Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Give to the Max Day!!

Thursday, November 15th is Give to the Max Day, a day for Minnesotans to come together to raise as much money as possible for nonprofits in 24 hours. On November 15th, visit and search for ElderCircle. Your gift will go directly to support seniors in the Itasca County area with such services as grocery delivery, transportation to medical appointments, respite, employment, volunteer opportunities and more. As you consider your charitable end-of-year giving, please consider giving to ElderCircle on Give to the Max Day!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

National Memory Screening Day!

Are you, or someone you love, concerned about memory problems?

Next week ElderCircle will be hosting three FREE & CONFIDENTIAL memory screenings.

Please join us on November 13, 2012 at the Bigfork Valley Specialty Clinic in Bigfork from...
10am - 1pm or at the Goodall Resource Center, Deer River Healthcare Center from 11am - 1pm, or on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the ElderCircle office, 1105 NW 4th Street, Grand Rapids, from 10am - 12pm. NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY.

Memory screenings are a significant first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem. Memory problems could be caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other medical conditions. A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional.

Questions? Concerns? Visit, or call (toll-free) 866-AFA-8484.

Monday, November 5, 2012

November 6th Election Day

Please spread the word on this if you, or someone you know, needs a ride to the voting booth tomorrow on Election Day!

Arrowhead Transit is pleased to announce the offering of free rides to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 6, in Grand Rapids from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information and to request a ride, call (218) 326-3505 or (800) 642-6143. For more information on where and when to vote and same day voter registration, visit the MN Secretary of State’s website at

Arrowhead Transit has been serving the Arrowhead Region since 1974 and is operated by Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Events

Here is a listing of events for the month of October:

1)  "Community Connect" is Thursday, October 4th, from 11am - 4pm at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  It's a free event with the goal of connecting people to services.  Many vendors will be there displaying products and services.

2)  ElderCircle RSVP "Healthy Volunteering" Recognition Event - Koochiching County is October 10th, Backus Community Center, International Falls.  Please call ElderCircle RSVP at 218-999-5441 for more information.

3)  The Itasca County Committee on Aging monthly meeting is on Thursday, October 11th at 9:00am at the Mary Immaculate Church in Coleraine, Minnesota.  Speakers are Nancy Roth of Bridges Kinship Mentoring and Robyn Gunnerson of Senior Companion/Lutheran Social Services.

4)  ElderCircle Guardianship Training is Friday, October 12th, from 9am - 3pm at River Grand, 355 River Road, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  Fee of $15 is waived if willing to become a guardian.  Looking for volunteers (age 21+) to work with adults who cannot make life decisions due to debilitating health or diminished capacity.  Call School District 318 Community Ed to register at 218-327-5730.

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather!!

A Walk to Remember

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, ElderCircle helped coordinate a walk to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of MN/ND.  Many of us work, live and love people with memory loss, and this was a way honor them and raise funds to help those individuals.  Local agencies formed their own teams and it was a beautiful day! 

More than 116,000 people in Minnesota and North Dakota have Alzheimer’s disease.  Funds raised support programs and services for those individuals facing Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, as well as programs and services for their families and care partners.  In addition, funds support advocacy for better care and research toward treatments and a cure. 
Thanks to everyone who helped coordinate this event, who participated in the walk, and donated to the event.  We look forward to making next year's walk even better!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September Events

Here are some events coming up in September.  We'd love to see you!

United Way Campaign Kick-off Pancake Cook-off
September 15, 2012
7am – 10am
Old Central School, Grand Rapids

This event features a pancake breakfast (short stack of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee), team challenges and activities for kids.  Breakfast is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and younger.  In-town delivery is available.

2012 Minnesota TRIAD Conference
September 18 – 20, 2012
Arrowhead Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

Crow Wing TRIAD is hosting the state MN TRIAD conference.  Registration is $40 and includes meals.  If you would like more information, please contact Anna Cass at the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department.

