Weekly and Monthly Events
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 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 email@example.com 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
Outing Volunteer Library Hours
Winter hours as of October 1:
Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12
Free Programs for Adults at the City of Emily Gymnasium
Exercise program— For all fitness levels, seated and standing exercise to vintage music on CD. Chairs provided. Mon & Wed 9- 10am.
All skill levels: Teams or singles welcome. Tue 1-3 p.m. Equipment provided as needed.
Ladies and Beginners: Learn to play. Mon 10-Noon & Fri 9-11am. Equipment provided.
Line Dancing— Beginner dances, senior friendly. Wed 10am-11am. No boots or hats needed.
‘Bone Builders’ exercise program in Outing
The Bone Builders strength-training program, promoted by RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), helps prevent and reverse osteoporosis, improves balance, enhances energy and well-being, increases socialization, and provides senior friendly health information.
Volunteer trainers lead Bone Builder sessions each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Outing/Crooked Lake Township Hall on Highway 6 in Outing.
There is no charge for the sessions –hand and leg weights are provided. The program, sponsored by Outing Seniors, serves seniors in Outing, Emily, and Fifty Lakes.
For information on how to get started, contact Jack Schuller 218-792-5256.
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.
Monetary donations may be made to Emily Emergency Food Shelf, P.O. box #93, Emily, MN 56447
Food donations may be made at the Food Shelf building (old Unity Bank building) 20948 Cty Rd #1, on the third Tuesday of the month, 8:30 -11:00 when volunteers are present. Additional volunteers are needed and welcome.
For more information please call the Emily Food Shelf at 763-3663.
Local area AA
• Mon Night AA Meeting, 7:00 PM at Crosslake Luthern Church, 35960 Cty Rd 66
• Tue Night AA Meeting, 7:00 PM at Presbyterian Church, 14444 Daggett Pine Road
• Thur Night AA and Alanon Mtgs, 7:00 PM at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church South of Reeds Market on CR 37
The Closet of Narrows Community Church offers gently loved clothing for men and women who are in need of a helping hand. There is no charge for the clothes and no restrictions apply. What you will find at The Closet, in addition to some lovely clothing selections, is a warm smile, some tasty treats and very friendly volunteers to assist you.
Our shopping hours are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month. If you have clean, repair-free clothes you want to donate, we’ll gladly accept them during this time as well or you can call at 218 792-5530 for more information or to make other arrangements.
Narrows Community Church is located in Outing at 6297 Woods Bay NE, across the street from the Crooked Lake Town Hall. Please look for the yellow directional signs we’ll place for you just north of the Hwy. 6 bridge. If you’d like more information about The Closet, please call the number listed above.
Gamblers Anonymous meetings in Brainerd at 7 pm on Monday nights at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 408 N. 7th Street, Brainerd.
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 located 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!
Caregiver Support Group last Tuesday of the month
Crosslake Lutheran will be hosting a monthly Caregiver Support Group to be held on the last Tuesday of each month from 3 to 4:30 pm at the church. The group is geared to those who are caring for others with health issues and is open to all area residents.
The group is facilitated by Gail Smith, RN, and Parish Nurse, with over 45 years of clinical experience and will feature educational topics each month of interest to caregivers.
The next session will be held April 30th and will review caregiver stress and strategies to deal with issues that arise in caring for others.
If you would like to bring your loved one to the afternoon session, we will have activities for them as well so that you are able to attend. Please call 218-692-3682 if you would like to take advantage of that process or if you have questions.
Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 2nd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s 6PM for board meeting and 6:30 for the general meeting. For more information about joining the Lions please call Connie at 218 839-1267.
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
BUNCO Card Group in Crosslake
Mondays at 1 pm at the Crosslake Community Center. Beginners welcome, $1 fee. Call Jena for more information: 763-441-6417
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
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Emily City Library Hours
The Emily Library is located within the Emily City Hall building and is open year round with free Wi-Fi. Hours are Mon-Wed 8 am to 4 pm, Thurs and Fri from 8 am-11:30 am, and on the 2nd Tue of the month open 8 am-8 pm or until the end of the council meeting.
Donation based Yoga
Donation based Yoga Located at 456 Birch Ave Outing - (behind Land O'Lakes).
