JUNE 12 – JUNE 25

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:
     June 13             12:00-5:00    Brainerd High School
     June 13                12:00-6:00    Faith Lutheran Church in Staples
     June 15             8:00-2:00      Camp Ripley Armory in Little Falls
     June 15             1:00-7:00      Light of the Cross Church in Garrison

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:

      June 20    10:00-12:00 & 1-2:30  Pillager Family Resource Center
      June 27
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. 
     July 8         Solar Printing
     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 United Way of Crow Wing & Southern Cass Counties is looking for volunteers for Operation Sandwich which will get underway this summer while school is not in session.  Volunteers are needed to make and pack the lunches that will be distributed to kids at various locations around the Brainerd and Baxter areas.  They also need people to deliver the meals to the kids throughout the summer.  For more information on Operation Sandwich and how and when you can volunteer, log on to and click on the Operation Sandwich link. 

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 – including a NEW LOCATION!  The Farmer’s Markets will now be held Fridays at the Viking Land Harley Davidson parking lot (instead of Gander Mt.) from 8:00am to 12:30pm....and on Tuesday’s at the Franklin Arts Center Parking Lot from 8:00am -12:30pm.  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 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

The 18th Annual Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure will take place on Sat. July 8th at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.  Participants can choose to Run in the 5K, or Walk in a 5K or 1 Mile course.  Participants will receive a commemorative T-Shirt and be eligible to win prizes.  Those who cannot participate can enter as a Spirit Runner and still support the cause and get a t-shirt.  In addition, Kiwanis sponsors a Kids For The Cure race for kids ages 2-10.  Entry fees for the event are $30 for Adult Runners…. $20 for Kid Runners…. $25 for Adult Walkers….$15 for Kid Walkers.  To register or for more information, log on to  

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, June 7th 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:

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month.  The Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART) is observing it by drastically dropping their cat adoption prices to $50 unless marked otherwise. All of these cats are distemper vaccinated and have been given a flea preventative, most are even fixed! This promotion will only last for the month of June so hurry in and find your furry friend now! If the cat is not spayed or at the time of adoption a $50.00 deposit will be required. This deposit is refundable when cat is spayed or neutered.  For more info:
6/12 – 6/18
If you've been looking for a friendly, casual way to find out more about becoming a Lion, your wish has come true. The next Bay Lake Area Lions meeting will be a picnic with outdoor food and the same friendly Lions you've heard are involved with this amazing group. The meeting will Tues. June 13th at the BLAL Building on Highway 6 a mile north of Ruttgers and will also include induction of next year's officers. Be there at 5:30pm for a casual, friendly social followed shortly by tasty food. The Bay Lake Area Lions are dedicated to building strong communities in Central Minnesota. Forr more information, call 678-9090.

The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS in conjunction with the Crosslakers is hosting a Walkability Workshop and Walk Audit on Tues. June 13th from 9:00 to 2:30.    A walkable community is a healthy, thriving place in which people of all ages and abilities can get where they need and want to go on a daily basis. The purpose of the workshop is to make Crosslake a more walkable community through healthier streets.   Please wear comfortable clothes, and be prepared for changeable weather (umbrella, sunglasses, etc.). After the walk audit they will serve lunch and discuss the collective findings. They hope you will join them, for part or all of the day, and work with the other participants to make Crosslake a more walkable community.

The Brainerd High School Key Club will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive at Brainerd High School on Tues. June 13 from 12-5pm.  The drive will be inside the school’s cafeteria.  You are asked to sign up online at and enter “Brainerd High School”

Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 will present a Flag Day Ceremony on Wed. June 14th at 4:00pm next to the Historic Court House Building in Brainerd.  A reception will follow the ceremony at the Elks Lodge at 215 South 9th Street in Brainerd.  (( In 1949, President Harry Truman signed legislation designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.  Though it is not considered a Federal Holiday, the U.S. Government encourages its citizens to display Old Glory outside of their homes and businesses on this day.))

