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What's Doing-Jan. 22

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

Commander Chris’s pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until noon Sunday. Cost: Adults, $7; kids, $4.

Past Commanders dinner meeting will be Wednesday with a meeting at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Brainerd Legion. Guest speaker: Crow Wing County Veterans Service Officer Bob Nelson.

A world famous rib dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday at the Legion. Cost: $13.

Lois Club luncheon

AITKIN — The Lois Club will have a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at the 40 Club in Aitkin. Need additional information, call Lois Johnson (320) 684-2000 or Lois Neuman at (218) 927-1354. New members always welcome. Meetings always held on fifth Tuesday of any month.

Freethinker meeting

A lunch meet-up for the local non-religious community will take place at 11 a.m. Jan 29 at the Sunshine Kitchen & Moonshine Lounge in Brainerd. All atheists/agnostics/freethinkers in the area are welcome to join us for casual conversation and good food (price of lunch not included). Email for questions or to RSVP.

Nisswa Garden Club

NISSWA — The Nisswa Garden Club will meet Thursday at Prairie Bay. Check in and social time will begin at noon. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by a business meeting and program. This month’s speaker will be Jackie Froemming, coordinator of U of MN Ext Master Gardener Program, Crow Wing County. She will be speaking on the “Introduction to Basic Home Composting.” For reservations, call Marie Boudrye at 963-7494. For more information, visit the club’s website at

Backus American Legion Valentine’s Sweetheart dinner

BACKUS — Reservations are now open for the annual Valentine’s sweetheart dinner at the Backus American Legion Feb. 11. Cost is $20 a person. Dinner music is from a classic collection of country music recordings highlighting pop hits of the 1960s. Guests will be seated in the lounge during hospitality time beginning at 5 p.m. and be escorted by their waiters to individual tables in the dining area at 6:30 p.m. Suitable evening wear is requested but need not be tie and jacket. Reservations are requested by Feb. 4 and can be made at the clubrooms at Hwy. 371 and 87 W. or by calling 947-3156 or 947-3416. Anyone canceling a reservation should call as seating is limited.

Backus Legion Super Sunday party and food shelf event

BACKUS — The Backus American Legion will sponsor a Super Sunday football party Feb. 5, in conjunction with an area food shelf fundraiser. The event starts at 5 p.m. and will include potluck food, complimentary door prizes, party games, a meat raffle and beverage discounts when a customer’s chosen team scores a touchdown. Patrons are requested to bring a main dish, hors d’oeuvre or dessert and consider either a monetary or non-perishable food donation for the Pine River and Hackensack area food shelves but it is not a requirement for attending.

Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society

The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Speaker: Pam Perry, DNR Nongame Wildlife Lake Specialist. “Troubled Waters” is a film which traces the development of America’s bountiful heartland and its effect on the Mississippi River. Through beautiful photography and inspiring narrative, the film offers solutions to the river’s troubles through fresh ideas and concrete solutions. It is the Mississippi River that connects Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, and before the DVD is shown, there will be an update on where the 13 radio-tagged loons are spending the winter and what else has been learned about their migration. Pam Perry is the coordinator of the Minnesota Loon Watcher Survey and will also have information about how to become a loon watcher.

This program is sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Northland Arboretum. The program is free and open to anyone with an interest in nature. For more information contact Pam Perry at or the Northland Arboretum at

Baxter Lions Club

The Baxter Lions Club will meet on Monday at Camp Vanasek. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting is at 7 p.m.

Duplicate bridge scores

Tom McGrath and Pat Wyne, 30.5; Don Rasmussen and Lane Weber, 27; and Bruce Eastman and Patrick Spradlin, 23.5; and Ann Richardson and Clif Johnson, 23.5.

WHS class of 1957

WHS class of 1957 will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Northwind Grille.

Free wedding planning expo

The Central Minnesota Wedding Professionals (CMWP) is sponsoring a free informative wedding expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The expo will allow couples to receive free, hands-on wedding planning advice and information from many local professionals.

There will be over $4,200 in prizes given away, as well as a $1,000 gift package to the individual who provides the best story of why they said yes to the proposal. To qualify for the gift package, enter online at before Wednesday. A dress and tuxedo style show will be presented at 2 p.m.

The CMWP is a collection of the finest wedding vendors in the central Minnesota area. Their goal is to simplify wedding planning for couples by providing them with vendors who can fill all of their needs and provide the perfect wedding.

For prize information, driving directions and more details about the 2012 Perfect MN Wedding Expo visit the website at or call (320) 630-1091.

Shrine Club

Aadzuhman Shrine Club: Reminder of the Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today’s wine tasting event to provide funds for the Shriners Hospital for Children is Thursday at the Brainerd Hotel. All Shriners and their ladies are encouraged to attend and lend your support. Next meeting of the Shrine Club will be Feb. 6 at Jack’s House. Ladies are invited to join the Nobles for the meeting. Any questions call Jeff at 828-5134.

Aurora Masonic Lodge

All area Masons are invited to join us for an Entered Apprentice Degree starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Senior dances

Senior dances will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at Motley with music by Jerry B.; and from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Waukenabo with music by Jerry B.

15th annual buffalo raffle

PIERZ — The 15th annual buffalo raffle, sponsored by the Pierz Knights of Columbus, will be Jan. 28 at the Pierz Ballroom. Tickets are $10 each and are available from any KC member or several area businesses.

The drawing will be at 8:15 p.m. Music will be provided by the Waltzateer Band. Beer, wine coolers, set-ups available. Need not be present to win. The buffalo feed will be from 4:30-8 p.m. Cost: $5.50.

Grand prize is $1,000 and 50 pounds of buffalo meat donated by Curtis and Jim Theis. There will be more than $11,500 in prizes. Half of the proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society, the remainder to benefit Pierz Knights of Columbus.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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