Calendar (posted Jan. 8)

Winter story time at
NB/RC libraries

Celebrate the joy of reading by visiting the library for winter story time 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays Jan. 8-Feb. 26.  Hear children’s stories read aloud. Story time can foster a love of reading and provides children and adults with an enjoyable library experience by introducing books and fun activities.

Children ages 3-5 are invited to attend. Library staff will lead story times. Call the library at 651-674-8443 for more information.

The story times will also be held at the Rush City Library at 2 p.m. Wednesdays now until the end of February.

New to Medicare sessions

Going on Medicare soon or just interested in how it works?  There will be information on Medicare given out at the following sessions at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd. Wyoming, as well as questions answered:

•Jan. 8, 10 a.m.—noon

•Feb. 5, 10 a.m.—noon

•March 5, 10 a.m.—noon

•April 2, 10 a.m.—noon

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 needed 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 be included.

Plundering Christmas party in RC

Join We R Able and the Rush City Community Center in Rush City at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 9, for a  traditional julgransplundring (yule-grahns-PLOON-dring) end-of-the-season holiday party, Swedish style, with folk musician Art Bjorngjeld and We R Able Coordinator Valorie Arrowsmith.  Participants will make a traditional holiday craft, learn some song games to be enjoyed around the Christmas tree, and then give a final ousting of Christmas by throwing the tree out the window or door. The location is the Rush City Community Center at 720 W. 14th St. in the southwest portion of the town.

Donations are accepted for the event. To enjoy a meal through Senior Dining following the program, pre-register with the center at 320-358-3611. There is a donation for the meal that varies according to age. For more information about the event, visit We R Able on Facebook or call 320-358-1220.

Almelund seniors meeting

Almelund seniors will meet at Amador Town Hall at 1 p.m. Jan. 10 for cards and social time. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day.

Animal tracks and signs

Wild River State Park is hosting an animal tracks and signs program noon-2 p.m. Jan. 11.

Many birds and animals are active in the winter and are leaving clues to their daily activities in the snow. Visitors will learn to tune their eyes to start seeing these clues and learn easy tips and tricks to identifying what crossed the path before them on this 1-mile walk.
A Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is required of any vehicle entering the park. This permit can be purchased at the park entrance office for $5/day or $25/year. For more information, call (651) 583-2125 x 227.

Donations accepted at
Christmas display

The Koran’s Christmas display will again be carrying on the tradition of providing a great experience for the children in Chisago County. This year will be bigger than ever with help from Boy Scout Troop 135 from Center City. Troop Leader Tony Koran and his Boy Scouts helped set up and install the display for the 2013-2014 season.

The display, off Lincoln Trail in North Branch, about five miles east of the Middle School,  is on now and will run 5-10 p.m. every day through Jan 12. — Sunday through Thursday: 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 5-11 p.m. The display is set up so visitors can drive through it.

The Boy Scouts will be accepting cash donations to provide support and additional camp opportunities to the members of Troop 135. They will also be accepting non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food shelf in Chisago County.

Parenting plus

All grandparents/kinship caregivers who are raising children/relative’s children are invited to a support group meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in room No. 110 at Pine City Elementary School. Enter door No. 5 by the Dragonwood playground. Free childcare is available. Call 320-629-4030 to sign up for childcare or for more information.

Free family law program

The Refuge Network is sponsoring a free, open to the public, Family Law Clinic 6-8 p.m. Jan. 14 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 may be an opportunity that evening, after the presentation, for two individuals to meet with an attorney for an individual consultation. Consultations will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Calling all bird photographers 

Wild River Audubon will host an open forum for local bird photographers 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Chisago Lakes Library. Photographers should be at the library by 6:45 to organize; please bring equipment with which to show your images — slides, carousel, computer, jump drive, USB — whatever is needed to project photos on the screen. The time will be divided up in accordance with how many photographers are present. There will be tips on how to take better photos. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Sue Leaf at 651-230-0223.

