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Throughout the months of October and November, local restaurants teamed up with United Way of 1000 Lakes to participate in this year’s Dining United, which helps to raise funds for their annual campaign. Participating restaurants included Forest Lake Restaurant, Lounge & Steakhouse, 17th Street Grill, The Pickled Loon Saloon, Toivo’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, and Zorbaz on Pokegama Lake. Each restaurant donated a percentage of sales from breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items to United Way and raised over $2,800 to support individuals and families hoping to reach their highest potential in the Itasca Area.

United Way aims to raise $315,000 this year to support more than 30 programs and initiatives. These programs address a wide range of basic needs, income, safety, education and health related barriers that people in our community face all year round. For more information on how you can help United Way reach their goal, visit or call 999-7570.

Names from left to right: Lori Nolette and John Fredrickson at Forest Lake Restaurant, Lounge & Steakhouse helped raise $500 from collecting a dollar from every appetizer sold on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Names from left to right: Kris Ives and Mary Ives. 17th Street Grill donated $5 from each pasta bar order made through October. 

Names from left to right: Nikki and Amy Toivonen. Toivo’s Restaurant & Sports Bar donated 5% of each breakfast order sold Monday’s and Tuesday’s, and raised $325 to help support the Itasca community. 

Names from left to right: Hannah Chesness, United Way of 1000 Lakes staff, and Manager of Zorbaz on Pokegama Lake, Chris Walker. 10% of all sales made at Zorbaz on October 17th were donated directly to United Way to help support their annual fundraising efforts. 

Names from left to right: Tiffany, Dillon, and Larson from The Pickled Loon Saloon. Every time you dined at The Pickled Loon Saloon, $1 from each featured item including Larson’s Famous Enchiladas, Tenderloin Medallions, and the BBQ Chicken Ranch Salad was donated back to United Way. Thanks to everyone for dining out this fall and supporting United Way’s mission to a healthier, stronger Itasca Area. 

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