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Flavor of the North

Flavor of the North is back this April!


United Way of Northeast Minnesota celebrates the food scene of Northern Minnesota with their annual Flavor of the North competition! This event brings the region’s best dishes under one roof for attendees to try out and vote on the best in each category. With so much great and unique flavors to choose from it is definitely going to be a tight competition, and a dinner that attendees will never forget!

The categories include:

  • Best Appetizer
  • Best Entrees
  • Best Dessert
  • Best Beverage

If you would like to attend it is $50/person or $500 for a table for 8 (It would make for a great night out with coworkers, team members, or just a date night with friends)! Tickets do tend to go fast so grab them up while they are available. Visit the United Way of Northeast Minnesota website for updates on the competitors that will be presenting their masterworks for event attendees to enjoy!

Would your business like to participate? Use the link below to fill out the United Way’s form and register your restaurant/business and put your best plate forward. 

Get tickets    Restaurant Sign Up


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Big Buck Contest

The United Way of Northeast Minnesota’s (UWNEMN) Big Buck Contest is available for early sign up! 

Hunters of all ages who hunt, live, and/or work in UWNEMN’s service area are invited to register for this contest prior to their season start (Youth Deer Season starts Oct. 20th, and Deer Rifle Season starts Nov. 5th) to be entered to win for the biggest buck in their category or most unusual rack. All hunters will also be entered to win a lifetime Minnesota Hunting license – even if they don’t get a buck! So sign up for the Big Buck Contest today!

To sign up, visit their page!

All contest proceeds will support the local Imagination Library program which delivers free books monthly to children on the Iron Range, in Koochiching County, and in Lake of the Woods County

Rules and Regulations:

  • This contest and all rules are subject to the laws and hunting regulations of the state of Minnesota. All contestants must be legally permitted to take deer according to Minnesota Hunting Regulations.
  • All contestants must live, work, or hunt in United Way of Northeastern Minnesota’s service territory. (North St. Louis County, West Itasca County, all of Koochiching County, & all of Lake of the Woods County)
  • Youth contest will begin October 20 2022, and end November 27, 2022. Deer taken by youth during the Youth Hunting Season (10/20-10/23) or rifle season (11/5-11/27) are eligible so long as youth participant is registered prior to the season start.
  • Adult contest will begin November 5, 2022, and end November 27, 2022. 
  • All contestants be entered to win a lifetime Minnesota hunting license. (A winner will be selected at random in the Adult division, and another winner will be selected at random in the Youth division.)  No purchase necessary.
  • Prizes will be awarded for largest buck in the following categories: Male Hunters 18+ ($250 L&M Gift Card), Female Hunters 18+ ($250 L&M Gift Card),  and Youth Hunters 10-17 ($100 L&M Gift Card). A winner will also be selected for Most Unusual Rack ($100 L&M Gift Card). 
  • More random prize drawings to be announced. 
  • Winners for categories will be determined by the number of points and inside spread of racks. Any point must measure at least one (1) inch to be considered a point. A panel of judges representing various interests will review photos. Panel decisions are final.
  • To qualify to win a category, contestants must submit a photo of their buck (with rack and points clearly visible) with hunter and deer in photo – along with a photo of the license tag clearly showing the date, hunting zone, location, etc.*
  • No out-of-state deer allowed.
  • Only deer harvested during the 2022 rifle season are eligible for prizes.
  • To enter, register with paper or online (link coming soon!) by 11:59 pm November 4, 2022.
  • Photos must be submitted by 11:59 pm November 27, 2022.
  • One contest entry permitted per individual.
  • Winners will be announced on November 30, 2022.

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Bucks for Backpacks Raffle

Tickets are now on sale for the Bucks for Backpacks Raffle! It is a $20,000 cash raffle, and one out of every ten playing will win a cash prize. Tickets are $100 each and supplies are limited!

Cash Prizes:

  • 1st Place – $8,000
  • 2nd Place – $4,000
  • 3rd Place – $2,000
  • 2 Winners – $500
  • 15 Winners – $200
  • 20 Winners – $100

Call or text (218) 295-2424 or email to get your Bucks for Backpacks Raffle ticket(s)! This event helps support United Way of Northeast Minnesota’s Buddy Backpacks program and all ticket proceeds purchase food for local children at risk of hunger through their Buddy Backpacks program. Once you get your tickets, plan to join us at 6pm December 1st at the Sawmill Saloon Restaurant to find out if you’re a winner! Enjoy the free appetizers and side raffles while you’re there!

UWNEMN’s Buddy Backpacks program provides food-insecure children from across our service territory with nutritious, nonperishable meal kits on weekends. More than 35,000 weekend meal kits will be distributed to 1,000 children this school year thanks to your support!

If you would like to learn more about United Way of Northeast Minnesota, their programs or more about the Buddy Backpacks program visit them at their website!


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