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What's Doing-July 15

Pork in the Park

HACKENSACK — In 2011 a group of individuals had an idea for helping the community. They all enjoy preparing and eating good grilled food while having fun doing it. The group put together a grilling contest in Hackensack City Park with virtually no sponsorship. The team assembled numerous contestants who competed for prizes while preparing a lot of good food for a crowd of observers. Many methods and a variety of equipment ranging from a Green Egg grill to an old refrigerator were used to prepare the food.

In conjunction with the Hackensack American Legion Post No. 202 the proceeds provided three scholarships for local students. The scholarship program at Post No. 202 will benefit from this year’s event as well with the proceeds again going for scholarships and activities for youth in the community.

This year the plans are to have even more fun and good food. The event is scheduled for Aug. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hackensack City Park. This year’s event is designed to have up to 15 teams of three to five people participating on each team. Prizes range from $50 dollars to $300 dollars in three categories: Ribs, Chicken Thighs and People’s Choice with the judging taking place at 5 p.m.

This year the event has several sponsors and has added more things for your enjoyment. There will be a beer and beverage tent along with sweet corn and live music provided by Ramona Fritz.

More BBQ teams are needed. For entry information and entry forms for the event contact the Hackensack American Legion at 218-675-9191 or Steve Pauly at 218-675-5250 or 612-910-6602.

WHS class of 1957 upcoming events

The Washington High School class of 1957 monthly luncheon will be 11 a.m. July 24 at the Northwind Grille.

The class of 1957 will host a mixer at 7 p.m. July 27 at the Brainerd American Legion.

The 55th class reunion will be held at noon July 28 at the Northland Arboretum.

For more information call Liz Benson at 829-4402.

For the Love of the Lakes

NISSWA — Celebrate the beauty and wonder of one of the Brainerd lakes area’s most treasured resources, when the Gull Chain of Lakes Association hosts For the Love of the Lakes — a centennial celebration of the Gull Chain of Lakes July 30 at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

Aquatic ecologist and legislator Darby Nelson, author of “For Love of Lakes,” will be the featured speaker at the gala, supporting the Gull Chain of Lakes Association’s mission as stewards of the Gull Chain of Lakes. Proceeds from this event will go toward the continuing battle against Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).

Social hour and silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., with a dinner and speaker to follow. Tickets are $25 per person and available at the GCOLA website,

Dance at Backus American Legion

BACKUS — Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band returns to the Backus American Legion Sunday from 2-6 p.m., playing classic country and pop, old time and swing.

The dance will be followed by a dinner for $8 with proceeds going to 4-H prize premiums for participants at the Cass County Fair.

Brainerd Legion Post meeting

The Brainerd American Legion will have a Post membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Garden of Jewels by Nisswa Garden Club

NISSWA — Garden of Jewels is the theme of the 74th Annual Garden Club Show sponsored by the Nisswa Garden Club. The show will be 2-7 p.m. July 25 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Members, non-members, small-fry, junior and teen invitational will be displaying “Fruits of their labor” in Artistic, Horticulture, Potted Plants, Fruits, Vegetables and Herb sections, in our garden show. There will be a display of heirloom tomatoes on the history table. In addition to the exhibits, there will be a plant sale, bake sale, silent auction and seminars. The club T-shirts will also be on sale.

The Crow Wing County Master Gardeners will also be available to answer your gardening questions.

Entries will be received from 5-7 p.m. July 24 and from 7-9 a.m. July 25. Entries must be picked up at the end of the show after 7 p.m. and (not before) on July 25.

If you are interested in exhibiting or want further information or details of the show, check our website at or call Barb at (218) 330-6661.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Pikkaraine benefit planned

VERNDALE — The children of Mary Pikkaraine are holding a benefit to help raise money for medical costs with her cancer treatments. A dinner and silent auction will be 4-8 p.m. July 21 with the poker tournament starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Verndale Community Center. Supplemental funding provided by the East Ottertail Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for the dinner and silent auction.

Pig roast and bean bag tournament

Larry Kostka’s 9th annual all-you-can-eat Backus American Legion pig roast, along with a bean bag tournament, will be held July 21.

The pig roast, running from 4:30 p.m. until gone, will be $7 a plate.

The double elimination bean bag tournament begins at 2 p.m. with registration starting at 1:30 p.m. The entry fee is $10 per two-person team with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Cash prizes with 100 percent payback plus are determined by the number of entries and are supplemented by the Legion. Boards and bean bags are provided.

