July 17- July 30

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:

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:

            Tues. July 18  10-12 & 1-2:30                        Pillager Family Center              
For more information, call 218-547-1340 ext. 246

The Second Saturdays, the Crossing Arts Alliance has art events for kids at the        Franklin Arts Center.  Cost is $3 per child/$5 per family.  Recommended for ages 5-12, but all welcome with adult supervision.  Classes run from 10:00 a.m. til Noon. 
     Aug 12       “Mondrain with Music” Acrylic paiting
     Sept 9        Yarn Paintings
     Oct 14        Arty Party..papel picado, paper flowers, sugar skulls, Mini Nichos
     Nov 11       Creative Movement with Vespertine Tribal
     Dec 9          Winter Dreams with TyAnne Rezak
For more info., go to or call 833-0416.

The Nisswa Farmers Market is up and running every Thursday through the summer in the parking lot of the Nisswa American Legion from 8am to 12:30pm.  Stop by and purchase bedding plants, like tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, flowers, hanging baskets and more.  You’ll also find honey, honey sticks, maple syrup, fresh eggs, lotions, lip balms, embroidered products, pork and more.

The Lakes Area Growers Market announces its annual Famers Markets in Brainerd and Baxter!  The Farmer’s Markets are held on Tuesdays at the Franklin Arts Center Parking Lot from 8:00am -12:30pm and on Fridays at the Viking Land Harley Davidson parking lot from 8:00am to 12:30pm....and Fresh produce, jams, jellies, eggs, baked goods, plants, flowers, crafts and more… all for sale by our area farmers.

The Pine River Farmers Market season is up and running at the Pine River Market Square.  Join them Friday afternoons from 2:30-5:30pm to find a wide variety of tasty treats and goods, including breads and baked goods, canned foods like honey, jams/jellies and Mustard, Greens, Plants, Eggs, Meat, jewelry, soaps …

The Cuyuna Range Farmers Market invites everyone to come enjoy locally produced arts and foods every Saturday from July 1st to October 14th.   The market will be open Saturdays from 9am to 12pm at the Main Street Plaza on Cross Ave South and West Main St. in Crosby.

The city of Longville will host its weekly Turtle Races every Wednesday now through August 23rd in downtown Longville.  Enjoy games and contests along with the turtle racing.  Registration starts at 1:00, racing starts at 2:00.  $3 to race a turtle!  More information at

It’s time for the 53rd Annual Nisswa Turtle Races!  Held every Wednesday afternoon in the summer, now through August 16th!  This annual tradition is FUN for all ages!  Rent a turtle for $4 and race...  turtles are provided, and you'll get to race in the regular heat races; as well as participate in the specialty races...resort race, tiny tots, grandparents, out of state/country, and locals races.  Registration starts at 1:00…racing starts at 2:00 at the turtle track in downtown Nisswa.  For more info:

The Pine River Duck Races are taking place every Friday afternoon (through Aug. 18) at the Pine River Dam.  Registration will be every Friday afternoon starting at 1:45 with the first flight taking off at 2:00.  The races are co-sponsored and used as a fundraiser for the Pine River Chamber of Commerce and the Riverview Church Youth Group.  Rent ducks and race them for only $1 and possibly win prizes!  For more info, call 218-587-4000.

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Business Excellence Award and the 2017 Business Legacy Award.  The Business EXCELLENCE Award shines a spotlight on one chamber business that displays the Chamber’s values in leadership, workforce, innovation and community. The Business LEGACY Award recognizes and honors an individual who has achieved exceptional business success in his or her lifetime.  The nomination deadline for both awards is Friday, July 21st at 4:30pm.  For more information and/or a nomination form, log on to or call Sue at 218-822-7119. (( The Celebration of Excellence will be held Nov. 16 at Craguns. ))

The 2017 Lakes Area Walk To End Alzheimer’s is coming up on Sat. Sept. 23rd at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.  Teams are being encouraged to register NOW and start raising funds.  The goal for this year’s walk is $120,000 (last year, it raised just under $100,000).  Get more information and register your team at

Crosslake Lutheran Church is hosting a monthly caregiver support group on the Third Thursday of each month from 10:30-12:00 each day.  The group meets at Crosslake Lutheran Church and is open to anyone who provides care for a loved one.  The group is facilitated by lay leaders and will also include educational sessions on topics of interest.  Call 218-692-3682

