What's Doing-Dec. 1

? Nisswa American Legion children's Christmas party NISSWA -- The Nisswa American Legion will have its annual children's Christmas party from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Nisswa American Legion Post. All children through age 12 are invited to attend. T...

■ Nisswa American Legion children’s Christmas party

NISSWA - The Nisswa American Legion will have its annual children’s Christmas party from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Nisswa American Legion Post. All children through age 12 are invited to attend. There will be many games to play and prizes to win. Santa Claus will be there to take your requests along with his helpers. After visiting with Santa and playing the games, make an ice cream sundae.

■ Tusevann Sons of

Norway Lodge No. 1-659

ISLE - Tusenvann Sons of Norway Lodge No. 1-659 in Isle will meet noon Dec. 14 for our monthly meeting at the I.R.E.C. building in Isle. The December through March meetings will be on the second Saturday of the month at noon. This will be potluck food with seasonal music performed by Duane and Deb Hawkinson. Bring a neighbor or friend and a dish to share. For questions call Carol Bailey at 320-684-2174 or Bill Peterson at 320-679-2380.


■ Area Bridge scores

Jenkins VFW: Dale Dickie, 10,050; Diane Lodin, 7,240; Guy Emmons, 6,080; Al Hauge, 5,730.

Whitefish Golf Course: Sue Caquelin and Joyce Roemer, 44; Jim Thompson and Pat Wynthe, 42.5; Bruce Peck and Joe Heal, 42.5; Dick and Doreen Jordan, 37.5; Lorraine Northagen and Ginny Hersey, 37.

■ Brainerd Legion

upcoming events

The Post Executive Committee and the Auxiliary membership will meet 7 p.m. Monday.

The IBEW meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Productive Alternative Christmas party will begin at 6 p.m.


Steak Date Night will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Local 242 will have its Christmas party starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 7.

■ Bee-Nay-She Council Bird

Club Christmas bird count

The Bee-Nay-She Council Bird Club invites volunteers in the Aitkin, Brainerd, and Crosby areas to join “citizen scientists” across the western hemisphere and participate in the Audubon Society’s 114th annual Christmas Bird Count. All counts take place in locations throughout North America and beyond between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. In the Crosby area, this year’s event will be Dec. 14.

Each group count completes a census of birds found during one 24-hour period in a designated circle 15 miles in diameter (about 177 square miles).

The 114th CBC is expected to be larger than ever, expanding its geographical coverage and accumulating information about the winter distributions of various birds.

The CBC is vital in monitoring the status of resident and migratory birds across the Western Hemisphere and the data, which are 100 percent volunteer generated, have become a crucial part of the U.S. government’s natural history monitoring database.


For information on how to join the local Christmas Bird Count, the contact in Crosby for the Dec. 14 count, Jo Blanich, 546-5939; in Pillager for the Jan. 1 count, Mike North, 320-345-0025; in Walker for the Dec. 14 count, Ben Wieland, 682-2325; for the Rice Lake NWR count in McGregor on Dec. 28, 768-2402; Uppgaard WMA, Pequot Lakes, Judd Brink, 218-838-4784.

■ Square Dance Club

Christmas dinner

Ray’s Promenaders will have its annual Christmas potluck dinner and dance Friday at the Baxter Elementary School Cafeteria. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dancing will follow the meal. Myron Hollatz is the caller for the evening and all club members and area dancers invited. The club officers will be hosting the event.


AAUW will meet at Dec. 7 at Edgewood Vista. Business meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. with an 11 a.m. program. Last year’s CLC scholarship winners will be introduced. Patti DuBois of the Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center will present on women and violence. Unwrapped gifts for the Women’s Center and donations for the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund will be collected. If you are interested in attending, call Pat at 218-330-3476. For more information about AAUW:

■ GSS-Bethany Auxiliary

GSS-Bethany Auxiliary meets 10 a.m. Thursday in Bethany Community Room, 804 Wright Street, Brainerd. Christmas party follows at 10:45 a.m. Bring a $3 unmarked gift for gift exchange. Gift shop meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.


