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Weekly and Monthly Events

Over the Hills Gang
The Over the Hills Gang ATV club meets the first Saturday of the month at Granny's Bar on Hwy. 6 located between Outing and Emily at 10 a.m.

All club events, ride schedule and training events can be found on the club’s website at

The club is always seeking new members that want to promote safe and fun riding in the area.

Cuyuna Iron Range Riders
We are a family style ATV club located in the Crosby /Ironton area. We are dedicated to responsible riding for all ages, youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We plan activities centered around riding in Minnesota’s great outdoors.

The Cuyuna Iron Range Riders club has been activity in the Cuyuna Range community since 2004. We volunteer our time to host youth safety training and trail ambassadorship. We are actively pursuing grant in aid trails in Crow Wing County. The club offers memberships to anyone interested in trail riding and exploring nature. For more information, go online to or contact  club President Russ Heittola at 825-0441 or email and visit us on Facebook.

Crosslake Food Shelf
The Crosslake Food Shelf is located at 34212 County Highway 3 in Crosslake, MN. We are open the first and third Fridays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. When you come in for the first time, please bring a driver’s license and a current utility bill no more than one month old. If you have any questions or need emergency assistance, you may call: Doris Mezzenga: 218-692-1004 Fred Walch: 218-270-0646 Nancy Rudberg: 218-692-2309

Memory Loss Support Group
A memory loss support group for the caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

The group’s facilitators are Karen Ford and Pam Wachholz who have been trained through the Alzheimer’s Association to lead memory loss support groups. Both women have loved ones in their lives with Alzheimer’s, a disease that attacks the brain. A session will also be held that day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Home Instead in Brainerd.

The group is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. For more information, contact Tammy Jo Johnson at Heartwood, or 218-545-8522.

Outing Volunteer Library

Winter hours
Monday 10-12; Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2-4; Thurs. Closed
Friday 9-11; Saturday 10-12

Free exercise opportunities for adults offered at City of Emily
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at  the City Gymnasium 9:00—9:45a.m., walk or exercise to old timemusic. This ongoing exercise program on CD allows you the flexibility to work at your own pace! Chairs are provided. Keep it low-impact, pick up your feet, or just walk indoors during our Minnesota-cold winter and wet spring.

Wednesdays at the gym from 10:00—10:45 a.m. check out the Line Dance Classes for adults.Returning Jan 18 and offered through mid-May, this is a great way to exercise while you learn fun dances to a variety of music types – something for everyone. Participants may join at any time. No boots or hats needed –just a desire to have fun!

‘Bone Builders’ exercise program in Outing

The Bone Builders strength-training program, promoted by RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), helps prevent and reverse osteoporosis, improves balance, enhances energy and well-being, increases socialization, and provides senior friendly health information.

Volunteer trainers lead Bone Builder sessions each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Outing/Crooked Lake Township Hall on Highway 6 in Outing.

There is no charge for the sessions –hand and leg weights are provided. The program, sponsored by Outing Seniors, serves seniors in Outing, Emily, and Fifty Lakes.

For information on how to get started, contact Jack Schuller 218-792-5256.

Emily Food Shelf
The Emily Area Food Shelf regular hours are on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The additional day, will be the following Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for those who are unable to pick-up at the regular time.
An additional distribution day will now be added for fruits, vegetables,and bakery items ONLY; on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

For more information please call the Emily Food Shelf at 763-3663.

Local area AA and Al-Anon
Crosslake AA and Al-Anon meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. at CrosslakeLutheran Church. Crosslake AA Open meets Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Crosslake Presbyterian Church.  For info. AA call: 218-692-1845 or218-232-3558; Al-Anon call: 218-821-4621. 

The Closet at Narrows Community Church
If you are in need of clothes or know someone who is, The Closet, located in the lower level of Narrows Community Church in Outing, offers gently loved clothing for men and women at no charge.

Shopping hours are 8 a.m. - noon the second and fourth Saturday of each month; clean, repair free clothing donations are accepted during this time as well.

Narrows Community Church is located just north of the Outing bridge on Hwy 6, across the street from the Crooked Lake Town Hall on Woods Bay Drive NE. Follow the yellow signs!

For more information, call Pastor Stanley Mikles at 218.820.5365.

