Calendar (Posted Sept. 4)

Free family course on mental illness

Do you have a family member living with a mental illness? The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota is offering a free educational course that helps families gain a greater understanding of mental illness, discuss resources, build communication skills, reduce stress and find support. Over 3,000 Minnesota families have benefited from this course. Join others for this series taught by family members who have walked the walk. The family-to-family course will meet weekly on Thursdays for 12 weeks. It starts Sept. 5, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. Pre-registration is required; call Charles or Rachel: 651-213-0993.

‘Wine and Art Krawl’

North Folk Winery in Stark is hosting its second annual Wine and Art Krawl Oct. 5, along with Wild Mountain Winery of Taylors Falls. On site will be many local artisans selling art, produce, vintage items and food products. Charlie Parr also will be performing a concert 5-7 p.m.

High school reunion

The Chisago City High School class of 1958’s 55-year reunion will be held Sept. 7 at the Chisago Lake Sportsman’s Club, 11624 Lake Ln., Chisago City. Social hour is 3 to 5 p.m. with a potluck picnic buffet 5 to 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the Gene Glenna Band.

Sunrise River cleanup 

The Friends of the Sunrise River will hold its annual river cleanup, followed by a potluck picnic, Sept 7.  Meet at Sunrise Park at 2 p.m. with your canoes/life-vests.  We will divide into groups to clean various sections of the river.  The sections are:  Kost Dam Park to County Road 11, County Road 11 to Hwy 95, Hwy 95 to Sunrise Park, and Sunrise Park to the St. Croix. After the cleanup, we will meet back at Sunrise Park for the picnic. Bring some meat to grill and a dish to pass.  If you aren’t able to participate in the river cleanup, you are still welcome to come to the picnic, just show up at Sunrise Park around 5 p.m. Hope to see you there.

PFLAG meeting

The next meeting of the East Central Minnesota Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays be held Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m., at Common Ground, the Cambridge United Methodist Church, 404 N. Cypress.  The regular meeting schedule is the second Sunday of the month. Please use the NE door to the church.  Those in need of support or answers on LGBT issues are encouraged you to attend.   People with questions about the organization or meetings can call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

NB Auxilary meeting

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 85 meeting is Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Legion Hall.  The swearing in of the new president will be that night and the Auxilary will be discussing and setting the budget for the upcoming year.

Any questions, contact President Roberta at 651-674-7210.

Parenting Plus

All grandparents/kinship caregivers who are raising grandchildren/relative’s children are invited to a support group meeting Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m., in room #110 at Pine City Elementary School. Enter door #5 by Dragonwood Playground. Free childcare is available. Call 320-629-4030 to sign up for childcare or for more information.

Local author at Audubon meeting

Author Sue Leaf will speak on her newest book, “A Love Affair with Birds,” the story of Thomas Sadler Roberts, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., at the Chisago Lakes Library, 11754 302nd St., Chisago City. Roberts was a doctor, an avid birder, the father of Minnesota ornithology, and helped found the Bell Museum of Natural History.  Join Wild River Audubon as Sue Leaf tells us about this fascinating man.  Coffee and treats provided.  This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Medicare information class

A free informational session for those new to Medicare is planned Sept. 11, 1 to 3 p.m., at Isanti Senior Dining, 121 West Noreulis St., Isanti.   Get information on Parts A, B, C, D, and supplemental insurance to Medicare.  Pre-registration is required; call Frances Nelson at 1-800-333-2433 ext. 83030 and leave a message with your name and number.

Congress comes to you

U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan (MN-08) has announced the locations of “Congress Comes to You” meetings his staff will operate in Chisago County.

Those who choose to attend the meetings can meet Nolan and his staff and discuss matters of interest and importance.

The Congressman’s district staff will be at the following locations September 12:

• noon to 1 p.m., Jan and Gary’s Restaurant, 945 MN 23, Sandstone

• 2 to 4 p.m.: Rush City Hall, 325 South Eliot Ave, Rush City

•6 to 8 p.m.:  Wyoming Library, 26855 Forest Blvd.,  Wyoming

Seniors meeting 

Almelund seniors will meet at Amador Town Hall Sept. 13 for a potluck dinner at noon. The Rudquist family from Redwing will entertain after dinner. Cards and social time will be enjoyed by all the rest of the day. Everyone is welcome.

