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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.

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.

Hours
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 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.

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.

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!

CRMC Care Center visitation
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Care Center has expanded visitation options at this time. Fully vaccinated residents may now have close contact, including touch, with their visitors and will no longer be quarantined if they leave campus overnight or return after a hospitalization.

For contact to remain safe, visitors and residents must wear well-fitting face masks and perform hand hygiene before and after the visit. In addition, visitors need to continue following the Care Center’s core principals of COVID-19 prevention including entrance screening. Visitors must go directly to the designated visiting area and should always physically distance from other residents and staff. Outdoor visits on the patio and walking paths are encouraged.

“Even with these new guidelines, we remain cautious. The risk of infection has not gone completely away and the health and safety of all residents and team members remain a primary focus,” said Administrator Daren Rife. “The meticulous care of our buildings and living spaces continues to be an important part of caring for the people we serve.”

To schedule an indoor visit, please contact Administrative Assistant Alicia Brown at  Alicia.brown@cuyunamed.org or 218-546-4301 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


COVID-19 Vaccine Registration for Homebound Residents

COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration is now available for Crow Wing County HOMEBOUND residents age 65+. The opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in your own home is for residents you are unable to travel to primary care providers or have difficulty in getting to a medical provider. If able, our public health team recommends you see your primary care provider for a vaccine. Homebound vaccinations may take longer to get, as the availability of vaccinations are limited.

“We ask the community reserve this option for those truly homebound and in need. Having a list of individuals we will need to go and visit will be crucial when we have access to more vaccines. Every step we take in this planning process will help us move forward faster with vaccine distribution.” said Public Health Supervisor Michelle Moritz.

Register on-line: https://www.crowwing.us/
• The registration form can be accessed by clicking on Register Now as it appears above.

Register by phone: 218-824-1289
• Please be ready to provide your name, date of birth, address, phone and email if you have one.

Information will be confidential and will assist our Crow Wing County Public Health team to reach homebound residents quicker when vaccines become available.

If you have already received your first dose, please do not register.

Crow Wing County Public Health continues to follow the priority guidance by the CDC and MDH. #CrowWingCounty https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx

COVID questions – Please call 218-824-1170 or email Covid.vaccine@crowwing.us

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.

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April Events

April 15-30: Diaper Drive
Crosslake Ideal Lions is holding a Diaper Drive. The public is asked to buy children's diapers and/or disposable wipes and drop them off at any one of the various locations throughout the area including Reeds Market in Crosslake, Old Milwaukee Club in Ideal Corners, Pelican Square in Breezy Point, Crosslake City Hall, Little People Learning Center in Breezy Point, Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake, and the Crosslake Community Center. Drop-offs will be accepted between Thurs. April 15th – Fri. April 30th. All donations will benefit two great organizations: The Mid- Minnesota Women’s Shelter and the Tri-County Community Action Partnership. For more information please email info@crosslakeideallions.org

April 23: Land Use Workshop to be held
Crow Wing County will be holding a land use informational workshop regarding land use ordinance revisions, residential stormwater management requirements, land use permit regulations and requirements, and many other topics. The workshop will be held on Friday, April 23rd, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm virtually via Microsoft TEAMS. A link will be emailed to all those who are registered prior to the event. The workshop is being developed for residents of Crow Wing County and contractors working around lakes in Crow Wing County, but all are welcome to attend.

Agenda items include:
• Residential Stormwater Management requirements in Crow Wing County
• Building and buying in floodplain areas (FEMA regulations)
• Dirt moving and other shoreland rules/regulations
• Public Hearing process overview (variances, etc.)
• GIS Interactive map review
• Land Use Ordinance revisions
• SWCD/DNR/other grants

“We believe that people want to do the right thing when it comes to their property” stated Environmental Services Supervisor Jacob Frie. “This workshop is an opportunity to learn and understand rules and regulations for developing and improving property within Crow Wing County.”

