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Upcoming events Aug. 7-31


Trinity Lutheran Church of Laporte will serve its annual chicken dinner from 5 to 7 p.m.  today (Wednesday).

No reservations are needed. A freewill offering will be received. Proceeds go to local, state and national charities.

Celebrate Recovery Park Rapids will present Doug Hallock in a free concert at 6:45 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Strait Rail Ranch on Highway 13 just south of Nevis.

The classic rock musician from Tennessee will address brokeness, salvation and recovery. CDs will be available and a freewill offering received. For more information, go to


     Hubbard County Historical Museum’s noon Brown Bag Lunch series continues Thursdays in August.

     The museum is located at 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids.

     n “Wedding dresses throughout the years in photographs”  will be the subject Aug. 8. Connie Henderson collects wedding photographs and will share her collection as part of a slide show. 

     The Toggery a room in the museum has a wedding dress display.

     n The Braille alphabet and typewriter and other communications equipment is the Aug. 15 topic.

     Gene Henderson will lead the program.

     n Aug. 22, Jim Jasken will present “Arms of the Civil War.” 

The noon hour concert to be performed from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at Calvary Lutheran Church features Deane Johnson on clarinet and bass clarinet, Mariah Johnston on oboe and English horn and Roz Pederson on piano.

     They will perform selections from Georges Bizet's "Jeux D'Enfants" (Children's games) -  “The Top,”  “Little Husband, Little Wife” and “The Ball;” "Pavane" by Maurice Ravel; "Four Lyric Pieces" by Edvard Grieg; "Under the Linden Trees" by Jules Massenet and "Harlem Nocture" by Earle Hagen.  

Bring lunch; coffee and bars will be served. 

     The Hubbard United Methodist Church will host its annual pig roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, with tickets available for purchase at the door.

     “All proceeds from the dinner benefit a variety of local and national mission programs supported by United Methodist Women (UMW),” explained the Rev. Laurie Kantonen, pastor of the church.

     “We are proud that the money raised from this event goes to those most in need,” said Wanda Meade of Menahga, co-chair of Hubbard UMW and chair of this year’s event.

     The “all hands on deck event” is an intensive but “team building” undertaking for the local congregation, with most of the members involved in the preparation, cooking, or serving of the dinner.

     The menu features roast pork, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, broccoli salad, fresh rolls and homemade pies.

     “It requires a lot of work but it is also a wonderful opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors,” added Karen Lundstrom of Nevis, a member of the church who is in charge of the kitchen workers. “Last year we served 500 people and we are looking forward to seeing at least that many again this year.”

     The Park Rapids and Bemidji Retired Military Clubs will meet for a joint potluck dinner and meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8at the Lake George Community Park on the west edge of town on Highway 71 south.

     There are shelters to use in case of rain. Bring a covered dish to share, your own beverages and eating utensils.

     Brats and burgers will be provided, grilled on site.

     Call commander David Buchholz at 652-4378 for more information.

     Teams will battle for prizes in the legendary Legends & Logging Days Water Wars, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.

     After the event, Matt Ray & Those Damn Horses will provide musical entertainment at 2nd Street Stage.

     A high-energy renegade American roots band, they specialize in foot-stompin, forget-what-troubles-ya-got music.     

     After Matt Ray & Those Damn Horses wowed the 2nd Street Stage audience in 2012, they played all over the state. Their well-received performances included Harvest Fest in Geneva, Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth, the Northeast Folk Festival in Minneapolis and the Mid-West Music Festival as well as Boats and Bluegrass Festival in Winona.

     Band members are Eric Krenz (guitar and vocals), Kyle Westrick (bass), Al Ranfranz (harmonica, kazoo), Flea (fiddle) and Mr. Drummy (percussion).

     This hard driving string band from the Iron Range will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.

     The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association invites you to celebrate summer at 2nd Street Stage events Thursday evenings through Aug. 22.

     2nd Street Stage offers free live bands, a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71. Bring a chair.


The Northern Knights celebrate their 30th annual Run to the Rapids street rods show  Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10 in Park Rapids.

Saturday kicks in bright and early on Main street with a show-n-shine and trophy presentation at noon.

There will be drawings for cash and prizes all morning for registered participants. Must be present to win; club members not eligible.

For more information on this year’s Run to the Rapids contact Dave at 732-0020, Mike at 732-9445 or Fred at 732-0252.

The final concert of the 2013 Sounds of Spirit Lake summer concert series in Menahga will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

Pinewood Landing, a Bluegrass band from Duluth, will be performing as well as the gospel group Anderson Family Singers.

Bring a lawn chair and watch the sun set over Spirit Lake while listening to bluegrass and gospel music.

Rain venue is the Menahga School just across the street from the lake.

     For decades, classical music drifts across the waters of Hoot Owl Lake, come August.

    Musicians arrive by invitation-only to rehearse throughout the week for a Friday performance, this year's concert slated for 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at Hoot Owl Resort.

