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What's Doing for Dec. 31

Benefit for Kathy Lee planned PILLAGER--There will be a benefit for Kathy Lee from 4-7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Pillager Community Center with dinner, kid activities, baked goodies walk, silent auction and raffles. Pulled pork or chicken with all t...

Benefit for Kathy Lee planned

PILLAGER-There will be a benefit for Kathy Lee from 4-7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Pillager Community Center with dinner, kid activities, baked goodies walk, silent auction and raffles. Pulled pork or chicken with all the fixings, a cookie and beverage will be $10 a plate for those 13 and up; $5 a plate for kids 3-12; and 3 and younger are free. One-hundred percent of the proceeds at the community center will go to Lee, who had a ruptured brain aneurysm in October. While recovering from the surgery, she experienced a few strokes as well. As of Nov. 14, Lee is at home, but needs more extensive therapy and care 24/7.

The benefit will continue from 7:30 p.m. to close at The Huntin' Shack. DJ will begin at 8 p.m. A percentage of The Huntin' Shack's sales of the evening will go to Lee.

For those interested in donating items for the silent auction and/or raffle, call, text or email Kristina at 218-821-8691, Jenny Niggeler at 218-330-2415 or Kathyslifechangingbenefit@gmail.com .

Any monetary donations may be mailed to Kathy's Life Changing Benefit, c/o Kristina Lee, P.O. Box 234, Pillager, MN 56473.

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Brainerd Masonic Lodge to have installation of officers

Aurora Lodge will have its annual installation of officers 6 p.m. Thursday at the lodge with a meal to follow.

Corey Johnson will be installed Master at the open installation ceremony. All interested are invited to attend.

Aurora will also have its first regular meeting of the year Jan. 9 with dinner at 6 p.m. and Lodge opening at 7 p.m. All area Masons are welcome to attend.

The first degree work of the year will be 10 a.m. Jan. 20.

Grief Support Group to meet

Individuals who are grieving the death of a loved one are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Grief Support Group. This group is facilitated by professionals and meets Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. starting Jan. 2 through Feb. 13 at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center.

The Grief Support Group is for those who have had a relative, friend, or significant person die. Common experiences of those who are living with grief include poor sleep, poor appetite, problems concentrating, and no energy for things that used to be enjoyable. The purpose of this group is to equip each person with the tools and resources to reinvest oneself in life.

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For more information about Grief Support and to register for the seven-week session, call 218-828-7442 or 218-828-7531.

The Center's Morning Club meeting set

The Center's Morning Club will meet 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

The presenter will be Keith Stunek, volunteer at The Center.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group monthly meeting

BAXTER-The Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the dining room at Edgewood Vista, 14211 Firewood Drive, Baxter.

A nurse educator from US WorldMeds will be presenting on "off times" and two new medications for Parkinson's Disease. This group has met for 12 years sharing information, support and concerns. Caregivers also welcome. Questions, call 218-829-4017.

Brainerd Legion upcoming events

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The Past Commanders will host the annual New Year's Day party from 10 a.m. to closing Monday.

The Legion Riders will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Brainerd Area Networking Group will meet noon Thursday.

The special dinner for Friday will be a chicken or beef pasta bar for $10. Walleye is also available for $11. Serving begins at 5 p.m.

Simar to be featured speaker

CROSBY-Minnesota author and poet Candace Simar will be the featured speaker at 1 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Cuyuna Range Women's Club meeting at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby. Note the new location.

With her passion for her Scandinavian heritage and deep love of history, Simar writes historical novels about Scandinavian immigrants in frontier Minnesota during the 1862 Dakota conflict and the following years. She grew up dreaming how life might have been for her family in the early days of Minnesota settlement.

Simar is the author of the Spur Award-winning Abercrombie Trail Series: "Abercrombie Trail," "Pomme de Terre," "Birdie and Blooming Prairie." Other books include "Shelterbelts," "Farm Girls" and her latest "Dear Homefolks."

Her work has received awards from the Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Midwest Book Awards, Bob Dylan Creative Writing Contest, Lake Region Review, League of Minnesota Poets, National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Dust and Fire, and Brainerd Writer's Alliance.

She will give a short reading and speak about her writing and research. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Bostrom Sisters. Guests are welcome.

GSS-Bethany Auxiliary meeting planned

GSS-Bethany Auxiliary will meet 10 a.m. Thursday in the Community Room, GSS-Bethany, 804 Wright St., Brainerd.

Special guest is Ryan Cerney, Bethany administrator.

Members are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for the Blessing Box.

Bethany Gift Shop volunteers meet at 9:30 a.m. in the same room.

Good Sam Bowl Steering Committee meets at 11 a.m.

Senior dances

Senior dances will be from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Wadena Veterans of Foreign Wars with music by Joe Carlson; from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Blue Room with music by Henry and Joe; from 1-4 p.m. Friday at the Deerwood Legion with music by Jerry's Dance Band; and from 2-6 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Pine River Legion with music by Frankly Country.

Area bridge scores

Jenkins VFW: Owen Johnson, 5810; Bruce Peck, 5640; Peter Graves, 4750; Tom McGrath, 4630.

Whitefish Golf Course: Duplicate: North-South: Tom and Helen McGrath, 63; Jim Thompson and Lois Steffen, 54; Mark Doucette and Scott Krupke, 50. East-West: Mary Doucette and Florence DeLong, 63; Ginny Hersey and Pat Nentl, 53.5; Dale Dickie and Terri Steffen, 52.5.

Whitefish Golf Course: Duplicate: Tom McGrath and Jim Thompson, 55; Sandy and Bob Crozier, 45.5; Lorraine Northagen and Florence DeLong, 44.5; Bruce Peck and Lois Steffen, 44.

Crosslake Community Center: Carolyn Thompson, 5540; Mary Lu Dietz, 5210; Dale Dickie, 4350; Dick Dietz, 4350.

Anyone interested in joining any of the bridge games can contact Jim Thompson at 218-543-4688.

Anyone interested in joining the bridge game at the Crosslake Community Center, call the Center.

Bridge scores

Lois Volkmuth and Phyllis DeRosier, 32.5.; Jim Thompson and Tom McGrath, 30.5; Patrick Spradlin and Bruce Eastman 24.5; and Bob and Sandy Crozier, 24.5.

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A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1923.