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Nancy Pfeffer

benefit planned

SWANVILLE — A benefit is planned for Nancy Pfeffer from 4-8 p.m. April 14 at the Swanville Lions Park Building. A spaghetti/meatball dinner will be served for a freewill donation. A silent auction will be held from 4-7:45 p.m., along with a raffle drawing to be at 8 p.m. sharp.

Pfeffer was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010. She has had numerous surgeries and continued chemo/radiation since that time. Presently she is now receiving on-going chemo infusion treatment at Coborn’s Cancer Center in St. Cloud.

Cash donations may be sent to Nancy Pfeffer Benefit, First State Bank of Swanville, 306 DeGraff Ave., Swanville, MN 56382.

To purchase raffle tickets contact Bruce Johnson at (320) 360-5614, Dawn Pogatchnik at (320) 547-2343 or Becky Dawson at (320) 285-8332.

This benefit is sponsored by friends and family of Nancy Pfeffer.

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The MDAA meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday.

An apricot glazed pork dinner by Dave Freiday will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday at the Legion. Cost: $8.

Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club

Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club will meet Monday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter at 6:45 p.m. The program will feature demonstrations from both Country Fabrics and Colorz for Quilts of Brainerd.

Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society

The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Central Lakes College, Room E354. Speakers will be Janine Kohn, National Coordinator of the Leopold Education Project (LEP) for Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, and William E. Faber, Natural Resources Instructor at CLC and MN State LEP Coordinator.

See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film, “Green Fire,” ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. It shares highlights from his career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. The showing will be preceded by short presentations about Leopold and “A Sand County Almanac” by Kohn, and Faber.

This program is open to the public and sponsored by the Natural Resources Club at Central Lakes College, Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society (BLAAS) and the Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network (BAELN). For more information, contact Faber at 855-8082 or

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Baxter Lions to meet

The Baxter Lions will meet on Monday at Camp Vanasek. The board meeting will be at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. with 5M9 Governor Bruce Beck and the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

Move Over Meat cooking class

Move over meat vegetarian cooking class will be 4-5:30 p.m. April 15 at the Oak Street Christian School, 2910 Oak St., Brainerd.

The class will be the blessings of fresh fruit.

To register, or for questions, call Marlene at 829-0635, or email to Registration would be appreciated on or prior to Thursday.

Brainerd Elks Lodge Polish sausage feed

Brainerd Elks Lodge will have a Polish sausage feed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Elks Lodge, 215 South Ninth St., Brainerd. Cost: $8.

Welcome back snowbirds, customer appreciation party planned

BACKUS — With the return of its fine feathered friends from the south underway, the Backus American Legion will hold its annual welcome back snowbirds and customer appreciation party April 21. The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and includes musical comedy by the post’s Usual Suspects Theater Co. at 5:30 p.m., a back to the 50s themed costume contest at 6 p.m., and a 10-round meat raffle with 50 packages beginning at 5 p.m. Following the event, at 9 p.m., there will be complimentary cash and customer drawings at 9 p.m.

The Legion is located at the intersection of Highways 371 and 87 W.

Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast

The Brainerd Eagles Club will have breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at 124 Front St., Brainerd, featuring the Eagles special for $6.

Pillager Legion Post and Auxiliary to meet

PILLAGER — Pillager Legion Post 100 and Auxiliary will meet 1:30 p.m. April 16 at Pillager City Hall.

Brainerd Service League

Brainerd Service League will meet Tuesday at the home of Julie Ingleman. Social time will be 11:30 a.m. with luncheon and meeting to follow. Members are reminded to RSVP.

Duplicate bridge scores

Jim Thompson and Tom McGrath, 32.5; Don Rasmussen and Joe Heal, 29; Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 27.5

Dance and 4-H benefit dinner planned

BACKUS — The Backus American Legion will sponsor a dance and 4-H benefit dinner will be April 15.

Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band appears from 2-6 p.m. playing classic country, pop, old time and swing. A pork loin dinner served by the Cass County Agriculture Association will be $8 and served from 6 p.m. until gone with proceeds going toward prize premiums for 4-H participants at the Cass County Fair.

St. Jude’s Walk-A-Thon planned

St. Jude’s Walk-A-Thon will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at Kiwanis Park, 1101 East River Rd., Brainerd. Get your friends and families together to help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fight pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

There will be a silent auction with a variety of items held at the park. Bottled water, McDonalds and Arby’s meal coupons have been donated for participants.

Contact Amy Carlson at (218) 839-4475 or Bobbi Pike at 855-1294 for more information, to register and get a fund raiser packet.

Brainerd Garden Club

The Brainerd Garden Club will meet 1 p.m. Friday at the Northland Arboretum. Merv Eisel will present a program on azaleas for Minnesota gardens. Hostesses are Jackie Froemming and Joyce Mikesh. Visitors are welcome.