     The Borderline Philharmonic Orchestra is a collaboration of 40-plus musicians. The group formed a half-century ago, originally staging performances on the Minnesota-Canada border, hence the name.

     Performer and director Bill Arimond has been arriving since 1978. The core group of musicians comes from the Twin Cities area, he said, but performers arrive from Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

     Many of the performers have been with the group for decades.

     Rehearsing four times a day for a week, the Borderline Philharmonic will play an assortment of chamber works for ensembles and orchestral pieces Friday evening, the music chosen by the performers.

     "Doors open" at 7 p.m. with the audience welcome to picnic on the lawn. Bring a lawn chair.

     From Park Rapids, head 16 miles north on Highway 71 and turn west at Highway 113. Round 68 curves to reach the Hoot Owl (approximately 16 miles, watch for a tower).

     Admission is free; but a freewill offering will be received.


The 14th annual Laporte Days, sponsored by the Laporte-Benedict Lions Club, will be held Saturday, Aug. 10.

Roller skating with special prizes will be held Friday night. 

Saturday’s events include a flea market, crafts and food vendors.

A pancake breakfast with a special Harold Cotant Memorial Fly-in will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Baptist Church.

The 3rd annual walk/run on the Paul Bunyan Trail will begin with registration from 7 to 7:45 a.m. with the race at 8 a.m. Medals will be awarded the top three male and female finishers. An awards ceremony follows the race.

Kids games will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon with a scavenger hunt at the flagpole on the trail.

The Lions lunch wagon will be serving food from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pre-parade entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m., including a 4-H dog show.

Kids parade line-up (no animals or motorized vehicles) is at 1 p.m. with the parade at 1:30 p.m.

Grand parade line-up is at 1:30 p.m. with the parade at 2 p.m. (Contact Lion Chuck at 218-224-2974 to enter.) Post-parade entertainment begins at 3 p.m. at the trail with adult and family games from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Lions bingo and raffle drawings begin at 7 p.m. at the Lakeport Fire Hall.

Local clubs and churches are invited to use this time for a fundraiser, whether providing a meal or having a booth at the flea market. There is no cost to youth groups, but they must register.  Call Lion Shirley at 218-224-2601 to register for flea market spaces.

     This is a greater Laporte area celebration. Local businesses and neighboring towns - from Lake George to Wilkinson, Walker to Bemidji – are invited to bring a float to the Sunday afternoon parade. Call Lion Chuck at 218-224-2974 for parade and walk/run information.

     The Eagles Club Auxiliary will serve an all-you-can-eat fish fry or chicken from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

     The meal includes homemade soup, salad, bars and dessert.

     All proceeds support the Headwaters Intervention Program.


     The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at the clubhouse.

     For those interested, members will meet for lunch at noon in Emmaville. Contact Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.

     A support group meeting for celiac disease will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at Wadena Alliance Church, 1428 S. Jefferson St., Wadena.

     The monthly, free informational meeting is held to help people with celiac disease learn more about the disease - what to eat, how to cook and bake using gluten-free flours and ingredients. 

     Informational materials will be available along with some gluten-free recipes. A potluck supper is served. Along with a gluten-free dish to share, bring about eight copies of the recipe to share.

     Call Pat Johnson at 218-631-2170 for more information.


     Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Dorset House.

     Those wishing to carpool should meet at the Nevis Muskie at 11 a.m.

     Call Joan for reservations at 732-7747.

     A driver improvement refresher course will be offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 in the Northwoods Bank community room.

The class is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology.  For more information or to register, visit or call 888-234-1294.

Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. 

First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10 percent discount. 


                Individuals who will be 11 years old by Aug. 14 are invited to enroll in the Minnesota Firearm Safety course to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15 and 16 at the Environmental Education Building on the fairgrounds in Park Rapids.

                Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Environmental Education Building, at which time books will be handed out. All students must register Aug. 14 in order to participate.

                There is no maximum age limit for participants. Topics include safe firearm handling, firearm care, hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, field and range testing and other topics.

                For more information, call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or ­Ron Norenberg at 237-9356.


     Cancer Concerns and Connections will be hosting its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Sunnarborg home, 5818 Birchmont Dr., Bemidji.

     This month’s presentation, Understanding Imaging Tests, will be led by Chris St. Peter, director of imaging at Sanford Bemidji. He will illustrate and explain the differences and advantages of imaging tests such as x-ray, MRI, CAT, PET, MUGA and bone scans to aid in detection and surveillance of cancer.

     The goal of this support group is to share information, understanding and hope with patients, families, caregivers and friends, all included on the cancer journey.

     The group has a positive, forward-looking perspective that embraces the daily gift of life and encourages intentional living and healthy choices.

     Monthly meetings will be held at the Sunnarborg home beginning at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The gatherings are facilitated by Tom and Yvonne Sunnarborg and Pat Reynolds and will include discussions exploring mind, body and spirit aspects of living with cancer.

