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Diabetes Patient Assistance
A new program is now available to provide financial assistance to area residents with Type 1 Diabetes who are Cuyuna Regional Medical Center patients.

Brandon’s Wallet provides funds to those who need assistance with insulin, glucose testing supplies, and equipment. Assistance is also available toward fuel, accommodations, and other travel costs for children who need to go to Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities for treatment because pediatric endocrinology is not available locally. Funds also provide Camp Needlepoint scholarships to area youth who reside within CRMC’s service area, approximately a 50-mile radius of Crosby. The camp is an educational, outdoor experience for youngsters with Type 1 Diabetes.

The limit of Brandon’s Wallet funds is up to $1,000 per patient annually. For more information or to apply for assistance visit https://www.cuyunamed.org/patients-guests/about-usdonate/areas-giving. CRMC’s Diabetes Education staff is also happy to assist residents, contact them at 218-545-4491.

The Wallet is in memory of Brandon Houge, formerly of Ironton who died from complications of diabetes at age 27. He was a graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School’s Class of 2006 and a graduate of the National School of Non-Destructive Testing. Houge was an employee of the Acuren Company in Duluth and the former manager of the Crosby Bar and Grill.

Brandon’s Wallet is supported through the annual Because of Brandon fund-raiser and individual donations. Donations to the Wallet may be made at https://e.givesmart.com/events/pDH/ or by contacting CRMC Foundation Coordinator Jennifer Podsiadly at 218-545-4455.

Fun in the Park
Crosslake Parks and Recreation is excited to host a new program this summer, Fun in the Park. This program is geared towards children ages 1 to 10 and is designed with interaction in mind. We will combine games, activities, arts and crafts, stories, and environmentally focused instruction in a fun, recreational setting. For more information, please call the Community Center at 218-692-4271.

Second Wednesdays: Quilting Opportunity
The Knotty Ladies Quilters of Our Savior’s would like to invite women in the community to join us to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief and others in need. No quilting experience is needed. Come learn how to quilt with mini quilt lessons at each meeting and help complete quilts. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you starting in September! Please contact us with any questions you may have at 218-792-5346. If no answer, please leave a message for Shirley S.
Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Food Shelf is located at 20948 County Road 1 in Emily, MN.

Food Shelf Hours
• First Tuesday of the month – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
• Third Tuesday of the month – 5:00 -6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday following the third Tuesday of the month – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

The Emily Food Shelf serves all neighbors in need within our local communities. Although we serve the communities of Emily, Fifty Lakes, Outing, Fairfield, Little Pine, Ross Lake and Perry Lake, all are welcome regardless of location.

Call the Food Shelf at 218-763- 3663 with any questions, or for emergency assistance.

Financial contributions may be sent to PO Box 93, Emily, MN 56447. We sincerely thank all who continue to support the food shelf.

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/.

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

Saturdays: Outing Volunteer Library
Outing Volunteer Library hours:
Mon.10-12, Wed. 1-4,Sat. 10-1

Summer Saturday Storytimes
10:30-11:30 am from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day

A new volunteer,Mary Andresen is conducting Saturday Storytime this year. She reads and talks about a couple of stories and then has a craft for each child to do and take home, which relates to the theme of the stories. We are unbelievably lucky to have her because she is so awesome. Your preschoolers will love their
time with her from 10:30-11:30. No registration required—just come and share the fun!!!

The Outing Volunteer Library is located at: 6300 Woods Bay Dr NE, Outing, MN 56662

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.

Lakes Area Food Shelf Now Open an Additional Day Wed. from 3-6 p.m.
Lakes Area Food Shelf is a community food shelf, open to any person from anywhere. To better serve our friends and neighbors, we are now open every Wednesday from 3-6 p.m., as of January 5. These new hours are in addition to our regular hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to Noon.

We have an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and butter, a wide assortment of meats, bread, canned goods, baking supplies, and toiletries.

Our core values include:
• All are welcome at Lakes Area Food Shelf.
• We will help any person, from anywhere, needing food.
• We value all who use our services as friends, neighbors, and members of our community.
• We will serve all with compassion, dignity, and respect.
• We will do all we can to help friends and neighbors address barriers that prevent them from receiving food assistance through Lakes Area Food Shelf.

