Because of Brandon

A total of $39,371 raised for diabetes education at a fund raiser in memory of Brandon Houge who unexpectedly passed away from complications from diabetes this past December


Saturday, July 30, in Crosby

All proceeds benefit the Diabetes Education Department at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center


Funds will be used to:
• Send youth to a camp where they learn diabetes care and feel the support of others

   living with diabetes
• Provide gas cards for families who need financial assistance to get to their


• Supply gift cards for restaurants near Children’s Hospital where youth with diabetes

   are treated

• Provide a community awareness event with a speaker


Schedule of Events

       Power Boat Races                             Noon to 4 p.m.           

       Family Event                                       Noon to 3 p.m.

       Silent Auction                                     3 – 7 p.m.

       Mega Meat Raffle                              3:30 p.m.

       Wine & Craft Beer Tasting               4 – 7 p.m.

       Heartland BBQ                                  4 p.m. – until gone

       Street Dance                                      8 p.m. - midnight


Power Boat Races

Crosby Memorial Park /Serpent Lake – noon to 4 p.m.
Free, concessions available
Since 1986, the Twin Cities Powerboat Association and the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber have sponsored this mid-summer tradition, dating back to the 1970s. Racers from all around the country come to Crosby to participate in what has become one of the most spectacular venues in the United States. Watch races compete in classes ranging from 40 MPH Mini-GTs up to 140 MPH Mod-Unlimiteds. Track racer points earned toward a National High Points title in the American Powerboat Association. Enjoy your leisure time in Cuyuna Country, but remember we also have a fast and furious side.



Family Event

Crosby Memorial Park baseball field area – noon to 3 p.m.
Free, 25 cent tickets sold for games and prizes
Health and wellness fair for youth and their families, numerous fitness and nutrition activities, health education booths and screenings, healthy refreshments. Carnival games with prizes. Safety and law enforcement vehicles. Dunk tank.




Silent Auction

Crosby Bar Conference Room – 3 to 7 p.m.

Winners drawn at 7 p.m.
Silent auction of apparel, accessories, gifts and certificates donated by area businesses and individuals. Bid on your favorite items throughout the day. Winners may pick up their treasurers after 7 p.m. 

Auction Item

Ace Hardware $20 gift certificate
Aitkin Floral $10 gift certificate
Aitkin Hardwood Cutting board
Aitkin Independent Age One year subscription
AmeriPride Four jackets and three shirts
Anytime Fitness Three month membership


$10 gift certificate

Baxter Liquor

Jim Beam Decanter

Bernick's Beverage & Vending

Two reserved tickets to We Fest
Boulder Tap House $10 gift certificate
Brainerd Floral $10 gift certificate
Brandl motors

Gift certificate for oil change, chassis lube,

tire rotation and mulit point inspection with Brandl Motors shirt, hat and can cooler

Bridge Tavern $20 gift certificate & sweatshirt
Buffalo Wild Wings $20 gift certificate
C & L Distributing Goose Island Chair
Cascade Medspa & Laser Center Gift certificate for Dermablade
Cash Wise Liquor $10 gift certificate
Cedar Chest Restaurant & Bar $25 gift certificate
Chanhassen Dinner Theater Dinner and show for two
Charles Olk Stearn's Life Vest

Cherry Berry Baxter

Discount coupons

Chris & Theresa Weber

Jim & Judy Christenson and Mark & Rene Lind

Cooler filled with alcohol, beer and chips
Christenson Agency Three sleeves of golf balls and three can coolers

C-I Pub

$25 gift certificate

Crosby Bar

5'x5' Eskimo Ice House (two person portable),

Gallaway "Titto's Vodka: Custom golf bag,

Double wall stainless steel wine cooler with

bottle of wine,  Absolute Vodka shaker,

two strings of Patron Tequila outdoor lights,

Grand Patron Tequila lighted base,

Dr. McGillicuddy's metal sign and

Harley Davidson Miller High Life sign

Crosby Mattress

Queen size mattress protector with coolmax fabric

Crosby-Ironton Courier

One year subscription

Crosslake Drug Store


Cuyuna Country

Auto Center

Two gift certificates for choice of oil change (up to five quarts) or $35.00 in service. 

