Calendar (posted Oct. 23)

Chisago County Historical Society events

Join the Chisago County Historical Society for the following events.  All events are open to the public; there is no fee unless otherwise noted.

Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: It’s all about jewelry, Gustaf Anderson House Museum, Lindstrom 

Men and women have adorned their bodies with a wide variety of jewelry through the ages.  Some are extremely practical and some purely whimsical. What has changed and what has stayed the same?  Some unique pieces will be displayed — you can try to guess what they are.

Call Lin at 651-269-3580 for more information.

Nov. 3, 1-5 p.m.: Gustaf Anderson House Museum, Lindstrom

An open house is planned; visit this historic dwelling.

Nov. 29, 7-9 p.m.; Nov. 30, 1-4 p.m.; Dec. 1, 1-4 p.m.; Dec. 7 and 8, 1-4 p.m.: Christmas at the Gustaf Anderson House 

The CCHS Italianate 1890 dwelling will be beautifully decorated by local businesses for Christmas

Enjoyment.  Visit both the 1855 W.H.C. Folsom House in the Angel Hill District in Taylors Falls and the 1890

Gustaf Anderson House in Lindstrom on either of these holiday weekends.

Tickets for Gustaf Anderson House: adults: $3, children: $1.  Free admission to all CCHS members on Friday, Nov. 29, 7-9 p.m.

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.

Plant a bulb in honor of
departed loved ones

The Fairview Lakes Auxiliary will host its 13th annual Service of Remembrance at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming.

Each year the auxiliary invites families to remember those who have died during the past year at Meadows on Fairview or in a Fairview Lakes facility. It is a special time to celebrate the lives of departed loved ones.

Family members are invited to plant a spring blooming bulb in the Fairview Lakes memorial gardens in memory of their loved one. A brief program and refreshments follow.

The public is welcome to attend. If you would like more information contact Carla Norelius at 651-257-8806 or [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.

‘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).

Celebrate Halloween with We R Able 

We R Able invites the community to celebrate Halloween with movies, fun food, and a good time Oct. 31, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tracy and Merrie Tolzman, of Almelund, have an “old time movie” collection and will screen a couple of selections that are just a bit scary.  There will be Halloween goodies and treats, and guests are invited to come in costume.  There is a modest fee and pre-registration is needed.  The location is the SCRED building, 425 S. Dana, Ave., Rush City.  For more information and to register, call 320-358-1220.

Almelund youth Halloween party

The Almelund Lions will host a Halloween Party at the Old Almelund Fire Building, 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 31. There will be games, music, movies, and treats for all who attend.


Senior issues discussion

Rick Olseen, a former state legislator who is still involved in the politicial scene, will talk about senior-related issues at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Chisago County Senior Center in North Branch.

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.

Thanksgiving pie sing-along

Pat Schonhardt, of Braham, a performer with wide versatility, will perform at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, 2 p.m., Nov. 6, as part of the “Arts Rx Coffee House” series. He will feature pie songs just in time for Thanksgiving and help everyone to join in singing along.  Donations are accepted.

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.

Christmas caring tree

On Nov. 18, a Christmas tree will be set up in the Rush City Foods Mall.  It will be decorated with Christmas wish tags from children in the Rush City School District. Help is needed to fulfill these wishes.  Select a Christmas wish tag, purchase gift(s) for the child and take them (unwrapped) to the Rush City Liquor Store, also located in the Rush City Foods Mall.  The liquor store is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Your help is needed and appreciated.  The Christmas Caring Tree is sponsored by Rush City Cares and Rush City Lions.

A winter clothing exchange is also available.  Those who have gently used coats, mittens, hats or scarfs they would like to donate, please bring them to the mall.  If you need any of these items, help yourself.

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.

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.

Polka service and brats Oct. 27 at Calvary Lutheran

On Reformation Sunday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m., a polka service will be held at Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church of Rush Point featuring Jon Ekstrom and the King’s Men. Following the service, grilled bratwursts and hotdogs with sauerkraut, relishes, beans and chips along with beverages and ice cream will be served. Calvary is 5 ½ miles east of Grandy at County Road 6 and six miles west of Rush City on County Road 7. All are invited to a morning of music and good food and fellowship. A freewill donation will be received for the lunch and will go toward the food expenses and to the men’s group providing the lunch.

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