Physical address: 28316 Patriot Ave., Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Mailing address: PO Box 724, Nisswa, MN 56468

Phone number: 218-568-8474

Email address: lafs1@tds.net

Web Site/Facebook: lakesareafoodshelf.org

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.

Weekly Crosslake AA Meetings
There are three AA meetings in Crosslake held on different nights and in different locations. Those with a desire to stop drinking are invited to attend one or more of these meetings. They are all nondenominational and held as follows:

Monday Nights from 7-8 p.m. at the Crosslake Lutheran Church; 35960 County Road 66, Crosslake

Tuesday Nights from 7-8 p.m. at the Log Church; 37218 County Road 66, Crosslake

Thursday Nights from 7-8 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 35208 Co. Rd 37, south of Crosslake.

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: 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.

Emily Gymnasium Schedule
• Exercise (low impact to vintage music): Mon &Wed 9 -10 am
• Ladies Beginner Pickleball: Mon 10 - Noon & Fri 9 - Noon
• Beginner Line Dancing: Wed 10 - 11 am
• Men's Pickleball: Mon 2 - 4 pm
• Youth Activities: Wed 4:30- 6 pm
• Open gym times: Call 218-763-2480 for availability.
• Prescheduled activities and events take precedence. Dry shoes MUST be worn in the gym.

Saturdays: Emily Community Market
The Emily Community Market will be located in the Emily Wesleyan Church parking lot, 40142 State Hwy 6 from 9 am - 2 pm on these Saturdays: May 20, June 24, and every Saturday from July 22 through September 30. There will be local artisans, baked goods, jam& jellies, and local produce (when available).

Makers’ Place of Emily
All makers - (artists, crafters, writers, musicians, etc.) are welcome to come to the Emily City Building to meet, share, create, learn and collaborate.

Bring a project you are working on or bring ideas or interest in learning something new. A place to meet and make new friends, work individually or share/learn an art/craft or work together on collaborative ideas.

New Schedule Open Studio Times:
2nd Tues. 4-8pm
Most Thurs. 6-9pm (check FB)
3rd Mon. 10am-Noon then lunch
4th Mon. 1-4pm

For questions or interest contact makersplaceofemily@gmail.com or find the Facebook group by the same name.

First Thursdays: Explore Crosslake Business Meeting
Join us for the monthly Explore Crosslake Business meeting of business owners, managers and key staff. Meet and network with others, learn more about events, activities and organizations in Crosslake, and share information about your business!

The event is Chamber facilitated, and all businesses are invited to attend regardless of Chamber membership. Always the first Thursday monthly beginning at 7:45 for coffee and networking, and the meeting runs from 8 - 9:15 a.m.

Businesses are encouraged to pick a month to host and can plan for 15-25 attendees monthly. Call Cindy at the Chamber if you'd like to host this meeting and highlight your business!

Fourth Tuesday: Dementia Caregivers Support Group
Caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia are invited to the monthly Dementia Caregiver Support Group in Crosby.

Meetings are scheduled the fourth Tuesday of each month. To learn more, contact Kent O’Grady at kent.ogrady@gmail.com or 612-868-7260 or CRMC social workers at 218-546-2357.

Last Mondays: New Area Mental Health Support Group at CRMC
People who need someone to talk to or listen are welcome to attend a new mental health support group, I.O.U. (Importance of Unimpaired), the last Monday of each month at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

The confidential, non-religious based support group type environment of the gatherings will allow those attending to share, learn, inspire, and more regarding all concerns about mental health. Meetings are held from 2-3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Earl Bedard Board Room on the lower level of the hospital.

“To be unimpaired means to be healthy. If talking, or even listening helps you help your own well-being, please come,” said Facilitator Christina Mullen, a mental health advocate from Crosby. She added that there will be no introductions and no standing in front of a crowd.

Mullen says as the I.O.U. implies, people owe it to themselves to keep their well-being healthy. Mullen’s son Conner was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, high anxiety, and depression. Born May 25, 1995, he died June 2, 2014, as a result of suicide. Mullen said although the group is not a cure-all for what ails individuals, together, those in the group can help those who may be in similar situations to Conner. She encourages attendees to feel free to share their thoughts, insight, inspirational quotes, and other information so that everyone may give hope to those who fear there is none and share knowledge with those in search of it.”

