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Local briefs- Aug 9

Annual Corn Fest scheduled over weekend in Backus

BACKUS — The Backus American Legion and Auxiliary will sponsor several events in conjunction with the community’s annual Corn Fest Friday through Sunday.

The main Corn Fest events are on Saturday and include a parade at 11 a.m., followed by a ham, sweet corn, wild rice hot dish and watermelon feed. Saturday also features kids’ games, a craft and flea market, plane rides, a beer garden, traveling music, an evening street dance and fireworks at dusk.

The Legion and Auxiliary, major financial sponsors of Corn Fest, will kick off the weekend with a meat raffle at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by bingo at about 7:30 p.m.

A horseshoe tournament is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday with a $10 entry fee and a 100 percent payout and a prize supplement from cash added by the Legion. Sign-up starts at 1 p.m.

A bean bag tournament is scheduled at 2 p.m., with sign-up at 1:30 p.m. Entry fee is $10 for each two-person team. Cash prizes will be awarded for first through fourth places, with a 100 percent payout and a cash prize supplement from the Legion.

Saturday’s events conclude with free customer and cash drawings at 9 p.m.

Sunday, the monthly Auxiliary breakfast will be served from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Proceeds go toward active duty troop, veterans, community and  other Auxiliary programs.

The Frankie Lamb Band performs at the Legion from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, playing classic country and pop, old time and swing. The annual drawing for the Auxiliary’s raffle featuring more than 30 prizes is scheduled after the second band break at 4:30 p.m. Purchasers of the $1 ticket, which helps finance the Corn Fest, need not be present to win. A light dinner for $5, including sloppy Joes, salad and dessert, will be served after the dance, from 6 p.m. until gone.

A complete list of Corn Fest events is available on the website

Final Pitch Fork Steak Fondue slated Saturday in Pequot Lakes

PEQUOT LAKES — The last Pitch Fork Steak Fondue of the season, sponsored by St. Alice Catholic Church, is scheduled Saturday in conjunction with Chokecherry Days.

The Pitch Fork Steak fondue, as seen with “On the Road” with Jason Davis at KSTP, will be 4-6 p.m. under the tent at Trailside Park, with a Pitch Fork Steak Fondue for $25 or the Chuck Wagon Buffet for $12. The fondue dinner features a 12-ounce choice Black Angus rib-eye steak, western baked potato, chuck wagon beans, three kinds of fresh garden salads, home-baked brownies and beverage. The Chuck Wagon Buffet includes everything but the steak.

Tickets should be reserved. Call (218) 568-4760 or (218) 543-6342 for tickets or purchase at the St. Alice Catholic Church Office, the A Pine Restaurant or the Crosslake, Nisswa, Pequot or Pine River Chamber of Commerce offices. 

Food of Plenty dinner Saturday at Farm of Plenty in Randall

RANDALL — The Food of Plenty dinner will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, with a 6 p.m. social hour, at the Farm of Plenty in Randall (22398 100th Ave.). Proceeds will go to support Hunger Free Morrison County, the Brainerd Salvation Army Food Shelf and Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in Brainerd.

The dinner is conducted at the Farm of Plenty and is co-hosted by the Crow Wing Food Co-op. The social hour will include farm tours and a silent auction.

Dinner will be prepared by chefs Thomas Zimmerman, A.T. The Black and White Restaurant; Tom Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort; Justin Bolz-Andolshek, Lakes Latte; Daniela Sutin, Grand View Lodge; and Matt Annand, Prairie Bay. They will prepare a five-course meal with locally grown foods.

Tickets are $50 and are available online at or at the Crow Wing Food Co-op. 

Johnson honored for outstanding service to county fair

Kay Johnson was honored Aug. 3 for her outstanding service to the Crow Wing County Fair. The presentation was part of the senior citizens’ recognition ceremony.

Johnson is a longtime Fair Association member, a director on the fair board, superintendent of the Fine Arts Building and coordinator of the talent contest and teen day at the fair.

