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Interfaith Volunteers expand services during COVID-19 crisis to bring comfort to residents
Interfaith Volunteers have been providing rides and building ramps for the elderly and disabled in the Brainerd Lakes Area for 20 years.

Due to the recent crisis, they are expanding services to offer phone calling to the lonely, homebound, and isolated who may be in need of social contact.

The volunteers are committed to helping people remain living safely and independently at home.

If you or someone you know are in need of their services, please call Interfaith Volunteers at 218 820-7454. The volunteers are ready and willing to help.

TLC Delivers
“Helping local businesses serve the local community through FREE doorstep delivery of meals, household essentials and medications during the pandemic.”

We have all been asked to "stay at home" yet we still need food, household items and medications. With that in mind the Crosslake Log Church has put together a team of volunteers who are willing to provide free delivery of meals, household essentials and medications from Crosslake area businesses and restaurants to area residents. How does it work?

Simply call a local participating business or restaurant stating you would like to place an order for delivery with “TLC Delivers.” . Place your order and make payment to the business or restaurant.
• Maucieri’s 218 692-4800
• Moonlite Bay 218 692-3575
• Andy’s 218 692-3722
• Grand Champion Meats 218 692-6328
• Crosslake Ace 218 692-1230
• Crosslake Drug 218 692-2502
• Valeri Ann’s Family Foods 218 454-3663

This list of participating businesses is subject to change. For updated information go to: www.crosslakelogchurch.org

The business/restaurant will contact “TLC Delivers” and the delivery will be setup and made to your doorstep (no face to face contact) sometime between 1-5pm Monday-Saturday.

If you want to leave a “tip” for the delivery person please place it in an envelope on your doorstep. All tips go to a benevolence fund to subsidize meals for families in need.

Crosslake Cares Announces Call-in COVID-19 Help Line
Do you have questions about the virus, have questions you can’t get answered? We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Crosslake Cares callin help line at 218-513-0131.

This call-in line is only for nonmedical and non-emergency use. Calls will be answered Monday through Friday from 1pm-5pm by a Crosslake Cares volunteer. You don’t need WiFi or internet computer capability -just pick up your phone and call us!

Given the coronavirus outbreak and the resulting actions taken by government officials and employers we have established a non-medical and nonemergency CALL-IN HELP LINE for all Crosslake Area Seniors and those who assist them.

The current environment is difficult for everyone but particularly so for our seniors who are largely staying at home with limited outside activities and social interactions.

We are focused on providing answers to non-medical and non-emergency questions by having you call in. Our Crosslake Cares volunteer team will answer your questions directly or refer you to a source that can answer your questions. During these difficult times it is important for everyone to pull together to support and build up our community.

Crosslake Library offers curbside pick-up
The Crosslake Area Library is now offering a curbside pick-up program for materials. Curbside drop-off will also be available.

Go to https://crosslakearealibrary.follettdestiny.com to access our catalog. This link is also available on the City website.

Request your order by email at clal@crosslake.net or by phone Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00-12:00 only at 218-692-7323. You will need the title or author, your name and library card number to request your material. There will be a limit of 5 items per card.

Curbside pick-up will be from 1:00-3:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only. Please park in designated area, remain in your car and call 218-692-4271 for staff. You will need to show your library card to receive your materials. We are not accepting book sale donations at this time.

For more information please call the Library at 218-692-7323.

Fifty Lakes Day postponed to August
Fifty Lakes Day has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020 due to the Covid-19 Health Pandemic and Emergency Declaration.

CRMC Care Center contacting residents
To offer more opportunities for communication between residents’ families and friends during this pandemic, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Care Center is now offering alternative communication methods.

These include Skype, Facetime, Zoom Meetings, Facebook Messenger, House Party App and window visits.

For more information or to schedule a communication time, please contact the Activities Department at Mary.Dehning@cuyunamed.org or (218) 546-4353.

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/.

MnDOT to postpone all public meetings, open houses
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced – in accordance with guidance from state health officials – that the agency will indefinitely postpone all public meetings and project open houses statewide to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of all Minnesotans. This includes all MnDOT-hosted events for at least the next 30 days.

Public engagement on transportation and construction projects remains a top priority for the agency. MnDOT is exploring alternatives, such as virtual and remote options for
Paul Bunyan Cyclists cancels the annual Tour Of Lakes
It is with great regret that Paul Bunyan Cyclists is canceling the 2020 Tour of Lakes. Due to the current pandemic, we cannot guarantee the safety of our riders and volunteers. We have decided to refund entry fees for this year's event. All riders will receive a full refund of fees paid to Paul Bunyan Cyclists. There is a small fee per rider charged by Tempo, our registration provider which covers their costs, and which they will not be refunded.