Chair - A gentle form of Yoga practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support - Tuesday @6 pm
Flow - Tuesday @4:30 pm; Sunday @9 am
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.Crosslake Ideal Lions: New members wanted
Looking for new members willing to serve our community by volunteering your time to support local organizations. Crosslake Ideal Lions support the Crosslake Food Shelf by stocking shelves every Tuesday, sponsoring the Free Concert @ Town Square in the summer months in Crosslake, sponsoring a weekly Flea Market June through September, in addition to annual events. Crosslake Ideal Lions donate all proceeds from fund raising to local organizations. Support your community by joining us by emailing us at CrosslakeIdealLions@gmail.com. OUR MOTTO IS TO SERVE!Wednesdays: Breezy Point Quilters
Breezy Point Quilters are extending an invitation to others who sew, embroider, needlepoint and quilt to join our group on Wednesdays. We meet at the Breezy Point Conservation Club from 9:00 to 12:00. Come make new friends, For more info call Lois 218 779-1930.
1st and 3rd Mondays: Healthcare Directives
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Advance Care Planning Facilitators are available in Crosby to answer questions and assist in completing a healthcare directive on the first and third Monday of each month from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule a free appointment, call 218-546-7462.
The facilitator will 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.
For more information, contact Deb Bergsnev at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-851-5430.
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 Marcia.Ferris@lssmn.org
The grants are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Minnesota Board on Aging, with inkind support from the agencies they serve at.
CRMC volunteers needed
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is seeking volunteers to assistant patients in wheelchairs get to their destination. Volunteers are needed in four-hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and must be able to walk long distances.
CRMC volunteers must be 18 years or older, flexible and be willing to provide excellent customer service. 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.
To submit an application, visit cuyunamed.org
and under the About Us tab, select Volunteer. For more information, please call 218-545-4447.
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January and February Events
January: National Radon Action Month
Crow Wing County and the Minnesota Department of Health recommend that all homes be tested for radon. About 2 in 5 Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas and state health officials say every home should be tested. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable, by testing homes and fixing radon problems. To help residents get a more accurate picture of radon, the Minnesota Department of Health launched a radon data portal. The portal includes interactive maps that describe radon levels and disparities in testing and mitigation rates. The portal can be found on the MDH web site: https://data.web.health.state.mn.us/web/mndata/radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in Minnesota soils. It can enter into all kinds of homes through cracks or openings in walls or foundations. The only way for residents to know if their home has radon is to test. A home should be tested at least every 5 years. It is important to perform a radon test after buying a new heating system or adding central air conditioning.Testing is easy, only takes 3-7 days, and is FREE through Crow Wing County Land Services Department to area residents. Radon test kits are available to be picked up in the Land Services Building at the customer service counter located at 322 Laurel St. Ste 15, Brainerd, MN between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. There is a limit of one radon kit per household.Tests should be done in the lowest level of the home that is frequently occupied. If your home’s level is at or above 4 pCi/L, you should consider verification testing and having a radon mitigation system installed. Anyone interested in mitigating his or her home for radon should consult MDH’s list of radon mitigation professionals: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/air/radon/mitigation.htmlMinnesota law requires disclosure and information be provided to buyers about radon during Minnesota home sales. The law requires sellers to inform buyers whether their home has been tested for radon and if so, what the levels are and whether the home has been mitigated for radon. In addition, sellers must provide a warning statement and a 2-page publication to the buyer. Radon tests can be incorporated into a home inspection. The law does not require radon testing or mitigation.Another law requires all new homes built since 2009 be built with passive radon resistant features. About 1 in 5 of these newer homes have radon above the recommended action level; this is an improvement over the levels found in the overall Minnesota housing stock where about 2 in 5 homes have elevated levels. MDH encourages builders to activate the passive radon resistant features through the addition of a radon fan. In addition, new home buyers can request the fan be added during construction. In these new homes with radon fans, MDH has found very low radon concentrations.For more information on radon visit: www.health.state.mn.us/radon or the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601.The Land Services Department is committed to providing excellent customer service while helping landowners make wise choices that protect Crow Wing County’s extraordinary natural resources. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Land Services Office at (218) 824-1010 or email@example.com to discuss land use activities. Crow Wing County information and resources can be found at www.crowwing.us.
January 14: Prostate Cancer Support Group
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you are invited to join a supportive and caring group that meets the second Tuesday of every other month at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
The group is open to those who have experienced prostate cancer in the past, are currently dealing with it, or those simply wishing to become more aware of this all too common men’s disease.
The next meeting is January 14, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in the Thabes I meeting room.
