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COVID-19 Vaccinations Available at CRMC in Crosby
Anyone age 12 and older is invited to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Crosby Clinic.

Patients and community members may call 218-546-7000 to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered so a second appointment will also be required for a second dose to be administered three weeks later at the same appointment time. Youth age 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to provide consent.

Currently, CRMC is focusing on Wednesday afternoon appointments. However, scheduling options are continuously being updated so call for options.

Individuals must bring photo identification. After obtaining the vaccination, patients will be asked to remain at the clinic for 15 minutes so they may be monitored by medical personnel for any reaction. The vaccine is free but a charge for vaccine administration is billed to insurance. CRMC will enter the vaccination information into each patient’s Minnesota Immunization record.

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.

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/.
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 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.

Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Food Shelf located at 20948 County Road 1 in Emily is open the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30pm and the following Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00am.
Call the Emily Food Shelf at 218- 763-3663 for further information and emergency assistance.
Financial contributions s/b sent to our mailing address: PO BOX 93, EMILY MN 56447
We sincerely thank all of you who continue to support the food shelf and the local communities we serve: Emily, Fifty Lakes, Outing, Fairfield, Little Pine, Ross Lake, Perry Lake.

Exercise Programs at the City of Emily Gym
Exercise to music program on CD, Mon & Wed 9-10 am. Keep it low impact, walk, or kick up your heels. Chairs provided.

Pickleball: Fri 9-11am for ladies & beginners. Learn to play.

Non-posted activities are on a first-come basis.

Care-n-Share pick-up meals
After suspending the free meal program in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 and restarting with a free pick-up meal program, 9451 free meals were provided in 2020. We miss the in-house sit-down meals and socializing but free meals are still available for pick-up.

Call 952-240-3936 to reserve your meals which can be picked up between 1:00 and 2:30 PM at Emily Wesleyan church on Wednesdays.

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.

Mask donations needed at CRMC
As the national pandemic continues, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is again calling on community members for donations of hand-sewn cloth face masks to protect its patients and visitors.

Masks may be safely donated Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. at CRMC’s main entrance screening station.

For answers to any donation questions or an alternative time to make a donation, please contact Jennifer Podsiadly at Jennifer.podsiadly@cuyunamed.org or 218-545-4455.

Thursdays: AA Zoom Meeting Thursday Nights
Those with a desire to stop drinking are invited to attend the Crosslake Thursday Night’s AA Online Meeting on Zoom. The meetings are one hour long and take place every Thursday night at 7 p.m. Please call the Immaculate Heart Church at 218-692-3731 to be put in touch with a person who can give you more information about how to log on.

Training on Self-Care for Senior Workers During COVID-19

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in collaboration with McCubbin Training and LeadingAge Minnesota has created a free, online training on Self-Care for Senior Workers During COVID-19. The training helps caregivers develop personal strategies for managing stress and practicing self-care as they continue to provide care for others.

The training, which includes a salute from Gov. Walz, is targeted for caregivers of older adults living in care centers, assisted living, their own home and adult foster care settings. It is about 20 minutes long and can be viewed on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. To access the training go to namimn.org and see “Self-Care Training for Senior Workers.” For more information, call 651-645-2948.

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 in April, July and October: Lifesaving classes at CRMC
An array of classes to help individuals be prepared for a lifesaving emergency including the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid course are now being offered for the public at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

Heart disease continues to be one of the greatest health threats to Americans and is still the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2021 Update.

The AHA states that almost 70 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home and only 45 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from bystanders. CRMC is proud to be an American Heart Association Training Center aiding in their mission to save lives and envision a world where no one dies from cardiac arrest.

The Heartsaver CPR/AED & First Aid class, which is designed for anyone with little or no medical training, is being offered at CRMC in Crosby from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays in April, July and October. In the course, participants learn how to provide first aid and CPR and use an automated external defibrillator in a safe, timely and effective manner. The fee is $50 for each course or $80 for both CPR and First Aid. To register, send a message to  jodi.bedard@cuyunamed.org or call 218-546-4367.

For those unable to attend one of the scheduled classes, CRMC also offers other formats for both individuals or groups to become certified in

Join in NAMI Minnesota's 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 February and March. They include classes such as Eating Disorders, Hope for Recovery, Transitions, Ending the Silence, Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families, In Our Own Voice, Family to Family, Creating Caring Communities, a suicide prevention class called QPR – Question, Persuade and Refer, a special QPR class for Agricultural Communities 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/educationpublic-awareness/classes/scheduled/ .

Essentia Health launches substance use disorder hotline
Essentia Health has developed a new 24-hour hotline to connect patients with a substance use disorder provider near them. The hotline was created as a service to the communities that Essentia Health serves and is open to anyone. Services can be accessed by calling (833) 677-1262.

