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Upcoming events June 15 - July 19


Paul Sailer will be signing his book, “The Oranges Are Sweet,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Book World, 211 South Main.

The Park Rapids Fire Department will host its 10th annual firemen’s open house and feed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Saturday) at the fire hall.

Come and meet local firefighters. They will be serving BBQ pork, the famous firemen beans, French fries and coleslaw..


Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 17 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Several topics will be discussed, including fund raising efforts to support candidates.


Itasca State Park will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18.

The events include a presentation on the CCC from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Forest Inn.

A Logs and Stone luncheon will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Forest Inn. (To participate, contact a guest service representative at 218-699-7217 or 218-699-7223. All payments must be made prior to the luncheon.)

A walking tour will begin at 12:30 p.m., departing from Forest Inn.

A car tour to Bear Paw Campground and the Headwaters of the Mississippi River area is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Bring your vehicle to the Douglas Lodge parking lot.)

For more information, contact Itasca State Park at 218-699-7251 or email

A Lyme disease awareness support group meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Bella Caffe.


Triple M Assistance Dogs and trainer Cindy Morgan will present a program for teens, adults and families at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 in the Park Rapids Area Library meeting room.

Morgan will describe what an assistance dog is, and how they are trained to help people with a variety of disabilities. She will also explain how she can use people in the community to help in the training of the dogs.

Triple M Assistance Dogs also can help train family pets, and she will explain how that as well.

The Kinship mini golf tournament will be held Wednesday, June 19 at Evergreen Gifts and Fun Park.

Start times are 5, 6 or 7 p.m. with a rain date of Wednesday, June 26.

Cost is $60 per team and all ages can vie for the coveted traveling trophy.

And the challenge is on. Last year’s winner - Northwoods Bank – sent in their registration, with aspirations to reclaim the distinction.

All ages can claim fame. Last year, a 3-year-old was the lone winner on one of wacky holes.

To learn more or to register, go to www.kinship or pick up a registration form at local businesses, email kinship or call 732-0058.


The Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail Association has scheduled three mid-week resort hikes that are designed for people who have not hiked the trail before.

Experienced hikers can join as well. The public is welcome and families with children are especially welcome.

All hikes begin at 10 a.m. At the end of each hike, people are given rides back to their cars.

On June 20 hikers meet at the Waboose Public Access off Inner Forest Road in Hubbard County north of Nevis.

Three hikes are scheduled including an out and back short hike is scheduled as well as a 2-mile and a 4.5-mile hike. The long hike will completely circle Lake Waboose on a fine trail including hiking to a beautiful campground that is on one of the peninsulas of Waboose Lake.

Hikers should wear sturdy shoes, bring water, a snack and insect repellent.

Call 218-675-5448 with questions.

Hubbard County Historical Museum in Park Rapids, 301 Court Ave., announces its June events.

Call 732-5237 for more information.

n At noon Thursday, June 20 school teacher Marion Town will take her audience back to school in the early 1900s.

Children are encouraged to attend.

n Friday, June 21 the Chuck Wagon Dinner and silent auction fundraiser will be held at the Park Rapids American Legion in Park Rapids.

Serving is from 5 to 7 p.m. with the Chuck Wagon Dinner show at 6 p.m.

Call 732 5237 to reserve tickets.

n At 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, enjoy music on the courthouse lawn.

Bring a lawn chair; the event be held indoors in the lower level of the new courthouse if it is cold or rainy.

Music will be performed by Mark Bridge on the banjo, Bill Dahl on the Nyckelharpa and Wes Ellis who plays guitar, drums and harmonica.

Refreshments will be served.

n At noon Thursday, June 27 the Museum Brown Bag Lunch Series will feature Connie Henderson, museum director, on how to scan old photographs. Bring some of your old photographs to share.

Women’s fly tying and beginning fly fishing workshops, hosted by Lake Bemidji State Park, will be held June 21 and 22 at the park located at 3401 State Park Road NE in Bemidji.

n Women interested in learning the art of fly tying are invited to spend a quiet evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday spinning fibers into flies to use for fly fishing and discussing how flies imitate the preferred food of a fish. Materials and equipment are provided.

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, women interested in learning fly fishing basics are invited to join instructors for a presentation on fly fishing equipment, casting basics on land and then fly fishing in Lake Bemidji .

n Fly fishing equipment is provided. Those who want to wade into the lake must bring waders or just get wet.

The workshops are free of charge and registration is required by June 17 by calling Lake Bemidji State Park at 218-308-2300.

The Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) in Minnesota program focuses on teaching outdoor skills usually associated with hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits. It is designed primarily for woman 18 years of age and older and offers activities through half-day clinics and weekend workshops.

All vehicles must have a valid state park pass to enter the park ($5 daily or $25 annual).

For more information on Lake Bemidji State Park, visit

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The Weston A. Price Foundation will have a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, June 21 at the Evergreen Church west of Park Rapids.

The topic is how a traditionally nourishing diet can be beneficial for your skin and how nutrients affect your skin’s health. Alternative skin care products will be discussed and some samples of homemade deodorant, soap and lotions will be available.

Participants may bring samples (with recipes) as well. All meetings are free and open to the public. For information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402.


The Park Rapids Class of 1983 will be having its 30th reunion starting at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13 at Zorbaz.

If more info is needed, check on Facebook page: Park Rapids Class of 1983. There will be no mailings. The next planning meeting is at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28 at Bogey’s.

Any questions, call Kerry Johnson at 732-5335.


The Park Rapids Area Library will host Kids Read Books with Dogs (KRBWD) program this summer.

Cindy Morgan of Triple M Assistance Dogs will bring dogs to the library to help promote literacy and make reading enjoyable for kids.

The program will be from 9:45 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 29, July 13 and 27 and Aug. 10 and 24.

The KRBWD program builds confidence in young readers. Some children who are hesitant to read aloud are less inhibited with the dogs.

Children who have completed first through third grades can sign up to read to the dogs. They may get kisses or a high five from the dogs in return.

A parent or guardian must call the library at 732-4966 or come to the library to sign a permission slip and choose a time slot.


The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host an open house in celebration of 60 years of fostering wildlife conservation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at the MVCC Clubhouse, 20115 Jewel Drive.

Food and beverages will be served throughout the afternoon. Conservation literature from the regional office of the DNR will be available as well as free coloring books for all children.

There will be a live raptor presentation at 3 p.m., presented by Chris Tolman of the Bemidji Science Center.


A Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 19 at Century School.

The program, presented by Z Puppets Rosenschnaz of Minneapolis, is created for children ages 2 and up, including families, and has been called “the world’s only puppet, rock, yoga adventure for families in search of calm”.

Get the whole family moving with this mix of puppets, music, and yoga fun. Help Captain Fitz navigate the stormy seas of stress and tame the unruly Monkey Mind Pirates. Join the Quest for Calm with catchy, original songs, simple yoga poses and playful approach to mindfulness. Turn your family’s “arrghs” into “Oms” with this award-winning musical performance.

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz delights children and adults with feats of imagination, mixing hand-crafted puppetry and quirky comedy with live music.

Z Puppets artists Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith have earned many awards, including support from the Jim Henson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Puppeteers of America and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Based in Minneapolis, Z Puppets tour their family-friendly comedies across the country. Z artists have an extensive background teaching classes, workshops and residencies for students of all ages..