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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 Breezy Point, Crosslake, Outing and the outlying communities. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, pet visits, musical enrichment, art enrichment, Veteran to Veteran visits and clerical services. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule.

Please call Keshia Kettler-Herrmann at Heartland Hospice at (218-829-1252) for further information.

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
Free adult exercise program at City of Emily Gym
Mon, Wed, Fri at 9:00 a.m. Begin your day with this ongoing, 45-min, low-impact program set to vintage music. Chairs provided. Exercise at your own pace. Walkers are encouraged to join us during this program –walk the perimeter while we exercise.

Wednesdays, at 10:00 a.m., improve your balance and coordination by learning some dance moves to a variety of music with emphasis on country. No experience required for this 45-min class –all dances are for beginners. 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
This class is postponed and scheduled to resume Monday May 2.

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.
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

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.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Tennis in Emily
If you are interested in joining the Emily tennis group, call Milt at 218.792.5786 or Mary Jo at 218.763.2648 for more information, or just show up on at 9 AM for mixed doubles; great tennis fun and exercise. The courts are located on County Road 1 just west of Highway 6 in Emily.
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity builds next two homes in Brainerd
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity has begun building the first of two homes in Brainerd. Shifts for building are 8:30 am – noon, 12:30 – 4:30 during the weekdays; 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm most evenings and Saturdays 8:00 am – noon and 12:30 – 4:30. 15-25 volunteers are needed for each shift. Volunteers can sign up individually or as a group. No experience is required. Volunteers will receive instruction and supervision by LAHFH Construction Managers, Keith Schaefbauer and Mark Almen.

Each build will take approximately three to four weeks. For more information or to sign up for a shift, contact Beth Ann Norrgard at 218-828-8517 or on the web at

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that serves Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard Counties. Since 1991, LAHFH has worked with 68 families to provide a hands-up opportunity for decent and affordable homeownership.
National Senior Service Corps
Make a difference in your community by joining the National Senior Service Corps.

Here 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: 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. For more information on how to volunteer and an application: call 218-839-6650 or email

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.

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July Events

July 25-29: Swimming lessons offered by Whitefish Yacht Club in Crosslake
Registration is now open for July 2016 swimming lessons sponsored by the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club.

Session III July 25-29.

Classes are a half-hour long, starting at 10:30 am for the Advanced group and run until 12:30 pm finishing with the Beginners group.

There is no cost for the lessons and they are held at the Corps of Engineer Campgrounds Swimming Beach on Cross Lake.

The registration form can be found on the club’s website:

The WCYC has been sponsoring accredited swimming lessons since 1967. Over that time more than 1000 swimmer sessions have been taught. Lessons are offered each July to children 5 years of age and olde

July 25: Lakers Lions July meeting
Lakers Lions July meeting will be held at Granny's on Monday July 25th at 5:30. A chicken dinner will follow the meeting. Final plans for the August Corn Feed will be discussed.

For more information see

July 26: Pipeline concerns seminar Crosslake Community Center
The workshop/seminar will be held at 2 PM, Tuesday, July 26, at the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Dagget Pine Road in Crosslake, MN.

The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) continues to support its water quality mission with this forthcoming workshop.

Jeffrey Insko and his wife are landowners along the Enbridge Line 6b pipeline in Michigan, which was Enbridge’s replacement for the burst oil pipeline that in 2010 spilled over one (1) million gallons of Canadian crude oil into the Kalamazoo River (Michigan).

Jeff is also the author of the Line 6b Citizen’s Blog where he writes about their experiences with Enbridge’s Line 6b replacement, and provides a resource for landowners and concerned citizens in his area. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the national Pipeline Safety Trust. Jeff is familiar with our area and lakes as he and his family vacation every year on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.

Landowners in this area who would be impacted by the proposed Sandpiper and Line 03 replacement route might find Insko’s experiences with Enbridge especially relevant.

Insko has described himself and his wife as “reluctant activists” who learned about pipelines and Enbridge by coping with an Enbridge “rebuild” on their property–a project similar to the proposed Line 03 that Enbridge seeks to include in the proposed Sandpiper corridor.

Insko’s story about his family’s history with Enbridge is personal and compelling.

Richard Smith, President of the Friends of the Headwaters (FOH), will provide an update to the proposed Enbridge route that FOH believes could jeopardize the land, lives, lakes, and livelihoods of people in this area.

Anyone with an interest in ensuring that the Mississippi Headwaters and Minnesota’s lake country do not experience a disaster like the spill in Kalamazoo will want to attend this event.

Join us to learn more about managing water quality on our lakes and on your lake. You will also have an opportunity to participate in an interactive question and answer period.

July 30: Crosslake Historical Society seeking volunteers
The Crosslake Hisotrical Society is actively seeking volunteers for half-day shifts for Saturdays. They will be holding an infomational meeting “on the porch” on Saturday, July 30th at 1pm at the Crosslake Historic Village located on CR 3 directly across from the ACOE Dam and Campground.

