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Wadena Jaycees plan first Snowmobile Fun Run

Goodwill sets grand opening

for Crosslake store

CROSSLAKE — Timed to coincide with Crosslake’s WinterFest celebration, Goodwill will host an official grand opening on Feb. 4 for its newest store, which opened in Crosslake in October.

“Our store has received a great response from the community, and this is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported us by shopping and donating so far,” said Public Relations Specialist Valerie Clark.

The grand opening will also introduce Goodwill to new shoppers in town for the ninth Annual Crosslake WinterFest celebration.

“We’re looking forward to sharing Goodwill’s great bargains with a whole new audience,” Clark said.

The store is located at 35562 County Road 66 in downtown Crosslake, across from the CCC Campgrounds. Since its opening late last year, The store offers great values on quality household goods, books, toys and clothing for the entire family.

The store also gives area residents a new place to donate their gently used clothes and other items. Previously, Goodwill’s store in Brainerd was the closest Goodwill location to donate household items or to shop. Goodwill will be open on from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 4. There will be free refreshments along with chances to sign up for a raffle to win a 32-inch Magnavox HDTV or one of five $20 Goodwill gift certificates.

Donations to Goodwill are used to create jobs for people who have disabilities or other barriers to employment. More than 140 people come to work every day at Goodwill’s main facility and store location to sort, price and quality-check the donations, which are then sold to support its mission of providing employment and employment services. The Crosslake store is stocked with items donated and processed in Crosslake, as well as goods received from the Duluth location.

Goodwill’s main facility in Duluth also operates stores in Ashland, Bemidji, Brainerd, Cloquet, Ely, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids, Hermantown, Hibbing, Superior and Virginia. Each store accepts donations of gently used household goods during store hours.

The nonprofit organization is proud of its contribution to recycling and reuse throughout its operations area, diverting millions of pounds of materials from the landfill each year.

Adult water aerobics

PINE RIVER — Need a little gentle exercise? Join this session beginning Monday through March 19 from 10-11 a.m. in the AmericInn pool in Jenkins and have an hour of fun in the water and build your aerobic health. Stop by Community Ed in Pine River for your punch card or purchase from the instructor at the pool. Instructor: Dorothy Potz. Cost: $5 per time.

Dollars for Scholars spaghetti dinner and auction planned

STAPLES — The Staples and Motley Dollars for Scholars organization will have its annual spaghetti dinner and auction Jan. 28 in the Staples Motley High School cafeteria. Spaghetti dinner will be served from 4-5:30 p.m. The auction will start at 5:45 p.m. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for the 2012 graduating seniors.

Pelican Lakes Conservation Club offers scholarships for 2012

The Pelican Lakes Conservation Club is looking for scholarship applicants who will attend college in the fall of 2012. Interested high school seniors from Pequot Lakes, Crosby-Ironton, Pine River Backus and Brainerd may apply through their guidance office. Students must meet specific criteria, including the intention to enter a career in conservation, environmental control, or a related field which is focused on expanding knowledge, commitment and active involvement in protecting and caring for the environment.

Deadline for application is March 15. Students are encouraged to contact their school guidance office soon for the application. Interviews of qualified applicants will take place in April.

Cuyuna Range Youth

Center dance

The Cuyuna Range Youth Center is having a youth dance on Jan. 21. The dance is open to all 7-12th graders from 7-11 p.m. The cost for the dance will be $3; pop and concessions are available for purchase. The Saturday night normal hours will be cancelled due to this dance. It will be open only for those wanting to attend the dance. The dance will be chaperoned and anyone leaving the dance prior to 11 p.m. will not be admitted back into the Youth Center. Youth from our surrounding communities are also invited if in 7-12th grade. If you have any questions, call Leona Miller at 546-5744 or 851-4765.

Wadena Jaycees plan

first Snowmobile Fun Run

WADENA — The first Snowmobile Fun Run by the Wadena Area Jaycees will take place Jan. 28, starting and ending at Bullseye Bar and Grill in Verndale. Other stops around the fun run include Jimmy’s Saloon in Hewitt, Long Pines Bar in Bertha, Ted and Gen’s BBQ in Aldrich and Wahoo Valley Bar and Grill north of Staples.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the fun run begins at 11 a.m. The cost is $10 per person with a fun run card included, and $5 for each additional game card. The cards are to be presented at each location to draw a chip, and riders collecting chips at the different stops are to bring them back to Bullseye to determine the winner by 5 p.m.

There is no specific order of stops which riders need to follow, but the Jaycees request that participants stay on the groomed trails. A map is provided on group’s Facebook page.

The Jaycees will draw for prize packages during social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with entertainment to follow.

The event will take place with or without snow, and there will be an alternative car route for people without snowmobiles.

More information can be found at

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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