MnSure Navigators at RC library

Certified Navigators are persons who help individuals and families achieve successful enrollments into health plans through the MNsure marketplace and provide assistance to the consumer. Navigators are not insurance agents or brokers. They help people work through the process of applying and enrolling. MNsure navigators will be at the Rush City Public Library 3-8 p.m. March 5, 19 and 26.

Healthy eating speaker

The Today’s Health Topics program at Fairview Lakes Medical Center at 2 p.m. March 5 will feature Registered Dietician Rachel Baar. She will speak on “Nutrition 101 for Mature Adults.” Her talk will cover cooking for one or two people, filling up the pantry with essentials, using leftovers and downsizing favorite family recipes. Everyone is welcome. No preregistration is required. For more information, contact Kathy Bystrom at 651-257-8439.

March Mania at RC/NB libraries 

All ages are invited to participate in the Rush City and North Branch libraries’ Heroes vs. Villains March Mania contest. The Heroes and Villains were chosen from kids and teen books and movies. Pick up a Heroes vs. Villains bracket at the libraries and return it no later than March 5.  No completed brackets will be accepted after March 5.

There will be two brackets — one with 16 heroes and one with 16 villains for a total of 32. Pick the winners in each bracket plus the ultimate winner for a chance to win. Instead of picking the Notre Dame or Duke basketball team to win, a participant might pick Katniss (from  Hunger Games) over Sherlock Holmes in the hero bracket and maybe a Dementor (from Harry Potter) over Darth Vadar (from Star Wars) in the Villain bracket. Winners will be chosen by the number of votes each Hero and/or Villain receives.  If seven of 10 entries pick Katniss over Sherlock Holmes, Katniss will be declared the winner.

Winners from the first 16 matches will be posted at the library March 10, winners from the next eight matches posted March 17, and winners from the semi-finals March 24.  The winner of the ultimate hero vs. the ultimate villain will be posted March 31.  The winner of the Hero vs. Villain March Mania tournament will win a prize.

PFLAG meeting

The next meeting of the East Central MN Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will be held at 4:30 p.m. March 9 at Common Ground, the Cambridge United Methodist Church, 404 North Cypress Ave. The group’s regular meeting schedule is the second Sunday of the month. Use the northeast door to the church.  Those who are in need of support or answers on LGBT issues are encouraged to attend. Those who have any questions about PFLAG can call 320-396-3128 or 763-464-0079.

Glass sculptures unveiling

Last summer, children ages 4-10 were invited to participate in ECRL’s Kids Design Glass contest.  All they had to do was draw a picture of anything they wanted and return it to their local East Central Regional Library branch.  One winner from each of East Central Regional Library’s 14 branches was chosen to be turned into a glass sculpture by a local glassblower, Anthony Michaud-Scorza.

Come to the North Branch Area Library at 6:30 p.m. March 10 as the 14 exquisite, fun and unique sculptures are unveiled. All 14 glass sculptures will be traveling to each of East Central Regional Library’s 14 branches. Michaud-Scorza will give a presentation on the glassblowing process followed by a question and answer period.

Visitors can congratulate the winning child from North Branch Area Library, Caleb Thyng.

NB Post 85 Auxiliary meeting

The next meeting of the North Branch Legion Auxiliary is 7:30 p.m. March 11 at the Legion Hall. Due to the cold weather, the Auxiliary did not have enough members for a quorum in February. Midsummer Days and other items will be discussed at the meeting. New members should plan to attend this meeting.

Parenting plus meeting

All grandparents/ kinship caregivers who are raising their children/relative’s children are invited to a support group meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 11 in room No. 110 at the Pine City Elementary School. Enter door No. 5 by the Dragonwood playground. Free childcare is available. For more information, call 320-629-4030.

Free family law program

The Refuge Network is sponsoring a free, open to the public, Family Law Clinic 6-8 p.m. March 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch, 38460 Lincoln Trl. Attendees can learn the basics of family law matters, receive helpful materials, and have questions answered by an attorney. Also, there may be an opportunity that evening 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 651-257-2890.

Wild River Audubon speaker 

Wild River Audubon will host speaker Kevin Proescholdt, conservation director for Wilderness Watch, presenting “Sigurd Olson, the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the National Wilderness Act” 7 p.m. March 11 at Chisago Lakes Library. Olson wore many hats: writer, community college instructor, lobbyist, and mentor of the young. More than any other Minnesotan, he is responsible for gaining protection for Minnesota’s Arrowhead wilderness. Proescholdt, active in Boundary Waters conservation issues for decades, is an ideal guide to Olson’s multi-faceted life. The public is always welcome at Audubon events. Refreshments will be served.

Medicare information class

A free information session about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D is scheduled 10 a.m.-noon March 11 at the Isle Recreational Education Center, 610 Mille Lacs Ave., Isle. Call 1-800-333-2433 for more information.

Scandiband music 

The Spirit River Scandiband will perform as part of the Arts RX Concert Series with We R Able at 6 p.m. March 13 at North Country Coffee, 38500 Tanger Dr., in the North Branch Mall.  Supper begins at 5 p.m., followed by the music. The Scandiband will perform music to celebrate two cultural events: St. Patrick’s Day and St. Urho’s Day.

