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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.

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/.
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.

New from the Emily Public Library
As the Library is closed we have placed a small cart in the vestibule at City Hall for you to browse a small collection of books and more. Access to the vestibule is available Mon-Wed 8am-4:30pm, Thurs & Fri 8am to noon.

For specific requests, email library@emily.net. We are still offering “curbside” pickup within the vestibule. For more info go to www.cityofemily.com and click on the library tab.

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

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.

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.
Crosslake Ideal Lions News
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club is in full swing meeting the second Wednesday of every month at the Crosslake Lions Picnic Shelter at 6:00 pm.

Their latest project has been the Pickleball Courts that are located next the Picnic Shelter and are experiencing a great amount of activity. The Lion’s Club will be donating additional funds to further enhance these courts.

The monthly flea market resumed in July and will end on the last Saturday of September during Crosslake Days. Music in the Park continues with record turnouts.

Peach Sales will again occur at the end of August. The dates are open depending on when they have reached the optimum ripening stage. Watch for the signs and truck in the Moonlight Bay parking lot.

The Melvin Jones Award, the highest achievable Lion’s award, have been presented to five local businesses for their contributions and support of the Crosslake-Ideal Lions Club. Watch for future articles to learn more about them.

For more information regarding joining the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club, please contact Barb Hansen at 612-760-5669.

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.

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.

Helping Employees Live in a Pandemic

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has developed an online mental health program for employers to offer their employees to help them manage their stress, coping skills and resiliency during this unprecedented time. The new program is called HELP – Helping Employees Live in a Pandemic.

COVID-19 has increased stress levels due to the uncertainty about the future, being alone or being together too much, caring for children or other family members, working from home or being an essential worker, and it has caused grief from cancellation of major life events. In response to the mental health needs of Minnesotans, NAMI Minnesota’s new program – HELP – was developed to address these issues and promote good mental health and coping skills.

“For employers, taking a practical step like providing the HELP program sends a powerful message to employees that mental health is an important part of overall health and performance. It acknowledges their struggles and supports their wellbeing,”

said Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota. HELP program classes include: Minding Your Mental Health During COVID-19, Keeping in Touch: Staying Connected During COVID-19, Coping with Kids, Self-Care and Mindfulness, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Positive Psychology, and Question, Persuade and Refer, which teaches the 3 steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide.

All classes are 1 hour in length. Employers can choose one or all of the classes to be offered through Zoom or another online platform. A recent class participant remarked, “The speaker did a great job. I found the format for sharing to be grounding and inspirational.”

NAMI Minnesota appreciates, but does not require, an honorarium for delivering the classes. For information or to schedule a class, contact NAMI Minnesota at namihelps@namimn.org.

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.

Coats For Kids Drive

Kinship Partners is seeking donations of winter coats, hats, scarves, mittens, boots and snow pants for its 34th annual Coats for Kids drive. Each year Kinship Partners distributes hundreds of winter coats and other winter outerwear to children and families in the Brainerd lakes area.

If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a drop off location for next year, please contact Marilyn at (218) 454-8014 and we will add your information to our file.

Monetary donations can be mailed to Kinship Partners, Coats for Kids, PO Box 642, Brainerd MN 56401. You can also continue to drop off your gently used winter coats throughout the year at Crystal Cleaners in Brainerd. Coats for Kids is sponsored by Kinship Partners, Hubbard Broadcasting, Crystal Cleaners, 104.3 T The Pulse, and the Westgate Mall.

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!

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January Events

January 21: Cancer Support Group
“Re-grouping for Support During COVID” will be presented by Elizabeth Liedl, R.N., L.S.W. at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Virtual Cancer Support Group on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 12 to 1 p.m.

People who are newly diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment or post treatment and their significant others are invited. The group is an opportunity to share experiences and support one another, to listen and learn.

Virtual Cancer Support Group meetings are held the third Thursday of each month with a new topic each month. Registration for the support group is not required and there is no cost to attend.

Send a message requesting a meeting link to dustine.parks@cuyunamed.org. Call 218-546-4319 or 218-546-4302 for more information.

January 21: Second Harvest Chef’s Gala has Gone Virtual
Second Harvest North Central Food Bank will host its 11th Annual Chef’s Gala on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:30pm, as a live virtual event.

During the LIVE event four Celebrity Chefs; Megan Kellin, Katie Benes, Dr. Chris Reilly and Jim Hoolihan, will join the audience virtually from their home kitchens where they will be cooking a meal using food typically available in a local food shelf.

Professional Chefs will be on the Reif Center Stage watching and judging their cooking techniques. The audience, at home, can engage with the Celebrity Chefs by voting for them with a gift to Second Harvest. The Celebrity Chef who receives the most votes, essentially raising the most funds throughout the evening, will be named the 2021 Celebrity Chef of the Year. That is right, the ultimate decision is up to our audience.

