Calendar week of 1-16-13

Become a birthday sponsor of Relay for Life

This year, the American Cancer Society is celebrating 100 years of saving lives.

Support the society by becoming a sponsor of Relay for Life in Chisago County.

• Sponsors can donate a $100 “birthday card” to the society, which will be displayed at the Relay for Life.

• Start a Relay for Life team by signing up at

• Come to the kickoff dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church March 5, 5:30 p.m.

Relay for Life this year will be held at the Almelund Threshing grounds July 19.

For more information, e-mail Mary at [email protected] or Candy at [email protected]

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.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights 

The second annual Hot Reads for Cold Nights program at the Wyoming Area Library will take place Jan. 15 to March 5.  All adults are invited to participate in this adult winter reading series.

Participants are asked to write a short review of each book they read.  These entries are placed in a box for the weekly drawing.  Prizes include coffee mugs, small memo books and a Hot Reads for Cold Nights sling bag.  Prizes will be drawn each Wednesday from reviews turned in the previous week.

‘I Can Cope’ for cancer patients, Jan. 23 

“I Can Cope,” a support group for cancer patients and their family and friends, meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. The group is led by RN Kari Richer and Fairview Lakes chaplain Mark Coughlin, who works one on one with many cancer patients. Advance registration for this free program is not required. For more information, call Kari at 651-982-7916.



ECFE hosts Dino Dig 

Minnesota Children’s Museum staff will be at the Education Center for three presentations Jan. 24. The public is invited to participate at 3 or 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $3/child ages 2 to first grade. Parents attend for free.  Registration is limited to 25.  Museum staff will facilitate exploration of all kinds of dinosaurs, sharing information on size, habits and other interesting facts.  Activities include talking about fossils, hearing stories and singing dinosaur songs.  Register at on the Early Childhood page, or call 651-674-1220 for more information.

‘An Evening at the Birthplace’ 

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you are invited for a night of education and fun from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at The Birthplace at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. Please note: visitors must be free of flu-like symptoms to attend this “An Evening at the Birthplace” event. 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.

Try a winter sport in RC

We R Able has organized a series of supper and ski events this winter.  The organization has a supply of cross-country skis, boots and poles to outfit participants Feb. 1, 5 to 7 p.m., at the St. Croix River Education District building, 425 S. Dana Ave., Rush City.  The evening begins with a light supper catered by Fire Fly of Rush City.  There will be time to fit boots to skis, get a little instruction and then take a few rounds in the downtown city park.

To register call 320-358-1220.

eBook classes offered at all ECRL branches

Want to learn more about that new Nook, Kindle, iPad or iPhone and how to download eBooks?

Visit the East Central Regional Library to learn the basics of downloading eBooks from the ECRL website in this class.  The class will be an hour demonstration/lecture followed by up to two hours of individual help time.  Participants should bring their own devices, as the instructor will address individual issues during the help time.

The class is limited to 30 (only 15 at the Sandstone Library branch – due to space issues) and pre-registration is required. A waiting list will be available.  Make sure to contact a local ECRL branch to register and for more information.  In the event of unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather or low registration numbers, the class will be cancelled and may or may not be rescheduled.

Rush City Public Library

•Friday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m.

Stop by or call 320-358-3948 by Jan. 28 to pre-register

North Branch Area Library

•Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.

Stop by or call 651-674-8443 by Feb. 1 to pre-register

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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