Calendar (Posted 5-29-14)

Rush Line corridor meetings

Work on the newest study for transit way improvements in the Rush Line Corridor is underway. Two open houses are scheduled to seek input from community members and businesses on the transit needs of the corridor and the proposed routes:

• Interstate 35E/35 from Union Depot in downtown St. Paul to Forest Lake.

• On the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority (RCRRA) right-of-way from Union Depot to White Bear Lake. Open houses are drop-in with no formal presentation. Project staff will be available to answer questions.

Open House Dates

•5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 28, at the Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood.

• 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 29 at the Forest Lake Transit Center, 19955 Forest Rd. N.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
cultural exhibit

A new cultural exhibit from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe that highlights the Band’s heritage and deep connection to East Central Minnesota will be on display at the North Branch Area Library May 28-June 10.  The exhibit, made up of five interconnected banners, details the history of the Mille Lacs Band from its arrival 250 years ago in what would become Minnesota up to the present day.

More information about the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe can be found at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Onamia or at

Almelund Cruise Night 

“Almelund Cruise Night” is new this year.  At 5-7 p.m. every last Thursday of the month until Sept. 25 this summer, cruise into the small town for and evening of fun.

Classic cars and motorcycles are welcome.

There will be hot dogs, pop, chili cheese fries, ice cream and beer on sale.

Baby bonanza sale

Parents and grandparents are invited to purchase gently used infants’ and children’s clothing, toys, furniture and handcrafted items at the Baby Bonanza Sale at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming 9 a.m. to noon May 31.

Staff at Fairview Lakes Medical Center host the event as a service to the community. Sellers keep the proceeds of their sales. For information, contact Joleen Lawlor at 651-982-7100.

Plant exchange

The Friends of Anderson Park and the North Branch Garden Club invite both new and experienced gardeners to a spring Plant Exchange 9 a.m. – noon May 31 at Irving and John Anderson County Park, 27241 Furman St. NE, North Branch. Bring three or more potted plants and swap for three or more different plants. All types of indoor and outdoor plants, seeds, vegetables, grasses, bulbs, herbs, trees and bushes accepted. Label plants for identification with name, type and size of plant, and sun or shade. If you don’t have plants to share, your entry to the exchange will be a treat to share with participants. Contact Linnea Lentz at 763-444-8550 with questions; $1 donations are accepted for a chance at door prizes.

Johnson/Turner 5K run

The Johnson/Turner 5K run, sponsored by the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau is planned 7:45-10:30 a.m. May 31. Proceeds from the race go to support LAYSB’s youth enrichment and mentoring programs.

The Johnson/Turner Calorie Burner 5K is a scenic, USATF-certified (3.1 mile) course, winding through the quiet streets of Forest Lake, and ending at the Lakeside Park. Following the 5K, there will be a 1K kiddie trot.

All participants will receive a free healthy breakfast following the race. To volunteer, contact Jenna Jones at or 651-464-3685.

Historical Society meeting,
Harris Spudfest info

The North Chisago Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. June 3 at the Rushseba Town Hall.  This meeting is free and open to the public.

Following the business meeting,  the program includes two members, Cathy Gervais and Joanne Ploetz,  who will provide an overview of the Harris Spudfest, a community-wide event scheduled for the public in Harris on June 14 to celebrate the town’s local heritage dating to the 1870s.  For more information, call 358-4525.

‘Cock-a-Doodle-Zoo’ RC/NB Library program 

Children ages preschool through grade six are invited to participate at the “Paws to Read: Cock-a-Doodle-Zoo” program this spring and summer at the Rush City and North Branch libraries.  Younger children may have an adult or older child read to them. A teen program will also be offered. Stop by the library and pick up a flyer listing all the activities and events offered for kids and teens alike. The summer reading program will run June 2-Aug. 4.  All activities are free and open to the public.

To kick-off the Paws to Read program, Cock-a-Doodle Zoo will be bringing animals from their zoo in Scandia at 3:30 p.m. June 12.

The animals will be at the North Branch Area Library at 1 p.m. June 12.

Bike, Walk, Run, ‘n’ Roll

Walkers, runners, cyclists, in-line skaters and families who want to enjoy a fun and healthy activity together are urged to register now for the Fairview Lakes Auxiliary’s “Bike, Walk, Run ‘n’ Roll” fundraising event set for 8 a.m. June 7 at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming. Proceeds will be donated to the Leah Hillesheim Health Care Scholarship Fund. Cyclists, runners and inline skaters will start at 8:30 a.m. followed by walkers, who start at 9 a.m.

Participants receive T-shirts and enjoy free refreshments. The registration fee is $13 a person. A family registration for three or more from the same family is available for $27 (limit three t-shirts). Additional t-shirts are available on the day of the event. A family unit must include at least one adult. Wheelchair participants are welcome. Helmets are mandatory and will be on sale at the event for $5.

