Sept. 12 issue Calendar items

Food distribution 

Ruby’s Pantry food distribution is held the second Saturday of the Month at 39404 Grand Ave. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and distribution starts at 10 a.m. and ends approximately at 11:30 a.m. They request a $15 donation.

North Branch Farmers’ Market 

North Branch Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays July through October, 8 a.m. to noon at the Lake State Federal Credit Union parking lot on 8th ave & Main St. Call 651-674-7624 for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous 

Overeaters Anonymous meetings held every Friday at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 5459 E. Viking Blvd., Wyoming. No dues, fees, or weigh-ins. Call Anne at 651-674-1729.

Faith conversation Sept. 12

The community is invited to a faith conversation on the marriage amendment on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., in the Community Center of Maple Commons, 38794 6th Ave. in North Branch. You are encouraged to attend this session to participate in a civil discussion and training on this issue of limiting who can marry that will be on the ballot this fall. This event is sponsored by Minnesotans United for all Families. For more information call Bob Walz at (651) 674-2587 or Sabrina Mauritz at (612) 460-7182.

Almelund Seniors

Almelund Seniors will meet at the Amador Town Hall on Friday, Sept. 14 for a potluck dinner at noon. There will be music and cards for all to enjoy in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome.

Almelund Apple Festival set for Sept. 16

The 19th annual Almelund Apple Festival is set for Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. at the Amador School House Heritage Center and Swedish Immigrant Log Farm in Almelund. Your help is needed: art/craft/produce booth space available; call Diane at 651-583-2295 for details. Can you demonstrate an old time craft? Can you donate two hours of your time? Silent auction donations sought. Please call or text Lin at 651-269-3580. All proceeds go toward the Immigrant Log Farm project and the Heritage Center.

Fundraiser for Habitat Sept. 16

A fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rush City from 7-11 a.m.  All you-can-eat pancakes, eggs and sausage will be served, as well as juice, milk and coffee.  Freewill donation. Breakfast is hosted by Thrivent Builds and sponsored by the Chisago County Chapter of Thrivent Financial. First Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 1000 So. Jay Ave in Rush City.

Harris Legion meets Sept. 18

Harris American Legion Post #139 and Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris American Legion Hall.  A light lunch will be served following the meetings.



Vennelag 1-546 meets Sept. 18 

Vennelag 1-546, Sons of Norway, will meet Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Lindstrom Community Center.

Jack Pearson, award-winning Minnesota folk musician and storyteller, will perform Scandinavian tales and tunes.

Refreshments will be served by hosts for the evening, Alma and Michas Ohnstad, and Shirley and Ted Wariakois.

Guests are always welcome at Vennelag 1-546 meetings and new members, who are interested in keeping our Norwegian Heritage alive, are welcome.

Norwegian trio performs at NB senior center

Geitungen, a trio of award winning folk musicians from Norway will give a concert at the Chisago County Senior Center in North Branch Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. We R Able, a program for adults with disabilities, sponsors this concert.  Donations are cheerfully accepted, and refreshments follow the concert.

ECRL and East Central Community Education present Divas Through the Decades!

Divas Through the Decades is a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists from the 40s through today. Take a journey through time experiencing these artist’s great contribution to American music. Divas Through the Decades complete with live band will be at the East Central School Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. This program is open to public. Everyone is welcome.

RC Lions, fire department to hold gun raffle

Rush City Lions and Fire Department is holding a Gun Raffle and Spaghetti Banquet 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Chucker’s Bowl in Rush City. Raffle tickets are being sold by Lions members and by members of the fire Department – need not be present to win. Wide variety of firearms including rifles, shotguns, handguns, youth models and a bow will be raffled.  A cash option for each firearm is available.  Tickets will be sold up to the time of the drawing. Dinner tickets available at the door for $7 for adults (children 12 and under free). Check out the event on Facebook: Rush City Lions/Rush City Fire Dept.

NB Class of 1987 reunion is Sept. 22

The North Branch class of 1987 is having its class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the American Legion in North Branch at 7 p.m. If you are a 1987 NB classmate and did not receive information regarding the reunion, contact Tracy Ramberg Kress at [email protected]

7th Annual Jam at the Dam 

The 7th Annual Jam at the Dam is set for Saturday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m. until dark at Sunrise River Park, Sunrise, due to ongoing construction of the new bridge at Kost Dam Park. Brats, hot dogs, corn on the cob, lemonade, water and coffee will be provided – bring a potluck dish to share. Bring your acoustic instrument or just come to enjoy. There will be games, fishing contest, badminton, croquet and more. Bring your lawn chairs, your family and friends. food will be served at around 5. For more information, contact Vicki Wyss (651-583-2808) or Joyce Marienfeld (651-583-0831) or visit at


Franconia Sculpture Park celebration

Franconia Sculpture Park hosts its 16th Annual Art and Artists Celebration Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This all-day event serves as the gala opening for the new 2012 sculptures, offering a full day’s entertainment headlined this year by the foot-stomping, infectious music of 4ontheFloor. The event is free – parking is $5 per car, $10 after 6 p.m. Franconia Sculpture Park is accessible to all. Golf carts are available for those who require assistance. Franconia Sculpture Park is located at 29836 St. Croix Trail Franconia, Minn. For more information go to

Cravaack to headline annual
Reagan Day dinner 

Congressman Chip Cravaack will be the key note speaker at the Chisago County Republican Party 6th Annual Reagan Day Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 at Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Forest Lake. The dinner is hosted by the Chisago County Republican Party for Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians and Independents from across the state. Special guest, Peter Vodenko, who defected from behind the Iron Curtain in 1983 will speak about his experiences living under tyranny in the former Soviet Union. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 651-287-3700 or by email, [email protected]  Maranatha Church is located at 24799 Forest Blvd.

Pioneer Press food editor to speak at Fairview Auxiliary brunch

Eleanor Ostman, author and long-time food editor at the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, will be the featured speaker at the Fairview Lakes Auxiliary Fall Brunch, 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Wyoming United Methodist Church. Arrive early to view the Silent Auction items. A limited number of tickets are available for $12 and may be purchased in advance at the Auxiliary Gift Shop at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, at local Fairview Clinics, and at Yellow Bus and Carousel Hair Salon in Forest Lake. You may also reserve tickets in advance by calling Mary Ann at 651-464-8758.

PFLAG to host event in Isanti

East Central MN PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is hosting an event Saturday, Sept. 29, 2-4 p.m., at the Isanti Community Center. Featured will be a live theatre production of a short, 45-minute play which gives audiences a glimpse into the lives of gay and lesbian couples. Following the performance, a facilitated discussion on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment will take place. This event is free and open to the public.  The Isanti Community Center is located at 121 Norellus Street.  Go to, email [email protected], or call 320-272-0069, for more information.

N. Chisago Historical Society

North Chisago Historical Society will meet Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Rushseba Town Hall. Gwen Swenson of North Branch will give a presentation on the history of 4-H, with emphasis on Chisago County involvement. She has been a 4-H volunteer for 35 years. The November meeting will be on the 6th, at 7 p.m. at the North Branch Library. Guest speaker will be Marilyn McGriff.

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