Brainerd Gamblers Anonymous Monday Night Meetings
Gamblers Anonymous meetings in Brainerd at 7 pm on Monday nights at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 408 N. 7th Street, Brainerd.
Wednesdays:  Care 'N Share meals in Emily
Come and join us on Wednesday's at the Care N Share Community Cafe for a delicious community meal, 5-6 pm. The Care ‘N Share Cafe is ocated in the fellowship hall in the Emily Wesleyan Church on Highway #6 in Emily, MN. Come, meet, share with your neighbors and community friends. This is a great way to make new friends and have a good meal. This is a community activity open to all. Please join us!

Caregiver Support Group in Crosslake
Caregiver Support Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the Month at10:30 am at Crosslake Lutheran Church. This will feature a facilitator trained through the Alzheimers Association andgeared toward families who have loved ones that experience memory loss. Open to the community and will include speakers on a variety of topics related to memory loss.

Crosslake Ideal Lions
The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club meets the 2nd Wed. of every month for the board meeting at Old Milwaukee Club. On the 3rd Wed. of every month at Maucieri’s for the General Meeting. For information about joining our club please call Doreen at 218-838-8219.

Heartland Hospice Volunteer Training
Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in Breezy Point, Crosslake, Outing and the outlying communities. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, pet visits, musical enrichment, art enrichment, Veteran to Veteran visits and clerical services. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule.

Please call Keshia Kettler-Herrmann at Heartland Hospice at 218 829-1252 for further information.
National Senior Service Corps
Make a difference in your community by joining the National Senior Service Corps.

Here are two opportunities to serve locally: Foster Grandparents tutor and mentor children in schools, head starts and shelters working 1:1 and in small groups with children in need of extra assistance.

Senior Companion volunteers are assigned to seniors they visit each week to keep them living independently: assisting them with grocery shopping, getting to medical appointments and helping them get out into the community.

Retirees (age 55+) receive a small tax-free stipend and mileage for serving 15-20 hours a week. For more information on how to volunteer and an application: call 218-839-6650 or email

The grants are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Minnesota Board on Aging, with in-kind support from the agencies they serve at.

Faith in Action Volunteer Drivers Needed to Help Your Neighbors
Many people in rural Minnesota depend on friends or neighbors for rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands. For some, this is the only way they can connect with community, especially during the winter months. At times, finding a driver can be difficult.

In this Season of Giving, consider giving of your time and yourself by becoming a volunteer with Faith in Action and providing rides to someone in your community. Faith in Action Volunteers can choose to drive once or twice a month or weekly as their time allows.

“Without your help I would not be able to live in this community. Each person that has helped me is terrific!” exclaimed Jeannette. And Fred from Pine River said, “Thanks for sending the driver to help me get groceries. I didn’t know how I would get it done. You are lifesavers!”

If you like spending time with people and can transport them to their appointments, shopping and errands, Faith in Action is the place for you to volunteer. Volunteers receive liability insurance coverage, coordination, recognition, mileage reimbursement, and the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference. An application with background check and orientation session are required.

Faith in Action is currently seeking compassionate drivers in your area to help people like Jeannette and Fred to connect with community. Volunteer drivers give them the freedom to manage their health and well-being, and the freedom to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Your neighbors need you! For more information on Faith in Action services and volunteer opportunities, call 218-209-9608 or email
Engravable Paver Brick Opportunity
A new gift-giving opportunity is available this year that’s a guaranteed pleaser for both the recipient and the giver. Engravable paver bricks are here!

The Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens (LUMG), a partner project between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, has been taking shape over the past two summers. Located along the south side of the entrance to the Crosslake Campground and Recreational Area, the LUMG has drawn accolades from many already and will see future development continue in the same welcoming and attractive style that has already pleased residents and visitors.

One of those developments is the upcoming paver paths, scheduled for spring installation. As a part of that, folks now have a new opportunity to purchase one or more engraved paver bricks at $60 per brick. Messages of one or two lines can honor, memorialize, celebrate or highlight something or someone, or an organization or business. The engraved bricks will become a permanent part of the garden’s paver paths.

Any questions about the engravable paver opportunity or the LUMG in general, or to place an order, call Lynn Scharenbroich at 218-543-4714 or Corrine Hodapp at 651-290-5790. Or, email the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association:

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March Events

March: Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is an Important Time to Give
During March, Second Harvest will join together with their partner food shelves and participate in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign by collecting donations of money and food that support local efforts to help feed people in need and reduce hunger in the local community. You have an opportunity to help your local food shelf and make your donation go even further. When congregations, businesses, schools or service clubs participate in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, by donating to their local food shelf, their donation stays local but counts towards a statewide effort to help stock the shelves of every food shelf in the state. Your food shelf’s share of the statewide campaign will be even greater the more they can raise locally. Your support will help to fill the shelves at your local food shelf and ensure there is enough food for struggling children, seniors and families.