‘Grandma kept it going’ quilting program

At 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Pine City Public Library, listen as Minnesota quilter Bev Proulx presents her program “Grandma Kept It Going.”

Using Proulx collection, visitors will look at how women kept quilting alive during the tremendous changes of the 20th century.

For more information, call the Pine City Public Library at 320-629-6403 or visit

No NB Auxiliary meeting in January

The North Branch Post 85 Auxiliary unit will not meet in the month of January; however, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the unit is inviting everyone in the North Branch to participate in a volunteer opportunity by giving at least one hour Jan. 20, or any day the week of Jan. 20, in honor of King’s legacy. Members of the American Legion Auxiliary have dedicated themselves to serving veterans, military and their families for nearly a century, and the Auxiliary believes in helping make communities better places to live.

Upcoming Red Cross blood
donation opportunities:

Chisago County

Jan. 30: 1-7 p.m., at the Community Center, 312 Government St., Taylors Falls.

Isanti County

Jan. 24: 1:30-7:30 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 109 Second Ave. South Isanti.

Jan. 30 : 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Braham Area High School, Elmhurst Dr., Braham.


Senate District 32 DFL precinct caucuses

Senate District 32 DFL will host precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 4. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with the caucus meeting at 7 p.m. For precinct location information, contact the Isanti County Auditor’s Office at 763-689-1644 or the Chisago County Auditor’s Office at 651-213-8500.

Stomp Out Suicide event

Stomp Out Suicide, in partnership with the Forest Lake Area Partnership for Families welcomes nationally known comic and mental health activist Kevin Breel to Forest Lake Area High School for a “Stop the Stigma” event at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 with a resource fair and concluding after a talk by Breel that begins at 7 p.m. This public event aims to raise awareness of mental health, depression and suicide prevention.

For more information, call 651-986-1609 or email [email protected]

22nd annual candlelight ski/snowshoe/walk event

Illuminating 6 miles of trails, candles will guide visitors through one of once-in-a-winter opportunity at Wild River 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15. Snowshoers, skiers, and walkers are welcome to take the trails this Valentine’s weekend.

A Minnesota State park vehicle permit is required of any vehicle entering the park. This permit can be purchased at the park entrance office for $5 per day or $25 per year. Participants over the age of 16 who will be on skis will need a Minnesota Ski Pass. Visitors can purchase a day pass at the office for $6 or an annual pass for $20. Hikers and snowshoers do not need a ski pass.

For more information, call 651-583-2125 x 227.

‘Hot Reads for Cold Nights’

Need a cure for those cold, winter blues? The North Branch Library invites all adults, 18 years and older, to participate in our fifth annual Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult winter reading program. The program runs now-March 1. To participate, stop in the library beginning Jan. 6 and pick up a pack of Hot Reads for Cold Nights bookmarks. Each bookmark will have a different topic listed on it. Read any book that fulfills that topic and turn the bookmark(s) in to the library each week for a chance to win a prize. Prize drawings will be held each Monday from bookmarks turned in from the previous week, plus there will be a grand prize drawing from all of the bookmarks turned in over the 8-week period.

Leopold book club at Crex Meadows

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching a new program in January, called the Leopold Book Club. Join a fun and inquisitive community of Aldo Leopold lovers by reading “A Sand County Almanac” and engage in lively and insightful discussion and short related activities. The club meets 6-7 p.m. every other Thursday from now to March 20 at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wis. Pre-registration is required. Readers are invited to sign up now. Space is limited to 25 participants. Reserve a copy of “A Sand County Almanac” at a local library.

This program is meant to inspire people to connect with the outdoors and wildlife, all while enjoying some of Leopold’s famous works. Over the course of six weeks, participants will explore ways in which humans relate to their natural surroundings.

For more information on the Leopold Book Club and to pre-register, contact Kristi Pupak, wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739 or via email: [email protected]

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