Calendar (posted Oct. 16)

We R Able 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.

Parkinson’s support group meeting

Parkinson’s Support Group will hold its regular monthly meeting 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at Grace Pointe Crossing, Commons Bldg., 1545 River Hills Parkway, Cambridge. Kathleen Lynch, from Medtronics will be the guest for the morning.

Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, their families, friends, and caregivers are invited to attend. Come and enjoy the fellowship, light refreshments, share interests, concerns, and more with others who are living with Parkinson’s.

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.

Board on Aging annual meeting

The Chisago County Board on Aging will hold its annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., in North Branch. All Chisago County residents over the age of 60 are urged to attend. Business includes election of officers and directors and amending of bylaws.

Secrets of the Congdon Mansion 

East Central Regional Library presents Author Joe Kimball 6:30 p.m., Oct. 21, at North Branch Area Library. Kimball will be talking about his bestselling book “Secrets of the Congdon Mansion.”

Secrets of the Congdon Mansion is about the Congdon murders in Duluth. Now a major tourist attraction (the Glensheen Mansion) the guides couldn’t tell you much about the infamous murders committed there. Heiress Elisabeth Congdon, 83 years old and partially paralyzed, was smothered in her bed. Her night nurse was brutally beaten to death on the grand stairway, trying to defend her charge.

A bus trip to the Glensheen mansion is also offered through the library. For more information visit

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]

Birdseed sale and fundraiser 

Wild River Audubon will be holding a birdseed sale at two locations, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 26.  Come to the plaza parking lot by Brink’s in Chisago City or the County Market parking lot in North Branch.  Audubon raises money for annual programs — including live bird shows, environmental education, local bird walks and kids’ scholarships — via the birdseed sale.

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.

‘Look Good, Feel Better’

Any woman who is actively undergoing treatment for cancer, or who has undergone chemotherapy or radiation therapy in the past 12 months, is invited to register for the Oct. 29 “Look Good, Feel Better” program in the Lakes Cancer Clinic at Fairview Lakes Medical Center.  To be eligible for the free American Cancer Society-sponsored class women must preregister by calling 1-866-460-6550.  The class begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.

Eligible women will learn beauty techniques designed to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.  Free wig styling will also be offered to women undergoing cancer treatment if they have registered at the above number.

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.

The secrets of skulls 

Learn how to unlock the secrets that an animal’s skull can tell about what it ate, how it walked, and what it looked like through hands-on activities with real and replica skulls Nov. 9, 2 to 3 p.m., at the Wild River State Park visitor center.

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.

Animal Wild River slumber party for tykes 

Kids ages 3-6 and their parents: You are invited to a special evening program Dec. 7, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Wild River State Park visitor center. Come explore the ways that local wildlife slumber through the winter. A story will be read, games will be played, and visitors will create crafts. Kids: feel free to wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal friend.

Snowshoe along the St. Croix 

Topic of the trek: snow, birds, and shivering for survival. Join the naturalist Dec. 21, noon to 2 p.m., for a leisurely walk along the St. Croix River on snowshoes. Designed for ages 8 and up; visitors explore a fun winter topic on this 1-mile trek. Registration required by calling 651-583-2125. Program and snowshoes are free — limited to 30 people. Cancelled if temperature is below -15 degrees or snow depth is inadequate.

Winter wings and take-home things 

How many sunflower seeds does a chickadee need to survive a cold winter night? What birds change color at this time of year? Discover these answers and more as visitors to Wild River State Park explore the incredible birds seen all winter long, 1 to 2 p.m., Dec. 23, at the trail center. Attendees will play bird ID games and then create pinecone bird feeders and simple cardboard binoculars to take home.

Annual chow mein dinner

Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Rush City is having its annual chow mein dinner Oct. 18, 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the church. Those with questions can call 320-358-4309.

Annual Kroppkakor supper at Spring Lake Lutheran Oct. 24

The annual Swedish Kroppkakor (potato and pork) supper will be Oct. 24, 4 to 7:30 p.m., at Spring Lake Lutheran Church, North Branch.  The traditional Scandinavian meal will be served in a festive atmosphere by members dressed for the occasion.  While waiting to be seated, all are invited to purchase creative gift items and delicious goodies from the Bake and Craft Sale.

Cost of the meal for adults: $10; ages 6-12: $3.50; children five and under eat free.  Takeouts will be sold ($10) as long as they are available.

Spring Lake Lutheran Church (handicapped accessible) is located four miles west of North Branch or 9 miles east of Cambridge on Highway 95, then one block north on Erickson Road (County Road 48).  For information, call the church office at 651-674-4606 or email [email protected]

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