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BRAINERD SKI LOONS WATER SKI SHOW SUNDAY! (July 16)

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The Brainerd Ski Loons will be performing a FREE water ski show at Lum Park on Sunday, July 16th at 5:00pm! Come and watch human ski pyramids, ski jumpers, barefooters, and skiers being pulled 360 degrees around the boat! This event is great fun for the whole family. Concessions will be available. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

The Brainerd Ski Loons were started in 2014 by president Christopher Dens and his wife and show director Mandy Dens. They performed two ski shows in the summer of 2014 at Lum Park to a crowd of over 800 people. The team performs a variety of acts including human pyramids, barefooting, ballet line, jumps, wakeboarding and many more. Practices are typically twice a week throughout the summer months with shows in July and August. “Water sports are such an important part of Minnesota culture and history, and we are excited to be starting a group that will continue to strengthen this tradition,” said Christopher Dens, co-founder of the Brainerd Ski Loons. “Water sports have also helped build an appreciation for the lakes that so many of us love.”

There will be three additional shows later in the summer. Upcoming show dates are Sunday, July 30th at 5:00pm; Wednesday, August 16th at 6:30pm; and Sunday, August 20th at 5:00pm. All shows are performed at Lum Park in Brainerd.

The Ski Loons are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Brainerd. For more information, find the Brainerd Ski Loons on Facebook or visit their website www.skiloons.com.

 

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25 Ways to Explore the #Brainerd Lakes Area this Summer (the 2017 verision)

 

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25 Ways To Explore The Brainerd Lakes Area as a Family This Summer Printable Checklist (2015)

Created by the Lake Area Mom Squad

Visit a Zoo! Our area has two wonderful zoos in a 30 mile radius. Check out the Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls and Safari North Park in Brainerd.

Get Your Art On: The Franklin Art Center and Crossing Arts Alliance has wonderful programs and events happening all summer. They also have great programs for kids including Art Camps.

Learn More About Trains: The Northern Trackers Club in Crosslake has depictions on display of historic and contemporary railroad heritage of the settlement and economic development of north central Minnesota from the early 1900’s to the present. Things to see at this museum includes a 1/2 scale replica of the William Crooks loco and cars, operating model railroad layouts, museum (artifacts, photography and interpretative displays and exhibits

Croft Mine: Mining is a huge part of our area’s history and the Croft Mine Historical Park is built on 17 acres of the original Craft Mine. This park includes an interactive underground mine tour and museum.

Go Down on The Farm: The Farm at St. Matthias offers wonderful events, growing and picking opportunities, and even the Celtic Festival.

Check out some Bike Trails: Our area has several paved bike trails including The Cuyuna Lakes Trail and the Paul Bunyan Trail. The Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association exists to promote, create, and maintain paved bicycling trails connecting various communities in and around the area known formerly as the Cuyuna Iron Range.

Crow Wing County Fair: The Fair is coming! The fair began as an agricultural event for the purpose of providing a place for county residents to exhibit their products. Youth projects such as 4-H and FFA were able to enter and compete for prizes. While many aspects of the fair have changed over the years, the main philosophy remains the same, to provide opportunity for our patronage to touch base with the agricultural heritage of Crow Wing County.

Attend a Music Event: There are many chances to hear live music outside this summer in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Check out events like Bands in the Park – Pequot Lakes Trailside Band Shelter, Crosslake Outdoor Music Series 2015 at Crosslake Town Square, Iconic Music Fest and Lakes Jam.

See An Outdoor Movie: The US Army Corps of Engineers – Crosslake Campground will be the site for outdoor movies in Crosslake this summer! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a different family friendly movie each month. Movies like The Lorax, Ice Age, A Christmas Story and The Great Outdoors are all on the schedule (subject to change).

