June 11 – June 30

The American Red Cross continues to face a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all types to give NOW and help save lives.  Blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.  Commit to give and make a difference.  Use the Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Visit (where you can download the FREE Red Cross Blood Donor App) or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make your appointment:
          Thurs.          6/13            12:00-5:00             Brainerd High School Cafeteria



Cass County Public Health is hosting some upcoming walk-in Immunization Clinics for children who are on MA/MnCare or who are un- or under-insured.  Select immunizations are available for adults who are un- or under-insured:
     Wed                             9:30-11:30             Pine River-Backus Family Center in P.R.
     Fri           6/14
            10:00-12:00           Northland Area Family Center in Remer

     Tues        6/18            10-12 & 1-2:30       Pillager Family Resource Center / Pillager
     Tues        6/25           9:00 – 11:00           Cass Co. Health, Human & Vet. Serv
For more information, call 218-547-1340 ext. 246

Crow Wing County and Lakes Area Law Enforcement have come together to introduce The Vitals App.  Vitals is the new app that helps protect people with visible and invisible conditions and disabilities by voluntarily communicating critical information to law enforcement and first responders. Each Vitals individual is assigned a Vitals beacon that transmits a private and secure signal to authorized first responders that are within 80 feet, allowing them temporary access to critical information that can help the individual and law enforcement de-escalate what could become a dangerous or emergency situation.  To learn more, or to register for the service, visit or text VITALS to 797979.


In an effort to provide a safe environment to share stories, provide support and education to those who have lost a loved one to suicide, a Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group invites you to its bi-weekly Monday meetings on the first and third Monday of each month.  The group meets from 7:00-8:30 at Lutheran Church of the Cross on County Road 13 in Nisswa.  This is a group for adults only.  With questions, contact Jeri Borgwarth at


The Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd offers fun events for KIDS every second Saturday of the month from 10:00 to 11:30… AND from 12:00-1:30.  A $3 per child (or $5 per family) donation for materials is requested (but no child will be turned away for inability to pay).  Pre-registration IS REQUIRED for the classes.       
     Sat. July 13       Origami
     Sat. Aug 10       Dance Movements
     Sat. Sept. 14     Mosaics
For more information and to register (required), visit


Brainerd Lakes Area residents are encouraged to turn in your empty toner and ink jet cartridges at either of The Office Shop locations (Brainerd or Aitkin) for recycling.  By doing so, you will be helping the Zachary Johnson Kids with Cancer Fund.  The fund offers grants to surrounding area families with a dependent child (age 21 or under) who has any form of cancer.  It can be used for anything that the patient or caregiver wishes.  If you are interested in applying for a grant, contact Riverwood Foundation or stop at either Office Shop location.  Or to donate, visit or call 218-927-5158.

The City of Brainerd will use Crow Wing County Alert powered by EverBridge to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. This system allows the City of Brainerd to contact thousands of residents in seconds, so you can find out about an emergency right away.  Receive important messages from the City of Brainerd via email, phone, and much more!  Get up-to-the-minute information about severe weather, road closures, snow emergencies, event cancellations, and much more!  To register for the Crow Wing County Alert, visit 


Having cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences in a person's life. But support groups help many people cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a safe place to share and work through feelings and challenges.  Any female with a cancer diagnosis is invited to this supportive and caring group facilitated by professionals and meets the second Friday of the month from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center.  Speakers will also be asked to attend and discuss various topics throughout the year. For more information about the Women’s Cancer Support Group please call 218-828-7685.

Ruby’s Pantry
is a non-profit food ministry serving rural communities. There are no income qualifications to participate in Ruby’s Pantry – Ruby’s Pantry is for everyone who eats and would like to save on their grocery budget.  For a $20 cash donation you will receive a “share” with up to $120 or more worth of groceries.  There are no limits of how many shares that can be purchased at this time.  Ruby’s Pantry food distribution for the Brainerd Area is at the Journey North Church the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Food distribution begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. Ruby’s Pantry has no government funding. It is primarily funded by the contributions of our guests.  Participants should bring containers to put their food in.  Contact The Journey North Community Church at 218-824-5617 about volunteer opportunities at Ruby’s!

