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Make This Black Friday

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a SaFE oNE There are some people who get the ultimate rush by waking up early and waiting in line for some amazing doorbuster deals at the stores. Although Black Friday is one of the hotly anticipated shopping events for shoppers to score momentous deals, it has also proven a recipe for disaster.

into stores, something bad just may happen.

Last year, Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, was quoted as saying, ÒC rowdrelated injuries during special retail sales and promotional events have increased during recent years. Many Stampeding masses of eager shop- of these incidents can be prevented pers has been all too common on by adopting a crowd management Black Friday through the years. Cou- plan.Ó pled with anticipation of impendJust what is a crowd-management ing sales and the sheer volume of plan? OSHA has developed a guide shoppers waiting outside of stores, for retailers to help avoid accidents mob mentality often prevails. ItÕ s surand mayhem. The National Retail vival of the fittest as some shoppers Federation also issued guidelines push, shove and run inside of doors for similar promotional events that to nab the must-have products on draw crowds. Contingency plans for sale. larger-than-expected crowds should In 2008, a sales clerk was trampled be put into place, as should thorto death by a crowd of 2,000 people ough communication plans. who knocked the man to the ground Some stores have implemented their at a Wal-Mart store in Valley Stream, own policies, including requiring NY. Later the same day, two people wrist bands to control the amount were shot dead at a Toys ÔRÕ U s of people in the store at any given store in Southern California after an time. Other stores have formed lines argument. Many store employees in separate areas to avoid crowds at have tales of picking up trampled the front of the stores. people who have been run over at various retailers on Black Friday. Individuals shopping can also do their part. While Black Friday shopAlthough ÒBl ack FridayÓ r efers to a ping has become a tradition for store’s profit margin and their ability many, oftentimes better deals can be to be Òi n the blackÓ whe n tallying had at different points in the holiday end-of-year sales, the moniker does season. Some argue that shopping seem to have an ominous feel to on Thanksgiving Day yields better it. ÒBl ack FridayÓ se ems to conjure sales and that those doorbusters are up images of something bad haponly ways to draw you into the store pening. When unruly mobs race for other products that donÕ t have

YOUr GiFt FOr a LOcaL chiLd 0-15 Years OF aGe MaY Be LeFt at anY OF these LOcatiOns BetWeen nOV. 25 Ð dec.14.

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Brainerd Lakes Area Board of Realtors Ð Brainerd Savings and Loan Ð Crosby Eye Clinic Ð Crow Wing Power Ð Culvers Ð Dondelinger Chevrolet Ð Frandsen Bank & Trust Ð Gander Mountain Ð Gull Lake Glass Ð Hiwayan Club (MNDOT) Ð In-Fisherman Communications- Integra TeleCom Ð Menards Ð Mid-Minnesota Fed. Credit Union Ð Mid-State Heating and Air Cond. Ð Mills Fleet Farm Ð Mills Ford Ð Mills GMC Ð MN Pollution Control Agency Ð Norson Builders Ð Riddles Jewelry Ð Riverwood Bank Ð Westgate Mall Office – Widseth, Smith, Nolting – WJJY Radio

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the same wow factor. Keep in mind that many online retailers also offer Black Friday sales that are comparable and you donÕ t have to wait outside in the cold to get them.

3WI Radio – AFCME Crow Wing Co. Auditor’s Office Ð Brainerd American Legion Ð Brainerd Fire Department Ð Brainerd Savings and Loan Ð Brainerd VFW Club Ð Bremer Bank Ð Crow Wing Co. Jail Ð Crow Wing Co. Law Enforcement Center Ð Edgewood Vista Ð GiovanniÕ s Pizza Ð Mid-Minnesota Fed. Credit Union Ð PeopleÕ s Bank – Salvation Army Office - Senior Center – U. S. Marine Corps Recruiting Office – Walgreen’s – Wendy’s Ð Westwood Professional Services

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Crosby Eye Clinic Ð Mid-Minnesota Fed.Credit Union ÐI ronton American Legion - Papa JohnÕ s Pizza Ð True Value Hardware

Should you still go to a favorite MerriFieLd/nissWa brick-and-mortar store in the wee Grandview Lodge Ð Nortech Systems hours of the morning, experts urge (Toys For Kids is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization) putting personal safety above saving money.


