Seniors meeting

Almelund seniors will meet at Amador Town Hall July 12, 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy cards and social time.

Loppet 5K registration 

Registration is now open for the 25th annual Lindstrom Loppet Karl Oskar Days 5K Walk/Run. Hosted by Fairview Lakes Medical Center, the event is 8 a.m. July 13, at Lakes Free Church, Lindstrom.

Entrants can pick up registration forms at the Fairview Clinic in Chisago City, at Wally Carlson and Sons BP in Lindstrom or at the information desk at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. Or they can register and pay entry fees online at

Annual RC Big Splash

The annual Big Splash at the Rush City Pool will be July 14, noon to 4 p.m.  Families can enjoy carnival games, dunk tank, chuck-a-duck, lucky duck race and more.  Participants may purchase $5 lucky duck race tickets from any pool committee member, at the pool concession stand and at City Hall.

The Rush City Lions will be serving hot dogs, chips and beverages. The pool will be open 12:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Admission is $2 per person.

‘Jumpin’ Jiminy’ music 

Ross Sutter from the Twin Cities, a performer with wide versatility, will perform at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, July 17, 2 p.m., as part of the “Arts Rx Coffee House” series.

He will play Scandinavian and Scottish songs, and also perform music that is an appropriate accompaniment for a folk toy called a “Jumpin’ Jiminy.”  Donations are cheerfully accepted.

For more information, call 320-358-1220.


Relay For Life

The Chisago County Relay For Life of the American Cancer Society will be held Friday, July 19, 5:30 p.m. at the Almelund Threshing Grounds. MNDOT said Highway 95 will be open to access the site. The organizers encourage people to come for supper, games, music, silent auction and fun. This year is the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society.

For those who cannot make the event, donations are accepted at

Authors visit

The Friends of the North Branch Library is hosting two area authors July 20 to talk about their books.  A. L. Sanderson is from Eden Prairie and has written “Timber, Fire in the Pines,” a book about Pine County Logging in the 1800s.

Bud Hoeckstra from Shell Lake, Wis., has written “The Life and Times of a Railroad Engineer.”  It presents an insiders look at railroading, those who work on the railroad and the dangers that they may face.  The author worked 42 years on the railroad and has stories to tell.

Both authors will have books available for purchase and signing. The program is at 11 a.m. in the community room. It’s free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Garden tours

Join the North Branch Garden Club as its members visit area gardens. The tour is July 21. Meet at 1 p.m. at the North Branch Area Learning Center on Grand Avenue for registration and carpooling. The $10 admission includes the tour, door prizes, picnic lunch and one-year membership in the garden club.  Bring a lawn chair.

Full moon paddles 

A series of full moon paddling events are being planned at Wild River State Park July 22, Aug. 20 and Sept. 19. The first three 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.

Special event for expectant parents

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, then consider joining the staff in The Birthplace at Fairview Lakes Medical Center for a night of tours, educational information and fun from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 25. The event is free at the Wyoming-based medical center, though advance registration is requested.

Members of The Birthplace care team will be on hand to offer information and answer questions about labor, delivery, breastfeeding, child safety seats and more. Guests will enjoy door prizes and refreshments, along with a resource fair from 5-7 p.m.; Birthplace tours, every 15 minutes through 6:30 p.m.; and an informational program at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Call 612-672-7272 to register or go to at the birthplace.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Chisago County

July 26: 1-6 p.m. at the Chisago City Farmers’ Market, 10625 Railroad Ave., Chisago City.

Isanti County

July 22: 12-5 p.m. at Cambridge Medical Center, 701 S. Delwood Ave., Cambridge.

July 30: 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Harvest Christian Center, 1455 County Road 5 NE, Isanti.



Kids design glass art contest 

This summer as part of ECRL’s “Dig into Reading” summer reading program, children ages 4 to 10 have an opportunity to enter a special contest and have their drawing turned into a glass sculpture by local glassblower Anthony Michaud-Scorza. They may simply pick up an entry form and drawing form at any East Central Regional Library branch.  Children can draw anything they want, give the drawing a “name” and fill out the entry form.  The child must have a library card registered within the ECRL region to submit an entry form and may submit only one drawing.  The entry form and drawing form must be submitted no later than Aug. 2.  One winner from each of ECRL’s 14 branch libraries will be chosen.

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.

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.

Arts Prescription Rx concert

Braham area musician Pat Schonhardt will perform at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, as part of the  “Arts Rx” coffee house series Aug. 7, 2 p.m.  He performs a variety of songs and will include some pie songs for a sing along.  The location is 38790 6th Ave, North Branch.  Donations are cheerfully accepted.

New to Medicare sessions

Going on Medicare soon or just interested in how it works? There will be information on Medicare given out at these sessions as well as questions answered Aug. 7 and Sept. 4. All sessions run 10 a.m. to noon at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming, in conference room B. Aspects of Medicare Parts A, B, C & D will be covered as well as information on supplemental insurance to Medicare and how to report Medicare fraud and abuse. There is no cost to these sessions, but participants need to register. Please call Amy Tvedt at 1-800-333-2433 ext. 83026 and leave a message with your name and phone number to be included.

All are welcome.

PFLAG meeting

The East Central MN Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will be taking a summer break during the months of June and July.  The next meeting will be held Aug. 11, 4:30 p.m., at Common Ground, the Cambridge United Methodist Church, 404 North Cypress, Cambridge. Those who want to contact a PFLAG member before August can call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

Peer and family support group

A NAMI Connection peer support group for adults recovering from mental illness meets weekly in Cambridge. The free group is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota. Trained facilitators who are also in recovery lead NAMI Connection groups. The group meets Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., at Cambridge Medical Center, 701 S. Dellwood Street, in the administrative conference room. For more information, contact Louise at 651-592-6989. A family support group also meets at the same time and location to help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. For information, call Sarah 320-396-0443.

We R Able art show 

Visual arts and mime will combine at four We R Able art show openings from August through November.  Artwork completed during the annual We R Able spring painting class will be on display at the Rush City Library, beginning Aug. 17.  The opening is at 11 a.m. in conjunction with the Art and Music Festival, where guests may view the artwork, enjoy some light refreshments and participate in mime lead by David Braddock.  His background includes studies with Marcel Marceau, and he was one of the founders of the Minnesota Mime Alliance.  He will help viewers create movements inspired by the individual pieces of art.

There will be art show openings at the libraries in Pine City, Chisago City and North Branch throughout the fall.   For more information, call 320-358-1220.

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