Benefit planned for Neal Buchite Sr.

NISSWA -- Ye Old Pickle Factory in Nisswa will host a benefit for Neal R. Buchite Sr., who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.

The benefit will serve pulled pork or sloppy Joe sandwiches with baked beans and chips at $8 a plate. Coffee will be provided and beverages can be purchased at the bar. There will be door prizes, a silent auction, drawings, craft and bake sale and an auction for two wooden rocking horses that Buchite made. The live auction will be 6 p.m. The silent auction will end 7 p.m.

Buchite was diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma lung cancer, which has metastasized to his bones following a routine checkup that revealed a spot on his lung.

Buchite was born in Crosby and raised in Fifty Lakes. He has been living in Nisswa for more than 10 years. The flyer for the benefit reads: “He is a devoted husband and a loving father of nine children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At the young age (of) 72 Neal is determined to fight this horrible disease and be around for many years to enjoy life with his family.”

Donations may be sent to BlackRidgeBANK, P.O. Box 500, Nisswa, MN 56468. Make checks payable to Neal Buchite Benefit Fund.

For more information, call Malissa Herbote at 218-838-5357 or Randy Herbote at 218-838-0634.

PEO Chapter CJ to meet

PEO Chapter CJ will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Nedra Torfin’s home with Jenny Holden as co-hostess.

It’s movie day; no regular business.

NARFE meeting planned

The local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Chapter No. 738, will meet noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Brainerd Family Restaurant, the former Holiday Inn, on South Sixth Street, Brainerd.

Lunch is on your own followed by the speaker and the business meeting.

The speaker this month will be John Erickson, the school historian, who will speak on the history of Brainerd schools.

All federal employees and retirees in the counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, Aitkin and Itasca are welcome.

Chapter DV of PEO to meet Monday

Chapter DV of PEO will meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Pizza Ranch.

Annie Swanstrom will be hostess.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. to find out about the Christmas party, PEO projects and Crust and Crumble Day.

Disabled American Veterans meeting scheduled

The monthly meeting for the Disabled American Veterans, Crow Wing County Chapter No. 22, will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Brainerd VFW Club.

Chapter 22 officers meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Washington High School Class of 1954 lunch set

BAXTER -- The Washington High School Class of 1954 will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Grizzly’s.

Sons of Norway meeting planned for Thursday

The Sons of Norway Sagatun Lodge of Brainerd will have a social meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd.

The program will feature Anna Haynes, an American student who decided to explore the idea of attending a folk high school in Norway for one year. Her story of this adventure is told in her own words in video with narration by her father, Frank Haynes.

The Center’s Morning Club Wednesday schedule

The Center’s Morning Club will meet 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

Timothy Houle, the Crow Wing County administrator, will expound on the workings of Crow Wing County government.

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Brainerd Legion upcoming events

On Monday, Nov. 18, the Gambling Committee will meet 6:30 p.m., the Post membership will meet 7 p.m. and the Auxiliary Membership will meet 7 p.m.

The Auxiliary will host its annual Teachers’ Tea 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. All area educators are invited to attend.

On Friday, Nov. 22, the special dinner will be Bob Harting’s barbecue ribs for $12. Walleye dinner will also be available for $11.50. Serving begins at 5 p.m.

Area bridge scores - Crosslake

Jenkins VFW: Butch Lodin, 4920; Jim Thompson, 4410; Bruce Peck, 4240.

Ideal Town Hall: Duplicate: North-South: Jim Thompson and Mark Doucette, 90.5; Shirley Gronholm and Bruce Peck, 72.5; Lois Steffen and Charles Ready, 72.5; Tom and Helen McGrath, 69.5. East-West: Kory Solarz and Scott Krupke, 87; Ginny Hersey and Carolyn Thompson, 83.5; Florence DeLong and Mary Doucette, 69; Claude and Gail Kane, 69.

Maucieri’s: Tom McGrath, 4770; Florence Delong, 4750; Bruce Peck, 3900; Lois Volkmuth, 3890.

Ideal Town Hall: Duplicate: Lois Steffen and Charles Ready, 57; Larry and Donna Fleer, 49; Ginny Hersey and Carolyn Thompson, 45; Lorraine Northagen and Jennifer Knutson, 42.5.

Crosslake Community Center: Jim Thompson, 6800; Donna Fleer, 6120; Marty Duncan, 6070.

Washington High School Class of 1965 to meet for lunch

The Washington High School Class of 1965 will have lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the Brainerd Legion.

Nisswa Women’s Club monthly meeting set

The Nisswa Women’s Club will meet Thursday, Nov. 21, at Grand View Lodge (original main lodge).

Social time will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon.

Lois Hensel, Loide Oils of Nisswa, will present the health benefits of quality olive oil and authentic balsamic vinegar.

Inspirational will be by Marilyn Sobiech.

Hostesses will be Marian Anderson, chair; Stacy Grothem, Katy Johnson, Bonnie Mork and Margaret Sommerfeld.

A collection will be taken for Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center. 2020 dues will be collected.

For more information visit and like the group on Facebook.

To make a reservation for the luncheon, call Arlene Brodeur at 218-821-4420.

C-I Class of 1958 to meet Wednesday

DEERWOOD -- The C-I Class of 1958 will meet noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, at The Deerstand in Deerwood.

Brainerd High School Class of 1970 lunchers to meet Tuesday

The Brainerd High School Class of 1970 will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Brainerd American Legion.

Senior dance planned

A senior dance will be 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Brainerd Blue Room with music by Joe and Marie.