On a daily basis there are individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. Having to choose between paying a utility, medical or automotive repair bill or putting food on the table is a reality for people in north central Minnesota. Many will turn to their local food shelf to fill the gap during hard times. Your local food shelf needs your help to keep the shelves stocked to help those in need.

The Food Shelves in North Central Minnesota on average serve nearly 15,000 individuals every month including: Over 5,500 CHILDREN.

Your gift impacts people like Kim and Brad, a young couple that says, “with utilities and grocery prices going up, we usually only have around $75 for over two weeks to get groceries with. We try our best, but it’s not enough unless we get help at the food shelf, too.”

Every dollar you send today will help your local food shelf reach its goal of providing food for thousands of meals for young struggling couples like Kim and Brad over the next year.

Because of your local food shelf’s partnership with Second Harvest North Central Food Bank they are able to efficiency purchase food and stretch each dollar donated to fill even more shelves. So please, reach out to help your local food shelf, fight hunger and feed hope by sending your most generous 2017 March FoodShare gift by March 31st.

To find your local food shelf go to Thank you for your support for our hungry neighbors.

About Second Harvest North Central Food Bank
Second Harvest North Central Food Bank’s mission is to engage the community to end hunger. Second Harvest North Central Food Bank provides food for the hungry in their region. Through their network of local member agencies and their direct service programs, thousands of people receive a hot meal or groceries to help them get by. For more information on Second Harvest, their member services, their programs or how to help view their website at or contact them at 218-326-4420.

March: Emily Area Food Shelf fund raising campaign
March is MN FoodShare month. This is the Emily Area Food Shelf’s fund raising campaign to help raise money to assist our food shelf’s operation.

This past year we have seen a total of 646 visits coming to the food shelf seeking help to feed their families. As we all know, with the increase in the cost of food, propane, electricity and just about everything else, it has made it very difficult for families to stretch their limited incomes. Many of the families that we are seeing have been laid off. Even with an unemployment check, the increase costs during the winter months still makes it very hard for them to make ends meet. The elderly, that we see are on fixed income.

We are grateful that we are able to provide our food shelf to them, during these struggling times. The Emily Emergency Food Shelf serves families in the Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes, Little Pine, Ross Lake, Fairfield and Perry Lake areas. We added a fresh produce and bakery day, on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The regular distribution days for the families are open on the third Wednesday of each month, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and the following day, Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and are available during the month for emergency situations by appointment; located at 20948 Co. Rd. 1, in Emily.

We are asking for your support this month. All donations are recorded and reports are submitted to the MN March FoodShare program. Based on the money that we raise, there are grants that will be donating a percentage, back to our food shelf, during the following year.

Checks can be made out to: Emily Food Shelf and either left at the Pine River State Bank, Emily branch, or mailed to Emily Emergency Food Shelf c/o Nancy Moritz, Director at 42145 Birchwood Dr. Emily, MN 56447. Food donations may be left at the Emily Ace Hardware.

Thank you for your support and kindness.

March 30: Festival of the Arts
The 35th annual Pequot Lakes Festival of the Arts is coming up. Join the festival activities on Thursday, March 30th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm in the Pequot Lakes High School new athletic complex and on the stage of the High School Theater. Student and community artists will have visual arts displays in the high school gym. Performing artists, dancers and musicians will be on the stage in the high school theatre. There will be a food concession area as well.

Community artists are invited to set up exhibits or to perform. To arrange for an art display table or area, contact Molly Wiste at (218) 568-9252. Performance artists should contact Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218 –568-9200 to reserve a place on the stage schedule.

The Festival of the Arts was started in 1982 and has grown and been enjoyed throughout the years. Join the celebration of art talent in the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Crosslake area. You will have a great evening of art.

March 31: Grant Funds Available for Community Runoff Projects
Are you thinking and starting to plan for your spring projects? The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) have grant funds to help you with spring and summer projects related to shoreline erosion and runoff problems.