■ GSS-Bethany holiday bake

sale and boutique

GSS-Bethany holiday bake sale and boutique will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at Bethany, 804 Wright Street, Brainerd. Proceeds benefit Transitional Care Recliner Fund.

■ Brainerd Elks Lodge breakfast

Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615 will serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 at 215 South Ninth St., Brainerd. Order from the menu. All proceeds go to support Elks programs.

■ PEO Chapter CJ

PEO Chapter CJ will meet Tuesday at Kathy Buxton’s home with Betty Green co-hosting. Program will be by Susie O.

■ Healthy Brains for Children


The Brainerd Chapter of Healthy Brains For Children will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Park UMC.

■ BACP to show film

Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) will show the film “Judgment at Nuremberg” in the Brainerd public library’s large conference room Dec. 8. The film presentation begins at 1 p.m. Snacks and beverages provided. An informal discussion will follow the film presentation.

The film presentation is in recognition of Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day is held annually on Dec. 10, in commemoration of the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls upon all governments to respect fundamental human rights.

“Judgment at Nuremberg” is a 1961 film based loosely on the Judges’ Trial held in 1947.

■ Beer and wine tasting event

The Brainerd Eagles will have a beer and wine tasting event with hors d’oeuvres from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

■ Duplicate bridge scores


Howell Movement: Sandy Chase and Kathy Calhoun, 26.5; Ann Richardson and Clif Johnson, 26.5; and Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 26.

■ VFW Friday dinner

The VFW Friday dinner will be the BHS Robotic Club fundraiser spaghetti dinner serving from 5:30-7 p.m. Cost: $7.

■ 4-H activities

4-H Brainerd After School Club meets from 3:45-5:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 408 N. 7th St., Brainerd. Club meets the first Tuesday of every month. Contact Maggie at CWC Extension, 824-1065 if you plan to attend. 4-H is free to join, grades K-13. Join at

4-H Volunteer Training – Engaging Teens/Older 4-H Youth. Meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Land Services Building. This session is co-developed and delivered by youth. Contact Maggie at CWC Extension, 824-1065 if you plan to attend. Become a volunteer – apply at

We will begin accepting registrations for the Garden Expo 2014 on Thursday. Visit for registration details and class offerings to be posted Wednesday. Classes fill fast so register quickly. Registrations must be accompanied with payment.

Adult volunteers needed to help lead a new 4-H club in Brainerd. 4-H volunteers are trained and screened to work with youth. Visit to learn more. Crow Wing County Extension office contact: Maggie at 824-1065.

■ Center Morning Club

The Center Morning Club meets each Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A speaker program is scheduled each week on various subjects of interest to the community. The club also participates in the “Books in a Bag” program sponsored by the public library. All members of the Center, men and women, are invited to become part of the group. Coffee and Center prepared doughnuts are provided.

The programs for December are Wednesday, Joe Brenny, Brenny Funeral Chapel, “Important Considerations for the Future;” Dec. 11, Vicki Flor, Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center; Dec. 18, Rachel Nystrom, County Commissioner, “What’s Going on in the County.”

■ WHS class of 1955

The Washington class of 1955, spouses and friends will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Monday at the Northwind Grille.

■ Chapter DV, P.E.O.

Chapter DV, P.E.O. will meet for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Prairie Bay. This will be the Christmas celebration so bring an ornament as a gift exchange.

■ Senior dances

Senior dances will be from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at Brainerd Blue Room with music by Frank and Fran; and from 1-4 p.m. Friday at the Deerwood Legion with music by Jerry’s Dance Band.

I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with numerous job titles since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently as Digital Editor. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work these 30+ years. I was present and worked on the our web page when our original website first went live on April 26, 1994.
What To Read Next
Get Local