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Local briefs- Aug 3

Crosslake Chautauqua program will emphasize Alaska

CROSSLAKE — Photographer John Nielsen will present the program, “Alaska: Maximum Adventure at Minimum Cost,” at the 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 10 Crosslake Chautauqua Program at the Crosslake Community Center.

Nielsen, a seasoned traveler and photographer, has covered much of Alaska on his 23 trips there. During his presentation he will share many of his photographs of wildlife and majestic scenery. He will also share valuable tips on how to keep your budget low while keeping your enjoyment and satisfaction high.  

Palestinian Youth Training Program — Hope for a Better Future?

CROSBY — Can training young people how to use the basic concepts of citizenship, democracy and public work help children become future leaders? 

Susan Schaefer Davis, anthropologist and socio-economist,will  report on the effectiveness of a University of Minnesota program being used with youth living in the very troubled Gaza Strip and West Bank. The Aug. 9 Unlimited Learning class will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

Davis helped evaluate the Public Achievement program which trains Palestinian college students, who in turn train youth aged 14-17 in topics such as public speaking, needs assessment, power mapping and conflict resolution. The youths are then asked to use their new skills to determine what their communities need and to work for it.

Davis travels abroad for her work and divides the remainder of her time between Lake Ossawinnamake and Pennsylvania.

There is no cost for members of Unlimited Learning. The non-member fee is $6 for a single session. 

Visit the website at for other program information or call Larry Foote at 678-3034.

Garrison Lions pork loin dinner is Aug. 13 at Lutheran church

GARRISON — The Garrison Lions are hosting their pork loin dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug.13 at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison from There will be a full dinner of pork, au gratin potatoes, green beans, coleslaw and a roll. The beverage and dessert will be included. Tickets are sold at the door and are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. All proceeds from this event will be used for community and area needs.

Lakewood Health System class offers tips for getting active

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System will offer a free class with tips, ideas, and solutions for getting and staying active. The class is available at two different times: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Both classes will be conducted at Lakewood Health System’s Main Campus (49725 County 83, Staples) in the patio level classrooms. 

Natalie Linn, LHS athletic trainer, will lead the interactive class that will focus on ways to incorporate activity into everyday routines. This programming is part of a project called Pursuing Active Change Together (PACT). Through PACT, Lakewood Health System offers free education, tips and resources for a number of health conditions. 

Space is limited; pre-registration is appreciated. RSVP to Gayle at 894-8623 or Physician referral is not necessary to attend the class. More information may be obtained by contacting Nola Varilek at 894-8586. 

Children the focus of special day at Lindbergh site

LITTLE FALLS — The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site is pleased to welcome visitors back following the state of Minnesota government shutdown. Events and programs have resumed as scheduled.

No matter one's age, all are invited to Children's Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free for children ages 17 and under, guests can experience a day in the life of Lindbergh's childhood through craft projects, home tours, games and activities from the early 20th century.

Lindbergh's boyhood home was where he played and learned about the natural environment a century ago. It was here that he first began dreaming of flying and, in 1927, became famous for being the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. Guided tours of his family home introduce visitors to the early influences in Lindbergh's life that allowed him to accomplish great feats in aviation and environmentalism.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Minnesota artist David Geister will lead an outdoor painting workshop. Using paper plates, children can create their own decorated plates with birds, flowers and bees similar to designs found on plates and bowls in Lindbergh's home.

In the Visitor Center families can explore hands-on exhibits to learn the basics of aviation including sitting in the replica cockpit of the “Spirit of St. Louis,” the plane Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris.

The site is located at 1620 Lindbergh Drive S., Little Falls.

The cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, free for children ages 17 and under and Minnesota Historical Society members.

Programs offered at Staples library

STAPLES — It looks like a busy July at the The Great River Regional Library in Staples, which is ofering the following programs:

Explore Bright Ideas – Aug. 4

The Staples Public Library is offering a program called Exploring Bright Ideas for children ages 12 to adult on Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lukas Johnson from the Science Museum of Minnesota will be on hand to explore how inventors and their inventions have changed the world around us. Then, step into the inventor’s workshop and uncover the secrets to the processes behind inventing, science and engineering. 

Explore Down Under – Aug. 10

Teens and preteens 10 to 13 years old are invited to an Explore “Down Under” program at the Staples Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Explore “Down Under” with stories, trivia, crafts and food Preregistration is required. 

African Safari Story Time – Aug. 11

Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to the Staples Public Library for an African Safari program on Thursday, Aug. 11, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. The program will include stories about Anansi the Spider, a character from Ghana’s folklore, as well as information about African traditions and animals. The attendance limit is eight and preregistration is required.

Winners announced for Whitefish Antique and Classic Boat Show

CROSSLAKE — Several winners were named at the 24th annual Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Woodboat Rendezvous at Crosslake on July 23.

Show organizers Dennis and Judy Madigan, who estimated the crowd at more than 10,000, thanked the skippers, sponsors, volunteers and the community for their support of the event.

Best show winners were: Cameron Steffen, People’s Choice Winner; Jack Thomas, Skipper’s Choice Winner; Todd McGonagle, Best Utility Under 18 feet;  Aaron Starke, Best Utility 18 to 22 feet; Charlie Underbrink, Best Utility Over 22 Feet; Peter Walden, Best Runabout Under 18 Feet; Scott Harrison, Best Runabout 18 to 22 Feet; Dave Thomson, Best Runabout Over 22 Feet; Jerry Eckstrom, Best Outboard; Dick Mickelson, Best Vintage Fiberglass (Pre-1965);  Chuck Sonnen, Best Boat Display; Jack Thomas, Best Launch; Ron Foss, Best Dock Crew; Harold Thompson, Honorary Grand Marshal.

Next year’s show will be July 28 and will be the 25th annual event.