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What's Doing-Jan. 22 for Jan. 20

■ Spelling bee planned

The Brainerd District grades 6-8 oral spelling bee will be 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Forestview Middle School/Cafetorium.

■ Nisswa Garden Club

Nisswa Garden Club will meet Thursday at Ernie’s on Gull. There will be a noon check-in with a 12:30 p.m. lunch. Topic will be Year 2012: Sharing our gardening successes and failures.

■ Brainerd Legion upcoming events

The Past Commanders dinner meeting will be 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Legion. Alma’s Danish meatball dinner served by the Danish Sisterhood will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $7. Steak date night special by Katie Lutz will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Legion. Cost is $11 or 2 for $20.

■ Local bridge scores

Jenkins VFW: Jim Thompson, 6460; Jim Orput, 6130; Bruce Peck, 6040.

Whitefish Golf Course, Duplicate: Lois and Terri Steffen, 54.5; Jim Thompson and Pat Wynthe, 53.5; Al and Pat Hauge, 46; George Polusny and Guy Emmons, 42.5; Lorraine Northagen and Ginny Hersey, 41.5.

Maucieri’s: Les Johnson, 6970; Jim Thompson, 6280; Al Hauge, 5630.

Whitefish Golf Course: Ruthann Gottwaldt and Barb Bretz, 61; Jim Thompson and Pat Wynthe, 57; Lois Steffen and Terri Steffen, 54; George Polusny and Guy Emmons, 52; Al and Rose Ann Stans, 49; and Joe Heal and Bruce Peck, 48.5.

■ Tusenvann, Sons

of Norway Lodge

No. 1-659

ISLE — Tusenvann, Sons of Norway Lodge No. 1-659 in Isle will meet at noon Feb. 9 at the I.R.E.C. in Isle. Coffee and lunch will be served. We will have the pioneer photographer Doug Ohman who has published 14 books. He will discuss his “Minnesota Byways” which are covered in his books on cabins, churches, schools, state parks and courthouses, just to name a few. Come and hear him tell of his experiences of taking photos all around Minnesota. Bring a neighbor or friend. For questions, call Carol at 320-684-2174 or Bill at 320-679-2380.

■ Letters, Ink.

Letters, Ink., a new group incorporating the art of beautiful writing and heritage of handwritten letters, will have its first meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Public Library, small conference room. Contact Sue Sterling at 218-831-3550 for more information.

■ Duplicate bridge scores

Bruce Eastman and Lane Weber, 29; Bob and Sandy Crozier, 28.5; and Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 28.5.

■ Brainerd Lakes

Area Audubon

Society to meet

The Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Program: “Precious Waters: Minnesota’s Sulfide Mining Controversy” is a film produced by The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness that takes a hard look at the sulfide mining industry’s history of failed predictions and the threats new mines pose to northeastern Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams and sustainable economy. Have you wondered about this type of mining and whether it is safe for the environment? What are the risks?

Matt Hannah from The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness will join us to answer questions and provide insight to this controversial type of mining.

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. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Pam Perry at or the Northland Arboretum at

■ Elks receive

two grants

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 has been awarded two Elks National Foundation Grants to help expand and support their community activities involvement.

As a gesture of gratitude to veterans the Beacon of Hope Grant allows Brainerd Elks Lodge to provide a free weekly meal to Central Lakes College enrolled veterans and their families. It is also a time for Elks members to express thanks and offer support for the veteran’s service. Each Tuesday evening through mid-April the veterans will receive a free meal and be introduced to the various local Elks activities, benevolent services and community involvement.

Finally the Gratitude Grant was given to assist Healthy Brains for Children in their goal of preventing prenatal exposure to alcohol. The grant will allow the Elks and HBC to sponsor two free “Pregnant Ladies Night Out” events at two different locations.

■ Senior dance

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

■ 16th annual

buffalo raffle

PIERZ — The 16th annual buffalo raffle, sponsored by the Pierz Knights of Columbus, will be Saturday at the Pierz Ballroom. Tickets are $10 each and are available from any KC member or several area businesses.

The drawing will be at 8:15 p.m. Music will be provided by the Waltzateer Band. Beer, wine coolers, set-ups available. Need not be present to win. The buffalo feed will be from 4-8 p.m. Cost: $6.

Grand prize is $1,000 and 50 pounds of buffalo meat donated by Curtis and Jim Theis. There will be more than $13,000 in prizes. Half of the proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society, the remainder to benefit Pierz Knights of Columbus.

■ BN Vets

BN Vets will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Northwind Grille. Be sure and bring all your paperwork regarding your dues.

■ VFW dinner

The Brainerd VFW Friday walleye dinner will begin serving from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Cost is $10 and reservations are appreciated by calling the club at 829-6393.

■ Building physical independence

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Central Lakes College is offering a class on building physical independence from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Interested persons may join personal trainer Sherry Johnson who will demonstrate exercises and share her knowledge about building strength and flexibility as people age. Class participants should dress in comfortable clothes and will learn several simple exercises. The fee is $6 for non-members and free for members. The class will be conducted in Room E101 (next to the gym) at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Mail to: Central Lakes College, Attention: B&I Center, 501 W. College Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401. If paying by check please make payable to: Central Lakes College.

Phone registrations are accepted with a personal debit/credit card: Call 218-855-8142 or 800-933-0346, extension 8142. Fax registration and credit card info: 218-855-8141. Online registration: and click on courses. Interested persons may email to

For additional information contact: Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus, 218-855-8142 or 800-933-0346, extension 8142.

Directions to the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus: Park in main entrance parking lot, go to entrance No. 6 (Business and Industry Center). Signs will be posted directing you to the appropriate classroom.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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