Tonic Sol Fa performance

East Central Regional Library is presenting Tonic Sol Fa at North Branch Area High School May 22, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is a free concert. Seating is limited; once the auditorium is full there will be no exceptions.

Poppy Days in Rush City

More than 400 crepe poppy flowers, handmade by disabled military veterans, will be distributed during “Poppy Days” this Friday and Saturday by members of the Rush City American Legion and Auxiliary Post 93. Local volunteers will hand out poppies at Rush City Foods, post office and the Holiday store. Donations are accepted, and all proceeds benefit local veteran programs and veteran families. The poppy serves as a tribute to the lives lost in all wars and honors the living veteran as well.

Four-hour defensive driving courses

A pair of four-hour defensive driving refresher courses have been scheduled at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, 1 to 4 p.m., May 23 and June 18. Cost is $5 per person.

Full moon paddles 

A series of full moon paddling events are being planned at Wild River State Park May 24, June 23, July 22, Aug. 20 and Sept. 19.

The first four events are scheduled 6 to 10 p.m. The September event is scheduled 5 to 9 p.m.

The excursions are along 9 miles of the St. Croix River from the Sunrise Landing to the main park landing. Seven canoes are available for first registrants, but participants can bring their own canoe or kayak. Registration is required. Register by calling (651) 583-2125 x227.

The cost is $10, payable to Eric’s Canoe Rental the night of the activity for shuttling.

This event is open to all paddlers, but some experience is recommended.

Lifejackets and paddles will be provided for the seven park canoes.

Participants are asked to bring their own pack water, snacks and other necessities.

Individual events will be cancelled in the event of severe weather.

Youth ATV safety training class

A youth ATV safety class is scheduled May 25. Registration is 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Chisago County Fairgrounds in Rush City. The fee for the course is $15, collected during registration that day.

The test starts at 9 a.m., followed by the written and driving test.

Make checks payable to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Participants must supply their own, 90 cc-plus ATV.

Participants must complete a safety CD before the course.

The CD is available free of charge by calling the DNR Information Center at (888) 646-6367 or (651) 296-6157, or the Safety Training Office at (800) 366-8917.

Senior surf day

A “senior surf day” is scheduled May 28, 1 to 3 p.m., at North Branch Public Library.

Seniors are invited to a free session on learning to surf the Internet.  These classes are geared to seniors who have little or no experience with computers.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required; contact Frances Nelson at 1-800-333-2433 x83030.

Musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps

Michigan based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at Ecumen North Branch May 29, 5:30 p.m.

Jamerson’s CCC presentation includes stories, reading excerpts from his novel, showing a video clip from his PBS film and performing original songs.  He has presented at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of state and national parks. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the CCC.

LGBT event

For the ninth-straight year, Pine City’s Voyageur Park will be the setting to East Central Minnesota Pride, a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) pride event June 2, noon to 5 p.m.  There will be music, food and a rendezvous of friends and community.

North Chisago Historical Society meetings

On June 4, 7 p.m., the society will meet at Rushseba Town Hall; the mayors of Rush City, Harris and North Branch will be guests at this meeting. The informal discussion is open to the public and NCHS members. The discussion will center on the sharing of a common interest in Old Highway 61 as it relates to heritage tourism.

On July 2, 7 p.m., at Rushseba Town Hall, the society will have its potluck supper.

Joel Karlsson from Sweden will provide the entertainment. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

Stark Summer Stroll

The first “Stark Summer Stroll” is being planned in Stark, just west of Harris, June 29. There will be events at North Folk Winery, Briscoe Pottery, Kal Sanders Glass Fusion, the Oak Leaf Grange Hall and the Full Moon.

The next planning meeting for the event is going to be held at North Folk Winery, 43150 Blackhawk Rd., Harris, June 4, 6 p.m.

Senior Center garage sale

The Chisago County Senior Center garage sale is planned June 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations are needed; clothing will not be accepted.