“The purpose of the 24/7 substance use disorder hotline is to help remove barriers to connect patients suffering from a substance use disorder directly to an appointment with an Essentia Health provider for non-judgmental care,” says Kelly Black, program manager for Essentia Health’s opioid treatment program. “We’ve made great strides to increase the number of medical providers who can offer medication for opioid use disorder.”

Known as Medicine for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), the program uses medicines, such as Suboxone, and therapy to reduce cravings and withdrawal. Essentia Health currently has a staff of more than 30 trained providers across its service areas and plans to have an additional 40 trained providers within the next year.

“Opioid use disorder is a chronic, relapsing condition, the treatment of which falls within the scope of practice for family physicians,” Black explains. “With appropriate medication and supporting services, patients are more likely to enter full recovery.”

Essentia’s care team offers personalized care to patients and families suffering from the chronic disease of substance use disorder, including alcohol, tobacco, vaping, opiates, methamphetamine and marijuana.

The clinic-based program provides education and an individualized, patient-centered treatment plan to help with withdrawal symptoms. It also helps connect patients with community resources. Care is provided in a safe, supportive environment, and families can be involved in treatment plans, depending on the patient’s preferences.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: Mixed Doubles Tennis in Emily
Please join us on Monday Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9AM at the tennis courts in Emily for mixed doubles. We welcome players of all abilities for great tennis fun and exercise. For more information call Peggy or Milt at 218-792-5786. The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily adjacent to the Firehall. After being away for a year we are happy to be back on the courts.

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.

Pine River State Bank’s SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
All Donations Stay LOCAL!
All donations benefit local Students. If youmwould like your donation to go to a specific school, just let us know!

Benefiting Schools include:
Pine River-Backus, Remer, Crosby- Ironton, Crosslake, Pillager, Foothills, and Pequot Lakes.

What Can you Donate?
- Monetary Donations
- Backpacks
- Basic Supplies like: Ear buds, notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, markers, scissors, highlighters, plastic folders, zipper pencil cases
- Classroom Supplies: Tissues, Hand Sanitizer, and Clorox wipes

We work directly with the schools!
All Monetary donations are used to purchase supplies as directed by each individual schools needs. All supplies go directly to our local schools so they can help get the supplies into the hands of students in need.

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July Events

July: Emily Food Shelf Requests Your Help
While children are out of school for the summer, many families struggle to increase their food budgets to keep food on the table. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, households continue to experience significant economic hardship in the aftermath of high unemployment, distance learning, and business closures. That is why Emily Food Shelf is here and continuing to meet the increased need in our community. To help us ensure our community members have the food resources they need, we are participating in the Open Your Heart (OYH) Summer Challenge. Open Your Heart helps fund solutions to end hunger and homelessness in Minnesota.

As we take part in the OYH challenge during the month of July, the funds we raise will be proportionately matched up to $4,000 based on how much each participating food shelf raises. Will you help us rise to the challenge? Every $1 you give stays here in our local communities.

Please consider making a financial contribution to the Emily Food Shelf during the month of July and help those who rely on us to meet their daily food needs. Your contribution of any amount will have a significant impact on our efforts to fight hunger in our community by leveraging proportionally matched dollars from OYH.

The Emily Food Shelf serves the City of Emily and surrounding communities of Fifty Lakes, Outing, Little Pine, Ross Lake, Fairfield and Perry Lake.

Please make checks payable to and send to:
Emily Food Shelf
PO Box 93
Emily, MN 56447

July 28: 2021 Crow Wing Paddlers Schedule
July 28, Wednesday 1 PM Lake Paddle E
Aug. 9, Monday 11 AM Crow Wing River 3 Hours M
Aug. 14 Saturday 9 AM Brainerd/Mississippi River E
Aug. 25 -29, Wed.-Sunday BWCA TRIP
Sept. 7, Tuesday 6 PM Gull River 2 1/2 Hours E
Aug. 18, Saturday TBA

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August Events

Saturdays or Sundays through August: Greeters Needed for Crosslake Historical Society
Greeters needed at the Crosslake Historical Society Museum:

Saturday or Sunday through August. Choose to open the Village from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm -or- 1:30 pm - 4 pm and close the Village. Work in pairs at each session.

Please donate 3 hours of your time. Greet folks from all around the country and the world. Meet the fine locals right here in Crosslake.

For more information call Marsha at 602-418-0440.

August and September: Crosslake Ideal Lions Update
Summer is a busy time for the Crosslake Ideal Lions!

Every Saturday evening we host Music in the Park at Crosslake Town Square through August 28, 2021.

In addition, the monthly Flea Market is also being held at Crosslake Town Square on August 21 and September 25.

Colorado peaches will be arriving the week before Labor Day and will be sold at the Moonlight Bay parking lot. Watch for flyers and information posted at local businesses.

The Lions are also back on for the Red Cross Blood Drive on September 9, 2021 at Crosslake Lutheran Church.

