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.

Winter Fest gala

A Winter Fest gala hosted by North Branch Rotary starts at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the North Branch American Legion. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with the meal being served at 7 p.m.

The cost is $25 per ticket, which includes dinner, beverages, wine and beer. For tickets or information, call 651-674-4077, or email mailto:[email protected] All proceeds from this event will be used for scholarships for the Students Taking a Renewed Interest in Education program.

Live music, raffle and candlelight at the park

Don’t miss Candlelight Night at Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls, Wis. 6-9 p.m. Feb. 8.

Experience a winter evening by candlelight as hundreds of candles are lit to guide skiers, snowshoers and hikers on separate trails. Cross-country ski on the Skyline Ski Trail (intermediate level) or snowshoe on the Ojibwa Trail. Both trails begin at the Ice Age Center. Beginning at the Camp Interstate Shelter, hikers can enjoy a candlelit walk beside the St. Croix River. There will be warming fires at the trailheads. At the Ice Age Center, listen to live music provided by The Geezers while enjoying food and refreshments served by the Friends of Interstate Park.

There will also be a raffle drawing at 8:45 p.m. at the Ice Age Center.  First prize is an Old Town Saranac 160 XT canoe, second prize is a pair of Ojibwa style snowshoes and bindings, and third prize is a Bending Branches canoe paddle.  There are still tickets available. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10. The raffle is a fundraiser for the Friends of Interstate Park. Proceeds will be used to match a State grant to remodel the beach house into a summer nature education center.

For more information about the event call 715-483-3747 or visit Visit the Friends website at or “like” the park on Facebook.

NB Auxiliary meeting

The next meeting of the North Branch Legion Auxiliary is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Many items are on the agenda, including Midsummer Days and Red Bull Day.

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

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.

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.

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.

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]

Almelund seniors meeting

Almelund seniors will meet at Amador Town Hall Feb. 14 for a potluck meal at noon. The Sunshine Singers will be there to entertain. Cards will be played in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome.

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.

World War II interactive
experience with Arn Kind

Learn about WWII through the eyes of a war correspondent at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at Chisago Lakes Area Library,

11754 302nd St., Chisago City. Arn Kind portrays an Ernie Pyle-type news reporter who is embedded with an infantry company in war-torn France during the Allied Offensive to liberate Europe. From this unique perspective, participants see the war as current events rather than history.


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.

Weekly domestic violence
support group

The Refuge Network would like to invite people to its weekly support group for women who have experienced domestic violence. Participation in the group is completely free and confidential.  Visit for more information.

The group meets in Chisago City Mondays 6-7:30 p.m. at 10626 Railroad Ave., suite 204/205. Call 651-257-2890 for information on this meeting time.

First Evangelical of Rush City buffalo dinner 

The First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City, 1000 S. Jay Ave., is holding its Buffalo Dinner 4-7 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. Children ages 5-11 can eat for $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Children ages 4 and under eat free. Tickets may be purchased at the church office, Val’s Hair Studio, Fashion, Fabrics & More, or Rush Printing, Inc., all in Rush City. Carry out meals are available.

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