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The Week of November 24 - 29, 2011

Set a Plan of Attack

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FoR BLaCK FRiDay ShoPPiNg Black Friday is one of the busiest • preview ads a week in advance. shopping days of the year. Every Many stores will start advertisyear thousands of shoppers flock ing their Black Friday hours and to area malls and shopping centers some sneak peaks at sales a week in the wee hours of the morning or more in advance. There could attempting to get the best deals on also be some sÒ p oilerÓ W eb sites their holiday gifts. Because shopping that leak information about Black with the crowds and sales can be Friday sales. Shoppers can know confusing, setting a ÒBl ack FridayÓ whatÕ s available and plan their shopping strategy can add some shopping accordingly. Also, some organization to the chaos. stores have Òrul esÓ t o follow, such as wristband dispersal or a numVisions of Black Friday shopping bering system, for shoppers to may call to mind frenzied shoppers avoid crowds rushing the doors. beating down the doors of area stores to get heavily reduced prices • start saving early. While deals are at the register. This day of bargain to be realized on Black Friday, that basement deals certainly will bring doesnÕ t mean itÕ s wise to blow the out scores of people, but there is a entire budget on this day alone. way to manage the mayhem. Save months or weeks in advance to be prepared for shopping this • Make a shopping list. Think day. Set a limit on what is to be ahead of time about what to look spent -- heading home after the for. Knowing what will be bought money is gone. can help shoppers determine which stores to visit. It helps to • Get rest. Set an early schedule only choose one or more stores at for Thanksgiving revelry so that which to shop instead of travelitÕ s possible to head home early ing all over and getting caught in enough to rest. Those who plan to traffic. do Black Friday shopping should head to bed early enough, considering many sales begin at 4 a.m.

• eat a hearty breakfast. Shoppers should be sure to eat breakfast so theyÕl l have enough energy to survive the morning shopping.

• pack a lunch or snack. Chances are fast food restaurants and food courts will be mobbed on Black Friday. Avoid some of the crowds by packing food in a bag and bringing it along. It will save time and money. Why not make a sandwich of that leftover turkey? • Wear comfortable clothing. Crowded stores tend to be hot and chaotic. Dress in layers so that outer layers can be removed. Try to leave bulky coats at home because they can be a nuisance while shopping. Shoppers should also wear very comfortable shoes for long hours of walking. • Be sure to know storesÕ r eturn policies. Even the best-laid plans may result in one or two gifts that need to be returned. It pays to know what stores will take back discounted items bought during Black Friday.

Turkey Leftovers

thE FaMiLy wiLL waNt to Eat ItÕ s easy to have leftover turkey once the Thanksgiving holiday has passed. Many people miscalculate the number of pounds of turkey they need to feed the family, or an excess of side dishes makes Tom Turkey less of the culinary centerpiece he should be. DonÕ t worry if youÕr e one of the people left with an abundance of turkey. There are plenty of ways to turn it into delicious meals to be enjoyed for several days after the holiday. To enjoy turkey leftovers, first the remaining turkey should be prepared and stored so it can be safely eaten later on. This means that turkey should be deboned and packed up for storage no later than two hours after the bird has been served, according to the U.S. Department of AgricultureÕ s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Generally, leftover turkey can be enjoyed 3 to 4 days after Thanksgiving if it is refrigerated. If the meat is frozen, it can last much longer. Now comes the time to whip up delicious recipes from that remaining turkey. Here are some ideas to whet the appetite. • turkey chili: Combine the meat with kidney beans, red and green peppers, onions, pureed tomato and a package of chili seasonings from the supermarket. Let simmer and serve with corn bread or over rice. • turkey kabobs: Thread turkey on skewers with apples, pears or pineapples. Bake until meat is reheated and fruit is soft. • turkey gyro: Top pitas with turkey meat, lettuce, onion, and fresh tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki is made by mixing chopped cucumber, garlic and lemon juice with a thick Greek yogurt. • turkey omelets: Chop up turkey and add it to the egg mixture when making omelets. Serve with toast spread with cranberry sauce.