July 30: Kayak Class Cross Lake Recreation Area
The Saturday dates for the Kayak Class at Cross Lake Recreation Area park are as follows and they all begin at 10:30 am: 7/30, 8/13, 8/27, 9/10

For more information please contact Jason Hauser, Park Ranger at the Cross Lake Recreation Area 651-290-5791

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August Events

August 1-5: Emily Wesleyan VBS
Emily Wesleyan Church will continue it's tradition of providing no fee Vacation Bible School to Emily and the surrounding areas.

All children from age 4 to the completion of 5th Grade are invited. The dates are August 1-5 from 6-8:30 PM. To receive a registration form or additional information you may call Karla at (218) 371-5879.

August 1-3: Family Fun Nights at Crosslake Christian A/G
Crosslake Christian A/G presents Family Fun Nights Monday through Wednesday, August 1-3.

The evenings will be lead by nationally known performer Randy Christensen. Randy will entertain and inspire children of all ages with his creative presentations including juggling, illusions, puppets, clowns, music and more.

The program begins nightly at 6:30 with Registration beginning at 6 PM. Dinner is available at no charge at 5:30 PM nightly.

Pre-registration appreciated but not required. Pre-register with Carrie at 218-851-7777. Crosslake A/G Church is located at 13919 County Road 36.

Through August 4: Register for Summer Club at the Crosslake Area Library!

Once again this summer, the library will offer this FUN five-week program for kids who are in grades K-5. Track your summer reading for great incentives, and enjoy super entertainment. This year we will be entertained by Raptor Program from the U of M, Fabulous Hands on Rocket Launching, Have fun with an exceptional Dog Demonstrations, and other special events! Everyone gets a Summer Club tshirt, free books and prizes. The Club will meet Thursday mornings starting July 7th thru August 4th. Kid’s ages 5-7 will sign-in at 9:15 am and kids who have completed grades 2-5 will get signed in at 9:45 am. Library time will be after the entertainment around 11:15 am at which time parents may pick up their children. A $5 fee covers all five weeks and a shirt! Class size is limited. Time is running out, please register at the Crosslake Area Library before June 21st. Questions, call the library at (218)692-READ (7323).

August 6: Crow Wing Paddlers Club
The Crow Wing Paddlers Club is open to everyone. If you don't have something to paddle on we can supply you with a kayak, paddle and PFD. Contact us for exact time, locations and more information. Call Jim at 612-581-2144. Sponsored by Crow Wing Kayaks and Wind, Water & Wheels.

2016 Scheduler:
Saturday ,August 6th Afternoon
Thursday, August 18th Evening
Saturday, September 17th Evening

Through August 12: Pine River State Bank 4th annual school supply drive
Pine River State Bank has coordinated with the Local Schools in Pine River, Pillager, Breezy Point, Nowthen and Emily to help out local students and families in need. We will be filling backpacks with general supplies for Elementary students, and will be donating supplies to the High School based on their most needed items as communicated by the individual schools.

There are several ways to donate:
• Donate $25 to give a backpack full of supplies
• Donate $15 and a new or gently used backpack and we will fill it with supplies
• Donate a gently used or new backpack
• Make a monetary donation, funds to be used to buy supplies or backpacks.

Any donation is greatly appreciated, and will go to the school of your choice. Let’s get together and help our local students have what they need to succeed in the 2016-2017 School Year. For more information, please contact Sam Anderson 218-587-4463 or email:

August 13: Men Walk a Mile In Her Shoes to stop gender violence
Men from all walks of life will walk one mile in women’s high heels on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at Mills Ford in Baxter, MN to protest rape, sexual assault and gender violence. proceeds from both the registration and sponsored walkers will go to Sexual Assault Services and Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center.

Male community members and leaders will proclaim their solidarity with the rape prevention movement by marching in high heels, with women and children marching at their side. Educators, students, law enforcement officers, elected officials and others are expected to participate.

The event begins with registration at 11:30 am with entertainment at 12:30 and the walk at 1:00. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase and there will be an excellent silent auction.

Men who cannot wear high heels can wear specially decorated shoes. Women and children can wear regular shoes. Shoes are available for those who don’t have their own high-heels.

Inspired by the old saying, “you can’t understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” men will literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes.

“We’re not only raising much needed funds, but we’re sending the message to other men that violence against women is not OK,” said Dan Hegstad, one of the event organizers. “This event was started by men to support women. We want women to know this not just their cause. Gender-based violence hurts all of us.”

"Come and join me and others support walk a mile in her shoes, one step at a time" said Brainerd Police officer, Troy Schreifels.

August 16: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Garden Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. New members welcome. For more information contact Jayne at 218 763-1222 or visit our website at:

August 16: Board of Directors meeting. Community Center Garden, 10:00 a.m.

August 17: "Mushrooms" Matt Radecliff, presenter

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