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What's Doing-Sept. 23

‘I wear grey for Greg’ benefit planned

There will be a family-fun benefit from 2-10 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Pillager Fairgrounds Community Center for Greg, Kristi (Barnett) and Ethan Lofquist.

Greg Lofquist was diagnosed with a Grade IV Astrocytoma in April. He had brain surgery to remove 20 percent of a baseball-sized tumor attached to the speech center of his brain. He went through radiation and chemotherapy. In July he consulted with neurosurgeons at Mayo to determine other surgical options. The tumor is no longer operable without life-threatening complications so he continues to undergo monthly chemo treatments.

There will be a silent auction featuring an M1 Garand Rifle, a winter weekend getaway at Kavanaugh’s Resort, Italian dinner private chef event in your home with Tom Kavanaugh; HMK snowmobile jacket and more.

There will be a bean bag tournament. Entry fee is $5 per team. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. with the tournament beginning at 2 p.m.

There will be kids’ games, food starting at 4:30 p.m., music from the David Jopp Band from 6-10 p.m. Cost: $10, adults; $5, children.

For those interested in making a donation through Paypal, go to your Paypal account, send a payment to, select Personal and gift and make your donation or through Wells Fargo for the Greg Lofquist benefit.

To learn more about Greg, visit (greglofquist).

WHS class of 1958

The Washington High School class of 1958 will meet for coffee at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the NW Pizza/Boardwalk Bread and Bagel.

Cider and Candlelight Tour planned

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake Historic Log Village will be the site of the annual Cider and Candlelight Tour on Sept. 29 from 7-9 p.m. Visitors to this event will have the opportunity to experience the 1900 village by night, lit by lanterns and candles. Buildings will be heated with wood fires if it is cool. There will be free horse-drawn wagon rides offered by Doug Taylor of Action Entertainment. Strolling musicians Kai and Bridgett Allen will add their festive touch with guitar and violin. Costumed volunteers will provide tours of the historic buildings. Hot cider and fall treats will be served in the livery. Peanuts and candy corn will be served in the saloon.

The final event of the evening will be the drawing for the raffle ticket winners. This year’s prizes are handcrafted by local artisans. They include a hand-thrown plate and bowl by potter Dick Dietz, a turned cherry wooden bowl by Sandy Sweeney, and a spectacular watercolor by Raleigh E Kinney, framed by Lakes Area Gallery.

This event, free to the public, marks the close of events at the Historic Log Village for the 2012 season.

Brainerd Lakes Rotary rose sale

The 20th annual Brainerd Lakes Rotary rose sale has begun. $15/dozen. Proceeds from the rose sale fund both local and Haiti scholarship programs and local charitable activities. This year you can choose either the traditional red roses or a dozen beautiful, multi-colored roses. Once you have placed your order, the roses will be available to be picked up at SuperAmerica convenience store on Dellwood Drive in Baxter on Oct. 11 or Oct. 12. Those interested need to order by Oct. 5.

‘Hoofin’ It for Mounted Eagles’

The 5th annual “Hoofin’ It for Mounted Eagles” event will be held on Oct. 6-7. Riders and campers of all ages are invited to attend the two-day event which will feature a three-hour ride, two on Oct. 6 and one Oct. 7. On Oct. 6, starting at 6 p.m., will feature live music and dinner. A light breakfast will be provided on Oct. 6 and a pancake breakfast will be served on Oct. 7. The event is held on private property owned by Bill and Aggie Stroot located near County Road 24 just northeast of Leader. Campers get full benefits of all meals and the live entertainment. On Oct. 6, beginning at 3 p.m. we will have hay rides, old fashioned yard games, food, music and more. There are guided hiking trails for those of you who like to stay on the ground and enjoy the beauty. If you have a canoe or kayak, bring it along and take a spin around our small private lake or just sit around the campfire.

We encourage our program participants, riders and volunteers, to come and enjoy this event and mingle with your fellow Mounted Eagles’ family members. Non-rider pre-pegistration by Oct. 3 is encouraged so we are sure to have enough food to feed everyone. Cost is $50 per horse/rider, non-riders and dinner attendees: $15, 13 years and older; $10, 6-12 years; and 5 years and under free.

Fill out the registration form which can be found on the website calendar at and get a spot reserved early or contact Aggie Stroot at or 218-568-3968 for more details.

Tusenvann, Sons of Norway Lodge No. 1-659

ISLE — Tusenvann, Sons of Norway Lodge No. 1-659 in Isle is sponsoring a concert 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Isle High School Auditorium in Isle. The featured performance will be by Skal Klubben, a traditional Scandinavian folk orchestra. They perform regularly at Nisswa. Bring a friend! There is a suggested donation of $5 per person at the door. If you have questions, call Donna at 320-676-1638 or Gary at 218-927-6557.

Fall arts and crafts festival

The fall arts and crafts festival will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Brainerd Senior High School, 702 South Fifth St., Brainerd. Use north or south entrance.

Flag retirement ceremony

BACKUS — A flag retirement ceremony will be held at the Backus American Legion at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Residents, businesses and governmental and private organizations who want worn flags properly disposed of may leave them at any time at the Legion clubrooms at Highways 371 and 87 West or bring them to the ceremony.

The Legion also has replacement flags for sale, including a 3’x5’ American flag for $15 and a POW/MIA flag for $25. The ceremony will be followed by a social at 5 p.m. and a potluck dinner at 6 p.m.

Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society

The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society will feature John Erb, DNR Furbearer Research Scientist, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northland Arboretum. He will speak about fishers and pine martens. This program is sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Northland Arboretum. The program is free and open to anyone with an interest in nature. For more information contact Pam Perry at or the Northland Arboretum at

Bethany Auxiliary pie social and silent auction

The Bethany Auxiliary pie social and silent auction will be from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday at GSS-Bethany, 804 Wright St., Brainerd, featuring pies from The Barn. Slice of pie and beverage will be $3. Silent auction ends at 3:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Project Dignity. For more information, contact Liz Csanda at 825-2505.

VFW Friday night dinner

The VFW Friday night dinner will be walleye serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Cost: $10. Reservations appreciated. Call the VFW at 829-6393.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Barb Bretz and Ruth Gottwaldt, 42; Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 38.

East-West: Al Anderson and Don Rasmussen, 35.5; Kathy Calhoun and Sue Caquelin, 32.5.

WHS class of 1957

The Washington High School class of 1957 will meet 11 a.m. Tuesday at Northwind Grille.

Chapter DV, P.E.O. meeting

Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Jacque Glas. The new yearbooks will be the highlight of the meeting. A report on Saturday’s Reciprocity will be given.

Baxter Lions Club

The Baxter Lions Club will meet on Monday at Camp Vanasek. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting will be called to order at 7 p.m.

Brainerd American Legion activities

Commander Chris’ all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Cost: adults, $7; and kids, $4.

Dinner (TBA) by “Jimmy V” of 3wi Radio! Jimmy will serve a complete dinner from 5:30 p.m. until gone Thursday. Call 829-2249 for menu and cost.

Crow Wing County Fair Association annual meeting

The Crow Wing County Fair Association annual meeting will be Nov. 1 at the Eagles Club, 124 Front Street, Brainerd. Dinner will be 7 p.m. with a business meeting and election of four board members to follow.

Anyone interested in filing to be a board member should apply in writing to the Crow Wing County Association, 2000 13th St. SE, Brainerd, MN 56401.

For more information, call 829-6680.

Alpha Chapter OES

Alpha Chapter No. 23 OES will meet with the Aitkin Chapter in Aitkin on Tuesday. Dinner will be 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will be at 7 p.m.

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