• turkey pot pie: Line a pie tin with homemade or store-bought pie crust. Add the turkey, half a can of cream of chicken soup, a package of thawed mixed vegetables, and the remaining pie crust. Bake until the pot pie is bubbly and hot.

• turkey Mexican-style: Replace the meat in tacos, fajitas or enchiladas with leftover turkey. • Buffalo turkey pizza: Toss leftover turkey with melted butter and hot sauce. Use the seasoned meat on top of a homemade or pre-made pizza. Bake and enjoy. • turkey-tossed pasta: Add strips of turkey to a dish of pasta, topped with a favorite sauce. • turkey panini: Slice a thick, crusty bread and spread the outsides with butter. Add layers of turkey, cheese and cooked bacon. Cook on a griddle, using a heavy pan to hold the panini flat while cooking. Flip over and continue to cook until panini is golden brown and cheese is melted. • pulled pork-style turkey: Chop up or pull apart leftover turkey meat. Toss with your favorite barbecue sauce. Serve on soft sandwich buns with a side of cole slaw. • turkey salad sandwich: Mix chopped turkey with mayonnaise or salad dressing, diced celery, onions, and shredded carrots for a refreshing cold sandwich filling. • turkey and vegetable stir-fry: Heat a wok or skillet with a little oil and saute onions, garlic and favorite stir-fry vegetables. Add the turkey to heat and season with soy sauce or teriyaki. Serve over steamed rice.

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Brainerd dispatch

The Week of November 24 - 29, 2011

Grass roots concert Ð peter Ostroushko & the heartland Band Date: December 2, 2011 Time: 7:30 Ð 9p m Event Description: Livewell Nightclub and Coffee Bar, Journey Church, Nisswa www.grassrootsconcerts.org 7th annual toys for Kids & salvation army Food shelf Fundraiser Date: December 3, 2011 Time: 3pm Ð 10p m Event Location: The Green Lantern on County Road 8 (between Garrison & Brainerd on Hwy 18) Event Description: Dog sled rides, coloring contest, cookie decorating, crafts, silent auction, bake sale, pie eating contest and Visits with Santa. Drawings and raffles throughout the event. Admission: 2 non-perishable food items per person, toy or $5.00 cash donation

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hoLiDay EVENt gUiDE community thanksgiving dinner Date: November 24, 2011 Time: 11am Ð 1p m Event Description: The dinner is open to everyone. Individuals who want to attend the meal or who want to volunteer to help should call the American Legion at 8292249. Brainerd American Legion. Reservations please call 829-2249 Baxter turkey run Date: November 24, 2011 Time: 9am Ð 11a m Event Description: Northland Arboretum. 5Krun/1 mile walk to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. www.baxterturkeyrun.com

World Famous Fish house parade Date: November 25, 2011 Event Location: Aitkin turkey trot Fun run Date: November 26, 2011 Event Location: Aitkin christmas with the Lindberghs Date: November 26, 2011 Time: 10am Ð 4p m Event Location: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls

