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Paul selected Miss Crow Wing County International

■ Paul selected Miss Crow Wing County International

Tiffany Paul was recently selected as Miss Crow Wing County International 2014.

There has not been a Miss titleholder in this system from the county. There was a Mrs. titleholder in 2005. In the Minnesota International Pageant System, there are three titles available: Miss Teen Minnesota International, Miss Minnesota International, and Mrs. Minnesota International. From there the Minnesota International state titleholders move on to Miss Teen, Miss, and Mrs. International and travel the nation as well as the globe. This system has been developed to promote young women’s accomplishments and volunteer work. Paul will be competing at Miss Minnesota International 2014 on March 8, 2014.

Paul’s platform is “Every Smile is Beautiful,” a cleft lip and palate awareness platform linked to Operation Smile. Paul was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate and had around 15 surgeries to repair her nose, lip, and roof of her mouth.

Visit her website at

■ Boat rendezvous

winners announced

The 26th Annual Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous was held Saturday at Moonlite Bay. More than 70 boats were on display: Six were built in the 1920s and many more in the 30s and 40s. Awards were given out by category, with the boat owners doing the voting. Additionally, the spectators voted for their favorite boat. This People’s Choice Award went to John Allen for his boat Mowitza II. The top award, the Skipper’s Choice Award, went to Lee Anderson for his 34-foot boat Tolka built in 1929 for the family of Alexander Graham Bell.

Other winners included:

Scot Harrison’s 1950 Chris Craft

Ed Sheldon’s 1956 Skee-Craft “1–2 Many”

Julie Robertson’s 1939 Chris Craft Barrel Back

Dane Anderson’s 1959 Su Preme Spitfire 14’

Mike Pederson’s 1975 Skiff Craft 26’ Flybridge

Ted Roger’s 1959 Chris Craft 18’ Sea Skiff

Joe Ruttger’s 1949 Chris Craft 20’ Mail Boat

Platt Hubbell’s 1960 Chris Craft Sportsman

David Thomson’s 1922 Elco 36’ named “Rio Rita”

Kermit Sutton’s 1926 Belle Isle 30’ Bearcat

Cameron Steffen’s display of antique toy boats going back to 1920

Next year’s show will be June 21, 2014 at The Fabulous Moonlite Bay.

■ Hackensack woman elected American Legion Auxiliary Department president

Shirley Frederick from Hackensack Unit 202 was elected American Legion Auxiliary president for the state of Minnesota at its 95th State Convention held in Mahnomen, Minn. She has been an auxiliary member for 50 years. Shirley has held many chairmanships in the Unit, District 6 and Department of Minnesota level.

To celebrate, the Hackensack American Legion Auxiliary held a reception for Shirley at Post 202.

■ Upcoming programs

at Staples Library

Soil rocks! Can you dig it?

The Staples Public Library is offering a program titled “Soil rocks! Can you dig it?” for children ages 3 to 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 5. Staff from St. John’s Arboretum will present information about what goes on underground through games, stories and hands-on activities. Registration is required.

Summer storytimes

Preschoolers through first-grade children are invited for a summer storytime from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Staples Public Library. Enjoy stories, crafts and a snack.

Local author Carol Spearman

Local author Carol Spearman will talk about her first novel, “Firewall Of The Mind,” from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Staples Public Library. Her presentation is for adults. Spearman’s book is a romantic thriller. She will talk about what it takes to write a novel and the process for getting it published in eBook format. She will welcome comments and questions.

Bo Bo the Fishing Clown

Bo Bo the Fishing Clown will entertain the audience from 11:15 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Staples Public Library. In full clown makeup and dress, Bo Bo the Fishing Clown will perform tricks and teach children how to tie balloon animals. His show is intended for young children and families.

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

■ HART to hold

off-site adoption event

Heartland Animal Rescue Team will hold an off-site adoption event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Alco in Pine River.

There will be 10-15 animals on-site, as well as T-shirts and other shelter items for sale, and information on upcoming education classes.

Adoption requirements:

Completed adoption application

Be at least 18 years old

Have a valid picture ID

Written consent to have a pet from landlord if you rent.

■ Little Falls class of 1951 reunion

Members of the Little Falls High School class of 1951 are invited to the 62nd year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Cabin Fever.

Social hour is at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m.

Anyone who started in the class but did not graduate are welcome to attend.

Reservations made by calling Mary Lou Houle Thesing at 320-632-6513 by Aug. 26.

■ Lakes and Farm Harvest Dinner to be held in Nisswa

The 5th annual Lakes and Farm Harvest Dinner has been scheduled for the Nisswa Community Center on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Each year the event celebrates community and bounty, and includes a farmer’s market opening at 4:30 p.m., social time with a cash bar at 5 p.m., and dinner being served at 6 p.m. The food served is produced by local farmers and ranchers, and prepared for a gourmet menu by Pequot Lakes Chef Justin Bolz-Andolshek of Lakes Latte.

Entertainment includes the music of Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors. This year’s featured speakers include Warren Formo, who is the executive director of the Minnesota Agricultural Waters Coalition. Arlene Jones from The Farm on St. Mathias will also speak on two topics--”Seriously Local Food” and “Farm 2 School.”

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under. Judy Wallschlaeger at 218 543 6257 or Sarah Kuschel 218-587-5531 are the contacts for the limited seating tickets.The proceeds are used to support youth events.

■ Lakewood Health System to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

Lakewood Health System is offering a special event to help celebrate World Breastfeeding Month. The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 1 in the Lower Level Classrooms at Lakewood’s main campus.

The event is free for all participants and children. Come meet the staff and international board certified lactation consultant Stephanie Rodriguez. There will be raffles, information booths and refreshments.

RSVPs are encouraged. Please call 218-894-8846 with questions, or to register for the event.

■ Faith in Action volunteer reaches 27,000 mile mark

More than 100 Faith in Action volunteers log in thousands of miles each year. One volunteer, Lorraine Enos of Hackensack, has driven over 27,000 miles in the five years she has been a volunteer driver.

Faith in Action volunteer drivers provide transportation to the clinic, grocery store, food shelf, church, or medical appointments, occasionally as far away as Fargo, St. Cloud or Duluth.

Faith in Action volunteers also help out closer to home with friendly visits and respite, phone reassurance, meal delivery, or assistance with housework or chores, or small home repairs.

Contact Faith in Action at 218-675-5435 or visit the website at if you have any questions or would like more information about volunteering.

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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