Calendar (posted 1-29-14)

Arts RX vocalist 

We R Able invites area residents to enjoy supper and a musical performance by Jennifer Thyng of North Branch 6 p.m. Jan. 30. Thyng will sing favorites and encourage the audience to sing along at the North Country Coffee shop, 38500 Tanger Dr., North Branch. The meal begins at 5 p.m. Thyng began singing at age four and has had opportunities to perform for many organizations, churches, and radio and TV sports for sports fans.  She grew up in the Grasston and Braham communities. Pre-registrations are needed for meal reservations with We R Able. Please call 320-358-1220.

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.

Longest drive and closest
to the pin contest

Bulrush Golf Course in Rush City is partnering with Special Olympics Minnesota to offer a winter event to raise money and awareness for a great cause. Bulrush plans to host the Virtual Golf Longest Drive & Closest to the Pin Contest Feb. 1.

An afternoon of fun on Bulrush’s new virtual golf simulators will help to create a world of community for the Minnesota Special Olympians. This organization offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition.

For a $20 donation, each golfer will receive seven swings in the Longest Drive competition or five swings in the Closest to the Pin challenge. For a $30 donation, a golfer will be entered in both the Longest Drive and the Closest to the Pin competitions.

First-place trophies will be awarded along with prizes for second and third. The Rush-Hour Bar and Restaurant will also be holding a meat raffle the same afternoon. For more information on this event, call Bulrush at 320-358-1050.

55+ driver improvement program

Driver improvement courses for motorists ages 55-plus are offered 8 a.m. – noon Feb. 1 at the Chisago Lakes Medical Center, 11725 Stinson Ave., Chisago City, and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Forest Lake Senior Center, 767 SW Fourth St. Both are 4-hour refresher courses.

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 refresher course is $20. 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 4-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.

Candlelight Ski

The public is invited to join Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty, staff and students for an evening of skiing or hiking along two miles of candlelit trails along the Rum River during the annual Candlelight Ski 5:30 -8:30 p.m.  Feb. 1. at the Cambridge campus.

Skiing begins from the Campus Center on the east side of County Road 70. Ski rental is available at Outdoor Edge (115 S. Adam St., Cambridge, 763-552-3343). Free parking is available next to the college’s campus center.

The candlelit trails are part of the Spirit River Nature Area’s cross-country ski trails that wander through the Cambridge Campus and the City of Cambridge.

Along with skiing or hiking, festivities will also include refreshments and a chance to win door prizes at 7:30 p.m. Ken Krona and Rick Stener will perform at the campus center food court 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 763-433-1100 or visit

Chisago Co. Republican Party caucus 

The Chisago County Republican Party precinct caucus will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at numerous locations in the county. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information and a list of caucus locations, visit or call 651-287-8700.

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.

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:

•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.

An evening with wild animals

Wild River Audubon will present an evening with live animals at its 7-9 p.m. meeting Feb. 11 at the Chisago Lakes Library. Members of the Audubon Center of the Northwoods will present the program “Northwoods Niche,” featuring a salamander, a fox snake, a Great Horned Owl and a porcupine. Each of these vertebrates plays a different role in forest ecology.

The public is invited. This same program will be given to students at Lakeside Intermediate School in Chisago Lakes and North Branch’s Sunrise Elementary School earlier in the day. Thanks to all the patrons of the Audubon’s birdseed sale for providing the funding for this program.

Historical Society meeting postponed 

The North Chisago Historical Society meeting at Rushseba Town Hall has been postponed from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. This is due to the caucus meetings Feb. 4.

The program for the evening will be “History of Rushseba Township.” There will be coffee and treats after the meeting. The general public is welcome.

Free family law clinic

The Refuge Network is sponsoring a free, open to the public, Family Law Clinic 6-8 p.m. Feb. 11 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora, 301 Forest Ave E. Attendees can learn the basics on family law matters from a presentation, receive helpful materials, and may have general questions answered by an attorney from the law firm of Spear and Swanson. Also, there may be an opportunity that evening after the presentation for two individuals to meet with an attorney for a personal consultation. Consultations will be on a first come, first serve basis.

For further information visit or call 1-800-338-7233.

Give Kids A Smile 2014

The Minnesota Dental Association is sponsoring this statewide outreach effort, called “Give Kids a Smile,” because dentists are committed to providing all children with dental care and improving access to care throughout Minnesota.  Now in its 13th consecutive year, Give Kids a Smile has provided free dental care to nearly 40,000 children.

Patients seeking appointments should be under the age of 18 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Soft Dental in Rush City is joining dental professionals across 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 8 the state for provide free preventative dental care to children whose families cannot afford to pay for the care.  Soft Dental is located at 1220 W. 3rd St.

Appointments are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Those with questions can call 320-358-4733

PFLAG meeting

The next meeting of the East Central Minnesota Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays be held at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Common Ground, the Cambridge United Methodist Church, 404 North Cypress St.  The regular meeting schedule is the second Sunday of the month.  Please use the northeast door to the church. Those who are in need of support or answers on LGBT issues are encouraged to attend. People with questions about the organization or meetings can call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

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.

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] For complete details and updated information, visit

‘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.

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 now-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.

K-12 poetry contest 

The Friends of the North Branch Library announce changes in their Third Annual Poetry Contest. This year the contest is open to students grades K – 12, and there will be three grand prizes of $25 each to be awarded to the winners from the elementary, middle, and high school brackets.  The theme this year is “winter.”

A $5 prize will be awarded just for entering. Students must be present at the library March 8 to read their poems to receive any of the prizes. The contest is scheduled 10 a.m. – noon.  Bring entries to the library before March 1 for judging.  The entrant’s name, age, and school need to accompany a submitted poem. Home-schooled students are invited to participate.


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