Gingerbread house Luncheon Date: November 27, 2011 Time: 11am Ð 2p m thanksgiving dinner Event Description: Decorate a Christmas Date: November 24, 2011 Gingerbread House and enjoy lunch at Time: noon The Classic Grill. A relaxing way to wrap Event Description: Cascade United Meth- up the weekend of frantic holiday shopodist Church free, community ping for moms and daughters, grandmas welcome. Please call the church to make and grandchildrenÉ.o r all 3 generations. reservations at 534-3507. Lunch for two and one gingerbread house just $50. At the Classic Grill. paul Bunyan Land enchanted Village www.maddens.com Date: November 25 Ð De cember 17, 2011 Time: 6 Ð 9p m Fridays & Saturdays taste of the holidays Event Description: Paul Bunyan Land will Date: December 1, 2011 be lighting up their pioneer village again Time: 4pm Ð 7p m this year. The village will have holiday Event Description SchaeferÕ s Foods, themes inside the buildings and several Nisswa. Come and taste a huge selection displays set up along the streets. It is a of different samples store wide. great way for a family to spend a winter Admission: $3 donation will go to help evening. Bonfires and hot chocolate will fund the Nisswa Historical Society. be available. A stroll thru the village is the best way to experience the Enchanted Girls night Out on the cuyuna range Village or the trolly will be giving rides. Date: December 1, 2011 Admission is FREE. Time: 11am Ð 8p m Event Description $500 cash drawing at sertoma Winter Wonderland Begins 8:30pm at the Ironton Legion. Date: November 24, 2011 Call 546-5029 for more details. Time: 6 Ð 9p m 18th annual radiothon to end child abuse Event Location: Northland Arboretum Date: December 1-2, 2011 Time: Starts at noon for 24 Hours christmas at the Mansions Event Description: Lakes Area Radiothon Date: Nov. 25 Ð De c. 4, 2011 to end child abuse is a joint effort by Event Description: Linden Hill Historic WJJY/B93.3/Cool 103.5/The Power Look Event Center, 608 Highland Ave., Little Falls. Celebrate Christmas by touring the 107.5 Radio, the Child Abuse Prevention Councils of Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, decorated Musser and Weyerhaeuser and Morrison Counties Child Protection mansions. Admission $10/person, $8 with food shelf Teams. donation, 12 and under free

Breakfast with santa & Mrs. claus Date: December 3, 2011 Time: 10am Ð 1p m Event Description: Pequot Lakes American Legion. Come and have breakfast (pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee) with Santa. They are asking for donations and items for the Lakes Area Food Shelf and Project New Hope. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus for a minimal charge. annual aitkin county historical society Open house Date: December 3, 2011 Event Description: Open house, cookie walk, raffle at the Depot Museum in Aitkin ironton Fire department ham Bingo and Raffle Date: December 3, 2011 Time: 7pm Event Description Ironton American Legion. First prize is a Remington 700 ADL 30.06 Bold Action. Second prize is a framed 2011 Ironton Centennial Print (The Gathering by JD Speltz) and third prize is a large ham heartland symphony Orchestra Winter concert Date: December 3, 2011 Time: 7:30pm Event Description: Charles D. Martin Auditorium, Little Falls High School. Contact 1-800-826-1997 heartland symphony Orchestra Winter concert Date: December 4, 2011 Time: 2pm Event Location: Charles D. Martin Auditorium, Tornstrom Auditorium christmas in the park Date: December 7, 2011 Sponsored by: Cuyuna Lakes Chamber. For more details visit: www.cuyunalakes.com downtown holli-Walk Date: December 8, 2011 Time: 10am Ð 8p m Event Location: Downtown Brainerd the steele Family christmas Date: December 9, 2011 Time: 7:30-10pm Event Description Central Lakes

