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The Fairview Lakes Auxiliary Fall Luncheon welcomes local author Peter Vodenka as the featured speaker at 10 a.m. Sept. 28, at Wyoming United Methodist Church, 5459 East Viking Blvd. Vodenka will share the story of how he escaped with his wife and children from Communist Czechoslovakia in 1983. A silent auction will proceed the luncheon and speaker.

A limited number of tickets are available for $12 and may be purchased in advance at the Auxiliary Gift Shop at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, local Fairview clinics and the Yellow Bus and Carousel Hair Salon in Forest Lake. Tickets also may be reserved in advance by calling 651-464-8758. You do not need to be an auxiliary member to attend.

Experience Lake of the Dalles in candlelight

Bring a friend, bring your family or bring that special someone to a candlelight walk around Lake of the Dalles at Wisconsin Interstate Park beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

Walk at your own pace around the scenic shore of the lake guided by candlelight underfoot. Start your walk at the River Bottoms picnic area near the fishing pier. Bring a flashlight. There will be a campfire and free S’more fixings (while they last) provided by the Friends of Interstate Park.

Also join storyteller and author Greg Jacobs starting at 7:30 p.m. for an exciting and interactive presentation around the campfire. The presentation is called “Fireside Tales: Rhyming Stories of Wildlife and Outdoor Adventure.”

Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, Wis., on State Road 35 just a half-mile south of Hwy. 8. The event is free, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. Daily passes are $7 for residents and $10 for non-residents. For more information call Julie or Barb at 715-483-3747.


WEI is hosting an “EcoSpa” day at its Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $70. Register by Sept.24 at or call 651.583.0705. On a full day at the WEI farm, learn about how to keep your body happy and healthy as well as the world around you. Indulge in a plethora of physical activities from t’ai chi, yoga to aerobics; move on and relax in the massage and meditation sessions; learn how to make healing and beautifying mixtures with herbs; get hands on time through the farm campus.


All are welcome to enjoy a smorgasbord (cooked by the best in Chisago/Isanti counties) and silent/live auctions on Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning 5:30p.m. at Christ the King Parish Hall, 230 N. Fern, Cambridge.  Tickets: $10 each or $25 for a family.  Check out

Geological survey speaker

On Oct. 1 at Rushseba Town Hall, the North Chisago Historical Society will host Dr. Harvey Thorliefson, director, Minnesota Geological Survey; Minnesota State geologist and professor of Earth sciences at the University of Minnesota. He will speak about the scientific methods of searching for diamonds throughout North America and Minnesota with notable success. For more information, call 651-674-4703.

Upcoming Red Cross blood donation opportunities

Chisago County

Oct. 4, 2 to 6 p.m., at Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming.

Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming.

Isanti County

Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Campus Center, 300 Spirit River Dr. S., Cambridge.

New to Medicare session

Going on Medicare soon or just interested in how it works? There will be information on Medicare given out Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, conference room B. Questions will also be answered. Aspects of Medicare Parts A, B, C and 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 registration is required so the proper amount of materials are available. Call Amy Tvedt at 1-800-333-2433 ext. 83026 and leave a message with your name and phone number to register.

‘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.

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.

RC homecoming parade and pig roast

The Rush City High School Homecoming Parade will take place Oct. 4, 2:15 p.m. The parade will begin on West 1st St., just east of Jacobson Elementary. The 19th annual homecoming pig roast will take place 4:15 to 7 p.m. in the Rush City High School commons area on the same day. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students ages 12 and under. Advanced tickets may be purchased in the principal’s office at the high school and elementary school.

Water quality of the St. Croix and Sunrise Rivers

Join the Amador-Sunrise Land Registry, the Women’s Environmental Institute, and special guest Dr. James Almendinger, Sr. Scientist at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, to dig deep into the water quality issues of the St. Croix and Sunrise Rivers Oct. 5, 1 to 2 p.m. at the Wild River State Park Visitor Center. Streams and lakes in both of these crucial basins have been declared “impaired.”  What does that mean, and what is being done about it?  Discover how scientists are using the past to inform the present for the St. Croix, and how computer modeling can simulate the future of the Sunrise River. See how our actions can make a real difference.  Refreshments will follow this free program. Registration not required.

‘All are welcome’ concert 

There will be a benefit concert for ‘A Place for You’ transitional shelter for the homeless Oct. 6, 2 p.m., at the Lighthouse in Pine City. The concert highlights music and musicians from the six Pine City churches. Coffee and fellowship will follow the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the Flower Box or at the door the day of the concert.

Driving refresher course

There will be a “55-ALIVE” 4-hour refresher course Oct. 7, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Rush City High School Media Center. To register call Carrie at 320-358-4795, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prepaid registration is due by Sept. 30. Limit 30. After completing this course persons 55 and over will be granted a l0 percent reduction on their private passenger auto insurance by their insurance company. Please note: You must first attend the 8-hour class before you can attend the 4-hour class.  The Rush City Lions provide refreshments for these classes.

Bell Museum presentation 

Jon Wild River Audubon Oct. 8, 7 p.m., at the Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St., Chisago City, to hear a presentation by Don Luce, curator of art at the Bell Museum. He will present a preview of the museum’s upcoming exhibit: Audubon and the Art of Birds. This one-of-a-kind exhibit will feature original art from John James Audubon and other renowned bird artists. Coffee and treats are provided at this free event.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Fall book sale

The Friends of the North Branch Library fall book sale will be held Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community room at the library, 6655 381st St. Purchases provide funding for many non-budgeted items for the library.  All proceeds benefit the library.

Wild River 5K ‘Bear Tear’

Lace up your tennis shoes and gather your friends and family for a fun run (or walk) along the St. Croix River and under the fall colors of Wild River State Park Oct. 12. Same-day registration is at 7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. at the picnic shelter. This second annual 5K will take runners on paved and non-paved surfaces, and awards will be presented to the top finishers. All proceeds go to the Friends of Wild River State Park. Cost: $15 if registered before Oct. 1 ($22 with a T-shirt), $25 after Oct. 1 or race day ($35 with T-shirt). Registration forms can be found at

Wild ‘Shiver’ weekend

Celebrate this MEA weekend with a variety of fun fall activities including cauldron-caching, creepy crawlies, campsite decorating, and the All-Camp Trick-or-Treat (Saturday night in the main campground) Oct. 18-19 at Wild River State Park. Campsites and cabins go fast so book your spot today.

Crex Halloween Haunts

There will be a “Halloween Haunts” program at Crex Meadows in Grantsburg, Wis. Oct. 26, 5 to 8 p.m. Crex is looking for students ages 11-18 to develop short skits for the haunted trail. Theme: “Creatures of the Night.” Volunteers are also needed to assist with children’s activities, crafts and games. More volunteers are needed to direct traffic, greet and float 4:30 to 8 p.m. If interested, call 715-463-2739, or email [email protected]

Piecemaker Quilt Guild

On Nov. 5, 7 p.m., at Rushseba Town Hall, members of the Piecemaker Quilt Guild will display their 14 mini landscape quilts of scenes along Old Highway 61, from Wyoming to Pine City. Scenes are of the past and present. Member Ilene Olson-Holmberg will give the history of each one. The public is invited. Refreshments are served.

Learn Swedish

Learn Swedish from native-speaking Swedish teacher Signe Fluegel-Svensson at Gammelgarden Museum in Scandia Monday evenings now to 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.

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