Registration for the support group is not required. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/groups/inhonorofconner

Emily Care N Share
Care N Share in Emily serves free meals each Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. All are welcome to dine in or pick up a hot, nutritious meal at the Fellowship Hall inside the Wesleyan Church, on State Highway 6 just north of County Road 1. Delivery is also available for those without transportation.

Each week, Care N Share volunteers serve over 250 free meals to families and individuals from Emily, Outing, Crosby, Fifty Lakes, Crosslake, Merrifield, Pequot Lakes and Pine River.

We are adding to our list of volunteers at this time. To volunteer for food preparation on Tuesdays, or Wednesdays serving or providing meal delivery, please call Lori Nelson at 651-246-7292. Donations are always welcome. Please donate what you can, to help us feed families and strengthen local communities. Mail your tax-deductible donation to Care N Share, PO Box 354, Emily, MN 56447-0354 Thank-you for Caring and Sharing.

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Low-Income Individuals and Families Buy or Repair Homes

USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for very low- and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area.

The Direct Home Loan program offers financing to qualified very low and low-income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required, and the interest rate could be as low as one percent with a subsidy. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines and demonstrate repayment ability. The program is available in rural communities of generally 35,000 people or less.

The maximum loan amount is $40,000 at a one percent interest rate, repayable for a 20-year term and can be used to improve or modernize homes and do essential repairs. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to homeowners 62 and older and must be used to remove health or safety hazards, such as fixing a leaking roof, installing indoor plumbing, or replacing a furnace.

Contact a USDA Rural Development Housing Specialist in your area today, to see if you qualify.

USDA Rural Development loans and grants provide assistance that supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and highspeed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/mn.

Promedica Hospice Volunteer Training
Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving  terminally ill patients and their families in Crosslake, Breezy Point, Nisswa, Outing and the outlying communities. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, pet therapy and musical enrichment. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule. Please call Keshia Kettler at Promedica Hospice at 218-829-1252 for further information.

Volunteers Needed for Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers to help us complete two current build projects, as well as in our bustling ReStore. If you want a rewarding volunteer experience, many of our volunteer say that they receive more by volunteering than they feel they give…and that there is so much to learn! Here are the areas where we need help right now:

Get hands-on experience on with Habitat! You’re never alone building with us; a professional staff member is always on site to teach new skills or put your expertise to best use. Construction volunteers perform a variety of skilled and unskilled tasks including framing, vinyl siding, sheet rocking, painting, flooring, and installing trim. We work alongside each partner family for each home, so you will see and know the lives you are changing firsthand.

Opportunities change day-to-day, occur indoors and outdoors, and are typically four-hour shifts (morning or afternoon). Participating in build projects is an excellent opportunity for church and youth groups, local businesses looking for VTO, individuals in need of volunteer hours, or anyone with a desire to get involved with our community.

We are currently building two homes in the Brainerd/Baxter area and have several projects coming in 2023.

Is HGTV your favorite channel? Our Brainerd ReStore is a retail outlet that deals in recycling new and like-new building and home improvement materials sold at discounted prices. We prevent quality items from crowding the landfill and reuse, repurpose, and recycle appliances and furniture, too.

Regular, weekly volunteers are needed to provide support to the ReStore staff, donors, and customers. Whether you’re a people person or you love seeing all the interesting things that come in, you’ll love the ReStore.

If you're a people person, your key responsibilities will be:
• Greet customers and answer questions
• Answer the phone/light office tasks between customers
• Assist customers in making purchases/cashier
• Help maintain a clean and attractive store

If you love to see all the donations that come in or like to fix things, your key responsibilities will be:
• Receive and organize donations
• Clean, repair, sort, and stock donations
• Help donors unload vehicles/trailers
• Fill out donation receipts

We tear apart, too! Pickup volunteers take our trucks and trailers throughout the Brainerd lakes area, collecting new and gently used home accessories, appliances, and building supplies. Pickup volunteers go out daily (on a planned route, scheduled ahead of time) and deliver donations to our warehouse.

Salvage volunteers go to a site and save reusable, quality materials from demolition. All these items stock our ReStore, which is open to the public and sells merchandise discounted up to 75% off standard retail prices. All net proceeds support our mission to build affordable homes for working families. Plenty of volunteers like to do both! We need pickup volunteers every weekday and salvage volunteers roughly once per week.

