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What's Doing-May 13

Cancer benefit for the

Branden Burnard family

NISSWA — There will be a benefit for the Branden Burnard family from 5-8 p.m. May 19 at the Nisswa American Legion Post 627. There will be a pulled pork sandwich dinner for $10, a silent auction, raffles, games and drawings.

Branden Burnard has been a volunteer on the Nisswa Fire Department for 10 years and is currently an assistant chief. He has been an EMT and a First Responder for nine years. He is the current president of the Nisswa First Responders. He was diagnosed with ocular cancer two and a half years ago and was treated with radiation. The cancer has now metastasized to his lungs and he will need chemo treatments.

Monetary donations can be sent to the BlackRidge Bank in Nisswa and Brainerd. Checks should be written to the Branden Burnard Benefit Account. Contact Beth Burnard for more information at (218) 821-7467.

Benefit fund raiser

planned for Dorinda Hamilton

A benefit fundraiser in honor of Dorinda Hamilton will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 19 at the Northland Arboretum.

There will be a sloppy joe lunch for a donation of $7, silent auction, cash and prize drawings. Donations for cash or auction items are also being accepted.

Hamilton, who was born and raised in Brainerd, was recently diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. She is an employee of Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center where she has worked in the staffing office for the past 10 years.

Anyone interested in obtaining additional information about attending the benefit or wishes to donate cash or auction items can contact Annie at (218) 892-0779 or Sandy at 820-9073.

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The 40 et 8 will hold a nurses scholarship Swiss steak dinner from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday. Cost is $8.

The Off Club will hold its annual spring fling dinner with social hour at 5 p.m., initiation at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. May 19 at the Legion. Music by Rich Wetherell will follow the dinner.

Disabled American Veterans

The monthly meeting for DAV 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.

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 Hwy... 18, one mile east of the intersection of Highways 18 and 25. For more information, call Char at (218) 764-2625.

Minnesota Lyme Association meeting

PEQUOT LAKES — Note: The meeting day has changed. The Minnesota Lyme Association meeting will be 6 p.m. May 24 at the Trailside Center at the Baptist Church in Pequot Lakes.

Dr. Betty Maloney’s focus at this meeting is on ‘Talking with you Doctor about Lyme Disease.” The goal of this talk is to improve communication between patients and their doctors regarding the diagnosis of Lyme disease and options for treatment. This presentation focuses on medical decision-making. It reviews general considerations that factor into physician decisions and suggests strategies to effectively address these concerns. The talk emphasizes the need for mutual respect and shared-decision making.

Elizabeth Maloney, M.D. is a family physician from Wyoming, Minn. She develops medical education courses on Lyme disease for physicians, nurses, and chiropractors; she’s been published in medical journals. Dr. Maloney also provides education on Lyme disease to private organizations and government agencies.

She is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the Minnesota Academy of Family Practice and the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) and serves as the medical advisor for the Minnesota Lyme Association.

At the June 14 meeting, House Representative John Ward will be our speaker.

For more information call Judy at (218) 543-4945.

Baxter Lions Club

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

Great Decisions: Cybersecurity

The securitization of cyberspace has caused a sea change for both governments and the private sector, faced with new threats, new battlegrounds and new opportunities. Faced with challenges such as international cybercrime and authoritarian control of networks, how will the U.S. and its democratic allies approach the cyber frontier? How does this new domain figure in U.S. strategic interests?

Great Decisions is a monthly course of Unlimited Learning will meet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 21 at Heartwood Senior Living Center.

Class of 1963

The class of 1963 will be meeting at The Sunshine Kitchen for lunch at 11:30 a.m. May 21. The Sunshine Kitchen is located at H and Mill Avenue.

Lamb band returns to Backus Legion

BACKUS — Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band returns to the Backus American Legion from 2-6 p.m. May 20 playing classic country and pop, old time and swing. The dance will be followed by a Salisbury steak dinner for $8, with proceeds going toward 4-H prize premiums at the Cass County Fair. The clubrooms are at highways 371 and 87 West.

Pillager Legion Post and Auxiliary

PILLAGER — The Pillager Legion Post and Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. May 21 at the Pillager City Hall.

Crow Wing County Historical

Society board meeting

The Crow Wing County Historical Society Board of Directors meet the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the museum. The next meeting is Tuesday. 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.

Brainerd Eagles Club breakfast

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

WHS class of 1954

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

Ray’s Promenaders

Ray’s Promenader’s will have a square dance Friday at Franklin Art Center. Tom Allen will be calling Plus at 7:30 p.m. and Mainstream at 8 p.m. Ellie and Ernie Aarrestad will be hosting the finger food buffet following the dance. The theme for the night is spring colors.

