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What's Doing-Jan. 6

Unlimited Learning to

present two programs

CROSBY — Unlimited Learning (UL) will be offering two presentations.

The first program will present the dark history of gangsters in Central Minnesota from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hallett Community Center in Crosby.

Hear about the booze connection between Breezy Point and Chicago and stories of visiting criminals like Alvin Karpis, Dillinger, the Barkers, Homer Vanmeter and others. Learn about the Great Brainerd Bank Robbery of the 1930’s.

Alan Bohme lived in Chicago and taught chemistry and physics in the Chicago Public Schools for 34 years. He moved to Minnesota in 1997 where he is a substitute teacher. He loves to study the history of people’s motives and their actions rather than dates and places. As a child, he came to Breezy Point where his father was the band leader in 1952 and 1953.

The second program, entitled “Dakota Homelands,” will be held from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 15 at Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby.

Dakota people have lived in what is now Minnesota for thousands of years. This presentation will focus on the Dakota Homelands, particularly Mnisota Makoce. The Dakota War of 1862 creates much interest; however, this topic is often presented without a context and without understanding of the resulting impacts of the war. This presentation will situate 1862 within a broader context including the connection Dakota people have to this place and the impacts that together tell a more complex story of Minnesota.

Presentation is by Lyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, visiting professor at the University of Minnesota.

There is no program fee for UL members and non-member pay $5 for both presentations. The public is welcome.

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The Brainerd American Legion’s Post Executive Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday and the Auxiliary Membership meeting will be at 7 p.m.

Dinner specials by Katie Lutz at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and a Steak Date Night Special by Lutz will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, that includes a 10 ounce rib eye, salad supreme, baked potato. Cost is $11 or two for $20.

Widowed Friends to meet

BAXTER — The Widowed Friends Club will meet at 11 .m. Monday at Bonanza.

Elks Lodge upcoming events

The Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 will serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Elks. Order from the menu. All proceeds go to support Elks programs.

The Elks also will have a Polish sausage, sauerkraut, beans and homemade bread feed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Elks Lodge. Cost is $8.

VFW to meet

The VFW Post 1647 and Auxiliary will meet at the Home Post at 7 p.m. Friday. The VFW Auxiliary Fish Fry starts at 5:30 p.m. and is served until gone. Cost is $8. Everyone is welcome to dinner.

Rudy’s Pantry distribution set

Ruby’s Pantry will have its next distribution from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, with doors opening at 10 a.m.

Ruby’s Pantry is a mission outreach where participants give a cash donation of $15 to cover expenses of the program and in return receive corporate surplus food. The variety and amount varies each month; however, the value of what is received generally averages over $50. Participants need to bring containers to carry their food home. No income guidelines. Ruby’s Pantry will be at the Brainerd Armory on Wright Street the second Tuesday of each month.

Class of ‘52 to meet

BAXTER — The Class of ‘52 will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bonanza.

Class of ‘55 to meet

Brainerd’s Washington School Class of 1955, along with spouses and friends, will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Monday at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe.

Retired firepersons to meet

Retired Firepersons, spouses, widows and friends will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Front Street Cafe.

WHA Class of ‘46 to meet

BAXTER — Brainerd’s Washington School Class of 1946 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Prairie Bay Grill and Catering in Baxter. Guests are welcome. Order off the menu. Call Dick at 838-0738 for reservations and information.

Brainerd Garden Club

The Brainerd Garden Club will meet 1 p.m. Friday at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. There will be a program on frugal gardening presented by Jackie Froemming. Hostesses will be Marlys Ray and Robyn Myers.

BNSF to hold dinner

BNSF Jack’s and Jill’s Holiday Dinner will be held Jan. 12 at the Eagles Club in Brainerd. Social hour is at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $7.50 per person.

Senior dance in Motley

The next senior dance will be held from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday in Motley. Music by Country Diamonds.

National Association of Retired

and Veteran Railway Employees

National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Public Library. All retired and current Railway employees and spouses are welcome. Lunch will be served at the meeting. Yearly dues to be sent to Avis (John) Lee, PO Box 86, Pillager, MN 56473.

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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