Home for the Holidays 3 College, Chalberg Theatre. Contact 218-855-8199 or visit www.clctickets.com Annual Holiday Bazaar Date: December 9, 2011 Time: 9am Ð 4pm Event Description: Essentia HealthSt. JosephÕ s Medical Center Auxiliary welcomes the community to their annual Holiday Bazaar. Located in the River Room Cafeteria on the lower level of Essentia Health ÐS t. JosephÕ s Medical Center. the steele Family christmas Date: December 10, 2011 Time: 2-5pm Event Description Central Lakes College, Chalberg Theatre. Contact 218-855-8199 or visit www.clctickets.com parade of Lights & christmas program Date: December 10, 2011 Time: 2:30pm Event Description: Pine River, Free horse drawn rides downtown 2:30-4pm. Parade of Lights will start at 5pm. Fireworks and Yuletide bonfire. cookies with santa Date: December 10, 2011 Time: 9am-1pm Event Description: West Side Skating Rink, Little Falls. Children visit with Santa and decorate cookies. Pictures also available. Contact 320-632-6349 annual soup Walk Date: December 10, 2011 Sponsored by: Cuyuna Lakes Chamber. For more details visit: www.cuyunalakes.com cookie sale Date: December 10, 2011 Event Location: St. JosephÕ s Church in Deerwood Just for Kix show Date: December 10, 2011 Time: 7pm Event Location: C-I High School All You Care to Eat Dad’s Belgian Waffles Date: December 11, 2011 Time: 9am-1pm Event Location: Ironton Legion Sponsored by: Cuyuna Range Lions Admission: $7 adults, kids 6-12 $5, children under 5 eat free. Carry out available, advance tickets available. tonic sol Fa holiday concert Date: December 11, 2011 Time: 7pm Event Description: Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd. Tickets available at Cub Foods (Brainerd & Baxter), www.tonicsolfa.com or by calling 320-259-4071 rock-n-roll Xmas spectacular Date: December 14, 2011 Time: 7:30-10pm Event Description: Central Lakes College, Chalberg Theatre. Contact 218-855-8199 or visit www.clctickets.com


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Brainerd dispatch

The Week of November 24 - 29, 2011

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30th Annual

NiSSwa City oF LightS

Friday, November 25, 2011 Schedule of Events

Presented by BlackRidge Bank, the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce and Nisswa Community

4:30 p.m.

RachelÕ s 5th Annual Cake-Walk - RachelÕ s Bakery on Main Street

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Living Nativity Scene - Pioneer Village

4:45 p.m.

FREE Hot Cider & Donut Holes - Pioneer Village

5:00 p.m.

Storytelling - Down to Earth Wood, Nisswa Square

5:00 p.m.

Luminaries at the Pioneer Village

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Polar Express Storytelling - Caboose on Main Street (Limited Seating)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Carolers in the Gazebo - Provided by Christ Community Church

5:29 p.m.

Countdown to the... LiGhtinG

5:35 p.m.

ÒLo ve Lights A TreeÓ Ceremony from Good Samaritan Society - Pioneer Village

6:00 p.m.

ÒH ere Comes santa at the Gazebo Santa Arrives...

2:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Eats & Treats - Enjoy plenty of delicious food items around town

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Polar Express Storytelling - Caboose on Main Street (Limited Seating)

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Santa Claus - Come see Santa in the Nisswa Square!

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Face Painting - Provided by Utrinkets, at Down to Earth Wood Nisswa Square

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

SantaÕ s Workshop - Kids create holiday crafts Saint ChristopherÕ s neW

7:30 p.m.

Ò eriKa LiGhts Up the sKYÓ Fireworks!

2:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides - Nisswa Square

8:00 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Live Music - Nisswa American Legion

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Polar Express Storytelling - Caboose on Main Street (Limited Seating)

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Waltz Your Way Into the Holidays - stop by for a dance - Saint ChristopherÕ s

3:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Brook View Alpacas - Pioneer Village

3:30 p.m.

Quilts of Valor - Journey Church

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Polar Express Storytelling - Caboose on Main Street (Limited Seating)

4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Strolling Carolers - Presented by neighboring churches & community groups

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Storytelling - Turtle Town Books & Gifts

4:30 p.m.

Lighting of the Bonfires - Near the Gazebo

4:30 p.m.