“We are looking for projects that keep water on the land and filter pollutant runoff (tree planting, shoreline buffers, raingardens, and other practices), have community involvement, and address Crow Wing County (CWC) Water Plan priorities and concerns.

Eligible applicants include: schools, churches, neighborhood associations or lake associations, local businesses, and nonprofit groups.

The SWCD is excited to partner with CWC communities and have communities share what important
clean water projects they have” said Melissa Barrick, SWCD District Manager.

All projects are required to match the grant funds by 25% (cash or In-kind value, i.e. materials, labor, and equipment). Projects require 10-year minimum lifetime and include a maintenance plan.

An interagency team will review, score, and rank all applications which include SWCD, CWC, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, The Mississippi Headwaters, and University of Minnesota Extension.

Applications are due March 31, 2017. For application materials:

call: 218-828-6197 or visit:,
322 Laurel Street, Suite 22,
Brainerd, MN

Funds for this program are provided by the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources through the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment of 2008.

If you have questions contact the Crow Wing SWCD. Phone: 218-828-6197 or e-mail Grant funds are provided from the Minnesota Board Water and Soil Resources through the Clean Water Amendment.

March 31: 2017 Lake and River Friendly Awards
Brainerd Lakes area and statewide environmental organizations are joining together to publicly recognize homeowners, business owners, contractors, organized groups and local units of government that have chosen to implement practices or efforts to protect this region’s most important resources, our lakes and rivers. The hope is that through these awards, ecologically sensitive development along lakeshore and river shore will become the fashionable trend.

Categories for consideration of the Lake and River Friendly Awards include Home or Business Construction for a homeowner, business owner, or a contractor who has undertaken new home construction or major reconstruction while preserving the environmental integrity of the natural lakeshore or river shore setting.

Shoreland Stewardship is awarded to a homeowner, business owner, or contractor who employs the use of native vegetation and mostly natural materials to landscape their riparian property in a manner that not only complies with local shoreland regulations, but goes even further to protect the shoreline's environmental integrity in a way that can potentially improve water quality.

Protection Strategy is awarded to an organization or a local unit of government that has created an ordinance, or regulatory code, or other initiative that officially seeks to preserve the environmental integrity of our lake and river systems.

Stewardship is awarded to recognize a riparian property owner who protects water quality by simply leaving their shoreline in a non-disturbed natural state, which can include maintaining shoreland and aquatic vegetation, tree canopy, screening of structures for aesthetics, and non-removal of woody debris from the water. This award could also be used to recognize the use of a conservation easement to permanently protect a significant piece of shoreline.

Eligibile are lake and river friendly protection efforts within the following counties: Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Morrison, Todd, northern Mille Lacs, or southeastern Wadena counties.

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2017 from any homeowner, business owner, contractor, lake association, local government unit, developer, or other interested party. Lake associations, neighbors, nonprofits and local units of government may know of some projects that merit recognition, and may nominate them for the award. There are no entry fees.

If you know of a worthy lake or river friendly protection effort, you may nominate them for an award. To nominate a lake or river friendly protection effort worthy of recognition, either submit a completed application, or simply complete the first part of the application, and we will contact the nominee to see if they wish to be entered into the contest by completing a full application. Nominations should be received by March 15, full applications are due by March 31 2017. If you have a nomination for this year’s awards, or to receive a full copy of the Lake or River Friendly Awards application please contact Tasha Laurer, or call 218-828-6197.

March 31: Pine River Backus High School Blood Drive
On Friday, March 31, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Pine River-Backus High School will be partnering with Memorial Blood Centers for a blood drive at 810 First St. W., in Pine River.

Memorial Blood Centers is the sole blood supplier for Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and the Northland. You can make a positive impact on your community by donating blood. Also, every time you donate you save 3 lives! Remember, 1 in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime.

To schedule an appointment, contact Shawn Howard at 218-587-3323.

March 31 - April 1: Women’s Conference: Beauty for Ashes, featuring Jessica Joy and Kim Hutchens
Beauty for Ashes invites women into true freedom where women can exchange there ashes of pain for crowns of beauty and restoration through the healing power of Jesus Christ. The conference will be held at Eagles Nest Church, 6714 Cty Rd 11, Breezy Point.

Friday, March 31 - 7-9 P.M
FREE concert by Jessica, open to the public. Through her music Jessica will share of the hope that she has found through Christ in the midst of suffering with Chronic Lyme Disease. She speaks to the heart of all those who are walking through any trial, reminding us that there is joy and hope in the journey because with God, Nothing is Wasted.

