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Winter Wonderland

Thank you, Sertoma and your sponsors, for the beautiful Winter Wonderland Christmas light display at Northland Arboretum. All of the displays were delightful and entertaining, but most special were the scenes depicting the Biblical account of Christ's birth; baby Jesus in the manger, the star over the little town of Bethlehem, shepherds, angels and wise men. It was encouraging to see that the reason we celebrate Christmas was not left out. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. May we always give him his rightful place in our community, our homes and in our hearts.

Betty Wolhart

East Gull Lake

Salute to veterans

On behalf of our fallen heroes we would like to take this time and thank the Brainerd Dispatch's Steve Kohls for taking part in the Pearl Harbor ceremony on Dec. 7 and taking a great photo of the VFW color guard and always remembering our U.S. soldiers and veterans of foreign wars. To all of our veterans and those serving overseas we are all proud of you and thank you for our freedom. Have a blessed holiday season.

Tammy Ebertowski and family

Shoe box project

Operation Christmas Child is now shipping out their shoe boxes. Thanks to everyone. Especially many thanks to Steve Mau and Brainerd Rental who were so kind to donate a closed-in trailer to transport over 700 boxes from Grace Covenant Church drop off site in Little Falls to Baxter Evangelical Church to be loaded on semi-trailer to be transported to Minneapolis and other points on the way to children for Christmas. What a blessing.

Barry Johnson

Little Falls

Radiothon success

The Crow Wing County Child Protection Team would like to thank the Crow Wing County community for its response to the 17th Annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse.

Thanks to the generosity of many, over $60,000 was raised to support local children and their families, bringing the total dollars raised over the years past the one million mark! We are indebted to Mike Boen and his entire staff at BL Broadcasting for their hard work and dedication towards making each and every Radiothon such a success.

Thanks to Karen Schirmer's third grade class at Riverside Elementary for creating Radiothon radio ads. Thanks to KFC, McDonald's and Papa John's of Crosby for providing refreshments for volunteers. Thanks to Bruce Johnson & Associates for accounting services and to the Phone Zone for phone lines. Thanks to Westgate Mall for their hospitality, Prairie Bay Grill and Catering for hosting auction volunteers and Comfort Suites for accommodations. Special thanks to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Kohl's for financial support and volunteers. A huge thank you to Ann Sherman of Midwest Captions who again volunteered countless hours setting up the Radiothon web site at Thanks to the many volunteers who answered phones lines and to all that donated auction items. Thanks to the Collaborative Service Team who organized the brat sale at the Westgate Mall with the support of Von Hanson's, Cub Foods and Pepsi.

 Finally, thank you to all who pledged money to this important cause to help make this event such a success. We consider ourselves privileged to live in a community that values children and families, and look forward to working together in the coming year.

K. Ott

Crow Wing County Child Protection Team

I'd like to thank everyone who attended our Auxiliary Bazaar at Essentia Health - St. Joseph's Medical Center. This money raised goes towards paying off the auxiliary pledge in support of the Heart and Vascular Center.