There is a fee to attend, and pre-registration is needed by March 12. For more information, call 320-358-1220.

‘Meatballs for Mutts’ fundraiser

Northwoods Humane Society in Wyoming is dishing up for its annual winter spaghetti dinner, Meatballs for Mutts, 7 p.m. March 15 at the Forest Lake VFW, 556 12th St. SW.

This entertaining annual evening has hosted hundreds of supporters with dinner, dessert and games.

“We are so excited to welcome 2014 with this fundraiser,” said Miranda Schaps-Rineer, NHS Board member and volunteer.

As the community’s only animal shelter and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all attendees who provide donations will be provided a receipt for tax-deduction purposes.

All proceeds go directly to the support and daily care of cats and dogs waiting for their new homes. This care includes spays, neuters and vaccinations, food and treats, bedding and toys.

In addition to the dinner and dessert, there will be a silent auction, door prizes, and a wine ring toss game.

For more information about the event or how to support Northwoods, visit, call 651-982-0240, or visit the shelter on Facebook at

French toast/pancake breakfast

The North Branch Lioness Club is hosting a French toast/pancake breakfast 8 a.m. – noon March 16.

Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat French toast, pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, milk and coffee.

Tickets are $6 for ages 12 and up ($5 if purchased in advance); $3 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and under.

Advance sale tickets can be purchased by calling 651-674-5127 or 651-295-5301.

All profits will be donated to community organizations and projects.

Program about Israel 

Dr. David Reagan will present “Israel – a Key to American Destiny,” at the St. Croix Falls Public Library in St. Croix Falls, Wis., 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 16.

Call Dwayne Rasmussen at 715-755-3473 or Alan Walker 515-708-2120 for more information.

Relay for Life spaghetti dinner

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life kick off spaghetti dinner is 6 p.m. March 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. The night is designed to honor survivors and caregivers, provide an opportunity to learn about forming a Relay for Life team get ideas about how to fundraise and hear about the Relay night July 25 at the Almelund Threshing Grounds. Dinner and beverages will be served for a free-will donation. The dinner is free for cancer survivors. Those with questions can call Jeske Noordergraaf at 651-775-1233 or email [email protected]

NB golf course membership meeting

The North Branch Golf Course will hold its annual spring membership meeting at 7 p.m. March 18. It will be held at the North Branch Fire Hall, located 1 mile south of town, on Highway 61. Membership payments can also be made at that time. The meeting is open to the general public.

Comedy show

The community is invited to a free performance by comedian Joey I.L.O. from Branson, Mo.

Joey is from Minneapolis and now lives in Branson with his family.

The show will be held at Main Street Church, 6500 Main St., North Branch, 7 p.m. March 21. There is no admittance charge, but there will be opportunity for a free-will offering.

This is clean comedy, so bring the kids.

Four-Hour refresher 55-plus defensive driving class

Linwood Senior Center will be offering a 4-hour defensive driving class for seniors 9-1 p.m. March 24. The cost is $12. Call 651-462-5565 to register.

Eight-Hour 55-plus defensive
driving class

Linwood Senior Center is offering an 8-hour defensive driving class for seniors 2-6 p.m. March 24 and 25. The cost is $12. Call 651-462-5565 to register. Those who complete the course can save 10 percent on their drivers’ insurance.


Deer herd status meeting

Do you have questions about the deer population? Want to know what the future deer hunting season looks like? Come and join in a time of discussion and questions on the 2013 deer season 7 p.m. March 27 at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wis.  Information will be provided on deer program changes that will be occurring for the 2014 deer season. This will include current available information on the implementation of the Deer Trustee Report and the new Deer Management Assistance Program.

For questions or more information, contact Steve Hoffman, wildlife biologist, at 715-463-2896 or email [email protected]

For complete details and updated information, visit For regular updates, photos, news and more, follow Crex Meadows on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Craft show and bake sale

A craft show and bake sale sponsored by the North Branch Lioness Club will be held 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. There will be more than 30 vendors.

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.

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]

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 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.

RC Women’s Club to host spring fling sale

The Rush City Women’s Club will be kicking off spring by hosting its first indoor flea market and garage sale extravaganza.

Local residents and those from surrounding communities will be selling handicrafts, home baked goods, jewelry, housewares and more from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Rush City Community Center, 720 West 14th St.

Local musicians will provide background music, and ladies from the community will be serving picnic type foods from the concession stand. Admission is free.

All profits will be used to fund the local scholarships and other programs of the Rush City Women’s Club.

Harris Covenant Church concert

The University Choir and Chamber Singers from North Park University, Chicago, will present a concert on their “Sing a New Song” tour at Harris Covenant Church at 7 p.m. March 10. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert features both classical and contemporary sacred and secular music, including works by René Clausen, Baldassare Galuppi, and Claude Debussy, as well as arrangements by Moses Hogan and Randall Thompson.

More than 50 North Park students will participate in the tour, representing the University’s undergraduate and graduate music programs.

Ellie Weihsmann, a first-year music education major, will be one of the singers; Weihsmann’s family lives in Harris.

For more information, visit

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