For more information on how you can help, you can contact us at:
• Heidi Gould, Volunteer Director, heidi.gould@lakesareahabitat.org, 218-454-7021 Lakesareahabitat.org > Volunteer

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September Events

September 27: Brainerd Conservation Focus Area
Speaker: James Wanstall, Conservation Focus Area Coordinator
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 7:00 pm
Location: Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

James is with the MN DNR in the Brainerd office. He will be presenting on the Brainerd Conservation Focus Area and how landowners can benefit species within the MN wildlife Action Plan. He will discuss the primary causes of species population declines and options open for landowners to help.

Program is sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society, and is free and open to the public. Masks are not required but please feel free to wear one. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Lorrene Maroney at brainerdaudubonsociety@gmail.com. or the Northland Arboretum at arboretum@brainerd.net.

September 27: Verse Like Water
The community is invited to attend the premiere event of the 12th year of Verse Like Water: The visiting poet program of Central Lakes College, happening at noon on Sept. 27 in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Featured will be poets Valzhyna Mort (Belarus), Ilya Kaminsky (Odessa Ukraine), and Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia). Audience members will hear what these poets from Eastern Europe have to say about a troubled, war-torn part of the world through reading and conversation. A book signing and craft talk will follow.

Sponsored by the CLC Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Public Radio, and The Olseth Family Foundation.

September 28-30: National Loon Center Upcoming Events
The Crosslake Days Fall Festival returns on Thursday to Saturday, September 28-30. On top of the popular Chili Cook-Off, save the date for these two loony events!

Star of the North
Loon Calling Contest
Seot 30, 2023 • 3pm
Crosslake Town Square

Start practicing your wails, tremolos, hoots, and yodels! Stay tuned for more information about registration and prizes.

Get excited for the 2023 loon calling contest by watching the fantastic loon callers that stole the show last year!

Loon & Lakes Trivia Night
Sept.28, 2023 • 6-8pm
14 Lakes Brewery, Crosslake

The looniest night of trivia, hosted by WAPOA and the NLC, returns to Crosslake! Bonus points given to teams that bring in old lead tackle for disposal.

September 28: Crow Wing Paddlers Schedule

9/17 --- Sunday, Cullen Lake 1:00 PM, 2-3 Hours, E From Middle to Lower Cullen.

9/28 – Thursday, Crooked / Hanks Lake 1:00 PM, E, As long or short as you want Lakes west of Bay Lake.

10/7 – Friday, Mine Pits 2:00 PM, As long or short as you want, E, Crystal clear water at depths of 400+ feet.


Sept 28-Oct 1
Crosslake Days

Sept 30 Crosslake Days Arts & Craft Fair 9am-4pm

Sept 30 Candlelight and Cider Tour, Crosslake Historic Log Village, 7-9pm

September 30: 4th Annual Knights of Columbus Cornhole Tournament supports Coats for Kids program

The Knights of Columbus of Crosslake/Emily, Council9657, is hosting a fundraising event to support their mission of providing “Coats for Kids”. The 4th Annual Cornhole Tournament during Crosslake Days on Saturday, September 30th in front of Crosslake Ace Hardware at 35992 Pioneer Dr., Crosslake, Mn 56442.

The tournament features two divisions- Family and Friends and Champions. Prizes will be awarded for both divisions for 1st, 2nd, & consolation winners in each division. The Champions division will award cash prizes with the 1st Place team awarded $1,000. Entry Fees- Family and Friends - $20 per team. Champions - $50 per team. Details and Pre-Registration for the event is kc9657.mnknights.org or contact Paul McConville at 612-876-9636.

Coats for Kids is an annual program with the Knights of Columbus since 2011. The Knights of Columbus of Crosslake/Emily has distributed over 1200 coats to families and kids in our area. The goal of the Coats for Kids program is to ensure that no child in North America goes without a coat during the winter season. The council goal this year is to distribute over 500 coats, snow pants, gloves and hats to Crosslake Community School, Northland Community Schools in Remer, Emily Food Shelf, Remer Food Shelf, Relationship Safety Alliance & LAPS in Brainerd. Participation in the 4th Annual Cornhole Tournament supports our Coats for Kids program.