Pre-Registration is preferred for this workshop. You may register by phone at (218)824-1010 or by email to: landservices@crowwing.us.

Please include the following information in the email:
• Company Name and/or Registrant Name(s)
• Address
• Phone
• Email
• License #

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 Crow Wing County Land Services at (218)824-1010 or land.services@crowwing.us to discuss land use questions.

April 23-25: Manhattan Beach Roadside Cleanup Weekend
We need your help! Volunteers are needed for the Manhattan Beach annual roadside clean up. Volunteers can select their area as well as their own day and time from Friday April 23rd, 2021 through Sunday April 25th, 2021. Contact Information- to select your roadside area, receive your trash bags and additional information please contact Rob Amundson at 612-716-4123 or rob-1122@hotmail.com.

*Volunteers should remain a safe distance from the road, wear brightly colored clothes, gloves, boots and tick repellent. In addition, we ask all groups to practice Covid-19 protocols.

April 23-25: Crosslake Ideal Lions Roadside Clean Up Project
An annual Roadside Clean Up Project is underway with the combined efforts of the Crosslake-Ideal Lions Club, Whitefish Property Owners, the Ossawinnamakee, Big Pine Lake Property Owners Associations and neighborhood groups along with the Crow Wing County Highway Dept. Volunteers can select their roadside as well as their own day and time to be completed from April 23, 24, through 25. A big thank you goes to the Crow Wing County Highway Department which has offered to pick up trash bags along the roadways on Monday, April 26 2021 as well as provide trash bags and safety vests.

Volunteers, ages 10 years and up, should wear high socks and boots, work gloves and tick repellent. Remember to stay a safe distance from the road.

Contact person for trash bags and vest drop off as well as trash bag location for roadside pick up is Sue Scharenbroich, scharenbroich@mac.com or call: 612 802 4051.

April 24: Crosslake Ideal Lions News Roadside Cleanup
With Spring in the air, the Crosslake Ideal Lion’s Club is gearing up for new Events. April will bring us the Roadside Clean-up effort on April 24, 2021, meeting at Reeds parking lot at 9::00am. Bags and vests will be provided, just bring your own gloves.

After the clean-up, an appreciation lunch will be provided at Zorbaz, courtesy of Crosslake Ideal Lions. Thank you in advance for  helping in beautifying our communities.

Planning for the annual fishing tournament is underway with Donna and Dan Leagjeld leading the way. This event had been initiated by Joe Doerfler, Donna’s father, years ago and their family is continuing it in his memory.

In June we will be inducting our new members as we have had many new additions to our group. Also, stay tuned for news on upcoming blood drives. With the sad loss of Susan Reller, former Chairperson and Organizer, we have two current Lion’s members trying to fill her shoes who will be working with the Red Cross to restart this community event. We look forward to having you join us in our activities.

April 24: Book Signing Party in Outing
The Channel Bar & Grill in Outing, Minnesota, will be hosting a Book Signing Party for author Sue Dugan Moline on Saturday, April 24th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sue Dugan Moline wrote “The Lake Turned Upside Down”: The Story of Unthinkable Tragedy and Incredible Survival in the 1969 Outing, Minnesota F4 Tornado. The book was released on Amazon.com and DuganBooks.com in December and quickly became an Amazon Best Seller – reaching the top 100 in sales in two categories, Christian Inspirational and Historical Biographies.

Sue is a survivor of that tornado that killed seven of her family members and friends at the Bethany Cabins on Roosevelt Lake, as well as many others. She has been interviewing and researching the event since 2018, and Outing seemed the appropriate place for a Book Signing Party. The owners of The Channel Bar & Grill, Jill Johnson and Trig Bagan, were graciously willing to host the event.

The event will be Open House style with coffee and light refreshments, pictures and memorabilia on display, book sales and signings, and a short program with Remarks and Introductions around 11 a.m. All are welcome! Stay for lunch at The Channel Bar & Grill afterwards.