We hope to see all of you next year at the 2021 Tour of Lakes. We wish all of you the best in these tough times, stay safe and enjoy the ride.

Over the Hills Gang

The Over the Hills Gang ATV club meets the first Saturday of the month at Emily Log Cabin Bar at 10 a.m. Meetings are held February through October with no meetings in November, December or January.

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

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 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 Library
The Outing Volunteer Library reopened on Monday, June 15th with the following regulations: limit of 5 people plus staff at one time. Everyone must wear a mask of their own. Because of the Corona Virus we WILL NOT be having story time.

Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12

We strongly urge you to volunteer for 2 hours on 4 different days. The librarian will train you if you are a new volunteer. Call Carol Pierce or leave a message at 612-803-1569.

Emily City Library closed

Emily Gymnasium programs cancelled
‘Bone Builders’ exercise program for Adults at Crooked Lake Township has been suspended

Emily Food Shelf update for June
The Emily Food Shelf is open the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00am and the following Thursday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. We will be following CDC recommendations for social distancing and sanitization.
Effective with June Distribution we will operate with the following rules:
• First 1/2 hour of distribution on Wed morning will be for vulnerable clients including those 60+.

• Everyone will be required to wear masks unless they have a Dr’s directive excluding them from this requirement.

Call the Emily Food Shelf at 218-763-3663 for further information, Board contacts, and to leave a message if necessary.

Those who wish to make a financial contribution may do so at the address of P.O. Box 93, Emily MN 56447
Wednesday Care 'N Share meals in Emily
Care-n-Share Wednesday free meal program was suspended March 18, 2020 due to COVID 19 and health and safety concerns for the volunteers and community members we serve.
During April there were some program changes worked on to provide some meals which have now been initiated. The changes also work to protect the volunteers and community members. Bag meals are being prepared for pick-up. The number of bag meals requested must be reserved by calling 952-240-7936. Bag meals can be picked up at Emily Wesleyan church between 1:00 and 2:30 PM on Wednesdays.
At some future time, we all hope that these fluid health concerns are resolved. In the mean time we thank you for your understanding and support.

Caregiver Classes Postponed Until April
The Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes sponsored by Faith in Action for Cass County and Union Church in Hackensack will be postponed to begin on April 15, 2020. Please call Faith in Action at 218-675-5435 for more information.
Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 1st Wednesday of each month for the Board Meeting 6 PM at Old Milwaukee Club. The 2nd Wednesday each month for the General Meeting 5:30 Social, 6 PM meeting, at Maucieri’s. For interest in joining our club of 75 local members helping the community please call Connie at 218-692-1267 or email at: crosslakeideallions@gmail.com.

New members wanted
Looking for new members willing to serve our community by volunteering your time to support local organizations. Crosslake Ideal Lions support the Crosslake Food Shelf by stocking shelves every Tuesday, sponsoring the Free Concert @ Town Square in the summer months in Crosslake, sponsoring a weekly Flea Market June through September, in addition to annual events. Crosslake Ideal Lions donate all proceeds from fund raising to local organizations. Support your community by joining us by emailing us at CrosslakeIdealLions@gmail.com. OUR MOTTO IS TO SERVE!

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.

CRMC Advance Care Planning One-on-one Consultations Suspended
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Advance Care Planning one-on-one consultations to answer questions and assist in completing a healthcare directive are suspended during April.

Information is available at www.honoringchoice.org. To have a directive mailed, call Mary Novotny at 218-546-700, ext. 4222. For any questions, Facilitators Debra Bergsnev and Novotny are available to assist. Reach them through email at: deb.bergsnev@cuyunamed.org or mary.novotny@cuyunamed.org

The facilitators assist in determining wishes for end-of-life care and who will make medical care decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself. The sessions are being provided to encourage everyone to make their healthcare wishes known to their family members and physician. The advanced care planning process involves conversations about values, beliefs, and goals for future health care. The document helps prepare for the unexpected by outlining values and priorities for future medical treatment and identifies a health care agent.

Outing Seniors revised schedule
The Outing Seniors board has been reviewing the Club’s normal activities. In light of the continuing COVID 19 restrictions and social distancing all normal Club activities are canceled until further notice. As a most vulnerable age group and with realistically thinking the Board believes this is the correct decision. Should there be a positive change to this most fluid health matter, fall or winter seasonal activities may be considered. The Board has also made the decision to wave dues for the coming year. We thank you for your understanding as the Board has the health and safety of all citizens in mind.

