Upcoming events (posted Feb. 12)

Friday night fish fries

Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Rush City is hosting Friday night fish fries 5-7 p.m. through Lent — March 7-April 4. The cost is $8.50 per person. The cost for children ages 12 and under is $6.

Paying for college meeting

For most Minnesota families and students, paying for college is a challenge; for those who are the first in their family to go to college, the process can seem even more challenging.

At 6-7 p.m. Feb. 12, families and students are invited to attend a special presentation of the video “Paying for College: First in the Family — How Minnesota First Generation Families Make It Happen” at  the Saint Croix River Education District building in Rush City. Following the presentation of the short video, financial aid experts will provide additional information and respond to questions.

For more information, contact Sandy Connolly at 651-259-3902 or at sandy.connolly@state.mn.us

It’s time to register for NB traveling baseball

Boys interested in trying out for the North Branch 10U-14U traveling baseball team should get their registration forms in the mail no later than Feb. 18.

The forms, which can be found at http://www.northbranchsports.org/page/show/105482-traveling-baseball can be mailed to NB Traveling Baseball — Registration, P.O. Box 644, North Branch, MN 55056.

The forms can also be dropped off at the North Branch Fire Hall 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12.

Tryouts will be held at the Vadnais Heights Dome.

For 10 and 12U players, the tryout will be 6-7:15 p.m. March 1.

For 11-14U players, the tryout will be 6-7:15 p.m. March. 8.

Those with questions can call Paul Ramberg at 612-366-1877.

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.

Chili feed

North Branch Boy Scout Troop #141 is having a chili feed 5-7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the North Branch American Legion Hall. The cost is $5. Family Pathways Food Shelf donations will be collected at this event.

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.

Sweetheart pancake breakfast

The Almelund Lions sweetheart pancake breakfast is Feb. 16 and will be a fundraiser for Dale Hunter, one of the clubs longtime members. Hunter has complications from two abdominal surgeries, which landed him at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dale has been hospitalized since the middle of December, and he’s hoping to be released from the Mayo at the end of March.

All the proceeds from this event are going to help Hunter and his family with their bills.

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.

Winter wildlife tracks

Come to Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wis., 10 a.m. – noon Feb. 22 for a winter wildlife tracks program. Attendees will start at the visitor center, where they will learn how to distinguish tracks made by mammals. Then they will caravan into the wildlife area to try and find and identify these tracks. This program is free for all ages.

Call 715-463-2739 for more information.

Tribute concert honoring D-Day

The award-winning 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band and East Central Minnesota Chorale present  “Celebration of Freedom,” a musical tribute honoring the 70th anniversary of D-Day 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Richard Hardy Performing Arts Center in Cambridge/Isanti High School. Tickets are $10 for adults in advance or $12 at the door, $5 for students ages 13-17; visitors ages 12 and under may attend for free free. Purchase advance tickets from any ECMC or Unum Vox member, at the Leader in Cambridge, the K-Bob Cafe in Princeton, or County Market in North Branch.

Those with questions can contact Renee King at renee.king2@me.com.

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.

Fifty-five plus driver improvement program

A four-hour refresher driving course for motorists ages 55-plus is being offered at North Branch Area High School 5-9 p.m. Feb. 26.

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety & 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 4-hour refresher course is $20. For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter.org 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.

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:

•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.

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.

LAYSB nominations for annual awards

Do you know:

•Someone who is a great role model for youth?

•Someone who demonstrates a passion for the wellbeing of youth?

•A youth who is making a difference in their community?

•Or a law enforcement officer who has gone above and beyond his or her job duties to connect with and make a difference in the lives of youth?  If any of the above statements are true, the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau wants to hear from you.

The LAYSB awards are given annually for service in the following categories:

The “On Behalf of Youth Award” honors individuals who demonstrate a passion for the wellbeing of youth.  This award will be given to one adult and one youth.

The “James Trudeau Award” honors a licensed law enforcement officer for service or activities related to youth above and beyond their normal duties.  Awards are given for service during 2013.

The deadline to submit a nomination is March 14.  Nominations may be made by any area resident (not family members), local business owner or any area civic or service group.  A connection to LAYSB is preferred but not necessary. Nomination letters and forms are available on LAYSB’s website, www.ysblakesarea.org

Questions about the awards may be directed to Jackie Kottke, development coordinator, by calling 651-464-3685 or by emailing jackie.kottke@ysblakesarea.org.

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: Kristina.pupak@wisconsin.gov. For complete details and updated information, visit www.crexmeadows.org.

Nature story time at Interstate Park

Join Naturalist Julie Fox at 10 a.m. Thursdays through March at the Ice Age Center at Wisconsin Interstate Park for a story and activity chosen especially for preschoolers and their parents. Bring clothing for outdoor play (weather permitting).

Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin on Hwy 35 just 1/2 mile south of Hwy 8.  Nature story time is free of charge, but a state park sticker is required to enter the park. For more information, call 715-483-3747.

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 www.therefugenetwork.org 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.

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