January 14: Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild
The Emily Loon Crafters Quilt Guild will meet on Tuesday, January 14th at 9:30 AM in the Sewing Room at Emily City Hall. Visitors and new members are welcome. We will continue to work on quilts. Hostess is Devera Gruber.
January 15: Northern Minnesota students encouraged to apply for Alworth Scholarships
Northern Minnesota high school seniors interested in furthering their education at colleges and universities around the country are encouraged to apply for Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year by Jan. 15. Eligibility criteria and online application forms may be found at www.AlworthScholarship.org.
Students must have an interest in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or scientific fields of study. The Fund is available to students in 60 high schools, plus home schools, located in these 10 northern Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Lake, Itasca, Koochiching and St Louis.
“For 70 years, the Alworth Scholarship has assisted students focused on pursuing STEM careers, and this year is no different,” said Patty Salo Downs, Alworth Memorial Fund Executive Director. “There’s still time to apply before our Jan. 15 deadline, and we encourage interested young people and their parents to go online and do so.”
Each awarded scholarship will be for $20,000, to be distributed over eight semesters. The Alworth Memorial Fund has distributed $52 million among 5,100 motivated young people since 1949.
January 15: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Area Garden Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM at the Crosslake Community Center. Visitors are always welcomed and members are encouraged! For more information contact Linda at 218-765-3246 or visit our website at: crosslakegarden.org. We continue to think “Gardening” in in the winter months, so come and join us!!
January 15th: All About Succulents – Erickson’s Greenhouse presenter
February 19th: Herbs for Health and Wellness – Our Own Sue James
March 18th: Cauliflower the New Potato – Jody from Landsburg’s Nursery
January 16: Brain Injury Support Group
People with brain injuries and their caregivers and those who lives are affected by stroke are welcome to attend Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.
The group’s facilitator is Russ Philstrom, a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota. There is no charge and no reservation is necessary. Call 651-329-1373 for more information.
Jan 18 Penguin Plunge, 1-3pm at Birch Lake, Hackensack, during ‘Back to Hack’ festivities
Jan 18 Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous, Trailside Park, Pequot Lakes, 10am-4pm
Jan 18 Outing Ice Fishing Contest, sponsored by Outing Area Chamber of Commerce & Crooked Lake Fire Dept., Lawrence Lake, Outing, 11am-2 pm Weather Permitting
Jan 25 Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza Hole-In-The-Day Bay, Noon-3pm
Jan 30 – Feb 1 Crosslake 17th Annual Winterfest begins with medallion hunt/Community Center 7-9 pm Pond Skating, Snow Mountain, Bonfire & S’mores, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides. Fireworks at 9 pm. See full calendar of events on Crosslake Chamber website
Jan 31 Crosslake Community School Cabin Fever Carnival, Kids Games, Bake Walk, Food & Fun! Meet Bobber the Water Safety Dog! 4-6pm
Feb 1 Crosslake Firefighters Pancake Breakfast, Crosslake Lutheran Church 8-11:30am
Feb 1 Bocce Ball Tournament – Riverside Saloon & Eatery at 12 Noon
Feb 1 Tiki Bar & Beach Bonfire – Manhattan Beach at 11am
Feb 1 Italian Outdoor Olympics-all NEW games, bonfires, s'mores & cocoa, Maucieri’s, 1 pm
Feb 1 Radar Runs & Spinning Ice Carousel on the Bay at Moonlite Bay 1-4pm
Feb 1 17th Annual Crosslake Soup Fest, tasting begins at 12 Noon
February 13-14: CRMC to host American Red Cross Blood Drive
Because of critical shortages following the holiday season, the American Red Cross needs blood and is issuing an urgent appeal for blood and platelet donors to help replenish its temporarily low supply.
To help meet the need for blood donations, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its Clinic Conference Room.
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1- 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. Walk ins are also welcome; the process generally takes about 45 minutes. 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.
Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross relies on community partners to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients. About 80 percent of blood donations made to the Red Cross are through blood drives set up by community organizations, groups and businesses.
Donors should enter CRMC through its main entrance and follow signs to the Clinic Conference Room. Ample parking and a shuttle is available near the main entrance.
Feb 15 14th Annual Back To Basics Day, co-sponsored by Happy Dancing Turtle & Pine River Backus Schools, Vendors free to public, Pine River Backus High School gymnasium, Pine River, 8am - 5pm
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