Walk with Us
Why..walking is the best exercise for your entire body and mind!

Where do we meet..Crafts and Cones parking lot

How long do we walk..we have a couple of routes and we walk according to our abilities. Approximately 45 minutes.

What time and days..we will try to walk every day starting at 11:00 a.m. Except for weekends.

Who..for everyone!!

We work on distancing and wearing gloves and masks (optional). We will be saving you a spot!!

Please call Donna Keiffer, Senior Fitness Instructor at 218-821-1158...if you are interested. Crosslake Community Center, Crosslake.

More Healthy Meals available to older Minnesotans during COVID-19
Through a new federal grant that is part of the CARES Act, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is now able to provide older Minnesotans ages 60+ two meals a day, seven days a week through its LSS Meals service – up from one daily meal.

Since the start of the pandemic, Lutheran Social Service has experienced a dramatic increase in meals requested. More than 120,000 meals have been served since mid-March, an increase of 30 percent over the same period last year.

The availability of additional meals comes at a time of increased demand when many older adults are facing more difficulties securing healthy nutrition.

“While social distancing measures are important for our safety and health, they also have an impact on older adults and nutrition,” explained Kristin Schurrer, senior director of LSS Meals. “It’s a risk for them to go to the grocery store. And adult children or neighbors who might have helped them with shopping or cooking may not be leaving their homes, because of underlying health conditions.”

Lutheran Social Service provides home-delivered and curb-side meals to Minnesotans age 60 or older in 39 counties in Minnesota. Federal and community funding allows Lutheran Social Service to provide meals for a suggested donation of $5 per meal. No diner will be turned away because they can’t afford a meal.

Lutheran Social Service also offers Meals to Go, which ships healthy, affordable frozen meals anywhere in Minnesota. A generous donation from Dr. Donald Nelson of Northfield recently helped Lutheran Social Service renovate its kitchen in Waterville, Minnesota near Faribault. The newly-refurbished kitchen is also helping to meet a growing need for shipped meals.

Lutheran Social Service will continue offering meals for curbside pickup as well as home-delivered Meals on Wheels left at diners’ doors to limit contact.

To order meals or find an LSS Meals location near you, please visit lssmn.org/meals.

Food Opportunities for Children During COVID-19
The Crow Wing County Public Health Team has compiled a list of locations that will offer free meals for all children 18 years and under during the COVID-19 school break.

Baxter/ Brainerd:
Brainerd Public Schools: Free breakfast and lunch pick-up will be available from 11am-12:30 pm, March 18-27, 2020 to all children 18 years and under. See additional details including locations here: http://ow.ly/JBiH50yOm6I

Operation Sandwich:
Follow facebook page for current updates. Facebook: @OperationSandwich (218) 825-7682

The Burn: Offering free nutritional shakes to children. Facebook: @TheBurnShakeBar (218) 454-2077

Prairie Bay: Free meal to all kids Facebook: @prairie.grill (218) 824-6444

The Outreach Program of the Brainerd Lakes: Info on where meals are being distributed: Facebook: @Outreachprogrambla 218-961-0055

Soup Kitchen: Still operating, now doing take-out meals. Facebook: @brainerdsoupkitchen (218) 829-4203

Sweet Sinsations: Free meal to all kids (11:00-2:00) Facebook: @SweetSinsationsLLC (218) 203-9468

Crosby/ Ironton/ Deerwood:
Ironton American Legion:
Free lunches for kids K-12 11am-2pm, Monday-Friday 218-546-5975

Iron Range Eatery: Free meal to all kids Facebook: @ironrangeeatery 218-545-5444

North Country Cafe:
Boxed lunch for kids Facebook: @northcountrycafe Please call ahead: 218-820-6528

Nisswa/Pequot Lakes:
A-Pine Restaurant:
Free bag lunch for kids between hours of 10:30-11:30 Facebook:@APineFamilyRestaurant 218-568-8353

Mainstreet Ale House:
Free meal to all kids (Opens at 11:00AM) Facebook: @MainStreetAleHouse
Please call ahead: 218-961-6724

Pequot Lakes Schools: Starting Wednesday, March 18th PequotLakes Schools will provide a breakfast and lunch bagged together for students. A bagged meal can be picked up at either the High School or Eagle View between 7 – 8:30 a.m. or 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. daily.

