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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and fun riding in the area.

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

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

Crosslake Food Shelf
The Crosslake Food Shelf is located at 34212 County Highway 3 in Crosslake, MN. We are open the first and third Fridays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. When you come in for the first time, please bring a driver’s license and a current utility bill no more than one month old. If you have any questions or need emergency assistance, you may call: Doris Mezzenga: 218-692-1004 Fred Walch: 218-270-0646 Nancy Rudberg: 218-692-2309

Memory Loss Support Group
A memory loss support group for the caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

The group’s facilitators are Karen Ford and Pam Wachholz who have been trained through the Alzheimer’s Association to lead memory loss support groups. Both women have loved ones in their lives with Alzheimer’s, a disease that attacks the brain. A session will also be held that day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Home Instead in Brainerd.

The group is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. For more information, contact Tammy Jo Johnson at Heartwood, or 218-545-8522.

Outing Volunteer Library

Monday 10 am - 2 pm
Tuesday 1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 3-5 pm
Thursday 1-5 pm
Friday 9 am - 1 pm
Saturday 10 am - 1 pm
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.)

Free adult exercise programs at Emily City Gym
Low Impact Exercise -- Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:00 a.m. Begin your day with a 40-minute program exercising to a vintage music CD. Chairs provided. Exercise at your own pace.

Line Dancing -- Beginning Sept 30th, Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., enjoy 40 minutes of line dancing (dancing solo without a partner). Explore popular dances from over the decades via a wide variety of music. No boots or hats needed –just a desire to have fun!

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

City of Emily Yoga 101 Classes
Classes held at Emily City Hall Mon. and Thurs. 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Start anytime. No restrictions apply!
Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time. For more information contact Nancy Moritz, 218 763-3097.
Local Area AA groups
The Emily-Outing AA group meets in Emily each Sunday at the Emily Wesleyan Church 40141 Hwy 6 in Emily. Meeting time is at 4 pm. Call Rich at 218 792-5881 for more information.

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

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

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

Brainerd Gamblers Anonymous Monday Night Meetings
Gamblers Anonymous meetings in Brainerd at 7 pm on Monday nights at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 408 N. 7th Street, Brainerd. Contact person is Sheila at 218 820-5903.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: City of Emily Yoga Classes

Introductory yoga classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Emily City Hall gym.
New Volunteer Program at CRMC
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center has initiated a new volunteer program at its medical campus in Crosby and is seeking volunteers to help patients, visitors and staff by providing excellent customer service.

Positions are available in the Cancer Center, Care Center, Dietary, Emergency Department, Gift Shop, Reception, Laboratory, Marketing, Nursing Units, Resident Dining Room, and Wellness departments. Duties include clerical work, greeting guests, walking patients to destinations, delivering flowers, returning wheelchairs, and assisting with special projects and events.

Availability of positions is usually greatest during weekday, daytime hours. Volunteers must be 18 years or older, flexible and willing to do a variety of tasks. Benefits of becoming a CRMC volunteer include tremendous self-satisfaction from helping others, social interaction  and the opportunity to make new friends, and seeing first-hand what various professions are really like.

For more information, please call 218-545-4447.

Heartland Hospice Volunteer Training
Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in the Northern Brainerd Lakes area and the outlying communities.

If you enjoy playing a musical instrument, sing or have a loveable dog you would like to register, please call Keshia Kettler-Herrmann at Heartland Hospice at 218-829-1252 for further information.

Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule.

Wednesdays:  Care 'N Share meals in Emily
Come and join us on Wednesday's at the Care N Share Community Cafe for a delicious community meal, 5-6 pm. The Care ‘N Share Cafe is ocated in the fellowship hall in the Emily Wesleyan Church on Highway #6 in Emily, MN. Come, meet, share with your neighbors and community friends. This is a great way to make new friends and have a good meal. This is a community activity open to all. Please join us!

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

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

Join the National Senior Service Corps
Make a difference in your community - join the National Senior Service Corps. There are two opportunities to serve locally:

Foster Grandparents tutor and mentor children in schools, head starts and shelters working 1:1 and in small groups with children in need of extra assistance.

Senior Companion volunteers are assigned to seniors they visit each week to keep them living independently by assisting them with grocery shopping, getting to medical appointments and helping them get out into the community.