Experience the Pine River Duck Races: Pine River Duck Races dates are July 10 (1:30pm – 2:30pm) and Fridays June 19 through August 14, 2015 Registration starts at 1:30pm with races at 2:00pm

Mini Golf and Go Carts: If you are in the mood for some mini golf and go cart racing, there are several option to choose from. Pirates Cove Golf and Billy Bones Raceway is right on highway 371 North. Close-by is another attraction; Northland Kart Kountry. Northland Kart Kountry also has water wares and climbing walls to keep everyone active and busy!

Go Camping: Pick a campground…any campground! This area is blessed with many quality camping area. Check the listings HERE.

Pig Races: The Leader Pig Races are back! Check out the full scoop on this incredibility fun and unique event HERE.

Explore our Many Area Parks: Check out the DNR’s Park Finder or check the websites of area parks like Crow Wing State Park, Mille Lacs Kathio, Father Hennepin State park and Charles Lindberg State Park.

Join a Summer Reading Program: The Brainerd Public Library has many fun things going on during the summer months and one is there Summer Reading Program. Round up your little bookworms and get the full scoop on the activities HERE.

Learn the History of our Area: Crow Wing County Historical Museum The Minnesota Military Museum at Fort Ripley and the Mille Lacs Indian Museum are both great ways to learn about culture and history as a family.

Attend an Art Fair: Fun events like Bean Hole Days, Arts in the Park and the Little Falls Craft Show are great places to see the work of local artisans.

Explore our area Lakes: There must be something in the water! Our area is blessed with many local lakes and public beaches. Check out this list of all of our area lakes and companies like Boats & Beyond Rentals, Lake Fun Rentals and Dave’s Sportland Bait, Fun Rentals & Storage help family make their lake time even more enjoyable.

Join The Northland Arboretum: “The Arb” always has wondering family-friendly events including the Country Sampler Pinic, Gardening 101 classes and Enviromental Summer Camps for kids.

Grab a Movie: Check out these places to grab a flick: Bear Pause Theater – Hackensack, Falls Cinema – Little Falls, Grand Makwa Cinema – Onamia,Lakes 12 – Baxter,Sunset Cinema – Pequot Lakes.

Go Thrifting: Sometimes, it’s the “thrill of the hunt!” can make for a fun day of adventure! Go snooping and shopping for treasures to be had at these local thrift and second-hand stores: Cast-offs (Pequot Lakes), Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Common Goods, Goodwill, The Salvation Army and Second Time Around are all great places to hunt for treasures.

Disk Golf: Combine the sport of Frisbee and golf and you have a day of super-fun action. There are two Disc Golf locations in the Brainerd Lakes area. Lum Park has a robust Disc Golf course and so does Central Lakes College or check out the DGCourseReview.com site for more places to enjoy this sport.

A Fun Day at The YMCA: Our local YMCA has tons of great programs and day camps just for area kids. Members can also participate in swim lessons and summer sport classes.

Go Fishing: Not only is this area abundant with lakes, the lakes are full of fish! Fishing is a great sport that any family can enjoy. If you need a little guidance, check into book a pro angler to guide you and your family on a day of fishing fun to remember!

Paddle Boarding: Paddle Boarding is a newer sport that is taking this are by storm. A fun experience for all ages, families can scor3e paddle boarding lessons, equipment and opportunities thanks to local companies like MnSurf.com, PowerPaddleMn.com and The Gull Lake Yacht Club.

**Did I miss any? Email if you can think of something to add to the list! (rebeccaflansburg@gmail.com)

**Lakes Area Mom Squad was not compensated for this post in any way.

Summer is here and our kids are doing the happy dance at the thought of summer vacation, no school and freedom.
I predict that will last roughly two weeks, then the whining, boredom and bickering will set in. 🙁
BUT, as always, the Flansburg Crew will be engaging in our annual No Bummer Summer Quest. This quest involves finding new adventures, crafts and activities (preferably ones that involve the out-of-doors) to help temper the long days of summer.
This summer, we are trying something new. We are trying a creative, affordable alternative to pricey summer camp, this 8-week eCurriculum called At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum.

