Calendar week of 1-9

Volunteer reservists needed 

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting applications for volunteer reserve during the month of January. The qualifications along with an application can be found on the Chisago County website. No application will be looked at after Jan. 31, so get your applications in now. A reserve academy will ensue in the following months for the applicants who have been selected. Any questions, please contact Sgt. Tracy Armistead at 651-213-6317.

Attention Almelund seniors

Almelund seniors will meet Friday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. at Amador Town Hall. All are welcome to enjoy an afternoon of cards and social time.

PFLAG meeting

The East Central Minnesota Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet Jan. 13, 4:30 p.m., at Common Ground, the Cambridge United Methodist Church, 404 N. Cypress St. The discussion will include goals and directions for 2013.  Please note new time and location. Those with questions concerning PFLAG can call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

Chair dancing 

Dance and movement are the focus of a We R Able dance series at the Pine City Senior Center, 670 Main St. S., Jan. 16, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This program will continue every other week through May 1. The event is free, and donations are accepted. For more information call 320-358-1220.

Early childhood education and kindergarten open house 

The open house begins with a short presentation that gives attendees an overview of the school, followed by tours and an opportunity to meet the school faculty and staff.

•Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All-school open house

Preschool through grade 6

Attendees can stop by at any time during the open house for a personal tour and overview of the school, and an opportunity to meet the school faculty and staff.

•Feb. 8-May 31,

Open house Fridays

Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

Meet in the gym to begin a personal school-day tour of the school.

Chisago winter story times 

Encourage your children to become lifelong library users by attending Chisago Lakes Area Library’s “family and lap sit story times” this winter. Children ages 2 and under may come Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 9 to Feb. 27. Story time will educate children in reading, listening and learning skills. The story times will include stories, songs, and finger puppet plays, while teaching children that the library is a fun place to be. Call the library at 651-257-2817 for more information.



‘Hibernation’ kids program

Do bears really sleep for four months? Why do we see squirrels in the winter, but not turtles? Where do the frogs go? Come and discover the answers through stories, games and hands-on activities at North Branch Area Library Jan. 14, 2 to 3 p.m. Saint John’s Arboretum will explain how these critters survive the long, cold winter. “Hibernation” is a free one-hour program, geared towards kids ages 3-12.

Photography exhibit 

On display at the Downtown Deli, 113 SE Railroad Ave., in Mora, now to 18, will be a photography exhibit by Dee Kotaska. Downtown Deli hours are Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. A reception, open to the public, will be held Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Those with questions can contact Kotaska at 320-679-0524.

Expectant parents invited 

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, the staff in The Birthplace at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming invites you for a night of education and fun from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. “Our Birthplace care team will be on hand to offer information and answer questions about labor, delivery, breastfeeding and child safety seats,” says Birthplace Manager Cass Dennison, RN. Enjoy door prizes and refreshments as well as a resource fair, 5-6:30 p.m.; Birthplace tours, every 15 minutes through 6:30 p.m.; and an informational program at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. Call 612-672-7272 to register for this free event or go to at the birthplace.

Snowmobile safety class

A snowmobile safety class will be held Jan. 26, 8:30 to 1 p.m., at Chucker’s Bowl & Lounge in Rush City. Participants in the class must be 11 years old. The course includes classroom review of priority safety information, a visit from a local conservation officer and snowmobiling through a performance-driving course at the Chisago County Fairgrounds. For more information or to sign up for the class, call 320-358-3675 or e-mail [email protected]

Blood donations needed

With the beginning of a new year comes a fresh start. New Year’s resolutions are often made to form good habits and reach new goals. This year, the American Red Cross encourages people to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

As the winter season continues, blood donations are especially needed. Donations typically decline this time of year, as many regular donors are impacted by inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.

Make an appointment to donate blood at or 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

•Chisago County

Jan. 28, 1 to 7 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 561 Chestnut St. in Taylors Falls, Minn.

•Isanti County

Jan. 25, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 109 Second Ave. South in Isanti, Minn.



Crex Meadows events

Jan. 26 will be candlelight night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information about this event, call 715-463-2739, visit, or find Crex Meadows on Facebook.

Change of meeting time

On Feb. 5, 7 p.m., troubador Joel Karlsson from Sweden will be the featured guest at Rushseba Town Hall. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited.

Teen video challenge

Minnesota libraries, including all East Central Regional branch libraries, are launching the “2013 Teen Video

Challenge,” a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.

Teens across the East Central Regional Library system are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2013 teen slogan, Beneath the Surface, in combination with reading and libraries. The idea is to involve teens in summer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process. The Minnesota Summer Reading Program and Youth Services (SRP/YS) Committee will decide a winner from all of the state’s submissions and that video will be named one of the CSLP 2013 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide. $275 will be awarded to the creators of the winning state video and their associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from CSLP and Upstart. Winners will be announced in March 2013.

For full details about the CSLP “2013 Teen Video Challenge” and to find out how to enter, pick up a registration form and instructions at any ECRL branch or go to to download the information.

The deadline to submit videos is Feb. 1, 2013.

Poetry contest

The Friends of the North Branch Area Library has announced its second annual Valentine Poetry Contest.  The contest has been expanded this year into two categories, adult and children.

Each category will have a grand prize of $50 with five $10 prizes for runners up.  The children’s category theme is “Valentines” and anything connected with Valentine’s Day.  The adults will be judged on the more adult theme of “Romance”.

This contest is open to any amateur poet.  Entries must be submitted to the North Branch Library by Feb. 1 to allow time for judging.    Poets submitting entries are requested to be present to read their poems at a program February 9, 11 a.m..  Winners will be announced following the readings.

Defensive driving course

Those who complete this course can save 10 percent on their automobile insurance. The Chisago County Senior Center, (6th Ave & Maple St, North Branch), will be holding an eight-hour driving class for those 55 and older Feb. 19 and 20, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. both nights. The two nights must be completed in order to receive a certificate. The cost is $18 per person, payable cash or check on the first evening. Participants must preregister by 651-674-8658.

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