RSVP Recognition Picnic
September 20, 2012
12:30 – 2:30pm
Gunn Park Pavilion

ElderCircle RSVP members who met the “healthy volunteering threshold” of serving 50 or more hours from July 2011 - June2012 and all new RSVP members who enrolled during the past year are invited to attend the 31st Annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Event.  ElderCircle RSVP would like to recognize and thank all of the volunteers for their service.  RSVP members are free; guests are $10.00 per person, pre-paid in advance.  You MUST call RSVP at 218-999-5441 or email Deb at by Friday, September 14, 2012 to make your reservation and guarantee your meal(s).  There will be volunteer gifts, a picnic buffet, award certificates, prize drawings and more!

Memory Walk
September 26, 2012
11am walk
4pm walk

ElderCircle is coordinating a local memory walk at the end of September to benefit the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Many of us work, live and love people with memory loss, and this would be a way to honor them and raise funds to help those individuals.  More than 116,000 people in Minnesota and North Dakota have Alzheimer’s disease.  Funds raised support programs and services for those individuals facing Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, as well as programs and services for their families and care partners.  In addition, funds support advocacy for better care and research toward treatments and a cure.  If you are interested in participating in the walk or donating, please contact Mindy Nuhring at 218-999-9233.

MACV StandDown
September 27, 2012
8:00am – 2:00pm
National Guard Armory
930 NE 1st Avenue, Grand Rapids

All veterans are welcome to attend this event where there will be free services such as meals, clothing, VA benefits-claims and services, federal and state tax assistance, haircuts, housing, employment assistance, chaplaincy and more available to veterans.  For more information, call MACV at 218-722-8763.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Harvest Dinner 2012!

The Harvest Dinner was another success! Although we were worried about the weather for most of the week, it turned out to be a wonderful evening.  Ralph and Amy Fideldy of Timbersweet Farm were the hosts and the farm looked wonderful.  Guests got to walk around the farm and ask Ralph and Amy questions.  Madelen and Dennis Schuemann donated homemade wine for sampling, and Boreal Brewers donated local beer and cider for sampling.  In fact, the brewers from Boreal served hard cider that they had made out of Fideldy's apples picked from the year before.  During social hour, students from the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program played classical music.

After a brief word from Kristi Kane, Executive Director of ElderCircle, Ralph and Amy gave a brief history of Timbersweet Farm.  Renee Perrington of Wylde Thyme Catering (who catered the dinner) also said a few words about what they were serving and where they purchased the food from locally. For example, they served apple crisp for dessert with apples from Timberweet and garnished with maple syrup candies made from Timbersweet's maple syrup.

The weather was fabulous, the food was fantastic and everyone enjoyed good company!  We are excited to begin planning of next year's Harvest Dinner!

Enjoy the photos

Valerie Cromell and Mindy Nuhring of ElderCircle at the Registration Table.

Wylde Thyme Catering

Amy and Ralph Fideldy giving a brief history of Timbersweet Farm.

Madelen and Dennis Schuemann

The delicious menu

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


We had a wonderful day for the Itasca County Senior Day at the Fair!  Many vendors came to offer information on their products and services; Walgreens even offered flu shots.  The 2012 Outstanding Senior Citizen award winners, Marian Sjostrand and Ray Pletcher, received their awards, and an delicious free lunch, sponsored by the Moose Club and the VFW, was served by elected officials to over 450 seniors.  Thanks to the vendors, the Moose Club and VFW for providing lunch, the elected officials for serving the lunch and presenting the awards, and the Itasca County Fair Board!

Here are some great pictures from the day!