At Home Summer Nature Camp

This eCurriculum is packed with ideas and inspiration to keep your kids engaged and happ.y all summer long. In one easy-to-follow PDF, parents will receive eight kid-approved themes, each including ideas and tutorials for: outdoor activities, indoor projects, arts & crafts, recipes, field trips, books & media, and more. Every weekly theme is packed with summer nature fun our family can have right in our own backyard! Learn more, or plan your summer fun here: At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum.

Team approach to Stroke Care makes a difference in treatment and recovery #Essentia

**Shared with permission from Essentia Health press release.

Team approach to Stroke Care makes a difference in treatment and recovery: Learning more about stroke at free community dinner at The Center on June 12th.

Howard Cronquist understood that his wife was asking him if he wanted to head outside to mow the lawn. But he couldn’t answer her, no matter how he tried.

“I knew what I wanted to say, but I couldn’t say it,” the 75-year-old rural Brainerd man recalls.

Essentia Stroke Health

Howard and Sharon Cronquist, of Brainerd, a nearly a year after Howard recovered from a stoke.

Sharon Cronquist found it unusual that her husband wouldn’t reply, despite her repeated questions. She realized he might be having a stroke, even though he didn’t have any other symptoms. She promptly called their son, Darren, who agreed that Howard needed to get to the hospital.

“My son Darren said, ‘We’re going to the hospital’ and I couldn’t argue with him,” Howard remembers of May 19, 2016.

Registered Nurse Deb Blower called a stroke alert just minutes after Howard arrived in the Emergency Department at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. A specially trained stroke team led by Dr. Nathan Laposky quickly assembled to care for Howard and expedite the tests needed to diagnosis a stroke. They also connected via video with Dr. Sheetal Patel, a consulting stroke neurologist at United Hospital in St. Paul.

When CAT scans showed several blood clots in a major artery on the right side of Howard’s brain, the Stroke Code team began treatment with a powerful clot-busting drug called alteplase. Prompt action by the team meant Howard got the drug within 36 minutes of arriving at the hospital. The national benchmark is 60 minutes.

“Time is brain,” Dr. Laposky explains. “The faster we can treat and open a blocked blood vessel, the better the outcome for the patient.”

Dr. Laposky says the partnership with United Hospital brings specially trained stroke neurologists to the patient’s bedside via high-tech video. “The stroke neurologists can recommend treatment based on what they’re seeing and they see strokes every day,” Dr. Laposky says. “They can see the subtle symptoms and know exactly where the problem is in the brain. They’re invaluable.”

Sharon says the team kept her and her son well informed. “I felt Howard was in good hands,” she says. “I trusted them and their judgments.”

Speech and Language Pathologist Kari Johnson visited Howard in the Intensive Care Unit the day after the stroke. “He was so frustrated that he couldn’t communicate,” she recalls. “I told him, ‘I promise this will get better.’ We looked at each other and I knew we were going to work together.”

Since she works in both the hospital and clinic, Kari was Howard’s only speech therapist. “Every day he was gaining ground, doing something he couldn’t do before,” she says. “I’m honored to be able to see him all the way through this therapy. He worked hard and graduated from therapy. He still comes to our monthly support group.”

Howard spent just four days in the hospital and returned home under Sharon’s care. He spent about a month doing speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. “When I speak now, nobody knows the difference,” he says.

As he recovered, Howard faced challenges like getting dressed or remembering which way a nut screwed on to a bolt. “Sharon put a T-shirt on the bed and I did not know how to put it on,” he remembers. “It took me three days to figure it out and it was a pretty happy day when I did.”

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center stroke team members surround patients and families with expert care (L to R): stroke coordinator Nicole Anderson, RN, BSN; patient Howard Cronquist; Emergency Department Nathan Laposky, MD; Howard’s wife Sharon; and Intensive Care Unit Gina Kampen, RN, BSN.

