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Bay Lake History Day to be celebrated

DEERWOOD — The first Bay Lake History Day will be held Aug. 4 to celebrate the Stone House Centennial and highlight historic sites within the Bay Lake area.

The event starts at 10 a.m. at what is known as the Stone or Rock House with a short program highlighting the events. The home will be open to the public until 3 p.m. with featured exhibits by Bay Lake’s pioneer descendants and the Cuyuna Range Historical Society. The home is located at 18112 State Highway 6, four miles south of Deerwood or half mile north of Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.

Tours will take place from 1-4 p.m. and there will be a meet and greet at Ruttger’s from 4:30-6 p.m.

For more information call Kathy at (218) 678-2256 or Jim at (218) 678-2779.

Royalton awarded for splash park

At the Morrison County Area Foundation Awards Reception the MCAF presented a check in the amount of $1000 to Mayor Andrea Lauer of Royalton. Mayor Lauer accepted the gift on behalf of the all-volunteer Royalton Splash Park Project Committee.

The Royalton park project is a three phase project with phase one being a picnic shelter, phase two the bathroom/utility building and phase three the infrastructure/splash pad. The Royalton Lions Club built the first phase of the project in 2011.

“The Morrison County Area Foundation board was pleased to approve this request because it will serve citizens in Rice, Bowlus, Little Falls, Swanville, Upsala, Pierz, Benola, Buckman and surrounding townships in Morrison County,” said Robin Klosowski, president of the Morrison County Area Foundation.

Sponsor a stripe fundraiser set Saturday

LITTLE FALLS — Eleven-year-old Gage VanRisseghem of Little Falls recently started a fundraiser called “Sponsor a Stripe” to help raise funds for a zebra for the Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls.

Gage, who recently attended a members day event at the zoo, saw a lay-out for future zoo plans, which included a zebra and the zoo already had an area for it to live. With the support of family members and friends, he went to the Pine Grove Zoo director and asked if he could do a fundraiser. The zoo’s board of directors agreed to let Gage pursue the “Sponsor a Stripe” campaign.

Gage recruited all 10 of his cousins, from ages 3 months to 11-years-old, to be on the “Sponsor a Stripe” Committee. At the first committee meeting several neighborhood children heard about it and asked to join and help. Since then more and more children and adults have asked to be a part of it.

The “Sponsor a Stripe” committee is having a “Zebra Garage Sale Fundraiser” with face painting, finger nail painting and more from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Grove Park Zoo Shelter Building

The committee is looking for items they can sell at the garage sale. If anyone has items they would like to donate call Cathy at (320) 630-9843 or Angie at (320) 630-2148. No clothing.

For monetary donations, send it to Pine Grove Zoo, 1200 W. Broadway, Little Falls, MN 56345, attention: “Sponsor a Stripe.” Donations are tax deductible.

Widlife trees and shrubs management to be offered in Brainerd/Baxter

A class on “Managing Shurbs and Trees for Widlife” will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2012 in Brainerd/Baxter, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event will be held at the Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive, Baxter.

At this workshop participants will spend time indoors and outdoors learning about forest wildlife habitat, the importance of native forest plant communities and their shrubs and trees to wildlife, how to enhance the forest with natives shrubs and trees, and available assistance programs.

This class is a Woodland Advisor core class and is approved for continuing education credits for Stewardship Plan Preparers and Master Gardeners. The public is invited to attend. Woodland Advisor is a program of the Minnesota Forestry Association, the University of Minnesota Extension, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.

The cost of attending this class is $25 which will be paid the day of the event. Register for this class online at: or contact Sue Crotty at 218-828-2275 or via email at

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Power Boat races this weekend

CROSBY — The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber presents the Twin Cities Power Boat Association’s (TCPBA) Serpent Speedway Power Boat Races to be held Saturday and Sunday on the shores of Serpent Lake in Crosby Memorial Park.

Johnna Johnson, Cuyuna Lakes Chamber director, said many race fans enjoy watching all the different classes of Power Boats race. The event draws over a thousand spectators each year.

“Each year we see some of the same racers, but since this is such a family friendly sport, it is fun to watch the fathers helping their sons and daughters getting prepared for their first race,” said Johnson.

The event has been in the Crosby Memorial Park since the 1960s, missing only a few years in its history. The event has drawn different classes band sizes of boats each year. This year spectators can expect to see the F1, F2, F3 tunnel classes, GTPro, Sport C, Mini GT and Hobby Stock. In the not so distant pass the TCPBA have had racers range from 12 to 80.

Spectators are encouraged to park along Second Street, running north of the Crosby Memorial Park and enter near the skateboard park. Races start at noon both days and run until about 3:30 p.m. Concessions will be available by Sage Café, C-I Grad Blast, Maucieri’s Bistro with beer sales as well. Crafters are invited to attend as well.

The Serpent Speedway Races are sponsored by the City of Crosby and the Grand Casino Mille Lacs.

For more information or questions, contact the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber at (218) 546-8131.

WDC band selected to play at conference

WADENA — The Wadena-Deer Creek Concert Band has been selected to perform for the Minnesota Music Educators Association state convention in February.

“This is such a great honor,” said Lisa Weniger, band director at WDC High School. “It’s wonderful because we will be able to showcase our band for Wadena and the surrounding area to music educators from around the state. And, it’s an excellent performance experience for our students.”

For the audition CD, Weniger selected an up-tempo, western-style piece called “Prairie Dances” and a ballad inspired by James Dean called “When Summer is Just Beginning.” Weniger sent the audition CD and performance application this past spring and was notified July 5 by Amy Rosium Foley, MMEA president-elect and clinic chair, that WDC had been accepted to perform.

Weniger is in the process of selecting five or six pieces of music for the 45-minute performance. She has notified her 65 concert-band students in grades 9-12 and parents with a letter outlining the performance.

Wadena-Deer Creek’s performance will be at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Candidates to attend DFL party

DEERWOOD — Four DFL political candidates are scheduled to meet and greet the public at a DFL campaign party set for 1 p.m. July 28 at the home of John and Marlys Orr at 16346 Brighton Point Road in Deerwood.

The event, which is open to people of all political persuasions, will feature Rick Nolan, a candidate for the 8th Congressional District; Taylor Stevenson, a candidate for Minnesota Senate District 10, Rep. John Ward, a candidate for House District 10A; and Joe Radinovich, a candidate for House District 10B. Also scheduled to be at the event are representatives from the campaigns of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and President Barack Obama.

The campaign party will feature free burgers and beverages and live music. Those attending are advised to bring lawn chairs.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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