It was a great success with the contributions of volunteers, St. Joseph's Medical Center departments and businesses: Jan Morton, Mary Bendson, Karel House, Charlene Sipper, Brenda Johnson, Goldie Fristedt, Margaret Sommerfeld, Cory Peterson, Sara Dunlap, Barb Simon, Katie Mensing, Dianne Dickenson, DelRae Grams, Karen Dubord, Sandy O'Day, Jane Stucke, Laverne Nickels, Ruby Marsh, Bonnie Davidson, Mrs. Bob Milloch, Donna Larson, Joanne Ouellette, Illa Bogucki, Patti Bailey, Mary Jean Carlson, Arleen Elliott, Pat Hassett, Jan Costello, Jo Phillips, Judy Bush, Joyce Sands, Darlene McNally, Ida MacFarland, Lorys Westberg, Don Mink, Mary Grotjohn, Cheryl Gelbmann, Tessa Hall, Joan Hecker, Joanie Roberts, Karen Schlomen, Deb Anderson, Arvilla Felten, Holly Jones, Brenda Kavanaugh, Michelle Nydegger, Lorraine Weber, Dorothy Sundberg, Emma Burrows, Larry Mortenson, Maureen Johnson, Judy Wayt, Carol Rodseth, Donna Larson, St. Joseph's Grace Unit, Kummet Larson & Bluth, Nor-Son, Northern Orthopedics, Dee Aubol, St. Joseph's Family Birth Place, St. Joseph's OB Clinic, St. Joseph's Emergency Dept., Carol Rodseth, St. Joseph's Sterile Processing Dept., St. Joseph's Foundation, St. Joseph's Pastoral Care Dept., St. Joseph's Wound Care Dept., St. Joseph's Radiology Dept., St. Joseph's Heart and Vascular Center, Jan Morton, Denny Schmidt, Loretta Kotten, Jackie Guin, Norson Construction, Evelyn Mathies, St. Joseph's Oncology Dept., Office Shop, Floor to Ceiling, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, St. Joseph's Surgery Dept., Grand View Lodge, Super 8, Steve Vollmer, Colleen Adrian, Mid- MN Federal Credit Union, Airmotive Enterprises, Ace Hardware, Anderson Cleaners, Anytime Fitness, Brainerd Savings and Loan, Brekken's Clothiers, Bremer Bank, Floor to Ceiling, Lake Country Journal, Mann Theatres, Office Shop, State Farm Insurance, Wild Bird Store and Carol Spear.

Deb Anderson

Volunteer Services

A big thank you to all that supported and donated to the Jensen family benefit: Larry/Candi Holmberg, Rels Title, Core Computers, Maddens Resort, Phil/Deanna Jones, Ramona/Jason Forbord, Red Rooster, Ray/Ruthie Bye, Trail Side, Bonnie/Bob Hoheisel, "Head to Toe Beauty Supply," Mickey's Pizza, Geno's Bar & Grill, Artist JG Rose, Candy Bouquet, Apple Bees, Grizzly's Grill & Saloon, Verizon, Johns Tavern, PB Bowl, Psycho Joe Ink & Graphics, "A Little Bit of This & A Little Bit of That," New Concepts Beauty Salon, Ernie's On Gull, Northwood's Grill Meyers Cleaners, Rolfing Supply, Men's Room Barbers, Country Inn Suites, Prairie Bay, Fantastic Sams, Von Hanson's Meats, El Tequila, Floor to Ceiling, Advanced Auto, Pet North, Fit Quest, Auto Value, Cut Above, Hudrlik Carpet, North Central Medical Supply, Paradise Shores, Cashwise Liquor, North East Liquor, Oak Lawn Tavern, Harding Sportsman Bar, Yesterday's Gone, 9th Street Bar, Cody Hoheisel, Pit Stop, Essers Liquor, Iron Rail,Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Bemert Outdoors, Dwight/Barb Soderman, Larry/Nancy Austad, Keya Sibbert, Bernicks Miller, Bonanza, Liquid Reflections, Insty Prints, Jackie Jensen, Wild Rice Depot, Save Liquor, Brothers Motor Sports, Harley Davidson, Ann Klein, The Lodge Water Park, Easy Riders, Holiday Inn Express and Water Park, John/Pricilla Adams, Brainerd Games, Wild Rice Depot, Bullseye Auto Glass, Traci Ronholm, Brian/Linda Eide, Joann/Dellis Gangstad, Tykes Carpet, Daryl's Up North Flooring, Riddles Jewelry, Judy Vopatick, Diane/Lonney Theiry, Sheps on 6th, Oasis Legion, Outdoorsmans Barber Shop, Glenda's Beauty Salon, Bruce and Debbie Theien, Tammy Wilkins, D&D Distributing, Randy/Rosemary Anderson, Gary Hines, Country Harth Bread, KJ's Ice Fishing, Brainerd Dispatch, Lakes Area Rental, Linda Bolei, Kim Wikman, Mark/Tammy Gangstad, John/Jane Malloy, Tara Lee, Dawn Holmberg, Heather Koering, Charlene Rybak, Heather/Heidi Anderson, Chad/Danielle Hoheisel, Tina Jensen and Harry Tollas.

The Jensen family

Cancer benefit

The family of Nancy Weitzel would like to thank everyone who donated, supported and/or attended the cancer benefit. Your caring and support is greatly appreciated.

The family of Nancy Weitzel