Encore Arts Association

Encore Arts Association will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brainerd Lakes Senior Activity Center, 823 Kingwood, Brainerd. Becky and Bonnie Savey will lead a hands-on scratchboard project. Participants will want to bring a photo to work from, and something sharp for scratching (i.e. a sharp, empty pen, or an Xacto blade). Refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome.

Chapter CJ of PEO

Chapter CJ of PEO will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Prairie Bay for the birthday luncheon. We will use their “tea” format. Cost is $23.

Sagatun Lodge 018 Sons of Norway

Sagatun Lodge 018 Sons of Norway members will be celebrating Norway’s Constitution Day with a lutefisk/meatball supper on Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brainerd. Appetizers will be at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Entertainment provided by MALTA, playing traditional music from Nordic countries. Reservations required by Wednesday.

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Masonic Hall. A memorial service will be held. We will also be honoring mothers. Refreshments will follow the meeting.

WHS class of 1944

WHS class of 1944 will meet Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Northwind Grille.

Duplicate bridge scores

Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 31; Ruth Gottwaldt and Barb Bretz, 30.5; Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 26.

Boot Camp for New Dads

The Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition in partnership with Essentia Health will be offering Boot Camp for New Dads from 9 a.m. to noon May 19 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Boot Camp for New Dads is a nationally licensed program, facilitated by men, which is designed to give expectant fathers a place to learn from experienced fathers. This class is free and open to all expectant dads in the area. Register by calling 828-7414 or for more information go to

VFW Post No. 1647 and Auxiliary

The VFW Post 1647 and Auxiliary will hold joint memorial services to honor those comrades and sisters who have passed away during the past year. The services will be held at the Post Home at 309 South Sixth St. at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Those to be honored are Post members Earl Anderson, James Anderson, Merlin Biever, John Beyer, Glen Bloomstrom, Daniel Davis, Russell Fort, James Freeman, Thomas Grimes, Robert Marohn, Herbert Meyer, Chester Moon, Douglas Norstrom, Herbert Palmer, Del Pinta, Roy Schellin, Erwin Seefeldt, Leo Siegel, Jack Vroman and Richard Welliver.

Auxiliary sisters are Laverne Baselt, Pamela Christensen, Geraldine Ebertowski, Inez Giles. Arlene Jones, Marion Jones, Patsy Kinlinger, Deloris Kounkel, Julie Lokken, Deliah Marxen, Sandy Miles, Germaine Montour and Doris Stoffel. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Friday night dinner

VFW Post Friday night dinner of chicken cordon blue or chicken Kiev will be served from 5:30 p.m. until gone at the VFW. Cost: $8.

VFW Sunday breakfast

VFW Sunday breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon May 20. Cost $6.

Brainerd History Group to meet

The Brainerd History Group will meet 5:30 p.m. Wed. for a tour of the historic 1880s residence at 601 Kingwood, NE corner of North Sixth and Kingwood streets. Anyone interested in Brainerd history is welcome. Call (218) 820-2424 for more information.

Learn how to prevent, manage diabetes

Attend a program designed to educate individuals on a lifestyle to prevent diabetes and motivate those living with diabetes to live a healthy life.

Riverwood Healthcare Center is hosting a seminar on “Diabetes and Wellness” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 24 at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin.

Certified Diabetes Educator Melissa Magnuson and Registered Dietitian Lisa Kuklis will present information on how to take steps to increase your physical activity and control your diet for a healthier you.

“Many people don’t realize that exercising and losing weight can help prevent type 2 diabetes,” Magnuson explains. “If you already have diabetes, staying active and making healthy food choices can help you manage the disease much more effectively.”

In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin, which is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.

Diabetes vendor displays will offer information on managing diabetes. Participating vendors include Expressions Shoe Center, Lilly and Novo Nordisk.

There is no cost for the seminar and a light meal is included.

Registration is required. Call Riverwood’s Diabetes Center at (218) 927-8281.

Senior dances

Senior dances will be 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Eagles with music by Andy and Stu; and from 1-4 p.m. Friday at Deerwood with music by Henry, Harold, etc.

Plant sale planned

Hopeful Wings Relay for Life team is having a plant sale May 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 219 South Ninth St., Brainerd. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

Class of 1972

Brainerd Senior High reunion class of 1972 will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Legion.

Danish Sisterhood

Amber Lodge 186 of the Danish Sisterhood will hold its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. May 19 at Evelyn Matthies Art Studio in the Franklin Arts Center. Jan Almquist will give a demonstration of rosemaling. The meeting is open to anyone of Danish Heritage or anyone interested in Danish culture and traditions.

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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