Retirees (age 55+) receive a small tax-free stipend and mileage for serving 15-20 hours a week. Marcia Ferris is the LSS Regional Senior Corps Manager. For more information on how to volunteer and an application - call or email 218-839-6650 or

The grants are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Minnesota Board on Aging, with in-kind support from the agencies they serve at.
Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 2nd Wed. of every month for the board meeting at Old Milwaukee Club. On the 3rd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s for the General Meeting. For information about joining our club please call Doreen at 218-838-8219.
DNR seeking watercraft inspection interns for 2016 season
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking intern watercraft inspectors for the 2016 boating season. Inspectors are stationed at public accesses on lakes and rivers infested with aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels.

“We’re looking for enthusiastic young adults interested in doing important environmental conservation work,” said Adam Doll, DNR watercraft inspection program coordinator.

Watercraft inspectors inform and educate the public about aquatic invasive species and the threat they pose to Minnesota waters. Inspectors make sure boaters are following Minnesota’s “Clean, Drain, Dispose” invasive species laws. They also inspect watercraft to prevent potentially infested boats from entering the water. Other duties may include assisting with access posting, conducting invasive species plant removal and other natural resource projects.

Applicants must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license, be enrolled in a natural resources or related program and be eligible to receive college credit for the position. Applications are open until all positions are filled.

To view a complete job description or apply online start at the state careers page and type in “watercraft inspector” to the search or contact Adam Doll at 651-259-5056 or with any questions.

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February Events

February 3 - April 13:Income Tax Preparation
Free E-File: Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes
AARP Tax-Aide Program

Free income tax preparation, for all ages, is available Feb 3 through Apr 13, at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing, MN. Wednesdays: 2:00pm-6:00pm. Appointment only.

After receiving your tax information, call Tom Martin (MON through THUR ONLY) for an appointment. (218-792-5903)

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, social Security card, and a copy of last year's tax return MUST be brought with you.

February 4: Mixed Blood Theater’s “Daughters of Africa” coming to CLC

Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of Daughters of Africa will be performed at noon on Feb. 4 at the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College. The free show is open to the public. The Office of Diversity and Equity and the Resource Center sponsor the event for Global Connections at CLC.

This one-woman show, features Tatiana Williams and is directed by Warren C. Bowles. The music driven history of the triumphs and accomplishments of African American women was written for Mixed Blood Theatre by awardwinning playwright Syl Jones. It is a striking collection of profiles of both famous and forgotten remarkable women, celebrated and overlooked by history. Daughters of Africa is an exuberant celebration fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah and many others.

The production is one of four culturally- specific productions toured this season by Mixed Blood Theatre, a Minneapolis-based multicultural theatre company founded in 1976. The others include the Chicano program Minnecanos; Dr. King’s Dream, a biography of the civil readers leader drawn from his own words; and Theory of Mind, a look at a college-bound high schooler on the autism spectrum.

For more information on this on other Cultural Thursday events, please contact Tracey Kloeckl- Jiménez at 218-855-8183 or or Mary Sam at 218-855-8159 or

February 9: Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild
The Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild will meet Tue. Feb. 9th at Emily City Hall in the room next to the library. Bonnie Lee will be the hostess. Visitors and new members are welcome.

February 13: Mid Minnesota 150 Sleddog race

The MM150 Sleddog race is on for 2016. It will be a one-day event held on Saturday, February 13th.

The 2016 race will again include only Outing and Remer. There will be a 60-mile race and a 30-mile race.

6-dog Recreational Class (30 mile) will meet at the Village Inn in Outing at 11:00 for a Vet check and musher’s meeting prior to the 12:30 start. The Recreational Class will then follow the race trail to the finish line in Remer.

8-dog Pro class (60-mile): Race will begin in Remer and run to Outing for a one-hour + time differential layover, then return to the finish line in Remer. There will be a 8:00 AM musher’s meeting at the Woodsman Café in Remer. This will be followed by vet and bag checks. First team starts at 10:30.

The Awards Ceremony will follow shortly after the completion of the race at the Remer Fire Hall.

February 15: Your Energized Year lifestyle change challenge starts
The Your Energized Year lifestyle change challenge kicks off the week of February 15. So if you have been thinking of getting healthier this is a great time to join 400 others in the community and do it together!

The year-long program helps participants make real lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, including physical activity into their daily lives, and improving problem-solving and coping skills. The classes are sponsored by Crow Wing Energized, SHIP, Crow Wing County, and Essentia Health.

There will be 16 weekly sessions and monthly follow-up sessions to support you for the remainder of the year led by certified lifestyle change coaches. The evidence based curriculum was developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is called the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP).

Participants in this class have experienced:
• Average weight loss is 5-7%.
• Cut risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.

There are more than 35 classes held in the communities of Brainerd, Baxter, Crosby, Nisswa, Merrifield, Crosslake and Hackensack. The only restrictions on participation is that you must be at least 18 years of age or older and not pregnant.

