Support Breast Cancer Patients in the Brainerd Lakes Area!

Support Breast Cancer Patients in the Brainerd Lakes Area!
6th Annual Pink Tie Party – October 22

 Join us to celebrate the 6th Annual Pink Tie Party to support Breast Cancer patients in the Brainerd Lakes Area from 6:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, October 22 at The Woods Event Center (formerly Timbermist), 19624 County Road 3, Brainerd. The Pink Tie Party will feature hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dessert samples, music, silent auction, jewelry raffle, and engaging activities.

6th Annual Pink Tie Party

The Pink Tie Party presented by Spectrum Reach offers a special occasion to socialize with the members of your community while supporting an important cause. All proceeds benefit breast cancer patients through the St. Joseph’s Foundation at the Essentia Health Cancer Center and The Pink Ribbon Cupboard. Last year the Pink Tie Party raised over $8,000 and we hope to surpass that amount at this year’s event. In addition to the silent auction, we will feature a reverse raffle of a diamond pendant necklace donated by Riddle’s Jewelry.

The funds are used to support patients who are undergoing active treatment for breast cancer through continued improvements in care and non-medical assistance. The St. Joseph’s Foundation and Pink Ribbon Cupboard distributed to patients the following with last year’s funds:

Essentia Health Pink Ribbon Cupboard

  • Gas cards
  • Wigs for breast cancer patients
  • Rent for a month to lessen the stress on a family
  • Payment of mortgage for a month to prevent home foreclosure
  • Payment of auto insurance to keep this transportation resource available to the family
  • Payment of utilities to keep the lights on
  • Grocery gift cards for help with family grocery expenses


“It’s one way that as a community, we can collaborate to extend our outreach to improve the life of cancer survivors and their families in the Brainerd Lakes Area,” said Marian Foehrenbacher, Cancer Center manager at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. “Having resources for helping to treat the entire patient, not just physically, spiritually, and emotionally through compassionate care by Essentia Health staff, but practically by helping to meet the needs patients have beyond the disease.”

David Jeremiason, Director of St. Joseph’s Foundation, comments, “We are so excited and appreciative to Spectrum Reach, The Woods Event Center, Riddle’s Jewelry and all the individuals and businesses that are supporting this event. We hope both men and women will attend and help us raise money to support breast cancer patients and their families through The Pink Ribbon Cupboard. All money raised will stay local—to help the men and women in the community undergoing breast cancer treatment.”

Come and join in on the excitement of this event! The first 200 advanced tickets will receive a great swag bag filled with goodies at the event. Tickets may be purchased through Kristin Larsen of Spectrum Reach, David Jeremiason of Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation, Kathy Buxton of The Pink Ribbon Cupboard, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Gift Shop, Riddle’s Jewelry located in the Westgate Mall, and The Woods Restaurant. Tickets are $25 per person in advance, $30 per person at the door.

Please come and show your support for this great cause within your community!

The Pink Tie Party will be held Thursday, October 22 at The Woods Event Center, located at 19624 County Road 3 in Brainerd, MN from 6-9 p.m.

Tickets may be acquired through:

Kristin Larsen, Spectrum Reach —218-259-5771

Kathy Buxton, Pink Ribbon Cupboard – 218-829-6205

David Jeremiason, St. Joseph’s Foundation – 218-828-7362

Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center Gift Shop

Riddle’s Jewelry—located in the Westgate Mall

The Woods Restaurant


Lakes Area Photo Contest Courtesy of Schaefer’s Foods in Nisswa!

Got a budding photographer at your house? Or perhaps you have some amazing pictures that capture the charm and vibrance of the Nisswa area? Either way, you are in luck!

Schaefers Foods of Nisswa schaedfer

“The photo contest is open to everyone, and there is also a youth division in the contest,” shared Tracy Wallin, Schaefer’s Foods advertising manager. “The deadline is this Friday, October 9. Winning photos will be used in a 2016 Nisswa Community Calendar that is available in December at Schaefer’s Foods and the Nisswa Chamber. Email photos to”

Happy shooting!

October 24th is Electronics Recycling Day at Carlson Hardware of Nisswa!

Back by popular demand! Carlson Hardware of Nisswa is hosting yet another electronics recycling opportunity for Lakes Area residents!

Carlson’s is located at the north end of Main Street in beautiful Nisswa, Minnesota. They are locally owned and operated with over 30 years experience in the hardware business. They are known for their friendly, knowledgeable staff, a store decorated with local history and their resident hardware dogs, Abby and Ellie.

On October 24th, Carlson’s will be taking “anything with a cord” and proceeds benefit Nisswa PTO. See image below for further details and fees.

Carlson Hardware electronics recycling day



Dr. Heidi Hahn named 2015 Educator of the Year for ISD 181!

**Taken from the official ISD 181 press release-shared with permission

Dr. Heidi Hahn named 2015 Educator of the Year for ISD 181.

Dr. Heidi Hahn

Dr. Heidi Hahn, of Brainerd Public Schools and Paul Bunyan Educational Cooperative was named 2015 Educator of the Year for ISD 181.

Employed with the Brainerd Public Schools for over 22 years, she started out as a volleyball coach and mental health counselor and is currently the Director of the Paul Bunyan Educational Cooperative. Dr. Hahn earned a doctorate in Education Administration and Leadership, a Masters in Education, Health and Human Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Science.