Central Lakes College is proud to announce that Mary Aarlgaard, Play Off the Page, will be offering youth theater workshops this June for students entering 1st through 4th and 5th-9th grades.  Those entering 1st-4th grades will have the opportunity to create their own characters and work together to create a play.  They will meet from 10:00-12:00 June 10-14, but must register BY JUNE 7th.  Those entering th-9th grades will meet from 10:00-12:00 June 17-21 and must register by June 14th.  Both workshops will meet in Dryden Theater at CLC Brainerd Campus.  Registration fee is $55/ person and is non-refundable.  To register call 218-855-8253.

The Brainerd Writers Alliance is encouraging excellence in literary writing. We are currently accepting writing entries for this year’s contest. Deadline for submission is at noon on Sat. June 22, 2019.    The Brainerd Writers Alliance welcomes submissions under the following regular categories: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry.  Winners in each category will receive a cash prize and free entry to this year’s writers’ conference.  Details on our guidelines and how to submit your entries are located on our website at


Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child? Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is seeking individuals and couples who can serve as foster parents to children, especially older children and sibling groups. Ideal foster parents have compassion for kids and are open to caring for children from different backgrounds.  Professional training and ongoing support is provided. If you can open your home and your heart to a child and would like to learn more, visit   


The Downtown Aitkin Farmers Market will open every Saturday through Labor Day from 9:00-1:00 at the historic Butler Building.  Fresh Minnesota grown and raised food, fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs and spices, honey, maple syrup, free range chickens, eggs and more!  For more info, visit

The Nisswa Area Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday from 8:00-12:30 in the Nisswa American Legion parking lot.  Fruits, meat, veggies, baked goods, crafts… it’s all there!

The Brainerd Lakes Area Farmers Market will be up and running every Tuesday at the Franklin Art Center parking lot …. And every Friday at the Vikingland Harley Davidson parking lot in Baxter through the fall from 8:00-12:30.  Find locally grown fruits, veggies, plants, meats, baked goods, and more! 

The Downtown Brainerd Farmer’s Market will be up and running every Tuesday afternoon from 3:00-6:00 in the parking lot on Laurel Street next to Sage on Laurel.  Eleven vendors will be there featuring a large variety of locally grown and made products, including oils, baked goods, flowers, jams, wild rice, meats, veggies, fruit and more.  Music will also be featured from time to time.


Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association
will be hosting a garage/rummage sale on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm and 8:00 am-2:00 pm, respectively at the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes.  Donations for the sale are being accepted now through June 27. You many drop off items on Thursday, June 27 from 5-9 pm at the Trailside Center or if you’d like to donate before that time, you may contact Lacey at 218-851-8117.  When donating items please remember they need to be in good, clean condition.  We are looking for big ticket items like furniture, tools, hunting and fishing items, etc.  Please no VHS tapes, printers/computers, mattresses/box springs and only good condition children's books. Stop by the Trailside Center for some good finds, buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win $10,000 or play some funs games for some give-aways!


The Mark Munson Rock Music Camp is held at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd with the final concert held July 25th at Tornstrom Auditorium.  The “school” - open to students in 5th-12th grades –is open to guitarists, drummers, keyboardists and vocalists.  Learn from established area musicians, develop skills and friendships, and rock out!  The cost is $230 per student, scholarships are available.  The Mark Munson School of Rock Camp is a program of The Crossing Arts Alliance.  2019 enrollment is open online at

Brainerd Public Schools is seeking the community’s input in defining what it means to be a Warrior; what are the ideas and values that make us Warriors?  As you ponder the topic, you are asked to take a short survey found at regarding the school district’s culture – past, present and future. 

The Brainerd Public Library has launched its annual Summer Reading Program that includes free events, activities, story times, movies and more to encourage the love of reading in children of all ages.  The theme this year is “It’s Showtime at Your Library!”  Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals now through the end of July.  Register anytime now through July.  For more info, call the library at 829-5574 or visit the Library’s Facebook page by searching Brainerd Public Library.

The centrally located McGregor area has lots of water fun and land adventures all within a few miles. Residents and visitors alike will discover many ways to enjoy nature and its wildlife—from 14 lakes and three rivers, to Savanna Portage State Park and Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Whether you come for vacation, fishing, or relaxing—even dining at boat-in restaurants—at the heart of it all, you’ll find the town of McGregor’s locally sourced foods, wines, creativity, and history. Come for a vacation any time of year and experience McGregor, “Where natural wonders never cease.” To learn more visit McGregorMN dot com.

