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Antique quilt donated to Camp Knutson auction

Upcoming programs

at Staples library

STAPLES — The Staples Public Library will offer the following programs: “Light Up the Night with Storytime” will be held Aug. 7 and “Own the Night Summer Reading Program Party” on Aug. 9.

“Light Up the Night with Storytime” will be held from 6-6:30 p.m. and is geared for preschool through second-grade children. This storytime will feature books about croaking frogs and fireflies. Attendance limit is 10 and preregistration is required.

The reading program party will be held from 4-5 p.m. and be at the Northern Pacific Park near the old library.

For more information, contact the Staples Public Library at (218) 894-1401.

Antique quilt donated to

Camp Knutson auction

CROSSLAKE — The double wedding ring pattern donated by Patricia (Pat) Gunderson of Pine River is one of the three antique quilts that will be in this year’s Camp Knutson Quilt Auction. It is hand-pieced and hand-quilted.

The quilt auction will be Aug. 11. The silent auction and quilt preview start at 10 a.m. and the live auction begins at noon. Camp Knutson is located at 11169 Whitefish Ave. in Crosslake, and the public is invited to attend.

The history of this quilt goes back a long way in Gunderson’s family. Gunderson checked with her 95-year-old mother to confirm the history of the quilt, and she learned that her great-grandmother, Emma Parks Allen of Elkhart, Ind., made the quilt for her daughter’s wedding gift. The recipient was Gunderson’s grandmother.

Eventually, the quilt was passed down to Gunderson’s mother and then to her. Gunderson is happy to donate the quilt to Camp Knutson.

“It hasn’t been on a bed for years and my children aren’t interested,” she said. “I would rather have someone buy it and enjoy it then see in my closet.”

Camp Knutson partners with organizations that provide summer camp experiences for children with disabilities and/or special needs — giving them a time to immerse themselves in nature in order to experience the freedom and fantasy of childhood. Gunderson’s donation is No. 80 in this year’s auction.

CAP to conduct pancake breakfast

WALKER — The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will conduct a pancake breakfast at Walker airport from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 12. The made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes will be made from the secret recipe created by two members of the squadron, Hazel Cleghorn and Donna Withrow.

CAP will offer pancakes, sausages and beverages at no cost, however they will accept free will donations. Proceeds from the breakfast will help the squadron defray expenses for training and overhead.

The CAP is an auxiliary branch of the U.S. Air Force. The squadron at Walker began as the Walker Flying Club and was also known as the Cass County Squadron. Since there are also members from Beltrami and Hubbard counties the name was changed to the Tri-County Senior Squadron.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department, North Memorial Ambulance and helicopter crews, Walker Fire Department, Walker Police Department, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Border Patrol have been asked to participate and bring equipment to the breakfast.

The members of the CAP conduct ground and air searches to find lost planes and/or persons. Each year, they save about 75 lives.

PACT health classes to

meet in August

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System will offer free healthy living classes on Thursdays in August. This month’s class schedule and focuses are:

Stress and Goals on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Patio conference room, on the lower level at Lakewood’s Main Campus.

Nutrition and Healthy Eating on Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Patio conference room, on the lower level of Lakewood’s Main Campus.

Getting Active on Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Patio conference room, on the lower level of Lakewood’s Main Campus.

These classes are part of a project called Pursuing Active Change Together (PACT). Through PACT, Lakewood Health System offers education, tips and resources to help promote healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention.

Space is limited; pre-registration is appreciated. To RSVP, call (218) 894-8623. Physician referral is not necessary to attend the class. For more information, contact Nola Varilek at (218) 894-8586.

Unlimited Learning

receives second grant

Unlimited Learning, a life-long learning organization for members over 55, has received a second grant for 2012-13 to continue to generate programming for “absent narratives” of Minnesota’s native people and their perspective. UL is co-sponsoring several joint efforts as well as unique presentations to create a better undertanding of the untold stories of culture,language and history of the Dakota and Ojibwe. Dr. Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State is an adviser and a presenter. Upcoming on Aug. 21, Dr. Brenda Child, Indian Studies, University of Minnesota, will speak about the Indian Boarding School Experience: Intended and Unintended Outcomes. Visit the UL website for future “absent narrative” programs as they become available at under “News.”

Friends host first annual mega sale

CROSBY —The Jessie F. Hallet Memorial Library Friends are gearing up for their first annual mega book sale to be held Aug. 14-17 in the large meeting room of the Hallett Memorial Library, in conjunction with Heritage Days.

Each day of the sale will feature special book-themed events, daily contests, drawings and refreshments.

Kick-off Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 and will feature sales and special early bird promotions.

Kid’s Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 15 and will feature a free showing of the movie “Mirror, Mirror” with popcorn, and read-a-longs with Children’s Librarian Deb Weide.

Senior Day will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 16 and will offer many large print and audio books for sale, and nurses will be on hand to offer free blood pressure readings.

Honor Jessie Bargain Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 and will be a day to take a Jessie Hallett Trivia Quiz, register for prizes and enjoy refreshments while filling a bag with slashed price bargains. The day will culminate with the drawing for a quilt raffle at 4 p.m.

Backstreet Books, the used bookstore that is operated by the Friends in the back of the library also will be open. The store features like new books for adults and youth, greeting cards by local artists and repurposed book art. All proceeds

from the book sales go directly back to the library to provide materials, services and programming.

National Night Out set in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — National Night Out open house will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Little Falls Fire Department.

There will be a K-9 demonstration, kitchen fire demonstration, face painting and the CIRT team and dive team will be present.

Motorcyclists to hit the road in support of area seniors

STAPLES — A number of area motorcyclists will descend on the Lakewood Health System Care Center on Sept. 8 to help raise money to support and give back to seniors in our service areas.

The riders will pay $20 each to be part of the open road 100-mile ride that will start at Lakewood’s Care Center in Staples and continue on with stops in Motley, Browerville and Pillager. T-shirts and raffle tickets will also be sold.

“After the great success, fun and positive feedback we received after last year’s ride, we had a lot of riders volunteer to help makes this year’s ride even better,” said Becky Ashbaugh, director of Environmental Services and coordinator of the Ride to Revitalize. “Our residents are excited to be starting the ride at the care center because it will give them the opportunity to take a look at the bikes and cars, and visit with the riders.”

The ride is being sponsored by the Lakewood Foundation and area businesses including Ten Hi in Motley, the Municipal Liquor Store in Browerville, and KC’s Uptown Saloon in Pillager.

Those interested in participating can register online at www.lakewoodhealthsystem/ or by calling Emily Waldahl at (218) 894-8579. For more information about the ride and locations, contact Becky Ashbaugh at (218) 894-8631.

A bipartisan perspective on

our political system

Unlimited Learning presents Lona and Bill Schreiber, a husband and wife team who will discuss the Legislature, lobbying and our political system. Lona is a Democrat and Bill is a Republican, with almost 30 years in the House of Representatives between them, as well as county and state administrative, lobbying and legal posts. Lona was born and raised on the Iron Range representing Hibbing and Chisholm for 10 years. Bill represented Brooklyn Park area in the House for 18 years. Come watch a stimulating discussion between married partners and political adversaries from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Heartwood Senior Living Center, Crosby. August is the final month of the reduced fee membership drive and will culminate with special treats. No fee for members, non-members $6.

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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