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Much Obliged-May 18

■ USBC Bowling Association

The Brainerd/Baxter USBC Bowling Association would like to thank the following Brainerd area merchants and businesses for sponsoring bowling teams in the 2013-2014 bowling season: Abe’s Plumbing and Heating, Affordable Bail Bonds, Auto Imports, B N J Auto, BIR, Bender-Winegar Dental, Bernick’s, Brainerd Savings and Loan, Bremer Bank, Bridge of Harmony, Burger King, C and L Distributing, Car Quest (2), Clark Lake Homes, Clow Stamping (2), Coaches Corner, Commander Bar (2), Dan’s Catering, DeChantel Excavating, Essentia Health (2), Frandsen Bank, Frito Lays, GLS Promotions, Goochey Construction (2), Gull Lake Glass, Half Moon, Heartland Tire, Input Computer, Jacks House (2), Jo and Bills Gifts, Krause Lock and Key, Lakes Photograph, Little Caesars, Log Cabin Restaurants, Marlys Meyer, Master Plumbing, Minnesota T’s, MN Computer System, North View Electrical, Northland Sports, Northwoods Inne, Peoples Security, Point Plank Carry, Ray’s Wild Rice, RG Insurance, Shep’s on 6th (2), Snap-on Tools, Syvantis Technologies, Taco Johns, Texas Roadhouse, The Old Waterfall, Triangle Oil, Triangle Drive-In, Viking Coke, Weidhert Realtor, Winner’s Trophy, Yde’s Major Appliance (2) .

The Brainerd / Baxter USBC Bowling Association would also like to thank the following Brainerd area merchants and businesses for supporting our local tournament and banquet with donations: Ace Hardware, Baxter Liquor Market, Bonanza Steakhouse, Boulder TapHouse, Burger King, Car Quest, Commander Bar, Dan’s Catering, El Tequila, Giovanni’s Pizza, Grab a Java, Grizzly’s, HWY 25 Liquor, Jack’s House, Jimmy John’s, Kentuckey Fried Chicken, Mar-Jon’s, McDonalds, Mickey’s of Nisswa, Mike’s Pro Shop, Morey’s Fish House, Pepsi, The Pickle Factory, Pizza Hut, Super One Foods, Taco Bell, West Side Liquor, Yde’s Major Appliance.

A special thanks goes out to Greg Anderson who after 25 years of coaching the youth of Brainerd/Baxter area is retiring after a job well done.

Brainerd/Baxter USBC Bowling Association

■ Arbor Day fundraiser

A huge thank you goes out to everyone that made the Northland Arboretum’s 8th Annual Arbor Day Fine Wine and Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser on April 25 such a success.

Special thanks to our main sponsors Cashwise Liquor, Bremer Bank and B. Johnson and Associates, to the event planning committee Becky Eckelman (BOD), Mark Dockendorf, Diane Rook-Johnson, Dave Boran (BOD), Mary Corrigan and Peg Serani, to our awesome volunteers Judy Husak, Judy Morgan, Brad Katzenberger, Marlys Ray, Sharon Bodie, Walter Pangburn, Jim and Julie Powel, Northland Arboretum BOD Members Bill Goers, Don Anderson, Becky Stadem and to all the generous vendors that supplied the wines and beers to taste along with Jack Pine Brewery, Fancy Pants Chocolates, Cub Foods, Super One Foods, Morey’s Fish Market and Culligan, plus all the generous businesses that donated silent auction items, door prizes and guessing jar prizes — we couldn’t do this without you!

Check out our website at for photos of the event and a complete names of all our wonderful donors and be sure to thank them for supporting our local arboretum. A special thanks to Mykel at Erickson Greenhouse for the donation of all the beautiful plants that decorated the Arb. Our sincere apologies to anyone we might have missed.

Board of Directors and Staff of Northland Arboretum

■ Spaghetti supper fundraiser

Our VFW Youth Baseball spaghetti supper fundraiser was very well attended. We wish to thank the coaches and ball players for selling tickets. Peggy and her crew did a great job in preparing the meal. The donated dessert bars were delicious. Thank you to all the volunteers who made things go so smoothly. The support of all who bought tickets is greatly appreciated.

Robert Marsh

Youth Activity Chairman

Brainerd VFW Post No. 1647

■ National Day of Prayer

The 2014 National Day of Prayer in the Brainerd lakes area was a great success. The theme for the event was One Voice, United in Prayer. A special thanks to all who gathered in the cozy, warm sanctuary of the Salvation Army to lift up our voices in prayer and worship. A special thanks to all the Adult and Teen Challenge staff and students for leading us in two amazing worship songs. God hears our prayers and praises and we appreciate every person that was a part of this amazing event.

Thanks again and God bless you all.

The National Day of Prayer Committee

■ Northwoods UU Fellowship

The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship would like to thank Stone Woman Herbals for donations of soap and Baxter SuperAmerica and Brainerd (South Sixth) Holiday stations for their donations of gasoline cards for the benefit of young women rescued from prostitution through the work of the Central Minnesota STOP Coalition. These items were included in emergency packets with gum, hygiene items, notebooks and pens put together by the fellowship recently.

Patricia W. Scott, President

Northwoods UU Fellowship

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