As an additional option to the event, as a way to give back to our community, individuals can preorder a take-out meal, from a special Gala Menu that has been designed by our Premier Chefs. Forest Lake Restaurant, Pickled Loon Saloon, Sweet Amelia’s Cupcakery and Timberlake Lodge Restaurant are represented on this menu and have supported the Chef’s Gala through the donation of food, time and volunteers for many years. Meals should be ordered directly from the restaurant(s) of your choosing.

Tickets are required to attend the event but because of Sponsors like Paul Bunyan Communications and Super One Foods tickets are FREE.

Information about the event, menu options and tickets can be found at: https://one.bidpal.net/chefsgala or contact Second Harvest’s Development Director at 218.999.4135.

January 21: CRMC Cervical Cancer Seminar
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month and the specialists at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Health Department are using it as an opportunity to educate women about the disease.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist Michael Cady, M.D., will provide women with information to help reduce their risk of cervical cancer in a brief, virtual seminar on Thursday, Jan. 21. Go to https://www.facebook.com/crosbycares/ at 6 p.m. to view the presentation.

More than 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening. Staying informed with the latest news on prevention and screening is an important step in reducing the risk of developing cervical cancer. Access to current, in-depth treatment information can help patients choose optimal care and achieve the best possible outcome.

The cervical cancer presentation is part of a series of workshops offered by CRMC Women’s Health the third Thursday of each month. For more information, visit https://www.cuyunamed.org/patient-care/womens-health

January 22: Deadline approaching for applicants to serve on Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Minnesota residents interested in serving on the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee may submit applications online until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ AIS Advisory Committee is a core element of the department’s partnership approach to addressing aquatic invasive species. The DNR is seeking three new members to join the committee, with term lengths of three years. The committee comprises 15 members.

The DNR desires a diverse and well-rounded advisory committee, reflecting a diversity of ages,  genders, ethnicities, abilities, orientations, recreational interests, education, and geographies. Current members have a range of personal and professional experience with AIS issues, including prevention, decontamination, public awareness and control activities. The committee also reflects the range of private, nonprofit and public sector organizations that are actively engaged in AIS issues.

Aquatic invasive species are one of the state’s most pressing natural resource issues. Preventing the spread of zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, invasive carp, starry stonewort and other invasive plants and animals is of critical environmental, recreational and economic importance.

The DNR established the advisory committee in 2013 to help guide the agency’s AIS prevention and management activities. Members provide advice and diverse perspectives to the DNR invasive species program.

The committee meets eight times a year either online or in a central Minnesota location. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings currently use an online format. Advisory committee members can expect to spend between 6-16 hours per-month preparing for and attending meetings during their three-year terms.

For more information, contact Heidi Wolf, 651-259-5152, heidi.wolf@state.mn.us.

January 27: 2021 Tree Sale Open House going virtual

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be hosting an online tree sale open house on January 27th from 11am-2pm. You can find the event link on the SWCD website or type this URL on your web browser: https://uso2web.zoom.us/j/87163276420

The open house will consist of presentations on native shoreline restorations, goat grazing on invasive buckthorn, and private forest management tips. Also, there will be breakout sessions where you can ask questions about the tree sale and other SWCD programs. Discounts will be available to participants at the open house. ($10 off on tree sale orders over $100)

According to Melissa Barrick, District Manager, “The SWCD goal is to reach a million trees for Crow Wing County and beyond. The SWCD also created brand-new shop page with pictures and diagrams. This page is super easy to use. To order your trees, plants, shrubs for your property visit cwswcd.org the click on the shop tab. The deadline to order is February 28, 2021"

The trees and plants will be available for pickup:

Dates: Thursday, May 6: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, May 7: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, Curling Building Address: 13 street/CR 45 Brainerd, MN

If you have any questions about the tree sale open house, please call 218-828-6197 or email adam@cwswcd.org

Through March 1: Land & Waters Preservation Trust Announces Grant Fund Opportunity for 2021
Land & Waters Preservation Trust Endowment will be awarding $20,00 in grants to worthy projects in April 2021. Land & Waters, administered by the Initiative Foundation, is a joint endowment of Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) and the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA).

The Grant Application submission period is December 1, 2020 through March 1, 2021.

Further information may be requested by Land and Waters with a deadline of March 15, 2021. Grants will be made on April 1, 2021 and projects should be completed in 2021. Project grants will be made for proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations that fit one or more of the following priorities:

• Enhance and protect surface and aquifer water quality in the Pine River Watershed

• Support sustainable riparian land management practices

• Protect habitat for native plants and animals

Applicants may be lake associations, local units of government, or environmental groups. Projects proposed by the two parent organizations, WAPOA and PRWA, will also be considered.

To apply, go to the Pine River Watershed Alliance website (www.prwa.us), click “Resources & Links” to get grant guidelines and application. If there are questions regarding the grant process or application, contact Ron Meyer at rnsmeyer@tds.net.

Land & Waters Preservation Trust was created by Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) and the Pine River Watershed Alliance (PRWA) and is a Turn Key Fund of the Initiative Foundation. Land & Waters Preservation Trust is a grant making endowment fund directed to preserving and protecting the water quality in the Pine River Watershed. More information is available from WAPOA, PRWA, or the Initiative Foundation.

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