Jamie and Janessa from the Itasca County YMCA

Kristina Gaalaas of Edward Jones

Outstanding Senior, Ray Pletcher, receiving his corsage

Ray Pletcher and his family

Janie Capouch of Accurate HomeCare

The band, The Woodpicks

Outstanding Senior, Marian Sjostrand, with ElderCircle Executive Director, Kristi Kane

Marian Sjostrand with Representative Carolyn McElfatrick

Some of the elected officials who served lunch: County Attorney, Jack Muhar, former Sheriff, Pat Medure, and Itasca County Commissioners, Leo Trunt and Davin Tinquist

Senator Tom Saxhaug and Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick

Senator Saxhaug presenting Ray Pletcher with his Outstanding Senior award

Vendors, Globe Drug and Custom Medical Equipment

Walgreens offering their flu shots

Rep. McElfatrick presenting Marian Sjostrand with her Outstanding Senior award

Marian's grandkids brought her flowers

Senator Saxhaug and Ray Pletcher

Ray and Marian with their plaques

Friday, August 10, 2012

ElderCircle would like to announce this year's Outstanding Senior Citizens:  Marian Sjostrand and Ray Pletcher!

Congratulations Marian and Ray! Thanks for all you do for others!

Alice and Ray Pletcher

Marian Sjostrand, middle.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Well, our third Grills Gone Wild Fundraiser was another success! Over $3,000 was raised for ElderCircle and Community Cafe.  We couldn't do it without the Ogle's Marketplace Foods!  They donate much of the meat and food for this event.  “Ogle’s really goes out of their way to make this a great event.  This year, in addition to the ribs, they donated chicken drummies, hotdogs, ice cream, chips, cheese, crackers, pop, water and even chocolate milk.  Their generosity is incredible,” says Kristi Kane, ElderCircle Executive Director.  Other sponsors of the event include Paul Bunyan Communications, The Local Boy Garbage Service, Range Water Conditioning, J & B Quality Food Products, Farmland Premium Farms, Country Hearth, Old Dutch, Barrel O’Fun, Bernatello’s, Pepsi, Reser’s Fine Foods, Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Lefty’s Tent & Party Rental, Nash Finch Company, Kemps, No Name, Crystal Farms and Clafton’s Sporting Goods.

            The sandwich sale took place from 11am-6pm on Friday, July 20th, and customers could pick up or pre-order (for delivery) pork sandwiches, potato salad, chips and a drink, or come to Ogle’s Marketplace Foods and buy lunch or dinner.  Many local businesses took part in pre-ordering and ordered lunch for their employees.  Board members and volunteers from both Community Café and ElderCircle helped serve lunch and deliver meals.  It was a very busy place from 11am - 1pm!

            Saturday, July 21st, the barbeque rib contest took place with five teams competing in the rib cook-off.  Contestants all get the same rack of ribs from Ogle’s meat department at 8am, and judging takes place at 1pm.  Judges this year were Judge Lois Lang, Sheriff Vic Williams, Michael Davis of KMFY/KOZY and Shawn Gillen, City Administrator of Grand Rapids.  The first place winner AND people’s choice winner was Randy Ihle of Hill City, and the second place winner was Chris Hampton of Grand Rapids.  With a $5 donation to ElderCircle and Community Café community members could taste test ribs and food samples until they had their fill.  Congratulations to the winners!

            ElderCircle and Community Café would like to thank Ogle’s Marketplace Foods, the sponsors, the grillers, the wonderful volunteers who helped coordinate, cook, serve and deliver meals for this event, and the community members and businesses who purchased sandwiches and tasted the ribs!  It was another fun and successful event due to everyone involved!! ElderCircle and Community Café are looking forward to another “Grills Gone Wild” event next year!

Kristi Kane, ED of ElderCircle, and John Weber, ED of Community Cafe. 

The crowd of taste-testers!

A sampling of food that was being grilled.

The judges:  Michael Davis of KOZY, Shawn Gillen, City Administrator, Judge Lois Lang and Sheriff Vic Williams.

Kurt Ogle being interviewed by Jason Groth of KOZY.

First Place and People's Choice Winner, Randy Ihle of Hill City.

Second Place Winner, Chris Hampton.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TRIAD Summer Picnic

Ray Graupman roasting marshmellows for smores at the TRIAD picnic!

The TRIAD program is a commitment among the chief(s) of police in Itasca County, the sheriff, the county attorney, and senior citizens. They agree to work together to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to older persons.