Brainerd Public Schools superintendent Bob Gross stated, “”We enjoy Heidi’s calm and gentle manner, her undivided attention to the matter at hand, her keen intellect and the importance she grants to everybody’s concern. With this award, there is an opportunity for the community to learn about Heidi’s impressive leadership skills. On a daily basis Heidi brings her impressive energy, enthusiasm and intellect to whatever challenges await her. In so doing, she serves our school district in ways that far exceed our expectations.”

Dr. Hahn is affiliated with the Crow Wing County Child Protection Team, the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education, the Minnesota Association for School Administrators, the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association, the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Also, she is Adjunct Faculty for St. Cloud State University.

Dr. Hahn and her daughter, Kamery

Dr. Hahn and her daughter, Kamery

This honor will be awarded at the Distinguished Service Awards banquet on October 29, 2015 at the NP Event Space in the Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd and the public is invited to attend. Ticket information can be found at

In partnership with the community, Brainerd Public Schools will ensure all students achieve their individual potential by providing the highest quality programs and resources to prepare learners for an ever-changing global society. For more information about Brainerd Public Schools, Dr. Heidi Hahn, and the Paul Bunyan Educational Cooperative, please see



Needed! Stars for Stories for Brainerd Lakes Living Magazine!

Needed! Stars for Stories

Brainerd Lakes Living MagazineBrainerd Lakes Living MagazineDo you want to discover new things about your neighbors? Want to be in the headlines? Want to see your pictures published? Brainerd Lakes Living Magazine; a highly targeted, high-quality magazine about local folks and businesses that is mailed to around 2000 households in the Brainerd, Gull Lake and Crosslake area, is looking for neighborhood families, business owners or individuals who have a story to share. That story might be to celebrate an award you’ve won, to share your recent vacation, or simply to introduce yourself and share a message with neighbors. They are bringing local to the next level and want this magazine to serve the fabulous peeps of the Brainerd Lakes area and beyond. Let them know what you hope to see in these monthly pages.

Here’s how to get started. Use these prompts to fire up your imagination:

  • Brainstorm what you would like to see in this magazine and what you’d like to share with neighbors.
  • Has your family taken a vacation recently? Share your amazing photos from Walt Disney World or a national park!
  • Do you have any special talents in your family? Do you play musical instruments? Do you have a band? Are you running a marathon? Are you the next Einstein? Do you make and sell crafts?
  • Business owners, the community starts right outside your front door. The family feature story is a great place to introduce your services to those closest to you.
  • Volunteers, are you passionate about charity work? Do you organize a fundraiser each year for a nonprofit or walk to fight disease? Your story might motivate others to get involved, too.
  • Are you the leader of a book club or bunco group? Do you organize the dinner club or ladies’ night out? Show neighbors how much fun you are having and invite newcomers to join you with an article and photos.
  • If you are involved in your homeowners’ association, use this magazine to inform neighbors of events, neighborhood activities, yard sales, new officers, meeting minutes, contact info for board members, or other announcements.

The process is easy. You send them your ideas or recommend neighbors, and they will talk with you, write the article and gather photos. Go to and click “Submit Content.” Or, simply e-mail Rebecca Flansburg (that’s ME!)at

Brainerd Lakes Living Magazine

Remember, we want stories featuring you and your neighbors! Together we can bring neighbors together, stay connected and create an informative, family-friendly forum through your magazine.

As families serving families, we respect your wish for privacy. Submissions are shared only within your neighborhood magazine. Go HERE to submit your story idea ASAP!


Has This Been on YOUR Mind (It’s Been on Mine): Flu Shots in Brainerd

Essentia Health Offers Walk-In Flu Clinics and 10-Minute Appointments
 flu shots in brainerd
The best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu is to get vaccinated. Essentia Health is providing two options to be vaccinated: by scheduling a 10-minute appointment at your local clinic or just stopping by during a Walk-In Flu Clinic.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a flu vaccine for anyone who is six months old or older. Some children younger than age nine need two doses to be protected, so ask your doctor.
“An infected person can spread influenza when they cough, sneeze or just talk near others,” said Kari Russell, RN, Infection Preventionist at Essentia Health. “They can also spread it by touching or sneezing on an object someone else touches later.”
Russell goes on to explain “Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu. Other precautions you should take include washing your hands regularly, covering your cough, and not going to work or school if you are sick.”
The cost of a flu vaccine is covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid and most private insurance companies.
Essentia Health clinics are offering 10-minute appointments at all locations: Baxter, Brainerd, Crosslake, Emily, Hackensack, Pequot Lakes, Pierz, Pillager, and Pine River. Options for flu vaccination will include: FluMist (nasal spray), flu shots, and a high dose flu shot option for those 65 and over.  Call 218-828-2880 to schedule an appointment at the clinic nearest you.
Walk In Flu Clinics will be held at the following Essentia Health Clinics on the dates and times listed:
Baxter Clinic, 13060 Isle Drive         8:30a.m. -4:00p.m.      Wednesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28
Brainerd Clinic, 2024 S 6th Street              9:00a.m. -1:00p.m.      Saturdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24
Crosslake Clinic, 35205 County Road 3   8:30a.m. -4:00p.m.      Fridays: October 9, 16, 23, 30
Emily Clinic, 20918 County Road 1       8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.     Wednesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28
Hackensack Clinic, 110 3rd Street S     8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.     Thursdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29
Pequot Lakes Clinic, 4217 W Woodman Street      8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.     Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 20, 27
Pierz Clinic, 221 N Main Street         8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.     Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 20, 27
Pillager Clinic, 680 Pillsbury Street N 8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.     Fridays: October 9, 16, 23, 30
Pine River Clinic, 15 Barclay Avenue    8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.     Wednesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28



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