Motorists who travel on Highway 371 between Nisswa and Jenkins are invited to an Open House, especially if you have questions about the project.  Join the Minnesota Department of Transportation, along with other vendors, at the Pequot Lakes Market in the Park in downtown Pequot Lakes Trailside Park, Thurs. June 15th  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   They’ll have project staff on hand with informational displays. They also hope to have a number of heavy equipment pieces on hand for display.

Organizers of the Good Sam Bowl are hosting the Good Sam Jam on Thurs. June 15th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Dennis Drummond Wine Company on Highway 25 & Thiesse Road.  Enjoy performances by Diane Saumer & Friends, The Don Turcotte Band, Brendan Flynn and Andy Fischer.  Cake and refreshments will be served and a free will offering will be collected. 

The Crow Wing County Historical Society and Museum celebrates the museum building turning 100 this year with a Centennial Celebration!  The Museum was once the Crow Wing County jail and Sheriff’s residence built in 1917.  The Historical Society has been keeping tabs on Crow Wing County’s history, using the building since 1983.  The birthday celebration will be Fri. June 16th from 2:00-4:30 pm at the Museum.  There will be a short ceremony at 2:30pm.   Come for some cake and refreshments, exhibits and meet Sheriff’s from both past and present.  The Crow Wing County Historical Society and Museum is located at 320 Laurel Street in Brainerd right next to the Historic Courthouse.

It’s time for the Pine River-Backus Area Relay for Life and the community is invited to swing by Fri. June 16th any time after 5:00pm to enjoy food and bid on silent auction items while kids play games.  Guests are also invited to stay for the opening ceremony at 7:00pm as they recognize and honor cancer survivors.  Any and all cancer survivors are encouraged to register for this recognition between 6 and 7pm.  The opening ceremony will be held at the Pine River-Backus High School Track & Field.  It the weather is questionable, the event will be held inside the school.  For more information, contact Tina at 568-6084.  Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

It’s time for the 2017 Little Falls Dam Festival Fri. & Sat. June 16 & 17 at Maple Island Park!  Friday, starting at 5pm, take in the beer garden and food from area vendors.  From 7-11pm, enjoy music by the Levi Pelzer Band.  On Saturday, there will be fun for the whole family… including inflatables, a petting zoo, turtle races, plus 3 BMX Biker shows, a parade, BINGO and artisans!  Music Saturday from 8-Mid will be Diamond Back!  Fireworks, too!  For more information, log on to


The Confidence Learning Center is set to host its annual Golf & Fishing Classic on Fri. and Sat. June 16th and 17th. 
ON FRIDAY, the 16th….,
     The (SOLD OUT)  44th Annual 18-Hole Golf Classic will be held at Maddens Classic Golf Course with a shotgun start at 1:15pm.   
     In addition, there will be a 5th Annual 9-Hole Scramble Friday at Maddens West with a shotgun start at 3:30pm.  Registration is still available for the 9-Hole Scramble.  The cost is $200 per team. 
     At 6:00pm, the public is invited to Sertoma’s Mariucci Fiesta that will be held at camp at the John Mariucci Lodge.  
On Saturday, the 17th
    The 34th Annual Camp Confidence Fishing Classic will take place in Madden’s Lagoon from 8:00 to 2:00.  Fish with some of MN’s greatest fishing guides.  The cost is $200 per participant OR $400 for a team of three with their own boat.  MUST PRE-REGISTER at  The cost to participate includes breakfast, Subway lunch, awards and a shore lunch to wrap up the day. 

Attention runners!  The 4K Run Through The Woods event is coming to Nisswa on Sat. June 17th.  Registration will start at 8am with the run starting at 10:00.  The run start near Highway 371 just south of Sportland Corner’s Holiday Gas Station.  The entry fee (which includes a t-shirt) is $30.  Ages 12 and under are free!  1st Place for Male and Female will each receive a $300 Fleet Farm Gift Card.  Other awards and prizes will be given out as well.  The proceeds from the Run Through The Woods will go to the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation which supports the projects and activities designed to honor America’s law enforcement officers, foster community involvement, and provide aid to families of officers who become ill or give the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  Find out more on Facebook at FOP4K…and register at


St. Vincent de Paul is holding a rummage and bake sale fundraiser on Sat. June 17 from 8:00am to 3:00pm in the St. Alice Education building garage, across the street from St. Alice Catholic Church in Pequot Lakes.  All the funds raised from the sales will go to help those in need in the community.

