Our Thanks to 2013 – First Half 2014 Donors

$1000 and over:
Randy Klopfleisch – in honor of Leslie Fatiner & Robert Klopfleisch
Clark & Joyce Marshall #
Walter L & Connie R Waffensmith
Wayne & Carol Brezina #
Barbara M & James E Call, MD # –$100 in memory of Sandy Polich
William Chambers #
Cuyuna Range Medical Center #
William V Knoll #
Danno & Barbara Mahoney #– Deep Portage Project
Gail A Anderson – Class of ’59 & Staff ’64-‘65
Patricia Bayer # – In memory of Donald Bayer
John B & Wendy L Christenson
Bryce & Phyllis Cunningham #
Robert P Ferrari #
Terry L & Judith A Fields
Peggy J Gates #– In honor of Sisters Louise & Marion – Class of ‘63
Dallas& Priscilla Giddens #
Michael & Linda Gutzman #
Mary A Kingsley #
Mike Kneeland #
Martha M Knoll #
Robert T Kreitter
George & Mary E Kuhlmann #
Debbie L Berg Lindahl – Class of ‘78
Robert Manning & Linda Lawrie #
Frederick & Helen Markwardt #
Robert M & Deborah J Mirau
John & Diane Newstrom #– in honor of Bill Frey
David & Cynthia Owens – Class of ‘75
Gail Paull #
Robert Polich – in memory of Sandy Polich
James H & Elberta Prestegard #
Ronald C & Scena C Proodian
Annett M Rocca #
Beverly Salminen – in memory of Eileen
Natalie Spalj #
Gwen Y Stanich #– In memory of Joe Stanich
Gary & Carolyn L Steinke
John & Dixieen Stirwalt #
Charles R & Margaret M Tindell
Patrine Turnbloom
Christine Weldon – in honor of Carol Brezina
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Patricia Banks # – Class of ‘59
L.D. & B. L. Bebeau
Vera J Breeden – Class of ‘59
Carol A Carver #
Jim M & Judith M Christenson – Class of ‘79
Richard & Marjorie Dahlager #
John & Lorraine DeBlock #
Raymond & Carol Dionne #
Susan E Miller-Faris # –Class of ‘65
Richard Fields #
Mavis L Gerlick #– Class of ‘47
Donald A & Rosalinda Grgurich – Class of ‘59
P Jeanne Griffin #
Raymond & Juanita Hawks #– Class of ‘51
Robert E & Barbara E Hoeft
Ric D Larson
Thomas J Libby #
Harold J & Margaret F Perpich – Class of ‘43
Dale & Loretta Rohwer #– in memory of Emil Zauher
Sam & Anne Sambar- # in memory of Anne (Hasskamp) Sambar –class of ‘67
F Robert & Ruth Sandin #
Herbert C & Barabara J Schoon
Lawrence & Marian Severt
Mary J Ecklund Tollas – Class of ‘82
Carol Howe-Veenstra – Class of ‘71
Paul J & Maria Vranish
Robert & Dianne Wentz #
Donald W & Carla J Williams #

# – Also donated during 2012 campaign

C-I Students see “Of Mice and Men”





With the help of a CLEF grant, over forty students from Mr. and Mrs. Gaffney’s College Composition and Intro. to Literature classes were able to make a trip down to St. Paul to watch the play “Of Mice and Men” on December 17, 2013. They were able to experience an excellent performance of an American Classic at the Park Square Theater.

C-I 7th Graders Participate in Canoemobile Event

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On September 26, the Canoemobile – a traveling fleet of six Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur canoes – rolled into Brainerd.  Hailing from Minneapolis, the Canoemobile is roving the country on a mission to get youth out paddling on their local waterways. The Canoemobile is brought to Brainerd by Wilderness Inquiry in partnership with the National Park Service and Trust for Public Land. An outreach effort of Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA), the Canoemobile program will serve the area’s public middle, junior high and senior high school students.

Crosby-Ironton’s 7th grade class was among a number of school groups that were able to participate in this awesome event.  The seventh graders from C-I paddled for an hour an half on a section of the Mississippi River near Green’s Point Landing and also participated in fun and challenging team building and character education games for an hour and a half.  The leaders from the Wilderness Inquiry group lead the activities that focused on things such as teamwork, cooperation, respect, responsibility etc.

The transportation portion of this field trip was paid for by the Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation, who offer grant opportunities to Crosby-Ironton students.

The Canoemobile was launched in 2010 and inspired by the “Bookmobile,” which  brought environmental literacy to urban youth in cities across America.  The twenty-four foot, hand-made cedar canoes carry ten people and are captained by trained Wilderness Inquiry guides.

Brainerd is the fourth stop on the Canoemobile 2013 tour.  This year’s Canoemobile, with  various federal and local partners, will travel to nineteen cities, including Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C. (go to http://www.urbanwildernesscanoeadventures.org/for the entire list).

Exploradome comes to CRES


CRES Principal Colleen Abear and CLEF board member Barbara                                            Call standing in front of the Exploradome.
“On April 16th and April 17th the Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation held its signature event for the 2012-13 school year. The ExploraDome portable planetarium from the University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History was brought to CRES. All CRES students (589) from kindergarten to sixth grade were able to participate in this event. Additional evening sessions were held for the general public.

The ExploraDome is an immersive learning environment that inspires minds, using the latest in display technology, to make dynamic earth and space concepts come to life. For example, the students were able to visually zoom from earth right to the Curiosity Mars Rover and see images of the Martian terrain. There were a number of programs that were used such as “Changes in the Sky”, “The Night Sky”, and “The Solar System” depending on the age group. An expert educator from the staff of the museum conducted the sessions.

This event was privately funded by the Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation with additional support from the Mille Lacs Energy Community Trust, CRES PTA, and individual donors. Community Education sponsored the evening program for the general public. Many thanks go to Principal Colleen Abear and the CRES staff for opening their school to this opportunity.

It is CLEF’s goal to enhance the education of C-I students every year with this kind of quality program. Please consider supporting CLEF when asked.”

Bell Museum’s EXPLORADOME to be at CRES

On Tuesday, April 16th and Wednesday, April 17th the EXPLORADOME from the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota will be a CRES. The EXPLORADOME is an immersive learning environment that inspires minds, using the latest in technology to make dynamic earth and space data come to life. This dome is a geodesic model 25 feet in diameter and 14 feet high. CRES students, K-6, will experience sessions including “Changes in the Sky,” ‘The Night Sky,” and “The Solar System” depending on their grade level under the leadership of an expert educator from the staff of the Bell Museum.

On Tuesday evening from 5-7 the general public will be offered the chance to participate in one of 4 half hour sessions of “Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe.” Cost is $5 per person. Pre registration is required though Community ED at 545-8822. Space is limited.

Funding for this project includes the following:

  • Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation(CLEF)
  • Mille Lac Electric Cooperative
  • Robert M. Polich..In memory of Sandy Polich
  • Jim and Barbara Call…In memory of Sandy Polich
  • Crosby-Ironton Community Education Department