Annual Seegwan at Wild River

The Friends of Wild River State Park are vamping Seegwan up this year by inviting special guests from La Compagnie des Hivernants de la Riviere Saint Pierre.  This group of characters will take visitors, their families and friends back in time to the fur trade era via a live encampment reenactment June 8. There also be archery in the park, the native plant sale, and it will be spreading seed on the prairie day.  It’s free admission in celebration of the annual Minnesota State Parks Open House.

Free fly-fishing workshops at Wild River

A free fly-fishing workshop will be held June 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Wild River State Park. Park Ranger John Eret and volunteers from the Federation of Fly Fishers will lead the workshop.

There is no charge for the workshop, but an annual or daily Minnesota state park vehicle pass is required to enter the park.

Equipment will be available for use by workshop participants. No registration is required. Participants should bring lunches and snacks. The workshop is designed for ages 13 and older. It will be canceled if there is severe weather.

Eight-hour defensive driving course

An 8-hour defensive driving course is planned at the Chisago County Senior Center June 18 and 19, 5:30 to 9: 30 p.m. both nights. The cost is $18 per person.


Outdoor skills camp

A youth outdoor skills camp for boys and girls ages 11-15 is being held at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis., 102 East Crex Ave., June 24-28, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Youth can learn about tracks and traces, outdoor survival orienteering, archery and forestry.

Call Kristi Pupak, wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739 for more information.

Stomp Out Suicide 5K run/walk 

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Stomp Out Suicide 5K Run/Walk for Awareness starting in Wyoming’s Goodview Park Aug. 24, 10 a.m. Check-in and registration is at 9 a.m. Individuals or teams may register for the event prior to the race online at

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 16 and under. Register by Aug. 3 to be guaranteed a race T-shirt. Shirts will be on a first-come, first-served basis for registrations done after Aug. 3.

Hundreds of runners and walkers, including suicide survivors and mental health advocates, will gather to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention as they participate in this family-friendly event. Proceeds raised will benefit Stomp Out Suicide, a local nonprofit agency based in Wyoming.

The event will also include entertainment and activities for the whole family including live music from Sleeper and the Sleepless, a kids’ area (with face painting, bounce houses, clowns and more) and food stands provided by Otis Concessions. Participants can also enjoy a resource fair chocked full of information about suicide awareness and mental health resources from several local organizations.

2013 Chisago Lakes Half Iron and Sprint registration 

It is time to seriously start thinking sun, fun and triathlon.  The 8th Annual Chisago Lakes Half Iron and Sprint Triathlon will be July 28 in Chisago City.

The  event also offers a Kids’ Triathlon July 27. The swim takes place at Paradise Park sandy beach. The bike and run travel along fairly flat routes through numerous communities. More than $5,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top male and female finishers,  and there will be over 176 awards in the Age Group, Relay, Athena and Clydesdale divisions. There is a limit of 1,500 participant so it is important to register early. Register online at, call 1-800-429-8044, or download a pdf form from

Cost is $110 for the Half Ironman distance, $55 for the Sprint Distance and $15 for the Kid’s Triathlon.

Chisago County Senior Center
fundraising raffle

The Chisago County Senior Center will have a fundraising raffle the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month now until Aug. 28. Tickets are $5 each.

Winners receive $50 and their names stay in the raffle pool for all 12 drawings, regardless of how many times they win. Those who enter need not be present to win.

Stop by the senior center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, to purchase tickets.

Sewing for Kivuruga, Rwanda

All are welcome to join Bridge of Grace Church, 38460 Lincoln Trl., May 26, 9:30 to 4:30 p.m., as its members sew shorts for boys in Kivuruga, Rwanda. A team from Our Response, an organization from East Central Minnesota that partners with World Vision, will be traveling to Kivuruga in July. They plan on bringing hundreds of shorts and t-shirts with them. Bridge of Grace is also collecting new and like new t-shirts till the end of June. Participants can bring their sewing machines of they would like, but it’s not necessary.

There will be a potluck lunch. For more information, visit, or call Bonnie at 763-219-5192.

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