The public is invited to enjoy Music In The Park on Sun. June 18th at the Salem Lutheran Church in Longville.  The guitar and fiddle duo “Pushing Chain” will perform in the church gazebo from 5:00-7:00pm.  Boyd Blomberg & Adam Moe are from Minnesota’s North Shore and feature an Americana roots sound, including country, jazz, blues, folk and familiar songs.  The event will take place rain or shine.  Admission is free and there is plenty of parking.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.  The church is at 1340 County Road 5 in Longville.


The Sons of the American Legion, Pequot Lakes, will host a Gourmet Omelet Breakfast on Sun. 18.  The breakfast will be served at the Pequot Lakes American Legion on Main Street from 8:00am to 12:00 noon.  $10 for adults… $5 for kids 10 and under.

6/19 – 6/25

The 1st Annual Hog Roast to support the Crow Wing County Drug Court will be held on Mon. June 19th from 11am to 2pm on the East Lawn of the Crow Wing County Judicial Center.  The roast will feature Big Bob’s Backyard BBQ and includes the sandwich, beverage, chips and a side – all for only $6.  Call In orders will be accepted at 218-831-8438.  The event is sponsored by Brainerd Community Action.

An Evening in Black & White Wine & Beer tasting dinner fundraiser will be held on Thurs. June 22nd at the Linden Hill Grounds in Little Falls.  The event will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased at the LF Convention & Visitors Bureau, Horizon Health, Linden Hill, Pine Country Bank and West Side Liquor.  The proceeds from the event will benefit Linden Hill and The United Way of Morrison County. 

The Crossing Arts Alliance announces Summer Solstice Celebration and Dance with “Rockin’ Hill” on Thurs. June 22nd at the Nisswa Community Center.  The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and appetizers will be served – cash bar available too.  The cost is $15 and all proceeds benefit the Crossing Arts Alliance.  Purchase tickets at the door or online at  With questions, call 218-833-0416.

The 34th Annual Brainerd Sports Boosters Golf Tournament will be held on Fri. June 23rd at The Preserve Golf Course at Grand View.  Five-person teams can register for $625 (or $125/player).  Registration includes green fee, 2 carts, lunch prior to the start, beverage tickets and a buffet after the round.  For more info, contact Eric at 218-8523 or to register, log on to  Proceeds benefit Brainerd area youth athletics.

The Pine River Duck Races will start their season on Fri. June 23rd at the Pine River Dam.  Registration will be every Friday, then (through Aug. 18), 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 event Manna for Malawi will be held on Sun. June 25th at The Woodtick Inn in downtown Cuyuna from 4 to 8pm.  The event will feature the Lamont Cranston Band and Gravel Roads.  A free will offering will be collected as a fundraiser for the Malawi Orphan Care Project in Malawi, Africa. 


The 3rd Annual Rally 4 Shriners Kidz will be taking place on Sun. June 25th starting and ending at the Brainerd American Legion on Front Street.  You are invited to participate in the 100+ Mile Motorcycle Ride and Car Show.  To ride a motorcycle, the donation will be $20/bike and $10/a passenger.  If you would like to drive a CAR on the run, the donation minimum is $20/car and $10/any&all passengers.  The donations include a wrist band for pit stop raffles and a meal coupon upon return.  Registration for the ride will run from 8;30 to 11:30 and will coincide with The Car Show in downtown Brainerd  from 8:30-11:30 with a $5 admission.  Awards will be given out at 11:30 and then it’s Kick Stands UP at noon. The proceeds from the event will help support the Shriners Hospital for Children.  ((The American Legion will be serving an all you can eat breakfast earlier in the day from 8am to 12:00 for $8/person.))  For more information, call the Legion at 218-820-4728.