A recent donation has been made to Kamp Kimchee for their recent visit to Crosslake.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to the help the Crosslake Ideal Township community, please contact Barbara Hansen at blhansen68@gmail.com.

August: Whitefish Chain Yacht Club Announces 2021 Events
August 14
Cardboard Boat Races is a popular event and enjoyed by all as teams try to paddle their homemade cardboard boats around the buoys in Moonlite Bay.

For more information about these events or to become a member please visit WCYC.info.

Through August 21: Remote WIC Services for Crow Wing County Residents
WIC services for Crow Wing County residents continue to be offered remotely through August 21, 2021.

Program appointments and services will be conducted by phone.

If you would like more information regarding WIC please call the office at 218-824-1073 or email at WIC@crowwing.us.

August 3: Outing Seniors Club
The Outing Seniors Club will meet on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 1:30 PM in the Crooked Lake Township Hall in Outing, MN. A routine business meeting will precede the serving of Ice Cream Sundays. Membership in the Outing Seniors Club is open to all seniors 55 and older in Emily, Fifth Lakes, Crooked Lake Township and surrounding communities. For more information contact Club President Mary Patterson at 218-763-3022.

August 5: Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
The Brainerd Lakes Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at Lord of Life Church, 6190 Fairview Road, Baxter on Thursday, August 5 at 1:00pm. There will be a presentation on delivering Parkinson’s medication by pump. Please call 218-829-4017 if you have questions. Masks are required if you are not vaccinated.

August 12-14: Crosslake Art Show To Take Place In August

After a year off because of the pandemic, the Crosslake Art Club is planning to return with an in-person three day Art Show this summer.

Times are from 10 am to 5pm on all three days — Thursday, August 12; Friday, August 13; and Saturday, August 14, at the Crosslake Community Center located at 14126 Daggett Pine Road in Crosslake.

The members of the Crosslake Art Club have had an extra year to take workshops and create work; and the personal artist displays in the main gallery are all made up of art that has not been shown before.

Small paintings to raise money for student scholarships will be sold for $10 and are donated by the members. There will also be artwork door prizes and a gift shop filled with cards and smaller items.

Plan now to attend! This year’s show will be better than ever.

Through August 13: The Crosslake Area Library Presents the “Hook, Line and Books” Summer Reading Program for Area Youth
Looking for some summer fun? The Crosslake Area Library will be offering the "Hook, Line and Books" reading program for children who have completed grades 1-6. Children will read at their own pace to receive rewards and prizes. The program will run June 14th through August 13th and Participation is free with a current student Crosslake Area Library card. New student cards may be purchased for $1.00. Registration will begin June 14th. Join us anytime! Contact the library at 218-692-7323 or the City of Crosslake website at www.cityofcrosslake.org/library for more information.

August 15: Manna for Malawi 2021 RAFFLE

This year's Manna for Malawi raffle items include a 50 inch television set, a kayak with paddle and a Yeti Tundra Cooler. Tickets are on sale now in a variety of places including the Crosby Courier, Mixed Company Kava House in Crosby and the Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union office. The event raises money to support the Malawi Orphan Care Project and this year will feature the Johnny Holm Band on Sunday, August 15th at the Bridge Tavern north of Crosby. Raffle tickets are also available at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Uplifted Wellness Yoga Studio and at the Music in the Park events in Crosby and at Emily Days. Money raised from the raffle will be added to that from the music event in August. This year's event will also feature a Bouncy House, sno-cones and balloons for the kids as well as minnow races sponsored by Buck's Bait and Tackle. The meal at the event will be pulled pork sandwiches, beans, coleslaw and chips. Charge for the event is a free will offering. Raffle tickets are $5 each.

“Volunteers are feeding nearly 600 hundred children six days a week at the Malawi mission near Salima west of the capitol of Lilongwe,” Said Pastor Paul Mattson. “For up to a thousand African orphans, its their only meal of the day,” Mattson added. Money raised this year will go for the feeding program and education for orphan children. Malawi is in southeastern Africa, one of the poorest nations in the world. Average income is less than $2 a day.

Manna for Malawi supports the Malawi Orphan Care Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information, check us out on the web at www.malawiorphancareproject.org. The church web site is www.immanuelcrosby.org or Facebook.

August 18: 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.

August 18th : Jody from Landsburg Nursery presenting "Cooking with Herbs"

September 15th: We will be cleaning up the Community Center Patio Garden

October 20th: Joann Weaver will be presenting "Weather in Your Garden"

Everyone is welcome! For questions, please call Linda Gates 507-202-9374

August 20: Apply for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can start applying for the regular archery deer hunt at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 20.