Through September 30: Special Health Care Enrollment Period for Central Minnesota Veterans Who Deployed to Combat Zones
Through September 30, 2023, Veterans who deployed to a combat zone, never enrolled in VA health care, and left active duty between September 11, 2001 and October 1, 2013 are eligible to enroll directly in VA health care. This special enrollment period gives Veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones an opportunity to enroll directly in VA health care without first applying for VA benefits.

Eligible Veterans can apply in several ways, including through their County Veteran Service Office, by calling the St. Cloud VA at 230-255-6340, visiting https://www.va.gov/resources/the-pact-act-and-your-va-benefits/ or by calling 800-MYVA411.

This special enrollment period is a part of the 2022 PACT Act, a new law that expands health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances.

Although this deadline is written into law for this specific group of Veterans, many other groups of Veterans can enroll directly in VA health care without first applying for VA benefits – including many Vietnam Veterans, Gulf War Veterans, Veterans who deployed to a combat zone and transitioned out of the service less than 10 years ago, and more. Veterans who do not meet any of the above criteria can often still access VA health care by filing for VA benefits or based on income. If a Veteran is granted service connection for any health condition, they become eligible for VA care.

More information on applying for VA health care is available at:https://www.va.gov/healthcare/how-to-apply/.

September 30 - October 7: Sacred Festival Sukkot
Almighty Yahuah’s commanded yearly sacred festival Sukkot (Tabernacles),is being locally hosted by Proverbs 6:23 Ministry Sept. 30-Oct.7, 2023. Call 218- 533-6029 for information and directions.

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October Events

October is Recognized as Domestic Violence month
The Relationship Safety Alliance provides domestic violence victims and their children with a secure facility where they can be physically safe while finding healthy alternatives to the violent situation they have fled. In addition to providing safety at the shelter, we continue to provide services to members of our community who are seeking advocacy, education about abuse, and resources and referrals.

October is recognized as Domestic Violence month, and in doing so, we annually honor the victims of intimate partner homicide for the prior year with a Candlelight Vigil.

This year’s Vigil will take place on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at 6:30, at the Lyman P. White Pavilion. I have attached our flyer for your information.

October: There's something for everyone with Pequot Lakes Community Education
Register for classes at ISD186.org or call 218-568-9200.

Apple iPhone & iPad Training
Program will cover both Apple iPhone and iPad devices. Participants will learn the things to know before using an internet device (staying safe), basic usage (calling, texting, contacts), personalization of device, camera operation, maps, app store, repair, questions & answers. Bring your device!
Tuesdays, Oct 3 - 24 from 4:45 - 5:45 PM
Pequot Lakes High School, Fish Bowl area.
Chris Newton, IT Specialist. Fee: $20

Android Phones & Tablets Training
Program will cover both Android Phones and Android Tablets. Participants will learn the things to know before using an internet device (staying safe), basic usage (calling, texting, contacts), personalization of device, camera operation, maps, app store, repair, questions & answers. Bring your device!
Wednesdays, Nov 8 & 15 from 4:45 - 5:45 PM
Pequot Lakes High School Fish Bowl area.
Chris Newton, IT Specialist. Fee: $15

Little Tikes Open Gym (10 & Under w/Adult)
Join us for some gym time to burn off that extra energy! This open gym is especially designed for families with young children. Equipment such as balls, hula hoops, wiggle bikes and scooters will be provided. Please feel free to bring in other equipment to use. Parent/guardian must attend with children.

Sundays, Oct 1 - Apr 21, 2023 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM *Schedule subject to change PLHS Athletic Center

Family Membership Fee: $59 per season - includes access to gyms and equipment
Drop in Fee = $3 per time, per person - includes access to to gyms and equipment
Must register with Community Education before attending.

October 3: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
This event will be held on Tuesday, October 3 from 3-4:30pm at Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 County Road 66, Crosslake. No registration required.

In this program, you will learn to:
Identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia.
Explain the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors.
List strategies to address common dementia-related behaviors.

This is an education program presented by Crosslake Lutheran Church, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates to help the community learn about Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. If you have any questions about this presentation contact Kent O’Grady at kent.ogrady@gmail.com and (612) 868-7260.