The class is FREE or $10, if you want to be able to compete for prizes. Limited class space available so register early. Visit and click on the “Your Energized Year” banner to see all the class locations and register.

February 16: Cass County Faith in Action new volunteer training

Faith in Action for Cass County is offering a New Volunteer Training on Tuesday, February 16th from 1:00 – 3 p.m. at the Faith in Action Office in Hackensack. Potential volunteers will learn about the program policies and procedures, dealing with diversity and emergencies, and the fun of making new friends in their community. Volunteers are able to choose how and when they want to volunteer. Faith in Action provides coordination services, liability insurance, mileage  reimbursement, and ongoing training and support for all registered volunteers. Volunteers must complete an application process including training and background checks. With Faith in Action, there is a place for everyone’s time and talents.

A locally supported, nonprofit charitable organization, Faith in Action for Cass County provides nonmedical, neighborly assistance to seniors, the disabled, and people in need throughout Cass County. Faith in Action volunteers “promote possibility” by providing transportation, friendly visiting, respite for caregivers, light homemaking and chores, and basic home repair, and they build accessibility ramps. “I don’t know how I would be able to stay here in my home without your friendly drivers!” stated a woman in the Backus area. Volunteers receive much more than scheduling coordination and recognition. It’s all about making new friends and the smiles and joy of helping others.

“Promote possibility” and become a community volunteer with Faith in Action – "Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” For more information about Faith in Action volunteer services or to register for Volunteer Training on February 16th , call 866-675-5435 or email
February 16: 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.

Mark your calendars so you don't miss any of our informative meetings!

February 16: Board of Directors' Meeting 9:00 A.M. Location, TBA
February 17: "Backyard Beekeeping" Presenter: JoAnn Weaver
March 16: "Orchids" Presenter: Ross Hella

February 19 - 21: Women learn outdoor skills at DNR winter workshop
Women can discover the enjoyment of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, birding, wild ricing, dark-house fishing and hiking at a winter workshop offered by the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The winter workshop provides a unique opportunity to try out winter activities in a fun and supportive atmosphere,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator. “Prior experience doesn’t matter – it’s all about learning how to enjoy the outdoors in winter.”

The workshop is Friday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center near Hackensack for ages 14 and older. Participants choose from a variety of activities to learn about and experience during the weekend.

Lodging, meals, instruction, equipment and evening entertainment are included in the $190 workshop fee. A winter workshop schedule and registration form is available on the BOW page, or by calling the environmental learning center at 218-682-2325.

Through February 29: Think Spring: Order bulk trees and plants from Crow Wing SWCD
The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) annual tree and plant sale is underway, with bulk orders of native trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses and seeds being accepted through Feb. 29.

Orders will be ready for pick up May 5-7, just in time for spring planting season. The Crow Wing SWCD’s tree and plant sale has been an annual event for the last 16 years, with a goal of getting more native plants in the ground so eventually invasive weeds and plants will disappear from the area’s landscape.

“The annual tree and plant sale is great way to affordably transform your garden, yard or shoreline,” said Tasha Lauer, district coordinator for the Crow Wing SWCD. “We’re expecting a lot of orders this year due to last summer’s storms, so order early for the best selection.”

Lauer said because so much of the area’s landscape was impacted by the July 2015 storm, the Crow Wing SWCD is offering a special this year, 100 trees and/or shrubs for $100.

“We want to help the impacted communities replant and replenish native trees and plants as much as possible,” Lauer said.

Tree species available include red oak, red pine, paper birch, balsam fir, white cedar and crabapple, to name a few. Tree prices vary from $20 for 25 seedlings (5-12 inches) to $31.50 for 25 transplants (12-18”). High quality flowers, shrubs and seed mixes are available in bulk quantities as well. Minimum orders of 25 trees or a six-pack of flower plugs or seed mixes are required. A complete list of inventory and prices is available at .

Orders are being accepted online, over the phone (call (218) 828-6197) or in person at the Crow Wing SWCD office, now located in the lower level of the Crow Wing County Land Services building.

There will also be an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Crow Wing SWCD office where visitors can place orders and discuss landscape questions with industry experts from Minnesota Native Landscapes, the Minnesota DNR, the University of Minnesota Extension Office, Crow Wing County Master Gardeners, and more.

The Crow Wing SWCD is dedicated to soil and water conservation in Crow Wing County through working with the public, nonprofit organizations and governmental entities in protecting water and land resources. For more information on the Crow Wing SWCD or the annual tree and plant sale, visit

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