Beginning this year, the format of the hunt will change to a single 3-day event happening Oct. 29-31 (Fri.-Sun., application code 668). A total of 2,500 permits will be made available. Successful applicants must buy a valid archery license to participate. The bag limit for this year’s hunt is two, and bonus permits maybe used to take antlerless deer.  Additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt will be posted by early August on the DNR website (link is external).

Hunters may choose from three options to apply for the Camp Ripley archery hunts:

• In person at any one of 1,500 license agents located throughout Minnesota.
• By telephone at 888-665-4236.
• Online at gov/buyalicense (link is external).

The application fee for the hunt is $14 per applicant. Additional transaction fees and convenience fees may be applied depending on how the application is made.

To apply, resident hunters 21 and older must provide a valid state driver’s license or public safety identification number. Nonresident hunters must apply using a valid driver’s license number, public safety identification number, or DNR number from a recent Minnesota hunting or fishing license. Preference will be given only if the same ID is used from previous Camp Ripley applications.

All applicants must be at least 10 years old prior to the hunt. In addition, anyone at least 12 years of age and born after Dec. 31, 1979, must have a firearms safety certificate or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course in order to purchase an archery license if successful in the lottery.

Hunters may apply as individuals or as a group of up to four people. The first group applicant  must specify “Create New Group” when asked, and will receive a group number. Subsequent group applicants must specify they want to “Join an Existing Group” and must use the same group number supplied to the first group applicant.

The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt in collaboration with Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department, and the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.

Through August 21: Remote WIC Services for Crow Wing County Residents
WIC services for Crow Wing County residents continue to be offered remotely through August 21, 2021.

Program appointments and services will be conducted by phone. If you would like more information regarding WIC please call the office at 218-824-1073 or email at WIC@crowwing.us.

August 21: Crow Wing Viking Festival
The Crow Wing Viking Festival will be held Saturday, August 21st from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd, Minnesota.

The festival features Viking-age crafts, costumes, weapons, mock battles, music, and games. The event strives to be authentic to the Viking age with the slogan, “Real Vikings. No Horns.” The popular conception of horned helmets originated with artists and an opera costume designer during the 19th century. Attendees will be able to see and try on replica of an actual Viking helmet.

The Crow Wing Viking Festival is family friendly! Admission is capped for a family. Battle  reenactments are historically realistic but still appropriate for all.

A variety of food will be available onsite. As an added delight, the Danish Sisterhood will be making and selling aebleskiver, a puffy, sphere-shaped pancake topped with powdered sugar.

There will be Viking craft demonstrations (weaving, carving, blacksmithing, etc.) using replica tools, skalds (Viking storytellers) recounting stories from Norse mythology, a chance to play the Viking game Kuub, and viewing Icelandic sheep and fjord horses.

Admission for adults is $10 for adults and $5 those 6 to 17. Children 5 and under are free. Family maximum price is $35. Tickets are available online at www.crowwingvikingfestival.com and will also be available at the door. Parking at the Crow Wing Fairgrounds is ample and free. The Crow Wing Viking Festival is an event of the Sagatun Lodge of the Sons of Norway and Amber Lodge of the Danish Sisterhood and these sponsors: Lakeland PBS, Lakes Printing, Laurie Hall State Farm  Insurance, The Crossing Arts Alliance, Nick Reindl, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Bob and Kathy Peterson, Turtle Town Books and Gifts, Easy Street Video Production and SignSPOT.

The activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council thanks to the legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

August 22: “Paddle to the Moon....... and Back” A suicide prevention event
Paddle to the Moon…..and back for suicide prevention. will be held on Sunday, August 22nd from 5 to 10.

This year’s event is supporting the local organization “Smiles for Jake”. The cost is $30.

Participants will be launching at the Army Corp Recreation Area Beach and paddling along the shore of Cross Lake to Moonlight Bay Bar and Restaurant for a light meal and then paddle back to the light of the full moon.

Participants need to pre-register at www.smilesforjake.org. More information is on the Facebook page: Paddle to the Moon or call Jim Bergquist at 612-581-2144.

September 1-2: Blood Drive
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

The American Red Cross urgently needs help to replenish its low supply and meet the needs of patient care. The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need.

Appointments must be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1- 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767). A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Individuals who are 17 years and older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Those who donated blood earlier this year may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days. Please contact the Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276 with any eligibility questions. Donor suitability is determined at the collection site on the day of donation.

Donors should enter Heartwood through its main entrance and follow signs to the Conference Center. Ample parking is available near the main entrance.

Through September 4: Pine River Market
Pine River Market Square, a local growers’ and crafters’ market, begins its twelfth season in Pine River starting Friday, May 28 on Hwy 371 by the Pine River Depot on the corner of Barclay Avenue and Hwy 371 at the traffic light. The market will run Fridays, May 28-September 24, 2:30-5:30pm and feature a variety of vendors with local goods including fresh produce, starter plants, meat & poultry, baked goods, eggs, crafts, and more.

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