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May Events

May 1: Arbor Day Celebration
All are welcome to celebrate Arbor Day at the Northland Arboretum on Saturday, May 1, from 12-4 p.m., by getting outdoors and discovering the Arboretum and all that its 500 acres has to offer at a free event for the entire family.

Interact with Pine Grove Zoo animals and baby animals, participate in a Master Naturalist guided tour, make a May Day basket, join a guided bird walk, participate in a scavenger hunt, and learn about the fitness and dog walk trails. In educational seminars, learn about the trees of the Arb followed by walk to identify species; area wildlife and their habitat; healing through nature; and beekeeping.

All activities will be outdoors, except for the educational seminars and a silent auction. COVID precautions will be taken. Seating for the educational seminars will adhere to social distancing guidelines and a limited number of people will be allowed at each session. Those planning to attend the educational seminars are asked to register in advance using the Sign Up Genius app at northlandarb.org or by calling 218-829-8770.

The Northland Arboretum is in the heart of Brainerd and Baxter at 14250 Conservation Drive, behind the Westgate Mall. Attendees will be able to wind through the woods viewing a mosaic of habitats including magnificent gardens, a waterfall, garden pond, wetlands, a stream, shrub bog, aquatic plants, native grasses and wildflowers, Norway Pine plantation and Jack Pine savanna. They will also be able to hike along the nearly 12 miles of trails.

Each year, Minnesota celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday of April and Arbor Month during the entire month of May. This year, the Department of Natural Resources is recommending residents celebrate by planting trees to reduce the effects of climate change or by picking up trash left behind after the winter snow melt. If you are interested in participating in the Earth Day clean up hosted by the Arboretum on Thursday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; please call the Arboretum and register for a volunteer slot.

Because Arbor Day is dedicated to the planting, care, and conservation of trees, the first 300 attendees will receive a free tree sapling to plant. The first 500 youth will also receive a free event backpack. There will also be numerous educational booths and complimentary refreshments provided by Culligan, Cub Foods, GoGo squeeZ, Old Dutch Foods and Super One.

Thanks to major sponsors Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Essentia Health and Mike’s Tree Service, the event is free for the community to attend. For more information, visit northlandarb.org.

May 6: Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting via Zoom
The Brainerd Lakes Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet virtually via Zoom on Thursday, May 6, at 1:00pm. A Movement Disorder Specialist who is a neurologist from the Twin Cities will present on Parkinson’s Disease and a treatment option. Also, a person with Parkinson’s will tell their story. If you are not already on the email list or have a question, call 218-829-4017.


May 6: CRMC offers Free Women’s Screenings
Free breast and cervical cancer screenings will be offered at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Crosby Clinic on Thursday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. for uninsured and underinsured women age 40 years and older who meet income guidelines.

At the event, eligible women will receive clinical breast examinations, mammograms, Pap tests, pelvic examinations, Human papillomavirus (HPV) tests, diagnostic testing if results are abnormal, and referrals to treatment. Family Physician Camille Lang, M.D., and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Jesse Oman, A.P.R.N., are volunteering their time to assist women.

CRMC hopes to make more women in the Cuyuna Lakes Area aware of this free program. "We think many women are not receiving these life-saving screening tests because they have no health insurance or their insurance has deductibles or copayments they cannot afford to pay," said Oncology Care Coordinator Dustine Parks, R.N.

All women are at risk for breast and cervical cancer, but regular screenings can prevent these diseases or find them early. Women between 40 and 74 years old should get a mammogram every year. Women should get their first Pap test at age 21 and continue screening until age 65.

Light refreshments will be served at the event and ladies will receive a swag bag. For a screening appointment, call 218-546-7000, ext. 2135.


May 31: Energy Assistance Program can help Minnesotans keep your homes warm.

With winter’s coldest temperatures arriving, the Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds Minnesotans to apply to the state’s Energy Assistance Program for help paying their heating bills.

For those who have not already applied for help this heating season, there is still time. Households with young children, people with disabilities, veterans, seniors and those experiencing unemployment or financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are especially encouraged to apply. Both renters and homeowners can qualify to get energy assistance.