Saturday, April 1 - 9:00 A.M.
Registration at 8:30
Women’s Conference

8:30 am Registration, coffee & muffins
9:00 Welcome/Worship
9:15 Session 1
Session 2
11:30 Sack Lunch - Chicken Salad Sandwich, fresh fruit, cookie water and coffee
12:30 pm Session 3
2:45 Closing

Registration fee is $25. For more detail contact Eagles Nest Church at 218-562-5252.

Beginning in March: EMS Classes
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is soon offering two classes for people interested in a healthcare career and those wanting to contribute to the health of their community.

A First Responder class will be offered one night a week and an Emergency Medical Technician class is being offered two nights a week. Upon completion of a course, students are eligible to become a licensed member of Minnesota's Emergency Medical Services community.

Classes are tentatively scheduled to begin the end of March and continue through the middle of July. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. to accommodate working schedules. For more information, please contact instructor Bryan Krantz at 218-546-2344.

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April Events

Beginning April 4: A Matter of Balance: Reducing your Risk of Falls class begins April in Brainerd
Do you have concerns about falling? Possibly the concern is for a loved one or neighbor. Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance: Reducing your Risk of Falls provides education on fall prevention so you can have confidence and independence to do the things you enjoy!

The next free Matter of Balance class begins April 4 and meets on Tuesdays for eight weeks until May 23, from 10:00am to Noon at Bethany Good Samaritan, located at 804 Wright Street in Brainerd. Class size is limited. To register, please call: Clarissa (218) 963-9452.

If you are wondering if this class is for you, this is who should attend:
• anyone concerned about falls
• anyone interested in improving balance flexibility and strength
• anyone who has fallen in the past
• anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Content of the classes include:
• view falls as controllable
• set goals for increasing activity
• make changes to reduce fall risks at home
• exercise to increase strength and balance

Crow Wing Energized, A Matter of Balance and Good Samaritan Society are pleased to offer this education.

April 4: Outing Seniors Club
The Outing Seniors Club will meet on April 4th at 1:30 PM at the Crooked Lake Township Hall in Outing, MN. Shelly Hanson of CRMC will speak on Diabetics Health Management. A short business meeting will precede the presentation and refreshments will follow. Membership in the Outing Seniors Club is open to all seniors 55 and older. For more information contact Club President Grace Werner at 218-792-5500.

April 8: Benefit to raise funds for a Diabetic Alert Dog for Rylee Oehrlein
Rylee Oehrlein is a 13 year old, 8th grader at Browerville school. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in February, 2011. He struggles daily with his blood sugars. He has had numerous hospital stays, emergency room visits and multiple doctor's appointments. Money is being raised for a diabetic alert dog to help Rylee.

Activities during this benefit include a DJ, 50/50 drawing, quilt raffle, silent auction, live auction, meal and cash bar.

With the help of his alert dog, Rylee will be notified when his levels are high or low. Currently, Rylee's dog is in training in Las Vegas. When Rylee has a diabetic attack, he puts cotton balls in his mouth, which absorbs his saliva. Those cotton balls are then shipped to Las Vegas where scent training takes place. Although the two haven't met yet, his service dog will be very familiar with Rylee's scents and will be able to help him tremendously. Rylee plans on meting his dog in May or June - depending on how long it takes her to learn the scents.

Financial gifts and donations are being accepted at:
Rylee Oehrlein,
PO Box 34,
Browerville, MN 56438

Event Details:
St. Mathias Park Pavilion
4548 Co. Rd. 121
Fort Ripley, MN 56449

April 8, 2017 | 4 pm-Midnight

Tickets: $10

April 11: Lakes Area Unlimited Learning upcoming events
Stories The Battlefields Tell
Passionate about military history, Dr. Jon van der Hagen M.D. will share stories and slides of lessons learned while traveling to European and U.S battlefields. Dr. Van der Hagen is an M.D. in the Brainerd area and is a docent at the Camp Ripley museum. This event was presented in 2015 to a small, dedicated group who braved a snowstorm. The overwhelming positive evaluation justifies another opportunity to experience his program. Tuesday, April 11, 1:30-3:30 P.M. Lakes Area Unlimited Learning, Heartwood Senior Living, non-members welcome $5.00.