Bio for Kent O’Grady:
Kent O’Grady is a retired State Patrol Major with 35 years of law enforcement experience. After he retired from law enforcement in 2011, he went into ministry as an adult ministries director and small group leader for a church in Woodbury, MN. In 2015, he changed his ministry and served as a Pastor to a group of Memory Care facilities in the Twin Cities. He retired (again) in 2020.

Kent’s family has been dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease since the 1980s. His grandfather and grandmother both came down with the disease and had very different journeys. His mother came down with Alzheimer’s in 2010 and Kent and his siblings navigated The Long Goodbye until she passed away in 2020.

Kent began to volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association in 2017 as a Caregiver Support Group Facilitator helping family members and friends deal with the challenges of this disease. He currently facilitates Caregiver Support groups and helps to educate the community on the challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of Dementia.

Kent lives with his wife, Cindy, in Baxter, MN.

October 3-7: Kitchigami Regional Library hosting a tour with children’s author Kevin Lovegreen
Do you know any kids that are interested in hunting and fishing? If so, they won’t want to miss Kevin Lovegreen, author of Lucky Luke’s Hunting Adventures series, touring the Kitchigami Regional Library System Tuesday, October 3 to Saturday, October 7.

In his award-winning series, young readers follow Lucky Luke on amazing hunting and fishing adventures. Kids will feel the excitement of climbing a mountain in Colorado and seeing a bull elk at the top, and having a northern pike jump out of the water with their lure stuck in its mouth. He’ll be talking about how he writes stories and then test the audience’s knowledge with his Famous Animal Call Challenge. As a world-class speaker, Lovegreen uses his unique outdoor theme to inspire, teach and entertain kids.

KRLS would like to thank our area school partners for helping to bring this program to their students! Author visits create a lasting impression. They build relationships between kids and the written word, inspire them to pursue creative endeavors, and connect lessons learned in the classroom with the wider world. They also create interest in books and reading in general! All schools will be receiving a full collection of his picture and chapter books to get kids excited to meet a real-life published author. His books are also available at any of our KRLS libraries by accessing our library catalog at krls.org.

Kevin Lovegreen will be visiting Wadena, Sebeka, Brainerd, Crosslake, Pequot Lakes, Pine River, Walker, Blackduck, Bemidji, and Park Rapids during his tour. This program is FREE and open to the public.

Contact your local library for more information or visit our website at www.krls.org.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Tour Schedule:
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Maslowski Wellness & Research Center in Wadena 9:45am,

Sebeka Elementary School 1:00pm,

Brainerd Public Library 4:00pm

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Crosslake Community School 8:30am,

Pequot Lakes Community Library 3:30pm

Thursday, October 5, 2023
Pine River-Backus Elementary School 9:00am,

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Elementary School 1:15pm

Friday, October 6, 2023
Blackduck Elementary School 10:00am,

Bemidji Public Library 1:00pm

Saturday, October 7, 2023
Park Rapids Area Library 11:00am

October 4: All Aboard!: Register your team for the Oct. 4th Lakes Area United Way Chili Cook-Off

Does your chili have what it takes to win over the judges and community members? Get a team together and enjoy the camaraderie of the competition while serving your best chili dishes from a festive booth. Prizes are awarded for: Best Chili Non- Profit Division, Best Chili Restaurant Division, Best Chili Corporate Division, Community Choice, Best Booth and Best Costume. Registration is now open! For entry details and registration information visit unitedwaynow.org/chili

Everyone is invited to join us on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northern Pacific Center for the best lunch break of the year! Just $10 at the door will get you a bowl for all-you-can-taste chili, a chance to vote for your favorite “Community Choice” chili, dessert sponsored by CTC, and a chance to learn about and support the work of the Lakes Area United Way and our partner programs!

We'd like to extend a special thanks to this year's presenting sponsor, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC).

We look forward to seeing you at the Northern Pacific Center on October 4th!

October 5: Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting
The Brainerd Lakes Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting will be on October 5, 1pm at Lord of Life Church, 6190 Fairview Drive, Baxter.

There will be a presentation by a pharmaceutical company on an inhaled rescue medication for people with Parkinson’s. Any questions call 218-829-4017. Care partners are also welcome to attend.