“We are concerned more Minnesotans than ever are having difficulty paying heating bills because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Commerce Department Temporary Commissioner Grace Arnold. “Last year, we granted an average of $500 to eligible households to help with heating bills.”

Stimulus payments from the Federal Government and pandemic- related unemployment insurance payments are not counted as income when determining if a household is eligible for energy  assistance.

The Energy Assistance Program serves households that earn less than $54,357 for a household of four or $28,266 for a household of one. It helps income-qualifying homeowners and renters with heating bills through grant money paid directly to utility companies or heating fuel vendors. The program can also help households pay past due bills, get reconnected or prevent energy disconnection, get delivered fuel, learn about energy efficiency and safety, and repair or replace homeowners’ broken heating systems.

In November 2020, Minnesota received more than $106 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for this year’s Energy Assistance Program.

Average annual grant is about $500
Last year the Energy Assistance Program served nearly 118,000 Minnesota households, with an average grant of about $500. These households included nearly 57,000 seniors, almost 35,000 young children, more than 57,000 people with disabilities and roughly 7,500 veterans

How to apply for Energy Assistance
New applicants have until May 31, 2021 to apply, however funding is limited and administered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Minnesota Commerce Department administers the program in partnership with 29 local service providers throughout the state. Local service providers are situated across Minnesota and cover every corner of the state.

Households apply for assistance with the local service provider in their area. Call 800-657-3710, and press 1, or visit the Commerce Department’s Energy Assistance Program webpage.

With You Every Day
Wherever you are in Minnesota, the Department of Commerce is with you every day. Whether you’re filling up on gas, purchasing a home, working to reduce energy consumption or rebuilding after a disaster—we are with you, no matter what.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce oversees more than 20 regulated industries, ensuring that Minnesota businesses are strong and Minnesota consumers are protected. Our mission is to protect the public interest, advocate for Minnesota consumers, ensure a strong, competitive and fair marketplace, strengthen the state’s economic future and serve as a trusted public resource for consumers and businesses. Learn more at mn.gov/commerce

July 1: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) and Lifetrack announce plans to merge
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) and Lifetrack are excited to announce the intent to merge on July 1, 2021.

On January 1, 2019, Lifetrack began a management services agreement with Lutheran Social Service that enabled Lifetrack to improve financial stability, share resources and continue its mission to strengthen resiliency in families. On July 1, Lifetrack will begin service delivery as Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

“We’ve appreciated the expertise that Lutheran Social Service has shared to sustain our operations and focus on future growth,” said Wayne Jarvis, Lifetrack’s board chair. “We see tremendous opportunity ahead to continue operational efficiencies and expand our services to serve more Minnesotans in more communities in the years ahead.”

Lifetrack was established in 1948 as the St. Paul Rehabilitation Center, responding to the needs of individuals disabled by polio and by military service during World War II. Today, Lifetrack offers Families Together, which combines home visiting services and a therapeutic preschool in St. Paul, Employment Services, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing services that are offered across Minnesota.

The $4 million organization employs 83 staff who will become employees of Lutheran Social Service, a 156-year old organization with an annual budget of $175 million, 2,500 employees and 10,000 volunteers that support one in 65 Minnesotans each year.

“I am grateful to Lifetrack board members, employees and supporters for their deep dedication to this important work,” said Patrick Thueson, chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. “We’re impressed by the high-quality services provided by Lifetrack and look forward to growing them through innovation and synergies with LSS services to help more Minnesotans live full and abundant lives.”

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. Through its mission to inspire hope, change lives and build community, the organization seeks to foster safe and supportive homes for children, restore health and wellness in families, empower people with disabilities to live the lives they imagine, and promote health, independence and quality of life for older adults.

For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service, visit www.lssmn.org. For more information about Lifetrack, visit www.lifetrack-mn.org.

