Calendar (Posted 6-5-14)

Weight loss speaker  

Luis Laguna, MD, a surgeon who specializes in weight loss surgery, will speak and answer questions in Conference Room B at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., at 6 p.m. June 5. To preregister for this free program, call 612-672-7272, or go to

NB garden club plant sale

North Branch Garden Club will hold a plant sale 8-11 a.m. June 7 in the parking lot at Lake State Credit Union on Main Street.  Plants for sale include perennials from members’ gardens, annuals, herbs and houseplants.  New this year will be a selection of wildflowers.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe 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 now-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

NB Legion Auxiliary meeting

The next meeting of the North Branch American Legion Auxiliary will be 7:30 p.m. June 10 at the Legion Hall. There will be a discussion about plans for Midsummer Days reports from committee chairmen. The Auxiliary will not meet again until September. Please join us for this important meeting.

Summer preschool story time 

A “Paws to Read” preschool story time for children ages 3-5 will be held at North Branch Area Library 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays June 11-30.

Father’s Day story time 

Fathers and children 3-6 years of age are invited to spend time together enjoying stories, finger plays, songs, snacks and a special craft at 6:30 p.m. June 11 at the Rush City Public Library.

‘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 visit

‘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 [email protected] 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.


Little Tots swimming class sign up

Sign up for individuals interested in Little Tots I and II  swimming classes will take place 12:30-6:30 p.m. June 10 at the Rush City Aquatic Center.

Those with questions can call 320-358-3074.

Flag retirement ceremony 

Rush City American Legion Post# 93 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at 1 p.m. on Flag Day, June 14, at Triangle Park in downtown Rush City.  Flag etiquette says: When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be properly disposed by burning in a dignified manner. All unserviceable flags should be given to a Legion member, dropped off at City Hall, or brought to the Triangle Park that day. Anyone wanting to observe this ceremony is welcome to attend.

Red Bull Military Appreciation Day

The 6th Annual Red Bull Military Appreciation Day is set from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15 at Central Park in North Branch. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a display of military vehicles and memorabilia, a car show sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts-North Branch, kids activities, silent auction, food vendors, veteran services and military support organizations. Proceeds will support the U.S. Armed Forces with a commitment to Minnesota military families.

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 long-standing 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.

Red Bull Motorcycle Run

The Red Bull Motorcycle Run is June 28, starting and ending at North Branch American Legion Post 85, 6439 Elm St., North Branch. A breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. will be followed by sign-in from 10 a.m. to noon and the ride at 12:30 p.m. The cost for a bike and one rider is $20; a passenger is $15. To pre-register for a reduced rate, visit This sixth annual event supports the group’s mission of direct support through the shipment of care packages to deployed troops, primarily the Minnesota National Guard and its families.

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.

Chisago Lakes Triathlon

The Chisago Lakes Triathlon will be held July 27 at the Paradise Park in Chisago City. The event begins at 7 a.m. and features half iron and sprint courses. The Youth Triathlon will also be held July 26 at Paradise Park starting at 9 a.m. To register, visit, or call 920-574-2972.

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.

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.

St. Gregory annual summer festival

St. Gregory the Great will host its 5th annual summer festival 6:30-9 p.m. June 7 and noon-2 p.m. June 8. A pig roast meal and hot dogs are available both days.  Beer and wine, for those over 21, as well as other refreshments for all ages will be available for purchase.

There will be numerous activities and entertainment for all ages, and raffle tickets will be sold.

RC First Evangelical luncheon, June 11

The First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City, 1000 S. Jay Ave., is having its annual salad luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a variety of delicious salads.

There will be a freewill offering.

The church is handicapped accessible.

An evening with Max Malmquist

Max Malmquist, local author and historian, will give a presentation about the history of the local churches and schools at 7:30 p.m. June 12 at Spring Lake Lutheran Church, 8440 Erickson Rd. N.E.,

North Branch.

This event is free; refreshments will be served following the presentation.

‘Beauty No Matter What’

Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. June 16 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 37515 Park Trl., Almelund, and is sponsored by the River Valley Christian Women’s Connection.  Mary Roelofs is the guest speaker.  Her message is “No Matter What.” The special feature will be Brenda Stritzuk from Lakeside Greenhouse, who will present “The Beauty of Potting Plants.”  Mary Roelofs will provide music. Contact Carrie at 651-257-4741 or Velda at 715-857-5573. Reservations/cancellations are necessary by the Tuesday before the event. The cost is $10 inclusive.

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