October 7: Participants Needed for Trail Fall Clean-Up
The Lake Country Nordic Ski Club will be having their fall trail clean up and are asking you, your family members, friends, relatives to join club members for some fun, exercise, and fresh air at any of the locations listed below. The more participants we have, the faster we finish!

Whether you ski in the winter or hike in the summer, volunteers of all abilities to help with clean-up are appreciated. Plan for 3-4 hours of walking/ATV-riding, picking up sticks, and enjoying the outdoors.

The club is asking participants to bring any of the following equipment and supplies: personal drinking water, chain saws, bow saws, brush trimmers, loppers, work gloves, insect repellent, ATV’s, pickups, trailers, and any other tools that may aid in the trail clean up.

For questions, reach out to any of the trail clean up contacts listed below:

Saturday, October 7th, 9 AM
Contact Allen Overturf

Saturday, October 14th, 9 AM
Contact Gary Anderson

Goose Lake
Saturday, October 21st, 9AM
Contact Todd Martin

October 8: Bridges of Hope and My Neighbor to Love Coalition present: zAmya Theater Project’s A Prairie Homeless Companion Sunday, October 8th at the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
A performance that shines a light on rural homelessness and housing instability
Modeled after the well-known radio show A Prairie Home Companion, and complete with live music, bad jokes, and real stories, a theater company from the city presents a show with a quaint depiction of small-town life in Miserable Falls, Minnesota. But the actors find a very different reality than the community they’ve been spoofing. Residents of the town take over the show and tell more realistic stories.

Following the performance, Bridges of Hope invites the public to a reception that continues the conversation about homelessness specifically in our community. The reception will take place in the lobby of the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts and include light fare and beverages, a program by Bridges of Hope and fundraiser for the Bridge on 7th Overnight Shelter. This event is presented at a very relevant time as the The Bridge on 7th Overnight Shelter reopens for the season on September 20th. Supporters of Bridges of Hope’s mission are encouraged to attend and show their support for the homeless in our community.

Area youth (ages 6th-12th grade) are also invited to be part of this unique event! After the  performance of A Prairie Homeless Companion, youth will have the opportunity to enjoy pizza together, then embark on a journey through Brainerd to experience a new perspective. The “What It’s Like” Walk will take youth to various destinations where volunteers will initiate scenarios that homeless in our community may face. Youth will need to make decisions and work together to complete the experience and navigate back to the high school. All youth groups will be accompanied by adult volunteers during their walk.

Who: zAmya Theater Project and PlaceBase Productions with Oasis Central Minnesota, Bridges of Hope and My Neighbor to Love Coalition

What: Compassion in our Community Performance + Reception

When / Where: Sun. Oct 8 at 3pm at Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts, 602 S 5th St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Tickets: Performance + Reception: $55/person
Performance Only: Sliding scale, $0 - $20
Youth Experience is FREE to all 6th-12th graders


October 11: Dementia Friends Info Session and Champion Training
This event will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 1- 3:15pm at Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 County Road 66, Crosslake. Registration required.

DEMENTIA FRIENDS… is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects families, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.

What Makes You a Dementia Friend? You become a Dementia Friend by attending a one-hour informational session to learn about this worldwide movement, about living with dementia, and the simple things you can do to support someone living with the disease.

The one-hour session is a discussion led by a Dementia Friends Champion. It is not a training session. You’ll learn what dementia is, what it’s like to live with the disease, and some tips for communicating with people who have dementia. Registration is not required for this session.

Trained volunteer that facilitates one-hour Dementia Friends sessions in the community.

Encourages others to learn about dementia and help attendees understand that the small things they can do make a difference.

An ambassador for Dementia Friends and promotes the program in organizations and communities.

If you want to become a Dementia Friend Champion, you are required to attend the Info Session at 1pm and the Champion Training at 2:15pm. Please register to become a Champion by calling Gail Smith at 218-692-3682 or clc@crosslake.net.

Dementia Friends sessions encourage people to help make communities safer, more respectful and inclusive for the growing number of people living with dementia and for those who care for them.

For more information please contact: Gail Smith, Parish Nurse, at (218) 692-3682 or clc@crosslake.net.

