McGregor Community Meeting
During the regular McGregor School Board meeting on Sept. 16, the board decided to release students at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, for a staff meeting concerning survey data about the district taken by Big River Consulting.
Community members are asked to complete a brief and confidential survey by visiting http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eglg38pdk0gzhrr5/start.
There will also be an opportunity for community members to offer their input later that evening of Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium, with a meal included in the cafeteria at 5:15 p.m. Activities/sports will be unaffected and occur at regularly scheduled times.
Jon Wefald, formerly president of Kansas State University and chancellor of Minnesota’s state universities, will discuss leadership principles on Oct. 9, at 12 p.m., at a forum sponsored by the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government at Central Lakes College.
Taste of Aitkin
It’s fall! The Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Taste of Aitkin on Oct. 10 at the 40 Club Convention Center.
Local restaurants will be showing off their best recipes to compete for the People’s Choice Award, and everyone is invited!
Area restaurants will include Block North Brew Pub, the 40 Club Convention Center and Restaurant and The Joint Tavern and Eatery.
Tickets are on sale now for this event. This is a popular event and last year it sold out at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.eventbrite.com or at the Aitkin Chamber office.
Aitkin-Itasca- Koochiching Health board meets
The Aitkin-Itasca-Koochiching Community Health Board will meet on Thursday, Oct. 10. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Blandin Foundation’s Stender Room, 100 N Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids. The Board works with its member counties to provide support for Public Health initiatives and administrative services for state and federal grant funds. All meetings are open to the public.
For further information contact Maggie Rothstein at 218-327-5525 or Maggie.Rothstein@AIKchsb.onmicrosoft.com.
Brain injury group meets
People with brain injuries and their caregivers and those who are affected by stroke are welcome to attend Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s brain injury and stroke support group on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 6-8 p.m. at Heartwood Senior Living Community, Crosby.
The group’s facilitator is Russ Philstrom, a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota. There is no charge and no reservation is necessary. Call 651-329-1373 for more information.
Watercolor Social with Ann Rorem
McGregor Community Education is sponsoring a Watercolor Social On Oct. 10 from 5-7 p.m. at Big Sandy Lodge and Resort. The social event will have a fall theme.
Registration is required. Call 218-768-5133 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Day by the Water event
The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post invites everyone to spend the day on the shores of Lake Mille Lacs and join in family-friendly games and programs around the theme of water, including coloring, puzzles, beading, story time and outdoor activities (weather permitting). The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the museum located at 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia.
Make a birch bark canoe
The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post will host a “make a miniature Ojibwe birch bark canoe” workshop on Saturday, Oct. 12 fom 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the museum (43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia). The birch bark canoe was an original mode of transportation for Minnesota’s vast rivers and lakes.
Allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for ages eight and up. Craft supplies provided by the Minnesota Humanities Center.
For more information, contact 320-532-3632 or go to email@example.com.
AWT Pumpkin Patch
It’s pumpkin season again and the Aitkin Women of Today are busy organizing a good time at their annual Pumpkin Patch.
This event will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Aitkin City Park. Everyone is invited, there will be games and prizes, crafts, caramel apples, face-painting, fall family photography, a bake sale, concessions and more. Don’t forget to pick out your pumpkins for your holiday jack-o-lanterns.
Admission is free with tickets available for purchase to participate in activities. Funds are used to support local charitable organizations and projects.
The next NRAC meeting will be Oct. 14 at LLCC.
TRIAD fire prevention
Aitkin County TRIAD invites you to “Home Fire Safety - Ways to Prevent Home Fires” on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 299 Red Oak Dr. (behind Paulbeck’s County Market, Aitkin).
Decisions about end-of-life meeting
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is hosting a free meeting about end-of-life decisions on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. in its Clinic Conference Room.
All are welcome to attend a meeting of the LGBTQ (LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning) discussion group of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church community on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Free seminar on knee, hip pain
Riverwood Healthcare Center will host a free dinner seminar called “Solutions for Knee or Hip Pain” at the Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Cancer support group to meet
Pharmacist Matt Rioux will speak about immunizations at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Support Group on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Clinic Conference Room.
People who are newly-diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment or post treatment and their significant others are invited. The group is an opportunity to share experiences and support one another, to listen and learn.
Registration for the support group is not required and there is no cost to attend. A new topic is discussed each month and a complimentary lunch is provided. Groups are usually scheduled the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call 218-546-4319 or 218-546-4302.
Cuyuna Lakes Chamber business after hours
Join Deerwood Technologies and Deerwood American Legion as they host Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours at 23659 Forest Rd., Deerwood on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5-7 p.m.