Please contact your child’s school office with the full name of the student(s) requesting meals for planning purposes.
EV: 218-562-6100
MS: 218-568-9357
HS: 218-568-9210

Pine River Backus Schools: Take & Go Lunches will be available to those who need starting Monday, March 16 from 11-1 in the Commons Area. Lunches are free to anyone 18 and under. Offered Monday-Friday. 218-587-8000

Sherwood Forest: Free meal to all kids Facebook: @sherwoodforestmn (218) 963-6261

Crosslake Community School: During the School shutdown ordered by the MN Governor, we will provide the following MEALS to all children 18 and under. Meals will be delivered by afternoon school bus routes on Mondays and Thursdays only. or you can pick them up at the School.

On Monday you will receive Lunch for Monday, Breakfast and Lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday, Breakfast for Thursday.

On Thursday you will receive Lunch for Thursday, Breakfast and Lunch for Friday, Breakfast for Monday.

Please let us know as soon as possible - at least 24 hours if you need to change your meal delivery.

This is crucial, so we do not make meals that are not needed, or we do not get you the meals you do need. To sign up you can email kathyfaust@crosslakekids.org or call 218-692-5437 – School Office.

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July Events

July: CRMC’s Annual Summer Fundraiser is Cancelled
In an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center has cancelled its annual fundraising events this summer.

Because of Brandon, the diabetes patient fundraiser held each July, has been cancelled. The Planning Committee made a tough decision as several of them knew Brandon Houge whose memory the event honors or have children and friends who are living with Type 1 diabetes. The group is passionate about raising funds for diabetes education and helping area patients and youth with diabetes in the surrounding communities and will continue do so long after the pandemic ends.

Also, the Driving for Hospice gold tournament planned for early September has been cancelled. It was a difficult decision, but the health and safety of communities, staff, and residents must come first. CRMC remains committed to raising funds to provide end-of-life care to hospice patients, fund supplies, medications and home equipment; and will continue to do so following this global health crisis.

Those who want to contribute to the funds may do so at any time by contacting Jennifer Podsiadly at jennifer.podsiadly@cuyunamed.org or 218-545-4455.

July: NAMI Minnesota Offers Free Online Mental Health Classes

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has set up a wide variety of free online mental health classes for June and July. They include classes such as Creating Caring Communities, Mental Health and the Workplace, Mental Illnesses and Crisis Communication, Self Care and Mindfulness, Hope for Recovery, In Our Own Voice, Together We Can Make it OK, Discipline Tips for Stressed Parents, a suicide prevention class called QPR – Question, Persuade and Refer and many more.

The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public. Find a complete listing of these classes and how to join in by going to namimn.org and clicking on “Classes” or go straight to https://namimn.org/education-public-awareness/classes/scheduled/.

July 8: Crow Wing Paddlers 2020
How do I join? All we need is your email. Call us at 612-581-2144. Cost: Nothing if you have something to paddle, otherwise we offer half price rental for all club events.

Wed 7/8 2 PM Gull River Moderate
Sat 7/18 6 PM Cullen Lake Easy
Tues 7/28 10 AM Clamshell to the Big Island on Upper Whitefish
Lake. Potluck & party into the afternoon.
SUN 8/9 9 AM Mighty Miss from Brainerd to CW State Park
Mon 8/17 2 PM Fox Lake Easy
Fri 8/28 6 PM Little Pine from Lake Emily Challenging
Sun 9/6 Noon Boy River Longville Moderate
Tues 9/22 2 PM Crow Wing River Moderate
Sat 10/3 1 PM Mine Pits Easy

July 11: Pelican Lakes Association Cancels July Annual Meeting
Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus the Pelican Lakes Association has decided to cancel its July 11 annual membership meeting at the Breezy Point City Hall. Please visit the PLA website for a voting link for new board directors after July 11, 2020 if a paid member at www.pelicanlakesassociation.org

July 13: Make a Difference: New Volunteer Training Online

Do you have a day or two each month to reach out to a neighbor? A phone call, a delivery or an outside chore can mean a lot. Many of us have neighbors that we rarely see. What happens when they need help?

Neighborly Volunteers are needed to help elders, the disabled, and people in need throughout Cass County with transportation, home meal delivery, phone visits, basic home repair, and chores including ramp building, yardwork and painting, through Faith in Action for Cass County’s coordinated volunteer services. If you would like to make a difference in your community – Faith in Action can connect you with people in need and provide guidelines and safe ways you can help.

