Calendar (posted Oct. 9)

Paying for college:
deconstructing the costs

Join Lynne Bossart, owner of Muse College Consulting LLC, Oct. 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Rush City Public Library, 240 W. 4th Street, Rush City, for a free workshop on the nuts and bolts of paying for a college education.  Topics covered will include saving for college, types of financial aid, scholarships, grades and ACT/SAT test scores, and budgeting for the college years.  Please call 320-282-6237 or email [email protected] to register.

Almelund seniors meeting

Almelund seniors will be at the Amador Town Hall Oct. 11, 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy cards and social time.

NB teen center opening

On October 11, the new North Branch Teen Center, 6381 Main St., will be hosting a community open house 5 to 7 p.m. Come to celebrate the opening of the North Branch Teen Center and to learn more about programs for area youth and the North Branch community.  There will be free food, door prizes and games to play.

Those with questions about the teen center can call 651-277-0098 or email  [email protected] or [email protected]

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.

Fish Lake playground dedication

There will be an open house dedication of the new playground and picnic shelter at the Fish Lake Township Hall Oct. 12, 1 to 3 p.m.  Come see the new facility, meet township officials and local service providers.  Refreshments will be provided.

Free family law clinic

The Refuge Network is sponsoring a free, open to the public, Family Law Clinic Oct. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Oakview Office Complex in Cambridge, 1700 E. Rum River Dr. S. Suite E. Attendees will learn the basics on family law matters from a presentation, receive helpful materials, and have questions answered by an attorney. Also, there will be an opportunity that evening after the presentation for two individuals to meet with an attorney for a short individual consultation. Consultations will be on a first come, first serve basis.

For further information, visit or call 763-689-3532.

Support group

Everyone is invited to join the We R Able support group for its regular meeting Oct. 16, 2:30 p.m., when Pine City musicians Butch and Lois Anderson will provide entertainment.  The location is the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch.  Donations are accepted and refreshments are served.  For more information, call 320-358-1220.

Annual RC Fire Department
pancake breakfast

The annual Rush City Fire Department Pancake breakfast, hosted by the Rush City Lions, is Oct. 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the fire on the corner of 5th Street and S. Eliot Avenue.

Funds generated are for new fire nozzles, rope and harnesses, and other truck equipment.

This event is free, but freewill offerings are greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact Larry Hendrick, RC Lions, at 320-591-0057, or Bob Carlson, RC Fire Department, at 651-755-0521.

Fifty-five plus driver
improvement course

A 55-plus, eight-hour driver improvement course will be held Oct. 17 and 24, 5 to 9 p.m., at North Branch Area High School, 38175 Grand Ave Rm No. B151.

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this class.  By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws and vehicle technology.  The fee for the four-hour refresher course is $20, and the eight-hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit or call 1-(888)-234-1294.

Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law.  First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.

Fairview Lakes Auxiliary
Holidaze Bazaar

The Fairview Lakes Auxiliary invites everyone to stop by their annual Holidaze Bazaar and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18, at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. The event features a variety of hats, mittens, scarves, kitchen items, aprons, holiday decor, fall and winter items, baby gifts, greeting cards, knit and crochet items and jewelry. All proceeds go to the Auxiliary’s many projects in support of patient care throughout the Fairview Lakes care system.

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.

Harris Legion bingo

Bingo is planned at the Harris Legion, 43662 Ginger Ave., Oct. 19, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Prizes, including turkey, ham and cash, will be given away. All are welcome.

Booya, chili feed in Stacy

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stacy is hosting its annual booya and chili feed from 10:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

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]

The scariest places of Minnesota

The Rush City Public Library presents Author Chad Lewis 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Lewis will be talking about Minnesota’s most haunted locations — the scariest places of Minnesota.


Fairview ladies’ night out 

Tuesday, Oct. 29, is officially ‘Ladies’ Night Out’ at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming.  Women of all ages are invited to bring a friend and plan to spend the evening enjoying free health talks, free health screenings, activities, displays, refreshments, gifts and door prizes. The event officially begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m.; however, in order to accommodate more women, walk-in mammograms and free skin cancer screening will begin an hour earlier at 4:30 p.m.   Regular fees will apply for the mammograms; however, no appointment is necessary. Space is limited.

Municipal liquor food drive 

North Branch Liquors will be participating in the Sixth Annual Municipal Liquor Food Drive. The food drive will run now to Oct. 31. The store will be collecting food and cash donations to benefit the local food shelf, Family Pathways North Branch Food Pantry. The municipal liquor store with the highest weight of food and cash donated ($1 equals 1 lb.) will earn a $1,000 donation to their food shelf. Additionally, 10 $100 donations will be made to food shelves of participating stores (other than the $1,000 winner).

In 2012, the effort generated 39.7 tons of food donations to local food shelves throughout the state. Each time a patron visits North Branch Liquors during the month of October, they are encouraged to bring along a donation. Those who bring donations will receive a discount on purchases that day (discount will not apply to sale items).

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.

Bridge of Grace events

Flag Football Tournament

Calling all kids, grades 1-8: Bridge of Grace Church, 38460 Lincoln Trl., North Branch, is hosting its annual flag football tournament Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the soccer fields across from the skating rink. There’s something new this year: two playing fields, one for grades 1-4 and another for grades 5-8. And the church is hosting an awards banquet/pizza party 7 p.m. that evening. Come and join the fun.

To register, call Chad at 763-377-0377 email In case of bad weather or field conditions, check the church website.

Game Night

Come on out and join the church Oct. 11, 6:30 to 10 p.m., for an evening of free fun and games and food. Bring your favorite game or enjoy one owned by the church.

Use the Grand Avenue entrance, just north of the high school. Look for signs. For more information, visit

Calvary harvest supper and bake sale

The annual harvest supper and bake sale will be held at Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church of Rush Point Oct. 10, 4:30 to 7 p.m. The bake sale will begin at 4 p.m. The supper menu features meatballs, potatoes, gravy, rolls, baked squash, vegetable, pickles, coleslaw, dessert and beverages. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under eat free. Bake sale proceeds will go to the Caring for Kathy Bohman benefit. All are invited to this event in the ground level, handicap accessible, air-conditioned fellowship hall. Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church is 5 ½ miles east of Grandy at County Road 6 and 6 miles west of Rush City on County Road 7.

Annual booya at St. John’s

The annual booya at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stacy is Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Immanuel Lutheran hosts ‘Graceful Journey’ presentations

The United States is facing an age wave with 10,000 people turning 65 every day, with 90 percent succumbing to disease. Some level of care is needed, while the vast majority of that care is delivered by family members.

Yet Minnesotans may not be prepared for the age wave.

A great many decisions come into play when facing end-of-life choices. Do you want to die at home or in a hospital? Do you want to be by yourself, with a few loved ones or in a full room? What would you like for long-term care? Who will make decisions on your behalf? Do they know what you want?

Graceful Journey helps people care for each other through illness, death and grief. Presentations include information on Advance Care Directives, but what those directives do not cover are those decisions you or your loved ones should make in advance and how to have difficult end-of-life conversations with reluctant partners.

Learn more about how you and your loved ones can experience the end of life through Graceful Journey presentations 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 and the same time Oct. 13 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 37515 Park Trl., Almelund.

Graceful Journey is available to congregations as a set of presentations through a coached process called “Congregations of Care.” For more information, call 612-230-3345.



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