Weather Forecast


What's Doing-April 15

Tim and Carla

Volcke benefit

Tim and Carla Volcke, longtime residents of Pine River, lost their home and all their belongings due to a fire in January. There will be a benefit for them on April 21 at the Pine River American Legion Post No. 613. A spaghetti dinner will be from 4-7 p.m. Cost: $8 adults; $5, children 12 and under. Silent auction will be from 4-8 p.m. DJ music throughout the evening will be provided by Bubba Lewies’ Entertainment.

For more information or questions, call Nancy at 587-4302. All donations appreciated. For monetary donations, a fund has been established at all branches of the U.S. Bank under the account name “Counting Our Blessings.” Matching funds available from Hubbard-Cass County Chapter 31305 of Thrivent Financial.

WHS class of 1962

Washington High School Class of 1962 is holding an organizational meeting for its 50th class reunion and invites any interested classmates to attend. Meeting is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Sawmill Inn. The Class of 1962 is trying to locate four classmates: Jeanette Hawkinson Wold, Curt Rossina, Dallas Miller and Christian Donnette Vierzba. If you can help locate them, contact Terry Holm at (218) 851-6933.

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The Brainerd Legion will have its Post Membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

A baked chicken fundraiser dinner by the Auxiliary will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday at the Legion. The dinner is to raise funds to send an additional Brainerd High School student to Girls State. Cost: $8.

Bethel Cemetery Association meeting

The Bethel Cemetery Association annual meeting will be 7 p.m. April 23 at the Bethel Lutheran Church. Coffee and finger food to follow.

DAV meets Thursday

The monthly meeting for DAV and DAVA Crow Wing County Chapter No. 22 will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd VFW club. Chapter 22 officers meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Abiders Ministry Training Thursday

Abider Volunteer Training will be offered from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany in the Community Room.

Abiders Ministry is a group of volunteers trained by professional staff at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany or Woodland to serve dying residents when there are no family members or friends available to be present at the time of death. Volunteers often talk, read, pray or simply offer their presence for the resident.

Ray’s Promenaders

Ray’s Promenader’s Square Dance Club will be having its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Franklin Arts Center. A dance will follow with Myron Hollatz calling Plus at 7:30 p.m. and Mainstream at 8 p.m.

WHS class of 1954

The WHS Class of 1954 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Grizzly’s.

Encore Arts Association

Encore Arts Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood, Brainerd. Phyllis Frankum will demonstrate Karlyn Holman’s Gutta Bottle and Watercolor technique. Refreshments will be provided by Barb Worms.

Widowed Friends

NISSWA — Widowed Friends will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at the Nisswa Legion.

Duplicate bridge scores

Lane Weber and Tom McGrath, 28.5; Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 28; and Don Rasmussen and Allen Anderson, 24.

CWC Historical Society Board of Directors to meet

The Crow Wing County Historical Society Board of Directors meet the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the museum. If you would like to be on the agenda, call Pam at 829-3268 or write to the Historical Society. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 722, Brainerd, MN 56401. The meetings are open to the public.

Lakes Area

Caged Bird Club

Do you have any questions about the care of your pet bird? We’ll answer them at our meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Oak Lawn Town Hall located on Highway 18, one mile east of the intersection of Highways 18 and 25. For more information, call Char at (218) 764-2625.

Sons of Norway meeting

The Sagatun Lodge 018 Sons of Norway will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brainerd. Bud Larsen and Carolyn Norquist will present an informative program on Scandinavian musical instruments including the hardanger fiddle, a traditional stringed instrument used originally to play the music of Norway. Refreshments following the program..

Brainerd History Group to meet

The Brainerd History Group will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sawmill Inn at Sixth and Washington streets. Anyone interested in Brainerd history is welcome. Call (218) 820-2424 for more information.

BNSF Jack’s and Jill’s spring meeting

BNSF Jack’s and Jill’s spring meeting will be Friday at the Eagles Club. Burger feed will be from 5-7 p.m. with the meeting at 7 p.m.

Festival of Nations bus trip scheduled for May 5

The bus for the Festival of Nations will leave the Westgate Mall parking lot at 8 a.m. May 5 and return around 11 p.m.

Festival of Nations is a multicultural festival including music, food, demonstrations, exhibits and dance. We have 11 seats open. Cost is $33 for members of the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center and $38 for non-members. Includes bus and entrance to the festival. Call 829-9345 to sign up. Deadline is Friday. Sponsored by the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center.

VFW upcoming events

The Friday VFW dinner will be chicken alfredo or shrimp serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone Friday. Cost: $8. Reservations appreciated.

The Pillager Spanish Club will hold a fund raiser with a taco dinner serving from 4 to 8 p.m. April 21 at the VFW. Cost: $5.

Nisswa Garden Club meets April 26

NISSWA — The Nisswa Garden Club will to meet from 6:30-8 p.m. April 26 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Note time change. Program: “Springing Into Spring” Garden Prep and Maintenance. Speaker: Barb Peterson, UMN Ext. Master Gardner; Coordinator: Karen Baloun. Hosts: Greg and Kari Carlson. For reservations, call Sandy Thorson at (218) 562-5292. For more information, visit the club’s website at

Senior dances

Senior dances will be 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Eagles with music by the Chmielewski Band; and from 1-4 p.m. Friday at Deerwood with music by Rod Cerar.

Rib dinner

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Lions Club BBQ rib dinner will be from 4-7:30 p.m. April 21 at the Little Falls Country Club/Golf Course. Cost: $10. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Key Club, MOLS and other projects.

Brainerd Area

Retired Educators

The Brainerd Area Retired Educators will meet for a noon lunch Monday at the Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd. Speaker will be Sherri DeLaHunt presenting information on the Brainerd Public School Foundation.

All retired teachers and administrators in the area are welcome to attend. Call 829-6900 for reservations. The next meeting will be June 18.


auction planned

There will be a consignment auction at 10 a.m. April 21 at the Pillager Fairgrounds to benefit the Cass County Fair.

Consignment items are wanted which include antiques, household, machinery, tools, lawn equipment, horse tack, jewelry, guns and miscellaneous. Consignments will be taken from Wednesday through 9 a.m. April 21.

Call Jamie Hauge at (218) 839-5329 or Donna Klimek at (218) 820-3261 for appointments for dropping off consignments.

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.
(218) 855-5889