Central Lakes College Brass Ensemble - Nisswa Square

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cLaUs!Ó Carolers perform

(Event schedule may be subject to change) Thank you to our Nisswa City of Lights sponsors: Frandsen Bank & Trust, Bernicks, Rafferty’s Pizza, The Chocolate Ox, Arnold S. Johnson Properties, LLC, Nisswa Dairy Queen, Triangle Store, Nisswa American Legion, Stonehouse Coffee & Nisswa Marine, Inc.


Brainerd dispatch

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The Week of November 24 - 29, 2011

Dec. 13 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) ABC Family

Dec. 1

Dec. 11

• CMA Country Christmas (SP) (N) ABC

• 12 Dates of Christmas (2011) (N) ABC Family • The Christmas Pageant (2011) (N) Hallmark

Dec. 2

Dec. 12

• Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas (2011) (N) Disney Channel

• A Flintstone Christmas (SP) (1977) ABC Family • A Christmas Carol (1951) TCM • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! (SP) (2003) ABC

Dec. 3 • A Princess for Christmas (2011) (N) Hallmark • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) NBC

Dec. 13

Dec. 4 • Celebrity Holiday Homes (SP) (N) HGTV

Dec. 5 • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys (SP) (2002) ABC Family • Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (SP) (1976) ABC Family • A Charlie Brown Christmas (SP) (1965) ABC • Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (SP) (N) ABC

Dec. 6 • The Michael Bublé Holiday Special (SP) (N) NBC • A Night at the Movies: Merry Chrismas (SP) (N) TCM

Dec. 7 • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) ABC Family • A Very Pink Christmas (SP) (N) ABC Family

Dec. 7 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) ABC Family

(SP) (N) TNT

Dec. 10 • The Flight Before Christmas (SP) (2008) CBS • Annie Claus Is Coming to Town (2011) (N) Hallmark

Dec. 16 • Mickey’s Christmas Carol (SP) (1983) ABC Family • Christmas in Washington

Dec. 17 • Jack Frost (SP) (1979) ABC Family • Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (SP) (1977) ABC Family • Pinocchio’s Christmas (SP) (1980) ABC Family • Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (SP) (1970) ABC Family • The Story of Santa Claus (SP) (1996) CBS • Christmas Returns to Canaan (2011) (N) Hallmark

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) ABC Family The Santa Clause (1994) ABC Family The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) ABC Family A Christmas Carol (1984) AMC Christmas at Belmont 2011(SP) (N) PBS

Dec. 23 • • • • • • •

Holiday Inn (1942) AMC White Christmas (1954) AMC Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (SP) (2000) CW Olive the Reindeer (SP) (1999) CW A Christmas Carol (1938) TCM Scrooge (1970) TCM A Christmas Carol (1999) TNT

Dec. 24 • • • • •

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) NBC Call Me Claus (2001) TBS A Christmas Story (1983) TBS Holiday Affair (1949) TCM Miracle on 34th Street (1947) TCM

Dec. 25 • • • •

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (SP) (N) ABC Doctor Who Christmas Special (SP) (N) BBC America Home Alone (1990) FMC A Christmas Story (1983) TBS

Dec. 24 A Christmas Story (1983) TBS

• Christmas Magic (2011) (N) Hallmark

Dec. 20 Dec. 9 Frosty the Snowman (SP) (1969) CBS

• Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (SP) NBC • Christmas at St. Olaf (SP) (N) PBS • Lidia Celebrates America “Holiday Tables & Traditions” (N) PBS • Deck the Halls (2011) (N) TNT

Dec. 21 • The Polar Express (2004) ABC Family • All I Want for Christmas (1991) AMC • The 13th Annual A Home for the Holidays (SP) (N) CBS • Elf (2003) USA Network

12 Dates of Christmas

The Flight Before Christmas

12/11 ABC Family

12/10 CBS

A flying squirrel shows a young reindeer, who believes his long-lost father was part of Santa’s airborne sleigh team, how to soar into the sky in this surprisingly dark and emotionally complex one-hour animated tale from Finland. The voice cast includes Emma Roberts (“Nancy Drew”) and Norm MacDonald (“Saturday Night Live”).

