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What's Doing-May 20

Steve Johnson benefit

There will be a spaghetti dinner and silent auction benefit for Steve Johnson of Merrifield from 4:30-8:30 p.m. May 26 at Church of the Nazarene, 16549 Johnson Road, Brainerd. Cost: $10.

Johnson, who works at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (Stage 4) in January. The cancer has spread into his liver and lymph nodes. He has been undergoing several chemo treatments since then and they will continue through June as well as other tests.

For general information to donate items or purchase tickets, call Lisa Peterson, (612) 327-5472, Susie Dahl (218) 251-5711, Lory Miller (218) 831-8968, or Jennifer Grady-Bailey, (612) 559-0278.

For those who wish to donate monetarily and are unable to attend the benefit can do so at BlackRidge Bank, 5411 County Road 18, Nisswa, to the Steve Johnson Benefit.

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

Post Elections will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday followed by the Post Membership meeting.

Dave Freiday will serve a glazed meatloaf dinner from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday at the Legion. Cost is $9.

Pinetree Cemetery Association clean up and meeting

The Pinetree Cemetery Association annual clean up with an association meeting to follow will begin at noon Sunday at the Pinetree Cemetery.

Garage sale fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis

BAXTER — There will be a garage sale fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26 at 12996 Berrywood Drive, Baxter, located east of Walmart off of College Road. All proceeds will go to the research for Cystic Fibrosis.

Nicotine Anonymous - Nic Of Time

Nic of Time group will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Oak Street Club, 1601 Oak Street, Brainerd. For more information, Jan, (218) 963-1214 or (218) 537-0081 cell.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 42.5; Ann Richardson and Clif Johnson, 41.5.

East-West: Ruth Gottwaldt and Barb Bretz, 34.5; Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 33.5.

WHS class of 1957

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

Frankly Country Band at Backus Legion

BACKUS — Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band returns to the Backus American Legion May 27 as the part of the community 41st Annual Oldtimers’ Weekend.

The band plays classic country and pop, old time and swing from 2 to 6 p.m. and that’s followed by a dinner served by the Cass County Fair Committee.

Oldtimers’ weekend includes an all-class reunion at 2 p.m. Saturday, a noon to 2 p.m. lunch and class pictures.

RSVPs Bone Builders

MOTLEY — RSVP’s (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Bone Builders is an exercise program that incorporates strength training, balance training, stretching and fun into one hour, twice-weekly exercise sessions. Volunteer trainers lead participants through a series of 10 different strength exercises, including a warm-up and cool down and a balance and stretching routine all specifically designed to prevent or reverse bone loss.

Horizon Health’s RSVP is looking for trainers and will be holding a Bone Builder’s Training in Motley at the United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday with lunch included. Contact Tammy Jopp, RSVP Director, at (800) 224-6451 or (320) 468-6451 to sign up or if you have any questions.

Widowed Friends

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

Brainerd Area Low Vision Support Group

The Brainerd Area Low Vision Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Woodland Good Samaritan Village, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Maintaining your balance will be presented by Mike Gotti, PT, Essentia Health, Baxter. For more info, call 825-0904.

Nisswa Area Historical Society opens

NISSWA — The Nisswa Area Historical Society welcomes members and visitors to the Heritage Center, Pioneer Village, depot site and caboose, all located on Main Street.

The facility opens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26. The buildings will also be open June 2. The season schedule begins Wednesdays through Saturdays starting June 6 until Labor Day weekend.

Chapter DV, P.E.O.

Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Linda Youngs with Jane Erlanson as co-hostess. Sarah Swanstrom will give the state convention report.

Youth safety ATV training class

The Central Lakes ATV Club has scheduled a youth safety ATV training event from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. June 16 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in the Public Safety Building. Enter at the main gate on 13th Street. The building is on the left, just inside the gate.

Youth must be 11-15 and have completed the independent home CD course. They must also their own ATV and have the required safety gear as discussed in the CD. Parents are required to attend the training to help with any ATV equipment issues. A check for $15 made out to the DNR is required.

Class size is limited to 25. For more information, call Mike McMenimen at 963-4561. Information is also available on the DNR website at

Yard and bake sale

BACKUS — The Backus Lions will have its annual Get a Bargain Yard and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to noon May 26 at the Backus Corner Store parking lot, Highway 371 and Fourth St. NW.

Proceeds from this sale benefit philanthropic activity of the Backus Lions Club including high school scholarships, food shelves, Christmas for Kids, Relay for Life, service dog organizations, our local schools and nursing homes.

Rolling Rangers Camping Group

The Rolling Rangers Camping Group will meet at the Pequot Lakes RV Resort Village Sunday to Wednesday. The hosts will be Karen and Leonard Oseland and Dan and Sue Nelson. Any questions or for those who want to join, call 829-7939.

Senior dance

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

Brainerd Area Art Club

The Brainerd Area Art Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Evelyn Matthies’ Art Studio at Franklin Art Center. Virginia McArthur will present a program on resurrecting an art project that you have given up on. Bring your paintings or sketches that you need help with and get some new ideas.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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