Do you have a business dream?  Well, here is your $50,000 chance of a lifetime to get that business up and running in Brainerd.  The Brainerd Lakes Chamber, along with a number of partners, is sponsoring Destination Downtown – Brainerd Business Challenge.  It’s a one-time, one-of-a-kind competition to launch the next great business in downtown Brainerd.  With a prize package worth over $50,000, the Business Challenge will provide an awesome advantage to entrepreneurs in the zone called “Opportunity Square.”  To learn more about the contest, log on to  The final day to enter the contest is Friday, July 28th.

It’s time for Cat-mas in the Summer!  During the summer months, the Heartland Animal Rescue Team got bombarded with cats and kittens looking for a place to call home.  HART is introducing their lower adoption fees for the months of July and August in hopes of finding homes for all of the felines.  All adoption fees will be reduced to $50 for everyone.  If the cat is not fixed, there will be a $50 spay/neuter deposit that is refundable with proof of surgery.  Call HART or log on to for more info.


This is an AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DONATION ALERT!  The Red Cross is facing 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 red-cross-blood-dot-org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment.


Register NOW for the 28th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament & Fundraiser that will be held Wed. Aug. 26th at Cragun’s Legacy Courses!  Register your team of 5 golfers for just $700.  Registration includes breakfast, full-use of nine-hole putting green and driving range, lunch, chances to win prizes and great networking opportunities.  New this year, too, is the option to play FOOTGOLF.  Register for Footgolf as an individual or a team of up to six players ($300/team).  Register at or call Sue at 218-822-7119.  Hole Sponsorships available!


7/17 – 7/23

If you missed it last week, then plan to attend a performance of “Legally Blonde, The Musical” THIS WEEK at the Pequot Lakes High School Theater!  Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Tues. and Wed. July 18th and 19th.  Tickets are $14 for adults….$12 for seniors (60+) .… and $10 for Youth (18 & under).  Call Pequot Lakes Community Education to reserve your tickets… 218-568-9200 or go to for tickets and details.  The play is presented by the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts. 

Mark your calendars to attend Music in the Park at the City of Baxter’s Oscar Kristofferson Park pavilion on Wed. July 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  A free concert put on by the talented artistic directors of the Lakes Area Music Festival: John Taylor Ward Scott Lykins. The duo will present an evening of live music, outdoors, including selections from the classical and opera repertoire as well as popular songs from the Great American Songbook.


The Tri-County Community Action Partnership presents “Wild About Head Start” on Thurs. July 20th at the TCCAP Brainerd Head Start in Brainerd.  Enjoy free games, art, face painting, music, dancing and more! Plus learn more about Head Start, TCCAP Preschool and Community Services! The event will be in the parking lot at 2410 Oak Street near the Pine Street Entrance.  They are also looking to fill a number of full day opening sessions for ages 3 to 5.  Get to the event to learn more!

It’s time for Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota!  Rock out with music from Vince Neil, Peter Frampton, LIVE, Melissa Etheridge, The Steve Miller Band and MORE!  The Jam runs Thurs. July 20-Sat. July 22nd.  For tickets and camping information, log on to

It’s time for the 22nd Annual Garrison Play Days in beautiful Garrison, Minnesota!  The action gets underway on Fri. July 21st and runs through Sun. Aug. 23rd.  Events during the weekend include a golf tournament, a community dinner, medallion hunt, a Bass Fishing Tourney, a Kids Zone and parade!  For a list of events, times and locations, find Garrison Play Days Festival on Facebook!  (Jocks…see in-studio flyer for more info.)

Join the United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties as they celebrate and increase awareness about the local Imagination Library!  The public is invited to celebrate from 10:30-12pm on Sat. July 22nd at the Gazebo in downtown Nisswa.  (if weather is inclement, it will move inside Nisswa Elementary School from 11am-12pm).  The Llama Llama Read-O-Rama will include book readings by local celebrities, a visit from a live llama (weather permitting), family and children’s yoga and activities, as well as door prizes and drawings for those who choose to sponsor a child through Imagination Library.  More info can be found at or by calling 218-829-2619.