• • • • •

Dec. 18

Dec. 9 • Frosty Returns (SP) (1995) CBS • Frosty the Snowman (SP) (1969) CBS • Yes, Virginia (SP) (2009) CBS

• Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) ABC Family • Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York (SP) (N) PBS

Dec. 22

The Christmas Pageant 12/11 Hallmark Channel

Melissa Gilbert stars in this holiday heartwarmer about an overbearing Broadway director whose temper costs her a job. Her agent gets her a gig directing a small-town holiday production upstate, where she reconnects with an old flame and gets a few lessons in what’s really important in life. Robert Mailhouse also stars.

In this new variation on the “Groundhog Day” theme, a young woman (Amy Smart) is forced to relive her first date with a guy on Christmas Eve until she gets it right – defined as giving up the past and learning to open her heart and mind to new things. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash”) and Richard Fitzpatrick also star.


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Brainerd dispatch

The Week of November 24 - 29, 2011

IN THIS SEASON OF GIVING... The Brainerd Salvation Army has announced the locations of its Angel Trees, where interested community members may pick a tag and purchase a gift for a child. The Angel Trees are at the Westgate Mall, Bremer Banks, Wells Fargo Bank, Mid-Minnesota Credit Unions, Deerwood Bank, Big Stone Therapies and the BN Credit Union, Sawmill Inn, GiovanniÕ s of Brainerd.

PLEASE

After they pick up a tag and buy a gift participating donors should deliver the gift to the Salvation Army at 208 S. Fifth Street by December 5th. The 30th annual ÒT oys for KidsÓ c ampaign sponsored by Heartland Detachment, Marine Corps League is scheduled for now through December 15, 2011. This local community service program is supported entirely by local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Applications can be made for the Toys for Kids program during the month of November at the Brainerd Salvation Army office. Donations of new toys may be deposited between November 22nd and December 15th at toy drops located at many businesses throughout the area. Tax deductible cash donations may be sent at any time to Toys For Kids, PO Box 2811, Baxter, Minnesota 56425. Gifts will be distributed at the Brainerd National Guard Armory on December 15th. For additional information please contact Steve Amerud at 218.764.3170 or 218.838.1640 Other local charitable organizations: Bridges of hope Ð www .bridgesofhopemn.org Camp Confidence – www.campconfidence.com - 218-828-2344 Family safety network of cass county, inc - 218-829-2619 habitat for humanity Ð www .lakesareahabitat.org or 218-828-8517 heartland animal rescue Ð www .hartpets.org or 218-829-4141 Kinship partners Ð www .kinshippartners.org Mid-Minnesota WomenÕ s shelter - www.womenscenteronline.org or 218-828-1216 northland arboretum Ð www .northlandarb.com or 218-829-8770 salvation army - www.thesalarmy.org United Way Ð www .unitedwaynow.org If your charitable non-profit organization would like to be listed please contact Kristine at 218-855-5829.

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!


Brainerd dispatch

MarshMaLLOW snOWMen

prep time: 45 minutes total time: 1 hr. 20 min. servings: about 26 snowmen ingredients 12 vanilla caramels, unwrapped (onefourth of a 14-ounce package) 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk 2 tablespoons butter 1 10-ounce bag marshmallows (about 39) Marshmallow creme (optional) 53 pretzel sticks 1 cup chopped pistachios, toasted coconut, toffee pieces, and/or 1/3 cup nonpareils 4 ounces bittersweet, semisweet, or milk chocolate pieces 2 teaspoons shortening Orange-color miniature candy-coated semisweet chocolate pieces or other tiny round candies directions Line a large baking sheet with foil; butter the foil. Set aside. In a small saucepan, combine caramels, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Heat and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is melted and smooth. Using kitchen scissors, cut one-third of the marshmallows in half crosswise.* Place each marshmallow half, sticky side down, on top of a whole marshmallow. Press together gently. If necessary, spread a small amount of marshmallow creme between the marshmallow pieces to hold them together. For arms, insert a pretzel stick into two opposite sides of each whole marshmallow. Dip bottom third of each of the marshmallow stacks into melted caramel mixture. Allow excess to drip off. Place dipped marshmallows on prepared baking sheet.

