Calendar (posted 6-19-14)

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.

Tribute to Stan Laurel 

The next gathering of the Leave ‘Em Laughing tent of the Sons of the Desert is set for 7 p.m. June 20 at the Log Barn Cinema in Almelund.

This time around it’s a tribute to Stan Laurel and friends as visitors commemorate the 124th anniversary of his birth, which was June 16, 1890, in Ulverston, England. There will be screenings of a couple of Stan Laurel’s solo

films along with his mentor, Charlie Chaplin, and his eventual partner, Oliver Hardy. There will also be Little Rascals classic cartoons.

‘Botany Walks and Talks’

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis. is having free “Botany Walks and Talks” events 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.

Anderson Park wetland plant tour

What grows in wetlands around here? Learn about wetland plants in Anderson County Park, 27241 Furman St. NE, North Branch, 10-11 a.m. June 21. The boardwalk and observation deck will allow visitors to get close-up views of plants that grow where it is wet without getting their feet wet. The tour guide will be Nancy Haugen, an experienced naturalist who has worked in Minnesota state parks and in national wildlife refuges across the country. Meet at the picnic shelter. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of Anderson Park. Questions? Call Lee at 651-462-2015.

Free robotics summer camp

North Branch Area High School will be hosting a free robotics summer camp 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 23-26 for North Branch and Chisago Lakes students entering grades 9-12. Students interested in attending the camp should contact the Activities Office in their high school or the Community Education office in North Branch.

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.

Sons of Norway meeting

Rumelva Lodge, Sons of Norway in Cambridge, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. June 24 at the Isanti County Fair Grounds in the picnic area just southeast of the Historical Society’s Heritage Center Building. In the event of rain the meeting will be in the Historical Society Building.  This meeting will be the annual potluck picnic and an ice cream social.  Sons of Norway is an organization that promotes and preserves the heritage and culture of Norway and celebrates America’s relationship with other Nordic countries. Men and women are invited to come and visit this group. One need not be Norwegian to attend or join. For more information, contact Kathy or Gordy Hagfors at 763-689-3401.

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.

‘Perfect 10’ fundraiser for NBAEF

Tickets are now available for “A Perfect 10,” the main fundraiser for the North Branch Area Education Foundation. The event is Oct. 4 at Spectacular Events in Isanti beginning with social hour at 4 p.m., dinner at 5:15 p.m., and entertainment at 7:30 p.m. Money raised at the event will be returned to the community through grants to area educators. The entertainment this year is Comedians David Crowe and Brian Miller.

Early bird ticket sales are available until July 1. People who purchase tickets during this time will get two additional chances in the main raffle. Tickets are available at the North Branch Community Education building, located in the Education Center, at the American Family Insurance office, at the North Branch Chamber of Commerce, and at County Market.

New to Medicare sessions

Going on Medicare soon or just interested in how it works?  There will be information on Medicare given out at these 10 a.m.-noon sessions as well as questions answered: July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3 at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming.

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 required so there are the proper amount of materials available. Call 1-800-333-2433, ask for Amy Tvedt and leave a message with your name and phone number to be included.



RC blood drive 

The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be coming to the Rush City High School 1-7 p.m. July 7.

Driver improvement course

A driver improvement refresher course for motorists ages 55 and up is scheduled 5-9 p.m. July 8 at North Branch Area High School, 38175 Grand Ave.

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety and 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 four-hour refresher course is $20. For more information or to register, visit 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 four-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount.

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 County Fair talent contest

Singers, musicians, comedians and entertainers of every age are encouraged to put their talents before a live audience by taking part in the annual talent contest at the Chisago County Fair July 20.

Prizes are awarded to the top three winners of each category. All first place winners at the county fair level advance to the Minnesota State Fair.

Registration deadline is July 11.  For talent contest information and to print an entry form visit  Interested parties with questions can call 651-283-8844.

The Chisago County Fair runs July 17-20.

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.

Mystery Mountain Boys in concert 

Everyone is invited to attend Summer Fun Night at First Lutheran, 1000 S. Jay Ave., Rush City, starting at 6 p.m. June 20.  There will be hot dogs, chips, beverage and ice cream cones. The Mystery Mountain Boys concert will begin at 7 p.m. Activities for kids continue through the evening.

Tickets are $10 per person; people ages 18 and under may attend for free. Tickets are available at the church office, Fabric, Fashions & More, Rush City Printing and at the door.

Midsommar polka service

Trinity Lutheran Church, 38460 Lincoln Trl., will have a Midsommar polka service at 9:30 a.m. June 22. All are welcome.

Jon Ekstrom & the Kingsmen will lead worship in the sanctuary.

Muffins and coffee will be served 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.  with accordion music by Cecilia Fenner.

Please bring non-perishable items for the North Branch Food Shelf.  Loose offering will also go to the North Branch Food Shelf.

For more information, call 651-674-7047.

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