■ Farm dinner is Aug. 17 in Nisswa
NISSWA — The fifth annual Lakes and Farm Harvest Dinner has been scheduled for the Nisswa Community Center on Aug. 17. Organizers said Nisswa Mayor Brian Lehman will be among the attendees this year for the first time and is looking forward to meeting the diverse group. Each year the event celebrates “community and bounty” and includes a Farmer’s Market opening at 4:30 p.m., social time with a cash bar at 5 p.m. and dinner being served at 6 p.m. The food served is produced by area farmers and ranchers, and prepared for a gourmet menu by Pequot Lakes Chef Justin Bolz-Andolshek of Lakes Latte.
Entertainment includes the music of Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors. This year’s featured speakers include Warren Formo who is the executive director of the Minnesota Agricultural Waters Coalition. Arlene Jones from The Farm on St. Mathias will also speak on two topics — ”Seriously Local Food” and “Farm 2 School.”
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under. Judy Wallschlaeger at 543-6257 or Sarah Kuschel 587-5531 are the contacts for the limited seating tickets.
This year’s community groups sponsoring the event include: Cass County Farm Bureau, Crow Wing County Farm Bureau, Whitefish Property Owners Association, Pine River Watershed Alliance, Nisswa and Leader Lions Clubs, D & D Beer Co and the Happy Dancing Turtle.
These groups continue to work together to share information with the larger community to protect the watershed.
The first Harvest Dinner was a celebration of a successful cooperation to solve a water issue and the promise to work together on future problems. The Harvest dinner has received two prestigious awards in five years including recognition by the American Farm Bureau.
The proceeds from this event which includes a silent auction are used to support youth events. The group sponsors safety days, buys agriculture books for the school libraries, organizes agriculture in the classroom visits, sponsors a scholarship fund to help 4-H members to the State Fair and many more educational activities. For instance the Staples Motley FFA is involved with dinner because the Cass County Farm Bureau hosts the Region 2 FFA Discussion meet and also helps to send FFA members to the Washington Leadership Conference.
Organizers said Pam Sachs, former Motley English instructor, worked closely with the Motley FFA Chapter and is very proud of her honorary FFA degree. She became a part of the event last year when her former student, Alan Bjerga, was the featured speaker. She has since joined the Farm Bureau.
■ ‘Pitch the Commissioner’ in Pierz
PIERZ — Interested persons may join Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger.
from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 7 for horseshoes and conversation about the Minnesota Department of Health.
Area residents are asked to share ideas with the Minnesota Department of Health about how it can improve public health in our region.
From 1-1:45 p.m. the commissioner will tour SHIP/CTG projects in Pierz (Pierz City Hall, Community Gardens, Pierz Schools). The tour will begin at Pierz City Hall, 101 Main St S. The group will travel to the Genola Horseshoe Building in Genola and pitch horseshoes from 2 to 3 p.m.
From 3-4 p.m. the commissioner will discuss “What Does Minnesota Need To Be Healthy?” at the Genola Horseshoe Building, Highway 25, Genola.
Interested persons are asked to RSVP by Tuesday to Bonnie Paulsen at 320-632-0357, Sheila Funk at 320-632-0367 or Paula Anderson at 320-632-7805.
■ Online magazine service available at KRL libraries
A new online magazine service is being offered by the Kitchigami Regional Library. Zinio, the new service now available at www.krls.org, offers free current issues of popular magazines to download to a computer, tablet, smart phone or other mobile device. All patrons need is Internet access and a valid library card.
The regional library system has worked for the past year to build a collection of eBook and eAudio items for patrons, but magazine checkouts have continued to require a trip to the library. The addition of Zinio changes all that, and makes Kitchigami’s magazines more accessible and easier for patrons to use.
“Zinio makes it convenient and easy to read your favorite magazines and to try some new titles,” said Jolene Bradley, branch manager at the Brainerd Public Library.
Some features of Kitchigami Regional Library’s Zinio service include:
• Over 75 different magazines on a variety of topics, including news, finance, cooking, health and fitness, sports, decorating and household projects, entertainment, gardening and other hobbies – even model railroading!
• Magazines may be viewed online, or downloaded to read later offline.
•A great option for travel – load as many magazines as you want on your device and enjoy them throughout your trip.
• No waiting for current issues — each issue can be downloaded by multiple users simultaneously, so they are always available.
• No limits or due dates — users can check out as many issues as they want and keep them as long as they like. You can even arrange to be notified when new issues are available.
• Zinio has apps available for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and Android mobile devices.
Kitchigami Regional Library’s Zinio collection features popular titles including Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Us Weekly, House Beautiful, Forbes, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living, Taste of Home, Good Housekeeping and Prevention.
■ Power Boat Races are this weekend
CROSBY — The Twin Cities Power Boat Association’s Serpent Lake Power Boat Races will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Crosby Memorial Park on Serpent Lake in Crosby.
Admission is free. Concessions will be available both days.
For more information, call the chamber at 546-8131 or visit www.cuyunalakes.com.
The boat landing at Serpent Lake will be closed to the public due to the Power Boat Races starting at midnight Friday, July 26 through 6 p.m. Sunday.
■ Market in the Park continues on Aug. 1 in Pequot Lakes
PEQUOT LAKES — A fun-for-all-ages area event continues Thursday at Trailside Park along the Paul Bunyan State Trail in downtown Pequot Lakes. Market in the Park will run every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 22. This event has something for everyone – with crafters, flea market booths, farmers, fundraisers, garage sales, concessions, etc. Anyone is welcome to purchase booth space for this event.
A 10-foot-by-10-foot booth space costs $15/day ($30 for a 10-foot-by-20-foot booth). Brainerd Lakes Chamber members get a booth space for free.
There also will be a bobber hunt for kids from 10 a.m. to noon each Thursday and bobber bowling for kids and adults at 1 p.m. – in Trailside Park. Prizes will be given to the winners.
Interested persons are encouraged to come out and enjoy this “bobber bash” every Thursday. Each week will bring new vendors.To apply for a space at Market in the Park, contact Jenna Crawford at 568-8911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.