Pick up a registration form at the Fairview Lakes Medical Center information desk in Wyoming, at nearby Fairview clinics, or at Forest Lake Cycle & Skate, Trail Cycle or at The Yellow Bus in Forest Lake, or go online to  For more information, call Pat, 651-433-5162, or Donna, 651-433-2955.

Bird walk

For the past 30 years, the Wild River Audubon Chapter has led the bird walk for the Seegwan celebration at Wild River State Park. Meet at the boat landing at 7:30 a.m. June 7.  All levels of birders are welcome to join.

Free community block party

Bridge of Grace Church is hosting a free community block party 5-7 p.m. June 8 in Central Park.

Questions? Call Pastor Scott at 651-226-1753, or vistit

‘Botany Walks and Talks’

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis. is having free “Botany Walks and Talks” events June 8, June 20 and Aug. 17. Begin in the auditorium with a lecture on the biology and identification of a certain plant and/or fungus group, followed by a walk on the wildlife area to put newly learned skills to practice.

Call 715-463-2739 or email for more information.

Help with home projects

Do you or someone you know need help with projects around the house? These projects could include small remodeling projects, a wheel chair ramp, painting, clean up or other endeavors. Do you have limitations that are stopping you from getting these needed things done? Time? Finances? Disability? Bridge of Grace Church may be able to help you.

The church is hosting teams of eager workers the week of June 8-14 who can help people with such projects through Hands of Hope. The teams will provide the labor needed to get projects done, and the church may be able to provide assistance with purchasing needed materials. For more information or to register to see if Hands of Hope can help with your project, go to or call Pastor Scott Johnson at 651-226-1753.

Ladies’ invitational golf tourney

The Third Annual Chisago Lakes Ladies’ Invitational tournament will be hosted by the women’s leagues at Chisago Lakes Golf Course in Lindstrom June 18.There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start for this 2-woman best ball event.

The 2014 invitational will honor a longstanding member of Chisago Lakes Golf Course, Shari Grandstrand.

She passed away in early April, after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Registration forms for the event are available at the golf course or online at —click “Outings & Events” and search the “Events Calendar.”  The cost is $50 per person (cart extra), and the registration deadline is June 13. Those with questions can call Linda at 651- 257-2945 or the Chisago Lakes Golf Course at 651 257-1484.

Prepare an Italian meal

Caterer, cooking instructor, and food aficionado Channa Tastides of Cambridge will teach a cooking class at the North Branch High School FACS room, 38175 Grand Ave., North Branch, 4-6 p.m. June 23 as part of We R Able’s new cuisine series. The evening features an Italian meal of chicken alfredo and also includes an acknowledgement of National Columnist’s Day, in recognition of the media coverage of We R Able events in the region. There is a fee to participate, and pre-registration is needed by June 16.  For more information call 320-358-1220.

Lindstrom Loppet registration

New this year, online registration will save money for runners and walkers who plan to take part in the July 12 Lindstrom Loppet Karl Oskar Days 5K Walk/Run. Hosted by Fairview Lakes Medical Center, the 26th annual event is set for 8 a.m. July 12 at Lakes Free Church in Lindstrom. Online registration for the event is now open at, and race organizers emphasize that there is no added service fee for those who register online.

Center City Art expo

Some $500 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners of the first annual Vilhelm Moberg two-day art expo planned as part of Center City Days, Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2.  The first prizewinner in acrylic or oil painting, drawing, or a similar art expression will receive $250 with lesser amounts awarded to other winners.

Prizewinning categories include the Karl Oskar Award, Per Andersson Honorarium, Anders Svensson Honorarium, Frank Mobeck Honorarium, Andrew Wallmark Honorarium, and Daniel Lindstrom Honorarium.  All are historic persons representing nearby villages, and all entries must reflect the historic or cultural nature of the Chisago Lakes Area.

Framed art will be displayed indoors within the business places of cooperating owners. A $10 registration fee will be required, and artists may choose to add their work to the silent auction Aug. 2.

Alumni football game

Do you have what it takes to strap on a helmet one more time?

Well, if you’ve ever wished that you could play football one more time, you’re wish has been granted. Alumni football is coming to North Branch. Gridiron Alumni is planning several full contact alumni football games. Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time. Gridiron Alumni is targeting teams like North Branch, Chisago Lakes Area, Cambridge-Isanti, and many others. Players from the local area are invited to register and play. The first 40 players on each team get to play. The team that gets 30 people registered first gets home field advantage. The games are set for spring and summer. If you or someone you know is interested in putting on the pads one more time, go to to register.  If you have any questions call Chris at (530) 410-6396.

Gridiron Alumni was founded in 2010 and has raised more thabn $250,000 for schools and charities using alumni football games as a fundraising vehicle.

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