Outing Senior Club will sponsor an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Outing/Crooked Lake Town Hall. The four-hour refresher course will be held on Tuesday, June 27th from noon to 4:00 pm. To register or for more information call 218-839-5033.

June 27: FREE Breast & Cervical Cancer Screenings Offered
Appointments are available for free breast and cervical cancer screenings being offered at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Crosby Clinic on Tuesday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. for uninsured and underinsured women age 40 years and older who meet income guidelines.

At the event, eligible women will receive clinical breast examinations, mammograms, Pap tests, pelvic examinations, Human papillomavirus (HPV) tests, diagnostic testing if results are abnormal, and referrals to treatment. Family Physician Monica Goodwin, M.D., and OB/GYN Alisha Lindberg, M.D., are volunteering their time to assist women.

CRMC hopes to make more women in the Cuyuna Lakes Area aware of this free program. "We think many women are not receiving these life-saving screening tests because they have no health insurance or their insurance has deductibles or copayments they cannot afford to pay," said Oncology Care Coordinator Dustine Parks, R.N.

All women are at risk for breast and cervical cancer, but regular screenings can prevent these diseases or find them early. Women between 40 and 74 years old should get a mammogram every year. Women should get their first Pap test at age 21 and continue screening until age 65.

Light refreshments will be served at the event and ladies will receive a swag bag. For a screening appointment, call 218-546-7000, ext. 2135.

July 1: Registration Now Open for WAPOA’s Grandpa's Run for the Walleye
Registration is open for the 26th Annual Grandpa's 5K Run for the Walleye. Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye has become one of the signature events of the Crosslake 4th of July Celebration and will be held on the morning of Saturday, July 1st, the same day as the fireworks over Cross Lake. The event, based at the Crosslake Community Center, begins with the 10K run at 8:15 AM, followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 AM, and culminating with the Kids Sunfish Dash at 9:45 AM.

The 5K and 10K routes are USATF certified and professionally chip timed. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome and Water Stops will be available along the routes.

Online Registration is available by following the Run for the Walleye quick link at www.wapoa.org.

Participants can also sign up and pick up race packets between 4 PM and 6 PM, Friday afternoon, June 30th at the Community Center. Race day registration will be open 7:00 AM until 8:00 AM. The cost of registration for the 5K and 10K is $30 before June 21; or $35, June 21 through Race Day. The registration fee for the Kids Sunfish Dash (up to age 10) is $10. All 5K and 10K registrants prior to June 21st will be guaranteed their choice of a long or short-sleeved performance shirt. Sunfish dash participants will receive a T-shirt and “swag bag.”

Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) sponsors the race; and uses the proceeds of the race to benefit fish habitat in the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.

July 10-16: Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is hosting a free trip for veterans to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is once again hosting a free trip for veterans to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota this summer. From July 10th to 16th 2023.

This will be the fifth year and trip number 7 that the Center has offered. The trip is for any veteran that would like to get away for a week from the hustle and bustle. It offers them a chance to reconnect with nature and reset themselves. It is also for those that are disabled or dealing with PTSD and other specified traumas. “This is just great trip for veterans and a way to give back to the veterans that have given and sacrificed so much to us,” says Executive Director John Gidley. “Part of the mission of the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center is to provide programs that support our veterans. Veterans give so much to our local communities that we want to do our part to give back to them as well. Thankfully through the generosity of area sponsors we are able to provide this wonderful opportunity for them.”

There are many issues facing veterans today. In an effort to assist in healing and building healthy relationships within the community, the Center is offering these BWCA trips for veterans. Participants will enjoy a week of fishing, canoeing, and camping with fellow veterans. By bringing veterans into the wilderness away from noises and stress, the hope is it will help them heal, recover and just relax.

In order to educate the public, the Center relies on veterans to provide their stories and artifacts. We appreciate the trust veterans place in us to tell their stories and want to give back to the veteran community.

Duane Lasley, a retired Captain with U.S. Army from Duluth, first went on the trip in 2018 and is now volunteering his time for the trip. He states, “I was fortunate enough to go on a past trip and it was an amazing experience. I am doing what I can to help others enjoy a similar experience.”

The Center will be taking a small group of veterans and two group leaders up to Ely MN, where they will spend a night at a local resort before heading into the BWCA the next day. All of the outfitting equipment will be provided for each participant. On the sixth day, the group will return to the resort before a return trip to Superior the next day.Interested veterans can apply for the trip through the Center’s website at www.bongcenter.org or stop by the Center for an application. They may also call the Center at 715-392-7151 and request an application be sent to them. Applicants wishing to be part of the first review of applications need to submit all materials by Friday, May 26th. A final deadline for consideration is set for Friday, June 2nd for those who miss the first review date.

Individuals, businesses, or organizations that are interested in donating towards this program may contact Executive Director John Gidley via email at gidley@bongcenter.org or at the Center.

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