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Vietnam vets conduct motorcycle run for homeless vets

Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club Chapter D MN will conduct the eighth annual “North to the Lakes” Motorcycle Run for Homeless Veterans will originate from Brainerd on Aug. 18.

Organizers said all proceeds will to the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Homeless Fund. Riders will meet at the Brainerd American Legion with registration scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 18. Ride fee is $20 per rider or $30 per couple and includes a corn feed and pork chop roast at the final stop.

Full ride information and a schedule of planned stops may be obtained by calling (320) 267-0376 or (612) 616-1121.

Brainerd Lakes Sunrise Rotary installs officers

The Brainerd Sunrise Rotary Club conducted its change of gavel on June 20 at the Legacy.

Outgoing President Cathy Meyer passed the gavel to the new president, Linda Dockter at the event that night, presentations were made to the remaining original charter members: Brooke Silvernail, Mark Gray, Greg Lange, Steve Schaitberger and Jeff Fox. A presentation was made to Pat Smith for Rotarian of the Year for his outstanding service to Rotary and to his community locally and internationally.

Board members for the 2012-2013 Rotary year are: club administration, Craig Kochsiek; membership, Jeff E. Olson; marketing, Dennis Lang; club service, Bob Verkennes; fundraising, Kevin Ruen; new generations, Gordy Murphy; president’s committee, Cathy Meyer; secretary, Peter Johnson; and treasurer, David Johnson. Brainerd Lakes Sunrise Rotary was also celebrating its 25th anniversary as a club that night.

Kiwanis of Brainerd donates scholarships to Camp Invention

Kiwanis of Brainerd is making financial assistance available to families in the Brainerd area for this year’s Camp Invention program. This STEM enrichment program is being hosted for the eighth summer by Central Lakes College during the week of July 30 - Aug. 3. The Kiwanis of Brainerd’s sponsorship will enable children who would not otherwise be able to attend the program to enjoy a week of science exploration combined with imaginative fun this summer.

Camp Invention is offered by the nonprofit Invent Now Inc. in collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for children entering grades one through six. Children who attend the program will learn physics, engineering, and creative problem-solving in a fun way while they take apart mechanical devices with real tools and work as a team to create new inventions. This summer, students will also crash-land on an alien planet and figure out how to survive, save a polluted city and redesign it using green engineering, and exercise their bodies as well as their minds while they invent and play new games

Applications for financial assistance are now being accepted. To request an application, contact Barb Johnson at or (952) 949-2558.

Military retirees invited to Camp Ripley

Military retirees are invited to Camp Ripley on Aug. 25 to the 11th annual Armed Forces Retiree Appreciation Day (AFRAD). AFRAD is an opportunity for military retirees to receive updated information and briefings about their benefits since 2011. Camp Ripley is just north of Little Falls.

The event is sponsored by The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) Chapter 115 from the St. Cloud and Minneapolis – St. Paul area. More information on AFRAD may be found at: AFRAD 2012 information is located in the box in the lower left-hand corner of the TREA 115 website.

Interested persons may also contact TREA Chapter 115 President Ralph Donais at (763) 441-2630 or email Registration for the AFRAD is due by Aug. 13, 2012.

Crow Wing State Park to host overnight program on camping

A one-night program to learn camping skills, “I Can Camp!”, is being offered by the Minnesota DNR Saturday at Crow Wing State Park.

Experienced instructors from Conservation Corps Minnesota will teach participants basic camping and outdoor skills, including how to set up a tent, how to build a campfire, and camp cooking. All camping equipment is provided including tents, air mattresses and cook stoves. Participants must bring their own food and bedding — sleeping bags or blankets and pillows.

The program costs $35 for a tent accommodating up to six people. A one-day vehicle pass will be included as part of the program fee, or participants may buy a year-round Minnesota state parks permit for an additional $20.

For more information, visit ( For reservations, call (866) 857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

Funding for the “I Can Camp!” programs is from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the sales tax revenue and may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.

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