The time is meow
No kitten around! Everyone is invited to the Aitkin Library, 110 First Ave. NE, Aitkin, on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. for Crazy Cat Day.
Ghouls Night Out
Eat, drink, and be scary at the fall Ladies Night Out Oct. 18, from 5-8 p.m. The Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce and Aitkin Retail Committee invite everyone to shop Aitkin, win prizes, strike fear in the heart of man - just a casual Friday night. Costumes encouraged.
Annual Fall Festival
The Community Alliance Church will hold their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 9475 Jefferson St., Garrison.
Everyone is invited to join. Activites will include a vendor, craft sale and bake sale. Beef stew and bread sticks will be served.
Used a bit… Christmas sale
The Light of the Cross Lutheran Church, Garrison, will be hosting a “Used a bit....Christmas Decor and Collectibles” sale on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The church is located two blocks west of Family Foods, Garrison.
Northwoods Forestry Cooperative Annual Field Day
The Slettom family’s Glen Farm, at 31213 292nd St., Aitkin, will be hosting the field day. Watch for the NFC Field Day signs on Hwy. 47 south of Glen.
The field day starts at 8 a.m with coffee and treats and concludes around 3 p.m.
There will be a walk in the woods to see and discuss the Slettom family’s forest management, a free lunch (donations appreciated), a silent auction and some practical forestry demonstrations.
Please dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and wear stout boots. Contact Events Coordinator Jim Chamberlin for more information at 218- 831-0528.
Protect yourself against health care fraud/scams
Answers and education about healthcare fraud, waste and abuse will be provided by the Senior LinkAge Line® through the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission’s (ARDC) Area Agency on Aging on:
Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 1-3 p.m., in the Community Room of the Aitkin Public Library, 110 First Ave. NE, Aitkin.
On October 24, 25 & 26 (Thursday – Saturday evenings), Friends of the Arts will be sponsoring the comedy, “Alone Together” in the Aitkin High School Auditorium.
Cuyuna Lakes Chamber dinner
The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber’s Annual Dinner, Under the Harvest Moon, will be held Thursday evening, Oct. 24, at the Northern Pacific Center, Brainerd.
Aitkin Children’s Center Fall Party
The Aitkin Children’s Center will be having their annual fall party Thursday, Oct. 24 at Rippleside’s new gym from 5 - 6:30 p.m.
This event is free and no registration is required. It is open to all area children, birth through pre-kindergarten age with older siblings welcome.
There will be gift baskets, treats, games and a costume parade at 6 p.m.
Kite origami workshop
Learn to fold origami kites with origami expert Kathleen Sheridan on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the McGregor Public Library. Pre-registration is required. This workshop is recommended for teens and adults ages 13 and older.
The McGregor Public Library is located at 111 E Center Ave., McGregor.
Holiday bazaar at Malmo Lutheran
Malmo Bethesda Lutheran Church will hold its annual holiday bazaar from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
Bazaar at Cascade United Methodist
Cascade United Methodist’s annual bazaar and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2.
A chicken chow mein lunch will be served at noon.
Handcrafted items, baked goods, canned items and grandma’s attic items will be for sale.
Cascade United Methodist Church is located on Hwys. 6 and 210 between Crosby and Deerwood.
West Point Parents Club seeks donations
West Point Parents Club of Minnesota is packing and shipping care packages for deployed service members (all branches) on Saturday, Nov. 2.
This is its biggest campaign of the year. Last year it sent 250 boxes.
The group is looking for:
• Names and addresses of deployed (overseas) service members – all branches – sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Packages will ship on Nov. 2.
• Care package items can be shipped directly, or dropped off in Savage, Apple Valley or Rosemount. Email email@example.com for more information.
• Cash or check donations cover the cost of items and postage. Make checks out to: WPPC-MN and mail to Nikki Jackson, 6739 Featherstone Drive, Savage, MN 55378.
• Letters of appreciation and artwork from children (day cares, scouts, schools, church groups) can be emailed or mailed to Jackson.
Happy hour for a cause
The Deerwood Lakes Lions will be having a “Happy Hour For A Cause” event Nov. 21, held at the Cuyuna Brewing Company, Crosby, from 5-7 p.m.
There will be appetizers furnished by the Iron Range Eatery. The cost is $15.00 which also includes a flight of beer of your choice.
Silent auction items will be available. The cause will be the Back Pack Program for the Cuyuna Range Elementary School. This provides nutritional food for 185 packs per month for the child hunger relief program. Please make reservation by calling 218-831-5683 and leave your name, number and how many are in your party.
Aitkin County Board public hearing
A budget hearing will be held at Aitkin City Hall on Dec. 3 at 6:05 p.m.