Children ages 2 to 8 and their parents/guardians are invited to the Brainerd Public Library every Tuesday for Family Story Time.  From 10:00-11:00 enjoy a story, songs and crafts all based around a different theme each week.  The story time is free and all are welcome. 


6/10 – 6/16


Is your girl heading off to Kindergarten or First grade in the fall?  Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines is hosting a party to introduce girls to Girl Scouting.  In addition, parents and caregivers will learn more about the leadership experience and find out about volunteer opportunities.  The launch party for the future Girl Scout Daisies will be held Mon. June 10th from 5:30-7:00 at Brainerd High School.  With questions, call 800-955-6032 or to learn more, visit

Ready to Party?  Join the fun at the Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity’s 23rd Annual Dinner and Auction.  The party will be held Mon. June 10th at the Whitebirch Room at Breezy Point Resort.  Tickets are $75.  For info and tickets, visit

Are you ready for some fun?  Nisswa Chamber members, their staff and families are invited to Safari North Wildlife Park on Tuesday, June 11th for Nisswa Family Fun Day.  Get into the zoo anytime between 9:00-6:00 at a discounted price ($10 for Adults….$7 for kids 2-12).  Purchase tickets in advance at the Nisswa Chamber office or by calling  218-963-2620.  THEN, just check in at the zoo when you go!

Join CrossFitGrow and Ardor Boutique as they host the Brainerd Lakes Chamber Business After Hours on Tues. June 11th from 4:30-6:00 at their locations on Highway 371 in Baxter.  Everyone is invited to stop by, enjoy some networking time, refreshments and learn more about the businesses.  RSVPs are appreciated at 

The Crow Wing County Drug Coalition will present a community roundtable in order to gather input from the community and ask for involvement on addressing the drug problem in and around Crow Wing County on Tues. June 11th.  The roundtable will take place in the Brainerd High School Cafeteria from 4:00-6:00 and will feature a presentation from the Drug Awareness Coalition of Crow Wing County.  For more info, visit

Everyone is invited to the Nisswa Chamber’s Family Fun Day at Safari North Wildlife Park on Tues. June 11th from 9:00-6:00.  Discounted Tickets are $10 for adults… $7 for kids 2-12 and can be purchased at the Nisswa Chamber office or by calling 963-2620.  This is a great way for everyone to experience a great attraction at a discounted rate.  The special rates are open to all Nisswa Chamber members, employees and their staff.

Bring the kids to Safety Town in Aitkin Tues. June 11th – Thurs. June 13th at Rippleside Elementary School.  The program teaches kids ages 4 to 7 about safety in several areas:  playground, bike, eye, animal and sun.  Each day features a session in Safety Town, a kid sized “town” complete with buildings, vehicles, crosswalks, railroad crossing and a working stoplight.  Registration forms are available at Rippleside Elementary, the Aitkin Library, and on the Aitkin Women of Today’s Facebook page.  4 & 5 year olds are there from 8:00-9L30, 6 & 7 year olds are there from 10:00-11:30.  The cost is $10 per child and includes a tshirt.

Join the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce at one of their Success Series Workshops entitled “The Top 10 Mistakes Leaders Make & How To Avoid Them” on Wed. June 12th at the Crosslake Community School in Crosslake.  The workshop will be held from 2:00-3:30 and will cost $25 for Chamber members… $35 for non-members.  Light snacks and water will be provided, register online at or through the Chamber’s website.
Enjoy a bratwurst, chips and a drink during Lunch At The ReStore on Wed. June 12th from 11:00-1:30.  You’ll find the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 1110 Wright Street in Brainerd.  Proceeds will go to the Deb Kowalzek build.  For more info,

It’s time for 2nd Thursday Happy Hour for a Cause at Prairie Bay Grill & Catering on Thurs. June 13th from 5:00-7:00.  Prairie Bay will provide a variety of hors d’oeuvres and Cash Wise Liquor of Baxter will provide a number of beverage samples.  For a minimum $15 donation per person, you will enjoy an evening of great food, great drinks and you’ll learn more about a local non-profit.  RSVPs are appreciated by calling Prairie Bay.  By the way, this month, proceeds will benefit the Mark Munson School of Rock.