October 13-14: Babinski Foundation Upcoming Fundraising and Community Event
Head over to The Babinski Foundation Animal Shelter for our family friendly Fall Festival from 12-4PM on October 14th. 2825 76th St. SW, Pequot Lakes, MN. Kids and adults alike are guaranteed to have a fabulous time!

From 12-4 come enjoy Halloween hay rides around our beautiful property, face painting by the wonderfully creative Painted Turtle team, a fun filled time in our bouncy house, every kind of carnival game you can think of, and so many more activities that we're worried you wont be able to experience every amazing thing!

Okay fine! We'll keep listing all the cool things you can do! Come for guided horse rides around the property, a free petting zoo where you can learn about all sorts of farm animals, our hand built hay maze, pumpkin decorating, and our prize filled corn pit - Oh my!

Go for the grub! Get some delicious food from our vendors including Skol Food Truck, K&D Kettle, The Woods, and more! You can also stop by the Farmers Market for some yummy snacks and goodies.

Adults can enjoy watching their children have the times of their lives, but can also participate in our silent auction, enjoy the apple pie judging, and enjoy some live tunes performed by the fantastic Eric Whitman.

Free Entry, Donations appreciated. www.babinskifoundation.org

Halloween weekend event.
On October 13th and 14th we’ll have our Haunted Trail running from 7-10 PM. We’ve gone all out this year with some big scares! Bonfire, Smores and Spooks. Entry fee: $10. Locstion: 2825 76th St. SW, Pequot Lakes, MN.

Donations are appreciated. www.babinskifoundation.org

October 18: 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:

October 18th – There will be a “Fall Arrangement” demonstration program by Terri Preese, one of our Garden Club members.

Everyone is welcome to join our meetings. For questions call Linda @ 507-202-9374.

October 23: Ceremony of Appreciation for the Crosslake Police, Firefighters and EMTs

On Monday October 23, 2023 at 6:30 PM The Log Church in Crosslake Minnesota will be hosting a Celebration of all First Responders in the Crosslake Community.

As a part of the church's celebration of worshipping in their building for 40 years, The Log Church along with local merchants and restaurants, will conduct a ceremony of appreciation for the Police, Firefighters and EMTs of the City of Crosslake. Each first responder will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation, a gift basket and with their guest enjoy a dessert reception following the ceremony.

For further information please contact Sarah Dawdy at sarah@crosslakeefc.org or by calling 218.692.4141.

Through October 31: Crow Wing Power Seeks Commitment to Community Applications
Do you know an organization that has made outstanding contributions to local communities? Crow Wing Power is seeking applications for the Touchstone Energy Community Award, which recognizes businesses, non-profit, and community groups that have shown a strong commitment to the community. Any organization that has helped makes our communities a better place to live and work is eligible for the $1,000 cash award.

“As an electric cooperative serving this area, we have a high regard for community involvement,” Char Kinzer said. “This award allows us to highlight and encourage those individuals or organizations that have shown an outstanding commitment to the community.”

Community members may nominate an organization, association or business by completing an application form, available at www.cwpower.com. Questions may be directed to Char Kinzer or Kara Mudford at 829-2827. The application will require a description of the project, program or event and the positive impact it brought to the community. Completed applications must be received at Crow Wing Power’s office by October 31, 2023.

The award recipient will be announced by November 15 and will then contend for the statewide Touchstone Energy Community Award, which offers a cash prize of $2,000. The statewide award winner will be recognized at the Minnesota Rural Electric Association annual meeting in 2024.

The Minnesota Touchstone Energy cooperatives are part of a national alliance of more than 700 electric cooperatives in 46 states that adhere to the values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

By November 15: Lions of 5M9 Youth Outreach Scholarship
The Youth Outreach scholarship committee of Lions District 5M9 is offering up to $12,000 in college scholarships for the 2024 school year. The application deadline is November 15, 2023.

Students must be in the last year of an accredited college 2-year program, final two years of a degreed college program or the final year of obtaining a graduate degree that leads to a career in working with youth. To be eligible the students must have graduated from a high school that is within Lions District 5M9 or their home is in District 5M9.

A complete list of 5M9 clubs is available on the website listed below. Click on “Clubs” on the right side of the home page.

Scholarship applications and complete eligibility requirements are available by contacting a Lions member from one of the clubs or downloading the fillable application from www.lionsof5m9.org. Click on “Forms” from the list on the right side.

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