“All of the Drivers you have sent have been great. Easy to talk to and make me feel safe. Very helpful—Thanks so much!” exclaimed Joleen from the Pine River area.

Volunteers choose how, when and how often they want to help their neighbors. Volunteers must complete an application process including the training and a background check. Volunteers receive liability insurance, service coordination, ongoing training, recognition and mileage reimbursement. With Faith in Action, there is a place for everyone’s time and talents – individuals, couples and families can sign up.

Want to learn more? Join us for a New Volunteer Training for Faith in Action for Cass County on Monday, July 13th at 4:30 PM online with Zoom. Save your spot by calling 218-675-5435 or emailing  fiacoord@uslink.net. Your questions and comments are welcome. For more information check out www.faithinactioncass.com. Faith in Action is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

July 14: Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild
Due to concerns of the Coronavirus, the Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild regular monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday July 14th has been cancelled.

July 18: Camp Knutson Night Under the Stars
Camp Knutson Volunteers will be hosting the annual fundraising Night Under the Stars event “ROOTED TOGETHER WITH LOVE” on Saturday, July 18th to benefit Camp Knutson campers with identified needs. This year’s event will be a virtual gathering with an online auction so that guests may safely participate from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Our on-line auction will be open for bidding July 15th through July 21st. A virtual reception will start at 6:45 p.m. with event being LIVESTREAM at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are complimentary!

You will learn about the life-giving mission of Camp Knutson and the valuable role camp plays in the lives of those who need it the most. Your support for our campers is more important now than ever as campers face a summer without the opportunity to connect in person to their camp friends and community.

Guests who register will receive an email with instructions for joining the virtual event and online auction. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at camp.knutson@lssmn.org or at 218-543-4232.

July 18:  Clamshell-Bertha Lakes Asso.
The Clamshell-Bertha Lake Association Annual Meeting & Brunch originally scheduled for July 18, 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

July 24: Crow Wing County Land Sale
Crow Wing County will hold a public land sale auction on July 24th at 10:00 a.m. just outside of the Land Services Building located at 322 Laurel Street in Brainerd. Over 400 tracts will be offered for sale at public auction. The vast majority of these tracts have had the starting bid price reduced by 25%. Properties are located throughout Crow Wing County, from the Mille Lacs Lake area in Garrison, all of the way to Ideal Township, with many lots in Breezy Point, Brainerd, and Crosby. Among the 400+ tracts available on the auction, 33 are waterfront properties and 41 are greater than 20 acres in size.

Properties offered for sale can be searched through an interactive map application available through the following link: https://taxforfeit.crowwing.us/. This application provides detailed information about location, size, and starting bid price for all 400+ tracts to be offered at auction. Interested buyers may also contact Land Services staff at 218-824-1010 or landservices@crowwing.us for more information.

“These tax-forfeited properties have been selling fast over the past couple of years,” stated Ryan Simonson, Environmental Services Supervisor. “Whether people are interested in sites for building, seasonal use, or recreation, there are a variety of tracts available for purchase throughout Crow Wing County.”

Additionally, properties offered at auction in prior years that remain unsold are available for direct purchase any time over-the-counter. Information on how to purchase these properties is available by contacting the Land Services Department or by searching “land sale” on the County webpage. These properties are also viewable through the interactive map.

Crow Wing County Land Services manages 105,000 acres of forest land for timber production and diverse recreational opportunities for multiple users. The sale of timber at public auctions funds the county’s management of these lands, while providing revenues to local communities. County forest lands are managed to strict environmental standards established by both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Minnesota Forest Resources Council.

August: Lakers Lions cancel the Mike Wilder Golf Tournament and the Lakers Lions Corn Feed
Regrettably, the Lakers Lions of Emily, Outing, and 50 Lakes, have decided to cancel the Mike Wilder/Project New Hope Golf Tournament which normally takes place in August at the Crosswood’s Golf Course in Crosslake.

Also, the Lakers Lions feel they needed to cancel the Corn Feed which would’ve been held on the third Saturday in August at the Pickled Loon in Emily.

The club is sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this has caused to any one of our Vendors or to all that have come to enjoy all the fun we’ve had at these activities in the past years.

August: Swanson Melanoma Golf Tournament is cancelled
“Hello everyone. Due to the Covid-19 and the restrictions in place we have decided to cancel this year's PIF golf tournament. We wish everyone a safe and healthy summer and hope to see you all at next year's tournament on August 14th 2021.”