Howard was able to return to chores on his cattle farm and work in his shop. At first, he needed to make some adaptations. For a short time, he had problems perceiving distance on his left side so he figured out a way to bale hay using only his right side. He asked his twin brother, Homer, to drive his 1926 Roadster pickup truck for their Thursday morning breakfast club. Later Howard asked a member of the color guard take his place pulling the American Legion float in the Fourth of July parade because Howard didn’t want to risk anyone getting hurt if his reaction time faltered.

The Cronquists say they are grateful that Howard could receive all his care close to home. “We were happy to be here and to stay here,” Sharon says. “That meant a lot.”

Learn more about strokes on June 12.

The Center, in partnership with Essentia Health, is hosting a free dinner and stroke awareness education event on Monday, June 12 beginning at 5pm at The Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd.

The Minnesota Department of Health identified the Brainerd Lakes Area as a community that has a high rate of people ignoring initial symptoms of a stroke or not getting immediate care by calling 9-1-1. Time is brain when a stroke occurs, so minutes can make a difference in recovery. Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center Stroke Program Coordinator Nicole Anderson, RN, BSN, will share the symptoms of a stroke and what should be done to help someone or yourself if they occur.

A delicious dinner will be provided with seating limited to 100 people, so early registration is suggested. For more information about this free event for all generations and to register, call The Center at (218) 829-9345.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE_ Working together for solutions to emergency dental care – rebeccaflansburg@gmail.com – Gmail

**Mom Squad was not compensated for sharing this information.

Dental pain ruining your weekend? Essentia Health to partner with area Dentists for pain relief

Essentia Health and Brainerd Lakes Area Dental Offices are Working together for solutions to emergency dental care.

The Emergency Department at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center can now offer patients with emergency dental problems more than antibiotics and pain medications. Patients can also get a referral to a local dentist to treat the underlying problem.

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center

The Brainerd hospital is partnering with seven local dental offices and the United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties in a project called “Help Crow Wing County Smile.”  The community collaboration is aimed at helping patients who lack the ability to pay for dental care or who rely on state or federal medical insurance to get connected to the place the patient can receive the care they need – a dentist office.

“Many people on Medical Assistance can’t get dental care so we become their only resource,” explains Terry Wurtzberger, director of St. Joseph’s Emergency Department. She estimates 25-35 patients visit the department each month due to dental emergencies. Another 10-20 patients go to Urgent Care in the Baxter Clinic.

Dr. Kevin Dens, a Baxter dentist, began researching the problem when he served on the hospital’s board and also on the board of the Minnesota Dental Association, where he now serves as president.

“The emergency department is not equipped to deal with dental problems,” Dr. Dens explains. “They can’t address the underlying problem. By the time people have pain, the decay is so deep into the teeth that it is a major problem.”

Dr. Dens helped recruit six other dental offices to treat patients who come to the Emergency Department and don’t have their own dentist. Those patients are referred to a participating dentist and make their own appointments.

Low reimbursement rates have prompted some dentists to quit accepting patients on government programs, which has reduced access to dental care. That has contributed to the number of people seeking emergency dental care at hospitals, Dr. Dens says.

To help launch the program, the Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation contributed $15,000 to a pilot project in which the United Way partially reimburses the participating dentists for their services when they accept these patients. In addition to Dr. Dens and his son, Dr. Chris Dens, at Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, the participating dental offices are Dr. Paul Perpich, Lakes Country Dental, Design Dental, Edgewood Dental, Lakes Dental Care and Winegar Dental.

Patients that are referred for emergency dental care through “Help Crow Wing County Smile” are asked to given back to the community an hour of volunteer time in exchange for each $25 worth of dental care they receive. The United Way coordinates the giving back part of the program through their online volunteer hub, Get Connected?, at volunteer.unitedwaynow.org.

“We want to offer the best solution for the patient, the hospital and the dentist,” says Dr. Dens. “We want to make a difference and help people cope with dental problems.”

 

“We’re trying to help people connect with the right care at the right time with a dentist,” says Jessica Martensen, the Essentia Health-Baxter Clinic manager who also worked on the project. “We’ve come together with dentists to see how we can help our community.”

 

 

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