Alpha Chapter

No. 23 OES

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES will have an open installation of officers 7 p.m. Monday at the Masonic Hall. There will be refreshments served after the installation.

VFW upcoming events

The VFW Post No. 1647 and Auxiliary will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday with election of officers at the VFW.

The VFW Auxiliary Friday night fish fry dinner will be from 5:30 p.m. until gone Friday at the VFW. Cost: $8.

The VFW Sunday breakfast, serving a full menu, will be from 8 a.m. until noon April 15. Cost: $6.

Class of 1952

Class of 1952 will meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bonanza. All classmates, spouses and friends are welcome.

Retired Firefighters

Retired Fire Fighters, spouses, widows and friends will meet for breakfast 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Wings Restaurant.

Better Breathers Club

The Better Breathers Club will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Joseph Room, Lower level. Topic: Diabetes and lung disease.

Speaker will be Danette Holznagel, RN, CDE, Program Coordinator /Diabetes Resource Program.

Better Breathers Club is a member of the MN American Lung Association.

For more information or RSVP, call 828-7481.

Annual CWC Historical Society meeting, dinner and silent auction planned

The Crow Wing County Historical Society’s annual meeting, dinner and silent auction will be 5:30 p.m. April 24 at the Brainerd American Legion. The meeting is open to the public. Reservations are needed and cost is $25 which includes the dinner (choice of prime rib or walleye). Call the Historical Society/Museum at 829-3268. Our guest speaker is Candace Simar, a poet and writer from Pequot Lakes. As a lifelong Minnesotan and the grandchild of Scandinavian immigrants, Candace enjoys a passion for Minnesota history and how things have been. She’s the author of the Abercrombie Trail Series. Visit her website at

Rosemaling workshop planned Apr. 16-21

A Rosemaling workshop with Egil Dahle from Bo Telemark, Norway, will be held April 16-21 at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Egil is an internationally acclaimed rosemaler China painter and has taught classes world-wide. Call Jan Almquist at 828-6363 for information. The center is located at 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

Daughters of the American Revolution

Captain Robert Orr Chapter DAR meets 10 a.m. second Saturday, February through November, at Sawmill Inn, Brainerd. Program and lunch follows meeting. Faye, 963-3955, or DeAnn (218) 546-6086.

Sons of Norway’s

18th annual frokost

The Sons of Norway’s 18th annual frokost (smorgasbord) will be April 14 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, east Brainerd, with 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. seatings. Cost is $10. Limited reserved seating. Call 829-9632 or (218) 764-3336.

School volunteer recognition events

School volunteers are invited to attend their school volunteer recognition event. 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Garfield School breakfast; 11:30 a.m. April 17, Lowell School luncheon; 2:30 p.m. April 18, Nisswa School tea; 7:30 a.m. April 20, Baxter School breakfast; and 7:30 a.m. April 20, Harrison School breakfast.

Senior dance

A senior dance will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at Motley with music by Country Pride.

Ruby’s Pantry

Ruby’s Pantry is a mission outreach where participants give a cash donation of $15 to cover expenses of the program and in return receive corporate surplus food. The variety and amount varies each month; however, the value of what is received generally averages $50-$100. Participants need to bring containers to carry their food home. No income guidelines. Ruby’s Pantry will be at Brainerd Armory on Wright Street the second Tuesday of each month. The next distribution from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with doors opening at 9 a.m.

WHS class of 1946

Washington High School class of 1946 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the newly remodeled Bar Harbor. Order from the menu. Call Dick at (218) 838-0738 for information or a reservation.

American Diabetes Association, Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter

The American Diabetes Association, Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bonanza in Baxter. There will be a presentation on medication therapies in diabetes by Meegan Schaeffer from Essentia Health.

Staples-Motley Relay for Life plan to meet

STAPLES — The American Cancer Society Staples-Motley Relay for Life planning meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday at the Staples Lakewood Hospital cafeteria. More teams and volunteers are needed to prepare for the June 8 Relay for Life at the Staples Elementary track.

For more information, contact Barb Peterson at (218) 894-2627.


Unit No. 127 of Brainerd will meet from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday.

All present and retired railroad employees, spouses, widows and widowers of railroad employees are eligible and welcome to attend.


Brainerd Chapter No. 738 National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Tuesday at The Fort in Fort Ripley. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. Presentation by District Representative Linda Kmitch.

Chapter DV, P.E.O.

Chapter DV will meet April 14 at the home of Ruth Hitz with Barb Lowe as co-hostess. The Star Award Report will be given and the survey results and goal settings will be reviewed.

Germans from Russia Heritage Group

The Brainerd area Germans from Russia Heritage group will meet from 1-3 p.m. April 15 in the Fireside Room at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter. For more information, call Nancy Redshaw at 825-3942.

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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