The Cuyuna Regional Medical Center sponsors Music In The Park at Crosby Memorial Park on Thurs. June 13th from 5:00-8:00.  Plant vegetable seeds and take home a potted plant; assemble caterpillars and pizzas with fresh fruits and veggies; participate in potato sack races, an obstacle course, relay races and more at the event.  Games for kids, prizes and fun, plus MUSIC from Top Hat Owls and the Cuyuna Rhythm Band will provide entertainment.  Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on and enjoy the view of Serpent Lake.  For more info, visit or call 218-546-8131.

The Brainerd High School Key Club is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Brainerd High School cafeteria on Thurs. June 13th from 12:00-5:00.   Register online at or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.


Join the Bemidji State University Brainerd Area Alumni at the Roundhouse Brewery on Thurs. June 13th for an evening of fun as they say “Cheers To 100 Years”…and get a tour of the Northern Pacific Center & Brewery. THIS IS A NEW LOCATION (previously scheduled to be at Gull Dam Brewery in Nisswa).  The event will run from 5:00-7:00.  Meet other BSU alumni in the area, learn more about upcoming events and connections.  Guests are welcome and there will be door prizes.  For more info, email

The Brainerd Elks Lodge #615 proudly presents:  The American Flag Day Ceremony on Fri. June 14th at 4:00.  All are welcome to attend the ceremony that will take place just east of the Historic Court House at the All Veterans Memorial.

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood will host its annual Beer & Bacon Bonanza on Fri. and Sat. June 14th and 15th.   On Friday, at 5:00, enjoy the live pig races (Leader) for just $5 for adults… $2 for kids…then enjoy a special Moonlight Movie Night showing of “Footloose” (rated PG) at 9:00.  The movie (in honor of Kevin Bacon…lol!) is free and open to the public.  Then on Saturday from 2:00-4:00, enjoy the free Beer & Bacon Games:  pork belly flop contest, the Mr. Bacon Beauty Pageant and the Beer and Bacon Mile Relay.  From 4:00-6:00, take part in Craft Beer tasting ($15) and a PIGnic from 6:00-7:00 ($25/adults…$15 for children 12 and under… free for 5 and under).  Then enjoy the Tail Gunners in concert starting at 7:00 for just $5.  For more info, visit 

Join the fun at the Camp Classic Mariucci Fiesta in support of Camp Confidence on Fri. June 14th from 5:30-8:30 at the camp in East Gull Lake.  Free food will be prepared by the Noon Sertoman Club and will also feature a live and silent auction with nearly 300 items.  For more info, visit  Proceeds will benefit the campers at Camp Confidence.




The Little Falls/Morrison County Airport will host a fly-in/drive-in pancake breakfast on Sat. June 15th from 7:00-11:00am.  As part of the Little Falls Dam Festival, this will serve as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County.  A Breakfast of French toast and sausage will cost $8 for adults… $5 for kids 5-12…and free for kids under 5.  Funds raised will be used to help build Habitat for Humanity’s next house.  More info at 320-616-2084.

The 32nd Annual Whitefish Chain Classic Boat Show will be taking place on Sat. June 15th at Moonlite Bay in Crosslake.  Event opens at 9:00 and the show runs from 10:00 – 4:00.  Stop by and see a number of classic and classy boats on the docks in front of Moonlite Bay.  Enjoy food and drink specials.  The event is open to the public.

Aitkin County will present the Rivers & Lakes Fair on Sat. June 15th at Rippleside Elementary School from 9:00-2:00 and admission is free!  See a bald eagle from Raptors of Minnesota, learn more about dragonflies and see a number of exhibits and programs.  The Lake Superior Zoomobile will be there from 10:00-1;00 and you can even build a bluebird or bat house!  Food will be available for sale.  Great fun for kids of all ages.  For more info, visit

Celebrate Father’s Day and the Arts on Sat. June 15th at Crosslake Lutheran Church.  The theme is “This Is My Father’s World.”  Music, art and refreshments will be on hand.  All are welcome.