The Merrifield Lions will host its fundraiser Park Fest Car & Bike Show from 10:00-2:00 on Sat. July 22nd.  Car & Bike registration starts at 8:30 and it’s just $10 to enter a vehicle.  $1,000 in prizes will be raffled off as the show is part of Park Fest which runs from 9:00 to 4:00 and takes place 7 miles north of Brainerd on County Road 3.  Enjoy pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, hot dogs, root beer floats and more!  Sponsored by the Iron Order Motorcycle Club. 

St. Rita’s Parish in Hillman invites the public to a Bazaar on Sun. July 23rd following the 10:00am Mass.  Enjoy a homemade chicken and ham dinner from 11:00-2:00 for only $10 for adults…$5 for kids 12 and under.  There will be an auction and grand raffle.  Plus take part in Bingo and a Sportsman’s Raffle!  Hamburger stand, country store, ice cream, bake sale, cake walk, pull-tabs, beer garden and kids games!  For more information, call 320-277-3807.

The public is invited to Music in the Park hosted by Salem Lutheran Church in Longville on Sun. July 23rd.  This time, enjoy the sounds of Sam Miltich & The Clearwater Hot Club Jazz Band.  Admission is free.  The event, which happens rain or shine, is held in the Church’s outdoor gazebo.  Bring your own lawn chair, blanket and picnic basket!


7/24 – 7/30


The 6th Annual Gull Chain of Lakes Association Gala will be hld on Mon. July 24th at the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.  The event is the Lake Association’s primary fundraiser to support the year-round work of the organization.  The event starts at 5:00 with a reception and silent auction, followed by entertainment (musical group “Dos Guys”) and dinner at 6:30.  Tickets for the Gala are $45 per person and available at  There are also one-hundred $100 raffle tickets being sold for a chance to win a trip for two to either Italy, Croatia/Slovenia, or the Greek Islands. Contact a GCOLA board member to purchase raffle tickets. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation
is inviting the public to an Open House to learn more about the South Sixth Street Project.  The Open House will be held at Brainerd City Hall on Tues. July 25th from 6:30-8:30pm, with a short presentation at 7pm.  Guests will learn more about the upcoming Highway 371B/South Sixth Street construction project between Highway 210 and Joseph St. in Brainerd, including the construction staging and detour plans.  For more information or to sign-up for project email updates, log on to

Our Lady of the Lakes 9th Annual Rhubarb Fest
is taking place Fri. & Sat. July 28 & 29th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River.  The event runs from 9:00 – 3:00 both days and will feature Rhubarb everything!  Cookbooks, pies and mini pies, baked goods, craft items, and MORE!  Enjoy pulled pork in a bowl, rhubarb pie by the slice, ice cream and drinks! 

The 2nd Annual “Because of Brandon” fundraiser will be held on Sat. July 29th at the Crosby Bar & Grill starting at 3:30 pm.  Brandon Houge, of Ironton, died at the age of 26 from complications from diabetes and his family started this fundraiser and awareness campaign last year.  With the help of CRMC in Crosby, the event will help raise funds to send children to a youth diabetes camp, help with patient travel expenses and educational events.  The benefit for the CRMC Diabetes Education Department will feature wine and beer tasting, a silent auction, barbecue, raffles and a street dance.  Raffle prizes include a 2017 Arctic Cat 400 Altera ATV, a Canadian Fishing Vacation and a Ruttgers weekend package.  The $10 Raffle tickets are available at CRMC, The Crosby Bar & Grill, Culvers in Baxter, Barstock Liquors, Mid-MN-Federal Credit Union, Deerwood Bank, The Town Tavern and Unity Bank.  For more info on the event, visit or call 545-4447.

Brainerd High School Theater group
will be performing Henrik Ibsen’s dramatic play “A Doll’s House” July 27-29 at 7:00pm…and Sun. July 30th at 2:00pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the door an hour prior to the show.  Adults are $7….students are $5.  All performances will be held at the Little Theater at BHS.

The public is invited to a Free Water Ski Show at Lum Park on Sun. July 30th at 5:00 pm hosted by the Brainerd Ski Loons!  Enjoy watching them perform human ski pyramids, ski jumps, barefoot skiing and skiers being pulled 360-degrees around the boat!  The event is fun for the whole family.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.  Concessions available. For more info, visit or find them on Facebook.