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What's Doing-Oct. 21

Marines to celebrate

237th birthday

All Marines in the lakes area are invited to join the Marine Corps League members in a traditional celebration of the USMC birthday on Nov. 10. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Nisswa American Legion Post followed by dinner and a program. For dinner reservations and additional information, contact Don Kaeder at 218-330-5429 by Nov. 2.

Bethany Auxiliary brat

and bake sale

The Bethany Auxiliary brat and bake sale will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bethany Community Room, 804 Wright St., Brainerd. Cost: $4. The sale is a fundraiser for Bethany Auxiliary special projects.

Brainerd Legion

upcoming events

The Past Commanders dinner meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Legion.

Dinner by Jimmy V. will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Legion.

Call the Post for menu and costs.

Brainerd High School’s class of 1973 looking for classmates

The BHS class of 1973 has not been able to locate some classmates for the 40th class reunion.

The reunion will be held on Aug. 23-24, 2013. The reunion committee isn’t done researching and are asking people to assist in the whereabouts of classmates.

The class of 1973 has a Facebook site at: Brainerd High School (73) - 40th info and updates.

The class of 1973’s email address is: The contact person is Kathy Dewes, 320-292-5605.

If you know the whereabouts of someone on the list please provide that information to one of these places.

We are attempting to have as many people as possible become a member of the Facebook site which is a closed group open to only 1973 graduates. To become a member of the Facebook site, just go to the above Facebook site and request to be a member.

Missing classmates include: Janice Kay Allen, Juliann Ramsdell (Anderson), Jane Terese Schoaf (Beaulieu), Pat Benjamin, Greg Berg, DeAnne Caddy, Marcos Rogerio Camera, Randy Scott Carlson, Laurent Chopard, Allen Christensen, Bradley Christopherson, Wanda Joy Gibbs, Judith JoAnne (Clay), Bev Rose (Czech), Craig Stephen Davenport, Linda A. Collins (Degman), Marilyn Dropuenske Dale, Lynn Dunham, Laura Marie Leyk (Gavin), Kathy M. Geidans, Steve Gieneart, Bruce E. Green, Duane J. Gunderson, John Vernon Gustafson, Margaret Marie Gustafson, Linda Christine Hanson, Sherry (Heikenen) Gibbons, Jeff Alan Hill, Greg Johnson, Tom Johnson, Bob Leslie Jones, Katherine Ann Churchill (Kay Ahlgirm), R. Kingsley, Rod Glen Kyar, Jeffery Lachelt, Lory Bock (Larsen), Scott M. Longanecker, John Lynch, Jean MacArthur, Allan Maier, Barb Martinson, Ed Matthews, Cindy Ann Oberg (McGaughey), Hal McKiski, Martha McNutt, Amy Anne Mead, Sheryll Ann Mennicke, Jean M. Miller, Keith B. Mogensen, Jim S. Mokler, Pam M. Morgan, Stephanie Myroniuk, Gayle Nelson, Jan Clair Nelson, Phyllis Lindell (Nelson), Robert Nevenfeldt, Greg Nichols, Jean Susanne Nimeth, Debi K. Nisle, Jeff Norby, Laura Marie Olson, Bernadine Olson, Georgia Paulson, Rosella Praska, Marge Pulak, Karen Louise Putman, Chuck Richard Rice, Margaret Riles, Jon Jeffrey Schaefer, Dick Alan Schmidt, Brad Vincent Schultz, the Rev. Brian Douglas Schultz, Wyatt Alan Schultz, Margaret C. Schultz, Tom Charles Sievek, Deborah Jean Smart, Michael G. Smith, Steve Scott Smith, Diane Marie Snipstad, Cynthia Soderholm, Sue Kay Specht, Curtis Ray Speed, Dorayne Helen Spencer, Paul J. Steffen, Mike G. Stevens, Susan Marie Streiff, Darla Stromberg, Alvin Brent Stuart, Brian Stueland, Mark Sweeney, Benita Ann Tautges, Gary D. Volbrath, Kathy T. Warren and Bruce A. Zarn.

2012 Toys for Kids program

Steve Amerud, the 2012 Chairman of the annual Toys for Kids event sponsored By Heartland Detachment, Marine Corps League has announced the dates for the 2012 program.

Applications will be taken at the Salvation Army Office, 208 S. Sixth St. in Brainerd from Nov. 5-26, with distribution of gifts to families at the National Guard Armory on Dec. 13.

Over 900 children from 400 local families received Christmas gifts through this program in 2011 and with the continuing economic crisis and the expected discontinuance of the Bridges of Hope Christmas program this year a significant increase in applications is anticipated. Many local businesses and organizations have already agreed to provide support to Toys For Kids by serving as toy drop points, coin collection locations, and by on-going financial support. Additional support will be needed, and if you or your business or organization would like to participate, contact Steve at 218-838-1640.

Toy and financial collections will begin about Nov. 14, with the annual 3WI Radio Kick-off and curb-side donations on west Washington Street is scheduled for Nov. 23. Volunteers will fill family bags gifts between Dec. 3-12.

Toys for Kids is a local program serving local families and is sponsored solely by Heartland Detachment, Marine Corps League and is supported by local donations. It is not affiliated with nor does it receive any assistance from the National Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots organization.

Duplicate bridge scores

North-South: Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 42; Sue Caquelin and Kathy Calhoun, 37.

East-West: Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 43.5; Don Rasmussen and Allen Anderson, 42.

Halloween parties in Backus

BACKUS — The Backus American Legion and Auxiliary are sponsoring kids and adult Halloween parties Oct. 27.

The children’s party for goblins under age 12 will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be pumpkin picture coloring, a costume style show, fish pond, ring toss and bean bag throw with prizes for each. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in separate age categories.

There will also be a complimentary lunch. Bring the children in their costumes. All other items are provided. There is no charge for the party.

The adult party starts at 8 p.m. and includes potluck hors d’oeuvres, a costume contest with prizes, announcement of the great pumpkin weight guessing contest winner and complimentary cash and customer drawings. The events, including costume judging, begin at 9 p.m.

Prizes includes a $20 beverage/food certificate for the closest weight guess on the great pumpkin, a $25 certificate for first place in the costume contest, $15 certificate for second and $10 T-shirt for third.

Nisswa Garden Club

NISSWA — Nisswa Garden Club will meet Thursday at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Social time will be noon with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. Program is “Deck the Halls with Winter Greenery.” Speakers: Jim Sherwood and JoAnn Weaver. Coordinator: Kari Carlson. Hosts: Carol Alverson and Leo and June Zuroski. For reservations call Sandy Thorson at 218-562-5292. For more information, visit the club’s website at There will be no November meeting.  

Chapter DV, P.E.O.

Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library. Diane Eitrheim will be the hostess with Diane Sell giving the ELF report. LaVonne Neff will prepare a program: “How Do I Make That?”

VFW Friday dinner

VFW Friday dinner will be Mom’s Homestyle chicken dinner served from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Cost: $8.

Baxter Lions Club

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

C-I class of 1958

The Crosby-Ironton Class of 1958 will have a luncheon meeting at noon Wednesday at Jack’s House. This meeting is to make final plans, address and stamp cards for the upcoming 55th reunion.

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