Free training for literacy tutors

Volunteer literacy tutors have the opportunity to receive 12 hours of free training through Cambridge/Isanti Adult Basic Education. Sept. 13-14 at the C/I Community Education Building in Cambridge, 625B Main St. N.   The workshop runs 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Meals and refreshments are included.

The training is especially designed for people with strong literacy skills in English who are interested in helping other adults to improve their reading and writing.  Rob Podlasek from the Minnesota Literacy Council will teach strategies for tutoring adult basic education students in a one-on-one or classroom setting.  Follow-up workshop hours will be offered to tutors in November.

Once training is completed, tutors are matched with adults in the region who wish to work on developing their own literacy skills.  Generally, tutors and learners meet once or twice a week in a location accessible for both parties.  Preregistration is needed by Sept. 6.  For more information, call 763-689-6228.

Traditional wild rice processing workshop

The WDNR is proud to announce a hands-on workshop on traditional wild ricing, hosted at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. Join biologists with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission for a wild rice processing demonstration Sept. 14. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission annually assesses the wild rice crop using aerial surveys. For more than three decades they have been studying, planting, managing, and enjoying the production of wild rice in cooperation with other resource managers in northern Wisconsin.

Discover the ecology, harvesting and finishing of wild rice during a three-hour open house workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hand harvested wild rice will be parched over an open fire and finished using a small batch threshing/winnowing machine suitable for individual use. Attendees will be able to see the entire process from raw to finished product.

For more information concerning the workshop, please contact Kristi Pupak, wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739 or via email: [email protected]


RC blood drive

A blood drive is planned in Rush City Sept. 16, 1 to 7 p.m., at First Lutheran Church, 1000 S. Jay Ave., Rush City.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Learn Swedish

Learn Swedish from native-speaking Swedish teacher Signe Fluegel-Svensson at Gammelgarden Museum in Scandia Monday evenings Sept. 16-Nov. 18.  Fluegel-Svensson has been teaching Swedish class at the museum in the spring and fall since 2008.  Her classes are very personalized and a fun way to master this musical and challenging language.

The cost for the fall session is $80 and includes all materials. Registration can be made by calling the Scandia Butik at 651-433-5053.  This year, Fluegel-Svensson has added a third level to accommodate her students.  A student with no prior knowledge of Swedish pronunciation will want to register for the Beginning Class at 7:30 p.m. Mondays.

Free family law program 

The Refuge Network is sponsoring a free, open to the public, family law clinic Sept. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38460 Lincoln Trl., North Branch. Attendees will learn the basics of family law matters, receive helpful materials, and have questions answered by an attorney. Also, there will be an opportunity that evening for two individuals to meet with an attorney for a personal consultation. Consultations will be on a first come, first serve basis.

For further information, visit or call 651-257-2890.

Vennelag meeting

Vennelag 1-546, Sons of Norway, will meet Sept. 17, 7 p.m., in the Lindstrom Community Center.

After the business meeting and a report by the Nominating Committee, the group will beentertained by Howard Amundson. The title of Amundson’s presentation is “An Apple a Day and Other Home Remedies.” Howard grew up on a farm in Northern Minnesota. As a child, there was very little money available. He seldom went to the doctor and most of his medical treatment consisted of home remedies, using materials that were found in the everyday household.

Some of the “medical” materials discussed by Amundson were used to treat burns, bleeding, and pain. Many of the materials were common such as sugar or salt, while others were unusual, such as manure and urine.

Amundson does not suggest that anyone try the remedies that were used on him many years ago. His program is presented for entertainment only.

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

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

North Branch Farmers Market 

The North Branch Farmers Market is open this month through October, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Lake State Parking Lot. For more information, call 651-674-7624.

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