May Events

May 1: Arbor Day Celebration
All are welcome to celebrate Arbor Day at the Northland Arboretum on Saturday, May 1, from 12-4 p.m., by getting outdoors and discovering the Arboretum and all that its 500 acres has to offer at a free event for the entire family.

Interact with Pine Grove Zoo animals and baby animals, participate in a Master Naturalist guided tour, make a May Day basket, join a guided bird walk, participate in a scavenger hunt, and learn about the fitness and dog walk trails. In educational seminars, learn about the trees of the Arb followed by walk to identify species; area wildlife and their habitat; healing through nature; and beekeeping.

All activities will be outdoors, except for the educational seminars and a silent auction. COVID precautions will be taken. Seating for the educational seminars will adhere to social distancing guidelines and a limited number of people will be allowed at each session. Those planning to attend the educational seminars are asked to register in advance using the Sign Up Genius app at northlandarb.org or by calling 218-829-8770.

The Northland Arboretum is in the heart of Brainerd and Baxter at 14250 Conservation Drive, behind the Westgate Mall. Attendees will be able to wind through the woods viewing a mosaic of habitats including magnificent gardens, a waterfall, garden pond, wetlands, a stream, shrub bog, aquatic plants, native grasses and wildflowers, Norway Pine plantation and Jack Pine savanna. They will also be able to hike along the nearly 12 miles of trails.

Each year, Minnesota celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday of April and Arbor Month during the entire month of May. This year, the Department of Natural Resources is recommending residents celebrate by planting trees to reduce the effects of climate change or by picking up trash left behind after the winter snow melt. If you are interested in participating in the Earth Day clean up hosted by the Arboretum on Thursday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; please call the Arboretum and register for a volunteer slot.

Because Arbor Day is dedicated to the planting, care, and conservation of trees, the first 300 attendees will receive a free tree sapling to plant. The first 500 youth will also receive a free event backpack. There will also be numerous educational booths and complimentary refreshments provided by Culligan, Cub Foods, GoGo squeeZ, Old Dutch Foods and Super One.

Thanks to major sponsors Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Essentia Health and Mike’s Tree Service, the event is free for the community to attend. For more information, visit northlandarb.org.

May 6: Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting via Zoom
The Brainerd Lakes Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet virtually via Zoom on Thursday, May 6, at 1:00pm. A Movement Disorder Specialist who is a neurologist from the Twin Cities will present on Parkinson’s Disease and a treatment option. Also, a person with Parkinson’s will tell their story. If you are not already on the email list or have a question, call 218-829-4017.


May 6: CRMC offers Free Women’s Screenings
Free breast and cervical cancer screenings will be offered at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Crosby Clinic on Thursday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. for uninsured and underinsured women age 40 years and older who meet income guidelines.

At the event, eligible women will receive clinical breast examinations, mammograms, Pap tests, pelvic examinations, Human papillomavirus (HPV) tests, diagnostic testing if results are abnormal, and referrals to treatment. Family Physician Camille Lang, M.D., and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Jesse Oman, A.P.R.N., are volunteering their time to assist women.

CRMC hopes to make more women in the Cuyuna Lakes Area aware of this free program. "We think many women are not receiving these life-saving screening tests because they have no health insurance or their insurance has deductibles or copayments they cannot afford to pay," said Oncology Care Coordinator Dustine Parks, R.N.

All women are at risk for breast and cervical cancer, but regular screenings can prevent these diseases or find them early. Women between 40 and 74 years old should get a mammogram every year. Women should get their first Pap test at age 21 and continue screening until age 65.

Light refreshments will be served at the event and ladies will receive a swag bag. For a screening appointment, call 218-546-7000, ext. 2135.


May 31: Energy Assistance Program can help Minnesotans keep your homes warm.

With winter’s coldest temperatures arriving, the Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds Minnesotans to apply to the state’s Energy Assistance Program for help paying their heating bills.