6/17 – 6/23


Join the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and its members as they present the 12th Annual Sporting Clays Summer Fling on Tues. June 18th at Hunts Point Gun Club west of Pequot Lakes from 12:00-5:00.  The cost starts at $75 for an individual with $10 mulligans “for sale.”  Bring your own shotgun or rent one from Hunts Point.  Registration starts at noon with the shotgun start at 1:00.  Register online at 

Your friends at Bethany Good Samaritan in Brainerd will be hosting their Bethany Brat Sale Fundraiser on Thurs. June 20th from 10:00 – 2:00 (or until they are gone).  The brats, with all the fixings, potato salad and a beverage, will be sold for $5 each and will be for sale in the GSS-Bethany Community Room at 804 Wright Street in Brainerd.  Delivery of 10 or more is available by calling 825-2505.  Proceeds will benefit GSS-Bethany.


Play for Patrick, a free cardiac screening for student athletes ages 14 to 18, is being hosted by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and The Play for Patrick Foundation at Eagle View Elementary School in Pequot Lakes on Thurs., June 20, beginning at 12:00.  The event is being held in memory of Patrick Schoonover who in 2014 collapsed on the ice after scoring a goal at a Brainerd hockey tournament. First responders were unable to revive him and it was later determined Schoonover had numerous defects that caused his early death. His heart condition was never detected during exams or physicals.  The screening includes family health history, height and weight, blood pressure, EKG, echocardiogram and discussion with a physician. The screening will also include hands-only CPR and AED training in which parents are encouraged to participate.  You must register in advance online at

It’s time for the Destination Downtown Launch Party on Thurs. June 20th from 4:00-5:30 at the Downtown Brainerd Mall at 217 South 7th Street in Brainerd.  This will be the kickoff as local entrepreneurs get ready to vie for the opportunity to become part of Downtown Brainerd’s epic comeback story.  2019 marks the final year for the Destination Downtown Business Challenge, so this will be the biggest competition to date.  For more information, visit

The public is invited to an Outdoor Movie Night at Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes on Fri. June 21st from 8:30-11:00.  The movie title will be revealed on Facebook after clues are given and the public can GUESS the film.  The movie will be family-friendly, either way.


Gather your family and friends for Outdoor Movie Night at the Crosslake Army Corp of Engineers Campground on Fri. June 21st starting at 9:30pm.  “Wreck It Ralph” will be shown and the movie is free to attend.  There will also be complimentary water and kettle corn.  Bring a chair or blanket and get ready for a great evening and a free movie!


Here comes another wonderful year of Dawson's Ride (motorcycle)… on Sat. June 22nd. This year, they will be starting out at The Landing in Aitkin. At 9:00 AM, pre-registration and pre-dinner orders start. $20.00 for rider and $5.00 per passenger. That also includes the meal. There are three stops on the ride. After leaving from The Landing, the first stop will be Knuckleheads in Hill City. Our second stop will be The Pub in Remer. Our third stop will be the Cedar Chest in Crosslake. The final stop will be at The Bridge Tavern in Crosby where there will be an after party. Dinner will be brisket sandwiches, coleslaw and beans. There will also be a bike show. Music will be provided.  There will be a silent auction and a raffle.  All proceeds will be donated to the Hennepin Health Foundation and will benefit children and their families in the trauma centers.  For more info, visit Facebook and search Dawson’s Ride. 


Join the Northland Arboretum on Sun. June 23rd for the Summer Solstice Arts Festival.  The festival will run from 10:00-4:30 at the Northland Arboretum and will feature juried art, music, food and old-time trade demonstrations.  This is the way to kick off summer with the whole family.  It is free and open to the public. 

The 5th Annual Rally For Shriners Kids will take place on Sun. June 23rd at the Brainerd American Legion on Front Street.  Join the Shriners for a motorcycle ride in the lakes area to support Shriners Healthcare for Children – Twin Cities.  Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Letion from 8:00-12:00 for $8 per person.  Registration for the ride will be from 8:30-11:30.  Following a short meeting, it’s “Kickstands UP” at 12:00.  The donation to ride is $20 per Bike, $10 per passenger.  The donation includes a wrist ban for pit stop raffles and meal upon return.  Man and bucket raffles after the ride, also.  Meal is open to the public for a good will offering. for more.