Cuyuna Deer Hunters Association

Traditions Muzzleloader, Framed Print, Gift Basket of Liquor and two $50 Midway gift certificiates

Cuyuna Rolling Hills Golf Course

Gift certificate for 18 holes of golf with cart for four

Cycle Path & Paddle

Gift certificate for half day rental for two

(excludes fat and full suspension bikes)

Deb Olson

Scentsy Gift Package


Two t-shirts
Deerwood Bank Campfire Basket
Deerwood Technologies Two golf shirts and two sleeves of golf balls

Don and Leo Miller



Yetti Cooler with basket of wine, salsa and barbecue sauce

Two gift certificates for complete auto detail

Doug Houge

Minnesota Vikings bag - Includes shirt, winter cap, can holder mitten and autographed photo by

#52, Chad Greenway

Doug Houge Minnesota Vikings bag 2 - Includes shirt, can holder mitten, can cooler and Miller Lite hat
Edward Jones/Seth Jackson Folding lawn chair
E. L. Menk Jewelers $20 gift certificate
Emily Greens golf Course 18-holes with cart for four
Erberts & Gerberts $10 gift certificate
Fitquest Athletic Club

One month membership and one personal training session

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

One night stay at Black Bear Hotel

Gifts Galore

Large ceramic bowl

Grand View Lodge


Spring/Fall golf package for two

Includes: one night lodging and one round golf

per person at Pines or Preserve

Great Clips

Four free hair cuts

Guidepoint Pharmacy

Beach Tote

Hallett Center

Two month membership with enrollment

Hallett Library

Basket of Books

Halo Salo & Spa

$20 gift certificate

Holy Yoga

Two gift certificates for ten sessions
Hudrlik Carpet 10' x 7' rug
Ironton American Legion - Post 443 Four $25 gift certificates for food/drink and four gift certifictes for steak & shrimp dinner
J&B Western Store $25 gift certificate
Jeffrey P. Fish, DDS His & Hers Sonic Spinbrush power toothbrush and base
Jim DeCent, Joe Fraizer & Mike Edmons One Rustic wood wine rack and two rustic wood clocks

Kinney Realty

Porter Cable Shop Vac (4 gallon)

Lake Country Foods & Gas

Two $10 gift certificates

Lakes Area Gallery & Frame Shoppe Two "Life is Good" t-shirts
Lakes Gas Three 20# cyclinder fills
Larry Chamberlin Harley Davidson Franklin Mint pocket watch
Leann Nails $20 gift certificate
Louie's Bucket of Bones $20 gift certificate
Lundrigans Clothing Hooded sweatshirt
Minnesota Zip Lines & Adventures One Ultimate MN Adventure
Mixed Company Coffee gift basket
Moonlite Bay Two sweatshirts
Mr. Tire Brainerd $35 gift certificate
Nannette Tuthill - Scentsy Scentsy warmer and three Scentsy bars
Northland Pet Lodge Insulated hot/cold thermos
Northwoods Floral $10 gift certificate
Outdoor Advantage Fishing rod, reel and line
Panache Salons & Spa $15 gift certificate

Mist Twist cooler on wheels, Mountain Dew insulated cooler, Mountain Dew Lawn Chair,

and Rock Star LED sign

Petal Pushers Landscape & Greenhouse $100 gift certificate
Phil Collins Framed Autographed picture of English singer-songwriter and musician Phil Collins
Picture Perfect Framing Studio in Brainerd  $50 gift certificate
Poncho & Lefty's $10 gift certificate
Prairie Bay $25 gift certificate
Randy & Lori Holmvig Cedar Planter gardening basket
Range Disposal Service Handcrafted 42"x 42" wood table with four benches

Redding (Emily)

Bottle of Wine

Reeds Market & Gas Express

Two $50 gift certificates
Salon Couture Gift certificate for manicure
Scena Prodiam Handcraffted Minnesota Vikings lap quilt and stand
The Great Furniture Gallery Wooden bear letter holder
The Green Lantern $25 gift certificate
The Insurance Shoppe / Dennis Johnson One goose wood carving and one fish wood carving
The Office Shop Two $25 gift cards
Thoroughbred Carpet 24"x36" rug

Tom & Liz Sanvig and

K&M Signs

Handcrafted corn hole game

Tom Griffith & Malinda Hudrlik

$75 gift certificate to Crosby-Ironton Floral
Twin Oaks Resort on Nokay Lake

Two night stay for up to four people

(Choice of five two-bedroom cabins)

Unity Bank

Barbecue set:  two chairs, tools, seasoning and spices

Whitefish Golf Club

Two 18-hole green fees with cart

Willems Cabinet & Woodworking, Inc. Wine basket
Xtreme Sandblasting and Powder Coating $100 gift certificate
Zorbaz on the Lake - Crosslake $50 gift certificate and hooded sweatshirt



Mega Meat Raffle

Crosby Bar – 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Crosby Fire Department. Purchase tickets for single or five rounds of meat. Win several pounds of fine cuts of assorted meats.