For those who have not already applied for help this heating season, there is still time. Households with young children, people with disabilities, veterans, seniors and those experiencing unemployment or financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are especially encouraged to apply. Both renters and homeowners can qualify to get energy assistance.

“We are concerned more Minnesotans than ever are having difficulty paying heating bills because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Commerce Department Temporary Commissioner Grace Arnold. “Last year, we granted an average of $500 to eligible households to help with heating bills.”

Stimulus payments from the Federal Government and pandemic- related unemployment insurance payments are not counted as income when determining if a household is eligible for energy  assistance.

The Energy Assistance Program serves households that earn less than $54,357 for a household of four or $28,266 for a household of one. It helps income-qualifying homeowners and renters with heating bills through grant money paid directly to utility companies or heating fuel vendors. The program can also help households pay past due bills, get reconnected or prevent energy disconnection, get delivered fuel, learn about energy efficiency and safety, and repair or replace homeowners’ broken heating systems.

In November 2020, Minnesota received more than $106 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for this year’s Energy Assistance Program.

Average annual grant is about $500
Last year the Energy Assistance Program served nearly 118,000 Minnesota households, with an average grant of about $500. These households included nearly 57,000 seniors, almost 35,000 young children, more than 57,000 people with disabilities and roughly 7,500 veterans

How to apply for Energy Assistance
New applicants have until May 31, 2021 to apply, however funding is limited and administered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Minnesota Commerce Department administers the program in partnership with 29 local service providers throughout the state. Local service providers are situated across Minnesota and cover every corner of the state.

Households apply for assistance with the local service provider in their area. Call 800-657-3710, and press 1, or visit the Commerce Department’s Energy Assistance Program webpage.

With You Every Day
Wherever you are in Minnesota, the Department of Commerce is with you every day. Whether you’re filling up on gas, purchasing a home, working to reduce energy consumption or rebuilding after a disaster—we are with you, no matter what.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce oversees more than 20 regulated industries, ensuring that Minnesota businesses are strong and Minnesota consumers are protected. Our mission is to protect the public interest, advocate for Minnesota consumers, ensure a strong, competitive and fair marketplace, strengthen the state’s economic future and serve as a trusted public resource for consumers and businesses. Learn more at mn.gov/commerce

July 1: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) and Lifetrack announce plans to merge
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) and Lifetrack are excited to announce the intent to merge on July 1, 2021.

On January 1, 2019, Lifetrack began a management services agreement with Lutheran Social Service that enabled Lifetrack to improve financial stability, share resources and continue its mission to strengthen resiliency in families. On July 1, Lifetrack will begin service delivery as Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

“We’ve appreciated the expertise that Lutheran Social Service has shared to sustain our operations and focus on future growth,” said Wayne Jarvis, Lifetrack’s board chair. “We see tremendous opportunity ahead to continue operational efficiencies and expand our services to serve more Minnesotans in more communities in the years ahead.”

Lifetrack was established in 1948 as the St. Paul Rehabilitation Center, responding to the needs of individuals disabled by polio and by military service during World War II. Today, Lifetrack offers Families Together, which combines home visiting services and a therapeutic preschool in St. Paul, Employment Services, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing services that are offered across Minnesota.

The $4 million organization employs 83 staff who will become employees of Lutheran Social Service, a 156-year old organization with an annual budget of $175 million, 2,500 employees and 10,000 volunteers that support one in 65 Minnesotans each year.

“I am grateful to Lifetrack board members, employees and supporters for their deep dedication to this important work,” said Patrick Thueson, chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. “We’re impressed by the high-quality services provided by Lifetrack and look forward to growing them through innovation and synergies with LSS services to help more Minnesotans live full and abundant lives.”

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. Through its mission to inspire hope, change lives and build community, the organization seeks to foster safe and supportive homes for children, restore health and wellness in families, empower people with disabilities to live the lives they imagine, and promote health, independence and quality of life for older adults.

For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service, visit www.lssmn.org. For more information about Lifetrack, visit www.lifetrack-mn.org.

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