Crow Wing Energize Movement: Creating a Healthier Community
Attend an energized group of change agents for a panel discussion by leaders who are creating health and wellness in our community through partnering for more healthy choices, mental fitness, workplace wellness and community connections. The panel will identify how this collaborative and goal oriented approach can build individual resilience for health issues such as the harmful effects of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), trauma, addictions, emotional neglect, abuse and mental illness. Tuesday, May 9, 1:30-3:30 P.M. Lakes Area Unlimited Learning, Heartwood Senior Living, non-members welcome, $5.00.

Norway’s Untold Stories: Life During World War II
Dr. Jan Hansen grew up in Alesund, near Bergen, Norway during WWII, during the Nazi occupation. He will explore survival and resistance during this difficult period in Norwegian history with video and slides. Dr. Hansen and his family immigrated to NYC, then Chicago in 1950 when he was 14 years old. He graduated from St. Olaf College and University of Missouri-Columbia, and is currently retired from teaching Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Tuesday, June 13, 1:30-3:30 P.M. Lakes Area Unlimited Learning, Heartwood Senior Living, non-members welcome, $5.00.

Through April 12: Free E-File AARP Tax-Aide Program for Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes

Free income tax preparation, for all ages, is available Feb 1 through Apr 12, at the Crooked Lake Town Hall in Outing, MN. Wednesdays: 2:00pm-6:00pm. Appointment only.

After receiving your tax information, call Tom Martin (MON through THUR ONLY) for an appointment. (218-792-5903)

ALL appointments to be scheduled later than Mar. 15 should be made prior to Mar. 15. This assures we can assist all members in the communities. A valid photo ID, Social Security card, and a copy of last year's tax return MUST be brought with you.

April 19: Crosslake Area Garden Club
The Crosslake Garden Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center. New members welcome. For more information contact Jayne at 218 763-1222 or visit our website at:

Meeting Presentations:
April 19th: "Shoreline Restoration", by Darren Mayers

May 16th: Board of Director's Meeting Pine Peaks, 9:00am

May 17th: "Colorful Containers for all Seasons" by Julie Foster

June 10th: Crossslake Garden Club Plant Sale 8:30am until 11:30am

June 21: Potluck Lunch, and " Low Maintenance Gardening & Pollinator Habitat" by Beth Hippert

Through April 21: WAPOA offering discounted trees to property owners in the Whitefish Chain area
Plant a tree and protect the lakes! You can purchase 12” – 18” inch seedlings, consisting of Red Pine, Birch, White Pine, Jack Pine, Red Maple, High Bush Cranberry, Black Chokeberry and Serviceberry for only 25 cents each through WAPOA’s second annual tree sale. WAPOA (Whitefish Area Property Owners Association) is providing trees again at a significant discount in an effort to protect water quality on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.

We are able to provide the trees at a discounted rate to property owners through WAPOA subsidies and a state of MN cost sharing opportunity. It is well documented that lands with good tree cover protect the lakes by slowing down run-off, allowing the water to soak into the ground and reduce lake pollution from chemicals such as roadway salt and oils. Trees and shrubs also slow down run-off containing soil, plant materials, fertilizers, and pesticides.

The discounted trees are available in limited quantities, 50 per property owner. The only restriction is that the trees are to be planted on lands surrounding or draining into the Whitefish Chain. You can also purchase tree protection cages prices at $12.50 per package of 25 cages. This year we will also have seed mixes of native flowers and grasses for shore land plantings.

Tree orders can be placed now through April 21, 2017 (or while supplies last) by contacting Jeff Laurel at email address, or by phone at (952) 217-9429. To order or discuss seed mixes appropriate for your situation, contact Brian Olson at email address brian@terraincorp. net or call (612) 309-1784.

Pick-up trees and seeds at Ideal Town Hall on Friday, May 12th, 1pm – 4 pm or at the Crosslake Community Center on Saturday, May 13th, 9am – 1pm. It is recommended that the trees be planted within a few days of pick-up, for best growing success.

Forested lands throughout the watershed protect water quality. Therefore, WAPOA plans to sponsor this tree-planting campaign every spring. It is our goal to do everything we can to protect our lakes. We believe that encouraging property owners to plant these trees completes one step of the many needed to ensure our lakes are protected and remain healthy for many generations. Please join us in these efforts by planting trees on your property! For more information about WAPOA, the largest lake association in Minnesota, visit our website at

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