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Place pistachios, coconut, toffee pieces, and/or nonpareils in separate small bowls. In another small saucepan, combine chocolate and shortening. Heat and stir chocolate mixture over low heat until melted and smooth. Dip each caramel-coated marshmallow stack in melted chocolate, covering the bottom of stack with chocolate. Allow excess to drip off. Immediately dip chocolate-covered marshmallow in pistachios, coconut, toffee bits, and/or nonpareils. Return marshmallow stack to baking sheet. Let stand about 30 minutes or until chocolate sets. Re-melt chocolate in saucepan over low heat, if necessary. Place snowmen on their backs. To make eyes and buttons, dip one end of a remaining pretzel stick into melted chocolate and dab chocolate onto snowmen. For a nose, dab on some chocolate and attach a small orange-color candy. Let stand about 5 minutes more or until dry. Makes about 26 snowmen. test Kitchen tip If your kitchen scissors get sticky when cutting marshmallows, coat them with nonstick cooking spray or dip them in hot water. to store Layer snowmen between pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

aLMOnd BUtter crUnch

ingredients 1 cup butter 1 • cup sugar 1 T. light corn syrup 3 T. water • cup toasted almonds, chopped 6 oz. milk chocolate chips

directions Melt butter. Add sugar, syrup and water. Cook slowly stirring consistently to Òha rd crackÓ ( 290 Ð 300 d egrees). Spread on ungreased cookie sheet. Cool completely. Turn out on waxed paper. Spread melted chips on top. Top with almonds.

santaÕs sLeiGh cOcKtaiL

ingredients White sugar crystals, preferably coarse 2 cups store-bought eggnog, chilled 1/2 cup brandy 1/2 cup amaretto liqueur 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 scoops vanilla ice cream 4 cinnamon sticks directions Dampen the rims of 4 martini glasses and then line the rims with sugar crystals. Combine eggnog, brandy, amaretto, nutmeg, and ice cream in a blender; process until smooth. Pour mixture into martini glasses and garnish each glass with a whole cinnamon stick.

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chOcOLate Mice prep time: 20 minutes total time: 2 hrs. 20 min. servings: 1 dozen

ingredients 4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate 1/3 cup sour cream 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs 1/3 cup chocolate cookie crumbs 1/3 cup confectionersÕ sugar 24 silver dragees decorating candy 1/4 cup sliced almonds 12 (2 inch) pieces long red vine licorice directions Melt the chocolate, and combine with sour cream. Stir in 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Roll by level tablespoonfuls into balls. Mold to a slight point at one end (the nose). Roll dough in confectioners sugar (for white mice), and in chocolate cookie crumbs (for dark mice). On each mouse, place dragees in appropriate spot for eyes, almond slices for ears, and a licorice string for the tail. Refrigerate for at least two hours, until firm.


8 Home for the Holidays

The Week of November 24 - 29, 2011

Name_________________________________________________________Age ________ Address___________________________________________________________________

Brainerd dispatch

City_________________________________State________________ Zip______________ Phone # ( ) ________________________ Drop off or mail this picture to the Brainerd Dispatch, 506 James Street, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401, by Friday, December 16, 2011, to enter the coloring contest. The Dispatch will judge and award first, second, third and honorable mention prizes in each category of ages 1-4, ages 5-8, and ages 9-13. Winners will be announced on Christmas Day.


2011 Holiday Wishbook - Issue 2