6/24 – 6/30


A reminder that the Youth On Stage Open Mic event will be held on Mon. June 24th from 6:30-8:30 at the Brainerd Eagles Club.  If you would like to perform your talent (singing, instrument playing, poetry, talent, etc), please sign up now at  You must register to perform.  All who perform receive a free cheeseburger and fries as well as the chance to win prizes.  The Open Mic events were created as on off-shoot of the Mark Monson Rock Music Camp and sponsored by the Elks.
Join the Brainerd Lakes Chamber for another Business After Hours on Tues. June 25th  at The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd/Baxter.   Business After Hours runs from 4:30 to 6:30 and guests are encouraged to bring their business cards, be ready to network, have fun, learn more about this chamber business and maybe win a prize!

The public is invited to “Summer Songs & Celebrations” concert hosted by Scott Lykins & John Taylor Ward (from the Lakes Area Music Festival) – along with special guest Ukulili at the Luminary Fern at the NP Center on Wed. June 26th starting at 6:00.  The concert will feature hearty appetizers and a cash bar and guests could win a vacation dream trip to the destination for your choice, including air and hotel!  Tickets to the event are $50 per person ($30 tax deductible) and students is just $15.  The 100 raffle tickets for the chance at the trip are $100.  The event will benefit the critical work done by WeARE in the community (Advocates for Reproductive Education)  RSVP and buy raffle tickets at

Central Lakes College’s Performing Arts presents “The Sunshine Boys” (with Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark) Tues. June 25th –Fri. June 28th (and again Mon – Wed. July 1-3) at the Chalberg Theater at CLC in Brainerd.  All shows are at 7:30.  Celebrating 50 years of community theater, the show will feather 1969 ticket prices… $2 for adults…. $1 for those under 18 (service fees will apply to online ticket purchases.)  Get your tickets online at or call 855-8199.

Join the Lakes Area Music Festival for the Summer Solstice at St. Mathias on Fri. June 28th at 6:00.  The fundraiser for youth education will celebrate the coming of summer and another summer of music.  Enjoy raffles, auction and a 7:00 dinner.  Tickets are $75 until June 17th… they will be $85 after that.  Get tickets online at

Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association will host a garage/rummage sale on Fri. June 28th from 8:00-5:00 and on Sat. June 29th from 8:00-2:00.  Stop by the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes during the sale and find some great deals, plus you can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win $10,000.  Fun games and giveaways will be part of the 2-day sale, as well.  NLYHA is a non-profit 501(c)(3), volunteer-driven organization serving 250 players across the school districts and communities of Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton, Crosslake, Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus. 


The 20th Annual Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure will take place on Sat. June 29th at the Pequot Lakes High School.  Registration is open on-line – google Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure for information, events, donations, and get registered as an individual or form a team.  Get your friends, family, church group or co-workers together to raise funds, bring awareness, celebrate cancer survivors and honor those who have lost their battle to the disease. 

Kinship of the Perham Area is sponsoring the 16th Annual Average Jo Traithalon on Sat. June 29th beginning at 8:30.  Registration is at Paul Miller Park and the course includes a 1/3 mile swim on Little Pine Lake, a 12 mile bike ride around Little Pine Lake and a 4 mile run back to Paul Miller Park.  Register online at or contact the Kinship Office at 218-326-2267.

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony and learn more about the impacts of general aviation within the Brainerd Lakes Region at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport on Sat. June 29th starting at 10:00.  Event activities will be held at the new General Aviation Terminal located at 16384 Airport Road.  The event is free and all are welcome.

Everyone is invited to the Fifty Lakes Family Fun Day on Sat. June 29th with all events being held in the 50 Lakes Bar parking lot and pavilion.  Enjoy games all day, contests (frozen t-shirt and corn eating), crafts, vendors, food, a helicopter demo and live music by Katie Ziegler and Lisa Wenger.  For more info, contact the Fifty Lakes Bar & Bottle Shop or the City of Fifty Lakes.


The Aitkin Flyers, EAA Chapter 965, will host their annual Fly-In and Wild Rice Pancake Breakfast on Sun. June 30th from 8:00-2:00 at the Aitkin Municipal Airport in Aitkin.  There will be Emergency medical aircraft, vintage airplanes, classic cars, antique tractors, mototcycles, guest speakers, kids events, air rides and more.  Breakfast is $8 for adults… $4 for kids under 12.  Proceeds are used to support the Aitkin Flyers activities and a scholarship fund.  With questions, email .