Wine & Craft Beer Tasting

Crosby Bar Outdoor Patio – 4-7 p.m.
Pre-sale $15, at door $20 (includes chance to win one of six gift baskets)
Learn about the area’s finest vintages and craft beers served by friendly experts while indulging on hearty appetizers.  Take the opportunity to bid on a few silent auction items while you sip and savor. Several varietals will be featured from St. Michelle Wine Estates, Copolla, Gnarly Heard, Beringer, Seven Daughters, Josh, and Riondo Prosecco.  Craft beer samples will be provided from Boulevard Brewing, Henry’s, Reds, Bent Paddle, Leinenkuegels, Summit, Indeed, Schells, Sam Adams, Sweet Child of Vine, Odell, and Kona breweries.  Appetizers to be sampled include Crab Cakes, Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts, Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip, Southwest Egg Rolls, Shrimp Ceviche, Shrimp Cocktails, Street Tacos, Pork Carnitas Tacos, Bruschetta and a variety of cheeses.




Heartland Barbecue

Crosby Bar back parking lot – Starting at 4 p.m.
Brought to you by the former owners of Crosby’s Heartland Kitchen. Barbecue pork sandwiches, chips and coleslaw.  Sure to be a favorite for the entire family. (price per person)




Street Dance

Crosby Bar back parking lot – 8 p.m. until midnight

Admission $5
Identification required to drink alcohol

Pandemic consists of five musicians who have played in the Central Minnesota for several years. They enjoy performing music from the 80s and keep people dancing. In addition to local venues, they have played events with national acts Aultimate Ozzy, Steelheart, Firehouse, Warrant, Tesla, BulletBoys, LA Guns, Ratt, Loverboy and others.


Some of the tunes they plan to perform include:  Run to You, Feels Like the First Time, Jane, The Kid is Hot Tonight, Blue Collar Man, I Want a New Drug, Fishing in the Dark, Friends in Low Places, Honky Tonk Woman, Hit Me, I Love Rock and Roll, Think I'm in Love, Loving, Touchin, Squeezin, Turn Me Loose, Photograph, Too Much Time, Any Way You Want, Runaway, Talk Dirty, Jump, Bad Medicine, Jessie's Girl, Your Love, Don't Stop Believin, All She Wrote, Living on a Prayer, Highway to Hell, Once Bitten, Juke Box Hero, Hate Myself, You give Love a Bad Name, Sweet Child, Crazy Train, Hurt So Good, I Want You to Want Me, Nothing But a Good Time, Shook Me, Pour Some Sugar on Me, and Metal Health.


Hear a sampling of their music at:





Winners drawn at 9 p.m.  Need not be present to win.

2016 Arctic Cat 450 ATV from Brothers Motor Sports (value:  $6,300)

Benelli 12-gauge Shotgun from J J’s (value:  $1,200)

Ruttger’s weekend with meals and golf (value:  $1,150)

$150 cash

$50 cash

Tickets are $10 each and are available at the Backyard Greenhouse, Crosby Bar, Crosby-Ironton Courier, Cuyuna Lakes Pharmacy, Crosby Fire Department, Culver's in Baxter, Deerwood Bank in Baxter & Deerwood, Dr. Perpich's offices in Ironton & Nisswa, Town Tavern in Ironton and Unity Bank in Crosby and Brainerd. 




A total of 29 million people in the United States have diabetes and over one-third of
adults have pre-diabetes. When diabetes is not well controlled, people with diabetes are at an increased risk of serious health complications including blindness, amputation, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and premature death.  We are holding this event to raise funds that will go toward initiatives to promote awareness of this serious disease as well as programs to support those already living with diabetes.


Houge, 27, formerly of Ironton passed away in December 2015 at his home in Duluth. He was a Crosby-Ironton High School Class of 2006 and a graduate of the National School of Non Destructive Testing. He was an employee of the Acuren Company in Duluth as was the former manager of the Crosby Bar and Grill.


More Information
Liz Hofmann, 218-546-5465

Jon Winn, 218-838-2814.



Thank you to our Supporters 

American Legions Ironton Post 443
Bernick's Beverage & Vending
Brad Houge
Bridge Tavern Inc.
Brothers Motor Sports
C&L Distributing
Cascade Methodist Ladies 
Charles & Debra Hatfield
Crosby Fire Relief Association
Crosby-Ironton Courier
Crow Wing County Community Services Engagement Committee
Cuyuna Firemen's Relief Association
D&D Beverage
Deerwood Bank
Deerwood Firemen's Relief Association
Dennis & LuAnn Henrichs
DN Nail & Spa
Edward Jones/Seth Jackson
Emily Cooperative Telephone Company
Father Dale Nau
Hubbard Radio
Jim & Shirley Harker
JJ's Guns
John's Refrigeration
Johnson Brothers
Lambert Water Wells, Inc. 
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union
Mixed Company
Northland Smiles
Oberg Fence
Old Dutch
Party Time Rental
Phillips Wine & Spirits
Red Rock Radio
Richard & Joyce Houge
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge
The Wolfhound
Unity Bank
US Foods
Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Event Volunteers Needed
If you would like to help out with the
numerous activities, please contact
Peggy Stebbins, 218-545-4447 or
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