The clubrooms are located at Hwys. 371 and 87 W. Call (218) 947-3156 for information.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

The monthly meeting for DAV Crow Wing County Chapter No. 22 will be held at the Brainerd VFW club on Thursday night. The membership meeting will begin at 7 p.m. All members are invited to attend. Chapter 22 officers meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Chapter CJ of PEO

Chapter CJ of PEO will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Kay Robinson’s. Beth MacMillan is co-hostess. Program by Phyllis Cooksey. Also, last minute plans for Garden Stroll event.

Lakes Area Caged Bird Club

The club is looking for new people. There are no monthly dues; we just meet to discuss our birds: cockatoos, macaws, Amazons, African grays, finches, etc. The club will meet 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.

Nisswa Garden Club

NISSWA — The Nisswa Garden Club will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Program: “Come, Learn How to be an Exhibitionist.” Speaker: NGC Members. Coordinator: Garden Show Committee. Hosts: Garden Show Committee. For reservations, call Sandy Thorson at (218) 562-5292. For more information, visit the club’s website at

Widowed Friends

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

Chimney Swift Sit

Ron Windingstad, Audubon-at-Home Coordinator for Audubon Minnesota, will be the speaker at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the Laestadian Church, 1501 South Eighth Street, Brainerd, for the Chimney Swift Sit.

Have you seen the Chimney Swifts doing their aerial acrobatics above the Laestadian Church in Brainerd? Each evening dozens of swifts dive into the depths of the chimney as darkness descends over the city. Many people think they are bats or swallows.

Come and take part in the community-wide Chimney Swift sit at the church. Windingstad will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. We will watch and count as the birds display and drop into the chimney. Bring a chair, or stand if you wish. For more information on the Sit contact Jennifer Lust at 825-1010 or email her at

Veracious insect eaters who fly non-stop from morning to night, Chimney Swifts are incapable of perching like other birds but have claws and spines on their tail feathers that enable them to cling to the rough interior of the chimney where they roost during the night.

Chimney Swift populations in Minnesota have declined 54 percent in the last 40 years. This is due mainly to the loss of suitable homes as old chimneys are knocked down and homeowners are lining and capping their chimneys making them inaccessible to the swifts. Individuals and organizations can help the swifts by leaving chimneys open where feasible and by constructing “fake chimneys” to replace the ones demolished.

You can help monitor the swifts personally by participating in Audubon Minnesota’s annual Chimney Swift Sit held each year. This year’s sit dates are July 20 -23 and again Aug. 31-Sept. 3. More information can be found at

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 42; Kathy Calhoun and Sue Caquelin, 40.5.

East-West: Maurice and Kathy Youakin, 33; Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 32.5.

WHS class of 1944

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

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.

Encore Arts

Encore Arts will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gail’s residence. Bring a food item to share. A business meeting will make final plans for participation at the Crow Wing County Fair. If you have questions, or need directions to Gail’s home, call her at 829-1236.

Brainerd Lakes Sunrise Rotary

Brainerd Lakes Sunrise Rotary meets weekly on Wednesdays at the Holiday Inn Express, North 371 Baxter at 7:05 a.m. We are currently accepting applications for new members. If you are interested in more information, contact

Mission Fire Fair

The 25th annual Mission Fire Fair will be 11:30 a.m. July 21 at Mission Park, located seven miles north of Merrifield on County Road 3, one miles east on Mission Park Drive.

Activities include door prizes, safe house, North Air helicopter, roast pork dinner, brats, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks, games, auctions, raffles, chicken poopin’ contest.

The fire fair is sponsored by The Mission Township Firefighters Relief Association.

Class of 1954 activities

The class of 1954 will hold their annual summer gathering from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Ernie’s on Gull Lake.

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

Rolling Rangers

The Rolling Rangers Camping Group will meet July 15-18 at the St. Cloud Campground. Our hosts for July are Rose and Don Luech and Sharon and Ken Mulder.

Call 829-2939 if there are questions.

WHS class of 1947

Washington High School class of 1947 will meet for their annual lunch get-together at Sunshine Kitchen and Moonshine Lounge at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Senior dances

There will be senior dances from 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 Carl and Don.

Potlatch reunion potluck picnic

The 10th annual Potlatch reunion picnic will be 11:30 a.m. July 21 at Lum Park. All salaried and hourly employees are welcome.

Brainerd Area Low Vision Support Group

The Brainerd Area Low Vision Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at Woodland Good Samaritan Village, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Marge Pfannenstein will be SSB-SSU Counselor for Crow Wing, Mille Lacs and Morrison Counties. Lily Atwel is retiring.

Call 825-0904 for more information.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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