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What's Doing-May 6

5K Hike for Hayden

There will be a 5K run/walk for Hayden Crouse, son of Calvin and Becky Crouse, on May 12 at the Brainerd Armory. The walk starts at 2 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Pre-registration starts at 12:30 p.m. A spaghetti dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $10 adults; $5 kids age 3 and under. For more information, check out Hayden Crouse on Facebook or email Register by Monday to allow appropriate time to order shirts but last minute walkers/runners will be welcomed. Donations can be made at any US Bank Hayden Crouse account.

Hayden Crouse was airlifted to Children’s Hospital with failing kidneys in April. He will need surgery on his bladder and will need a kidney transplant. Calvin Crouse was able to come home early from a year long deployment in Kuwait to be with his family.

Brainerd Legion

upcoming events

Vets coffee time will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Brainerd Legion. The Post and Unit memorial service will be 7 p.m. Monday at the Legion.

The Post Executive Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Auxiliary Membership meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday. Note: These meetings have been moved from Monday to Tuesday due to the memorial service on Monday.

PUFL and Lifetime Membership meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A roast beef dinner by Dave Freiday will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday. Cost: $9.

Poppy Day will be Friday. The Auxiliary will be offering poppies, handmade by veterans, to the public at many locations in the community and also at Post No. 255.

Nisswa Women’s Club fashion show for scholarships to be held May 29

NISSWA — On May 29, the Nisswa Women’s Club will present its 29th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Town Hall conference center located at Madden’s on Gull Resort. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a silent auction and social hour followed by the luncheon at noon, and concludes with the fashion show and announcement of raffle ticket winners. The fashion show and luncheon is the main fundraiser for the Nisswa Women’s Club Scholarship Program.

Tickets for the fashion show/luncheon are $35 each or $350 for a table of 10. Additional fundraising for scholarships is done through the silent auction held during the event. Anyone who would like to participate in the silent auction only can do so from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Backus Legion welcomes anglers for the season opener

BACKUS — The Backus American Legion will feature grilled Reuben sandwiches, a meat raffle and Bingo at a welcoming event Friday prior to the Saturday opening of the fishing season in Minnesota. The welcome anglers event includes a Reuben sandwich, chips and a pickle for $4 from 4 p.m. until gone, a 50-package meat raffle at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo with both hall and lounge seating starting at 7:30 p.m.

On May 13, the Legion Auxiliary will serve its monthly breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

Brainerd Elks

Lodge breakfast

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 will serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at 215 South Ninth St., Brainerd. Order from the menu. All proceeds go to support Elks programs.

Brainerd Elks Lodge Polish sausage feed postponed

Brainerd Elks Lodge’s Polish sausage feed has been postponed until a later date.

Class of 1963

The class of 1963 will be meeting at The Sunshine Kitchen for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday. The Sunshine Kitchen is located at H and Mill Avenue.

The Class of 1963 is looking for the following classmates. If you know of their whereabouts, contact Marge Hofner at 829-2505 or email at The class is looking for Diane Allen Peterson, Warren Anderson, Jon Bisek, Walter Caughey, Bobbie Lee Dalzell Debros, Janet Davis Finch, Donald Felke, James Fisch, Richard Gallup, Robert Gole, Steve Harting, Flora Hartshorn White, Bernard Henderson, Ruth Hurlbert, Barbara Major, Kathleen McFarlane Rodstrom, Doris Miles McKay, Fred Miller, Sharon Rosecrans Moran, William Rossow, Mary Schaefer Olson, Pat Socher Weller, Wayne Swart, Mary Swenson, Ardis Voss, Petra Voss Welcome, Steve Wilberg and Frank Woods.

NARVE to meet

The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees Unit 127 will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Public Library. All retired and current railway employees and spouses are welcome. Lunch will be served after the meeting.

Brainerd Garden Club

The Brainerd Garden Club will have a potluck salad luncheon at noon Friday at the Northland Arboretum. Members are reminded to bring their gardening items for the spring conference container. There will also be an optional plant exchange. Hostess is Jeanne Larson.

Ray’s Promenaders

Ray’s Promenaders will host its 58th consecutive annual Square Dance Jamboree from 2-5 p.m. Sunday in the Franklin Arts Center gymnasium. Eight square dance callers are scheduled to participate with Larry Johansen as emcee. This year’s theme is “Busy as a Bee.” Members are reminded to come at noon to help decorate and bring two plates of food to share (one sweet and one savory) and a $5 gift for a door prize.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 41.5; Lane Weber and Bruce Eastman, 37.5.

East-West: Barb Bretz and Ruth Gottwaldt, 34.5; and Joyce Roemer and Laurel Jarvis, 34.

Garrison Lions Style Show

GARRISON —The Garrison Lions are making preparations for their 31st annual style show. This event will be May 17 at Ruttger’s on Bay Lake with the social hour beginning at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Ruttger’s Country Story on Bay Lake, Giada’s Boutique in Aitkin, and J.C. Penney in Baxter will be presenting the latest spring fashions for the show. There will be raffles for shopping sprees from all three of the stores. There will be a silent auction featuring an assortment of unique gifts with many handcrafted items.

Models will include various women from the Garrison Lions Club as well as from the surrounding area. All proceeds from this event will be used for non-traditional scholarships and other community needs. The cost of the ticket is $28 and there will be reserved seating for all guests. Tickets can be purchased from any Garrison Lions member or by calling June at (320) 692-4032 or Kay at (320) 692-4887.

Brainerd Service League

The Brainerd Service League will have its May meeting on Tuesday at the home of Deb Thuringer. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and meeting to follow. Members are reminded to RSVP.

Widowed Friends

Widowed Friends will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Monday at Bonanza.

Class of 1952

Class of 1952 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bonanza.

Retired Firefighters

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

VFW upcoming events

VFW Post 1647 and Ladies Auxiliary will meet at the Post Home for their regular monthly meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

There will be a fish fry serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone Friday at the VFW.


NARFE will meet for social hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with lunch to follow Tuesday at Bricks in Motley. The Motley Historical Society will present a program.

Better Breathers Club

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: Just a little help from a friend. Speaker: Deb Cranny, Executive Director.

BBC is a member of the MN American Lung Association. RSVP for this event to 828-7481.

Election of officers

Eagles Club will have an election of officers from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagles Club.

WHS class of 1946

Brainerd’s WHS class of 1946 will meet for lunch 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Jack’s House, 300 Highway 25 NE. Order from the menu. Call Dick at (218) 838-0738 to make reservations or if you need more information.

Senior dance

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

WHS class of 1955

The Washington High School class of 1955, spouses and friends will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Monday at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

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.

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.

Nisswa Area Historical Society membership meeting

NISSWA — The Nisswa Area Historical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Nisswa Community Center.

13th annual garage sale

The 13th annual super size garage sale to benefit Wild and Free, a wildlife rehabilitation program, will be 6-8 p.m. May 11 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12. Tax deductible donations now being accepted. No clothes please. Call Penny at (763) 242-6330 or G.A.H., (320) 692-4180.

American Diabetes Association Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter

BAXTER —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 neuropathy pain management by Lynn Pender from Essentia Health, Brainerd.

Relay for Life

planning meeting

The American Cancer Society Staples-Motley Relay for Life will have a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lakewood Health System Hospital cafeteria. All committee, team captains and interested persons are requested to attend.

There is a need for additional volunteers for the June 8 and 9 relay at the Staples Elementary School, especially for set up on Friday and take down on early Saturday morning.

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

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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