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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.

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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September Events

September 14, 21, and 28: Emily Maker’s Place Meetings
The Emily Makers’ Place meetings will be held on Tuesdays, September 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 6 p.m. at the Emily City Hall. All are welcome.

Goals to achieve: Place name and purpose, a space for makers & creators to gather, schedule, volunteers, communications, bring your creations (Completed or in progress). For more information, contact Shanda Landes shandalandes@gmail.com

September 15: 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.

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

September 16: CRMC Cancer Support Group
“Inspirational Stories from Cancer Survivors” is the topic of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Virtual Cancer Support Group on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 12 to 1 p.m. Survivors Elizabeth Liedl, a social worker, and Lisa Slepica, a Registered Nurse, will speak about their experiences fighting cancer.

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.

September 20: Free Frozen Meals Available to Crow Wing County Seniors
Free frozen meals for Crow Wing County seniors age 60 and older will be distributed in the parking lot of the Deerwood Auditorium located at 23770 Forest Road on Monday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud’s Senior Dining program.

During this drive-through, no-contact distribution, seniors will receive a pack of 10 frozen meals. There is no fee for the meals; however, contributions are accepted.

The program is partially funded under a contract with the Central Minnesota council on Aging as part of the Older Americans Act. For more information, contact CRMC Social Worker Kari Lee Pietz at 218-545-5361.

September 21, October 19 and December 16: Free Online Suicide Prevention Class for Agricultural Communities
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a free online suicide prevention class tailored to farming communities. Called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for Agricultural Communities, the program helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide. More than one million adults in the U.S. have been trained in QPR. This 1.5-hour class is for members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. It will be offered from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on each of the following Tuesdays: Sept. 21 and Oct. 19 and Dec. 16. To register, see “Classes” at namimn.org. For further information, call 651-645-2948.

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