Author to visit Staples Library preschool Story Time on Aug. 24

STAPLES — The Great River Regional Library in Staples will have a special guest at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at preschool Story Time. 

Grandpa Barry has invited author Linda McClellan to join the group to share a book she has written about her dog, Beau. She will bring along a furry friend. Preschoolers should be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

For more information, contact the Staples Public Library at (218) 894-1401.

Great River Regional Library provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright counties.

Heritage Days car show to benefit Cuyuna Range Youth Center

CROSBY — As part of the Heritage Days Celebration on Aug. 20, MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union will sponsor the Car Show, with all proceeds being donated to the Cuyuna Range Youth Center.

Included will be cars from different eras and cash prizes.

The car show will be in the ball field at Serpent Lake Park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the show will end at 2 p.m. Prize winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

Car owners interested in showing their vehicle may call Lucy Bartz at 839-2218 for more information.

History events scheduled in area

Several special events related to Unlimited Learning’s “Absent Narratives” project are scheduled for August. The calendar is published for the convenience of persons interested in Native American history in our area.

The first event is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grand View Lodge in the Gull Lake Center, where Indian expert and historical society member Gary Parker will explore some of the dynamics of Native American interactions in the Brainerd lakes area during the mid-to-late 1800s. These include the relationships between the Ojibwa and Dakota as well as the relationships between each of these tribes and the white settlers. Special attention will be given to Chief Hole-in-the-Day and the St. Columbo Mission. The presentation is coordinated by the Nisswa Area Historical Society. 

For more information on this presentation, call the Nisswa history center at 963-3570.

A presentation on the discovery of an ancient trade route (at least 4,000 years old) that came through the area is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Outing. The route was known to be used by many Native American people as well as French Explorer Joseph Nicollet in 1836. On hand will be archeologists, historians, birch bark canoe makers, flintnappers, drummers, dancers and Native Americans, who will discuss the significance of the route. 

Award-winning historian and Ojibwe scholar Anton Treuer will provide a lecture from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Treuer will talk about the native people of this area and his extensive research on Hole-in-the Day. Treuer is a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, an author of many history books and a respected Ojibwe linguist and scholar. His most recent book, “The Assassination of Hole-in-the-Day,” and others will be on sale at the History Center. There is no charge for this program. 

The 45th annual traditional powwow of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is scheduled after the presentation. Mary Jo Jennings, who helped organize the event for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, will be available for those in the Unlimited Learning group who may wish to learn more of the powwow. Grand entry will begin at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Karen Wilson (651) 270-1778.

Backus Legion named outstanding small post

Recognizing service to its community, state and nation, the Backus American Legion has again been named the outstanding small post in the 6th Legion District.

It was the third year in a row the post has been selected for the honor by the 6th District, which covers a large area of central and northern Minnesota.

Former 6th District Commander and current Chaplain Don Smith of Pine River presented the award to post Commander William Taylor and Auxiliary President Mel Taylor.

Achievements of the past year recognized by the district included post financial support of a national award-winning Auxiliary support-the-troops program, two Minnesota state Legion awards for meeting and exceeding membership goals and an austerity plan that strengthened its charitable gaming contributions program.

Among activities cited that significantly contribute to the viability and quality of life in its area community and programs supporting state Legion initiatives and troops serving overseas:

Financial contributions to a joint post-Auxiliary active duty troop support program that helped the Auxiliary win a best-in-the-nation award last November.

Charitable gaming contributions to youth activities and education, including a safe graduation program of the Pine River-Backus School District; a multi-field softball and baseball complex; the Backus Corn Fest; the Hackensack area youth fishing contest and programs supporting the financially distressed, disabled and ill. Donations from its gaming program to these and other charitable causes have totaled $654,000 since 1991. The post paid another $574,000 in state and federal gaming taxes.

Making its clubrooms available free of charge to organizations and individuals for meetings, fundraisers and social purposes and maintaining a sound financial operation that enables the post to be a positive force in its community.

Actively publicizing the positive effects veterans have on their communities.