- Wayne and Sylvia Swanson

Through August 16: City of Emily Begins Comprehensive Plan Community Survey
As the City of Emily updates the community’s Comprehensive Plan, community leaders are interested in gathering input from area residents, visitors, and business owners. A Comprehensive Plan is an important tool for cities to guide future development of land to ensure a safe, pleasant, and economical environment for residential, commercial, industrial, and public activities.

Input will be gathered through a community survey and the survey results will provide information to help the planning team develop goals and policies within the plan. A link to a survey can be found on the city website located at www.cityofemily.com. Paper copies can also be picked up at City Hall and returned to the Hall outdoor drop box to the left of the entrance. The survey will be open for 6 weeks starting on June 29th and closing August 16th. Any comments and questions regarding the survey or plan can be directed to Cari Johnson, Emily City Clerk/Treasurer, at clerk@emily.net or 218-763-2480.

Through September 4: Lunch Bunch continues
Nutritious lunches will be available to area youth again this summer through the Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch, a free program organized by area churches and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

The lunches are available on weekdays starting Thursday, May 28, through Friday, Sept. 4. They will be at the following locations: 11:15 to 11:35 a.m. in Ironton at Grandpa’s Park; 11:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m. at Crosby Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave.; and 12:15 to 12:35 p.m. in Deerwood at Veteran’s Park across from the American Legion. Volunteers preparing and distributing lunches will take all safety precautions including wearing gloves and masks.

The Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch’s goal is to provide meals for students who normally receive free or reduced lunches through school programs. The lunches are prepared and distributed by several local volunteers including members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby; Cascade Methodist Church and Salem Lutheran Church, both in Deerwood; St. Joseph Chapter of St. Vincent de Paul in Crosby and Deerwood; and employees of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

Last year, a total of 5,572 lunches were served through the program. That amount compares to 6,164 lunches in summer 2018; 4,861 lunches in summer 2017; 4,650 in 2016; 3,820 in 2015; and 900 in 2014, the program’s first year.

For more information or to contribute to the Lunch Bunch, contact Ellen Brandt at St. Vincent de Paul, eltrbrandt@gmail.com.

October 24: Saving Hearts 5K Run/Walk Cancelled
The Saving Hearts 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention scheduled for October 24, 2020 has been cancelled.

The group will move forward with the planning of the event for next year to be held October 23, 2021.

Through November 12: Faith in Action Kicks Off 14th Annual Fundraiser Raffle
Raffle tickets are now available at local businesses for the Faith in Action for Cass County 2020 Fundraiser Raffle. The Grand Prize will be a 2020 Polaris Ranger 570 with an Aluma Trailer. The machine and trailer will be on display at area businesses throughout the raffle period. The second-place prize is $1000 Cash and the third place prize is a $500 gift card from Hackensack Lumber and Do It Best Hardware. Tickets are available individually or in packets of 8 for a great deal. The raffle drawing will be held Thurs., November 12, 2020, at Bites Grill and Bar in Pine River.

This is the 14th Annual Faith in Action Fundraiser Raffle and each year the grand prizes have gotten better. This year 10 additional prizes are available, all of which were donated by area businesses, including Tianna Country Club in Walker, Full Stringer Bait in Longville, Godfrey’s in Backus, Southside Station, Mark’s Market, and Swanson’s Bait of Hackensack, One Stop in Longville, Clem’s Hardware in Cass Lake, and the Pine River Family Market and Bites Grill and Bar in Pine River. Proceeds from the 2019 Raffle (approx. $21,000) were used by Faith in Action for Cass County to deliver direct services to people in need.

Faith in Action for Cass County is a community-based, volunteer, non-profit organization providing non-medical assistance to older adults, adults with disabilities, and other individuals experiencing difficult circumstances. Services include transportation, friendly visiting, respite, light housekeeping, chores and simple home repair. There are no income restrictions and no fee is charged for the services which are provided based on need. Donations are gladly accepted. Faith in Action’s goal is to assist those who are looking for the resources they need to remain living in their homes and communities. By buying a raffle ticket you are directly supporting Faith in Action and you have a chance to win a great prize.

Be on the lookout for the Polaris Ranger 570 and Aluma trailer with a large WIN ME sign attached. Check with your local businesses about buying tickets or check out our website at www.faithinactioncass.com for a list of participating businesses. Or call Faith in Action for Cass County at 675-5435 or 1-866-675-5435 for information about getting help or about volunteering. Volunteer trainings are being scheduled for June and July. Faith in Action is “Neighbors helping Neighbors.”

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