     Local medical professionals and other resources will often be utilized for topic presentations. In addition, each meeting is followed by fellowship time in “The Soda Room” giving an opportunity for group members to meet one another and share their stories.

     Anyone included on the cancer journey is welcome to attend. Registration is not required. The complete schedule through June 2014 is posted online at cancercenter. For information, call Tom or Yvonne Sunnarborg at 218-751-8343 or Sanford Bemidji Cancer Center at 218-333-4600.


                The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club is hosting a chicken fried steak dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

                The meal includes chicken fried steak with country style gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, salad and homemade pie.

                A freewill offering will be received. Proceeds will be used for sponsored projects and renovations.

The Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers will host the 38th annual three-day reunion/show Aug. 16-18 on its show grounds located adjacent to the north side of Itasca State Park on Minnesota Highway 200.

Incorporated in 1976, the LIRPF is dedicated to the preservation and display of historic, rural/logging related Americana for the cultural, educational, entertainment and heritage-related benefits of the public.

Parades will be at 1 p.m. each of the three days with an old time tractor pull to follow on Sunday.

Friday at 5 p.m. supper will be served, a country gospel music show will entertain and the Pioneer King and Queen will be crowned.

Saturday’s schedule includes breakfast at 7 a.m., a kids’ tractor pull at 2 p.m. and a country, old time music show and supper at 5 p.m.

Sunday begins with breakfast from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. with a worship service at 9 a.m. A raffle will be held during the tractor pull.

Attractions include log-handling and loading using horses, lumber sawing on a 95-year-old sawmill, lumber planing, shingle and lath making, birdhouse, broom and rope making and grain threshing and grinding, tractors, vehicles, antique tools, model engines and machines and more.

Displays include a 100-year-old rural schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, log house, church, store, women’s activities building and more.

Over two dozen rustic-framed buildings are located in the park-like area on the grounds, which contain an auditorium, logging museum, kitchen, blacksmith shop, engines, models and toy displays, hot-air engine displays and other activities.

Some exhibits include the historic Lake Itasca Post Office, with completely restored 1940 interior and early Redby Machine Shop with machines and equipment. Adjacent to this site is another area housing the historic Itasca Park sawmill, the historic A.J. Levorsen sawmill engine and the Roy Hemmerich Logging Memorial.

                For more information on this event, go to the LIRPF website at www.itascapio

"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde, a witty play about love and mistaken identity, will be performed at 7:29 p.m. Aug. 16, 17, 23 and 24 and 2 p.m. Aug. 18 on the main stage of Bangsberg Theater at Bemidji State University.

Directed by Jesse Whiting, it is a funny play with a few surprises. Tickets will also be available at the door.


                Bethany Lutheran Church in Nevis will be the site of a blood drive from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17.

                Appointments may be made at www.unitedblood or by calling 800-917-4929. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in the UBS Hero in Me rewards program.

                Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger. Donors who are 16 must have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian.

Forestedge Winery hosts its annual art fair Saturday and Sunday Aug. 17 and 18               Located 14 miles north of Akeley on scenic Highway 64, the Forestedge Winery Art Fair features art, music, wine and food.

The art fair features selected artists exhibiting and selling works of art. The different mediums will be pottery, porcelain, jewelry, fiber, leather, wood, painting and more.

           There will be a free wine tasting as well as wine sold by the glass, and local area restaurants will provide food. Also, of course, there will be Forestedge Wine sold by the bottle or case in the winery.

           The art fair will also be featuring jazz music on the beautiful cobblestone bistro for all to enjoy.

           For more information contact the winery at 218-224-3535.


                St. Theodore’s Catholic Church in Ponsford will host the 13th annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

                The menu features homemade spaghetti sauce, pasta, garlic bread, slaw salad, relishes, cucumbers and freshly baked pies.

                The raffle begins after dinner, with top prizes of $150 and $100 cash, a hand-carved Minnesota Lady Slipper and handcrafted Star quilt. Many gift certificates and other prizes will be awarded.

SATURDAY, AUG. 24              

The annual Headwaters Remote Controlled (R/C) Fun Fly will be held by the Park Rapids Remote Controlled Model Flying Club Aug. 24-25.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting. There may be lighted helicopters and gliders operated over the airfield.

Participants come from as far away as North Dakota, and as long as they are members of the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics), they are welcome to enter any crafts approved by the organization.

 Food, prizes and high-flying fun will be available both days, as well as camping for the hard-core fans.

The R/C Club airfield is located 4 miles west on state Highway 34 and south on Co. Rd. 30 (or 109th Ave.). Signs will be posted.

To learn more about the Headwaters R/C Flying Club, visit their website at


     Hubbard County Historical Museum will present “Small Talks” by local women at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. 

     Telephone operators, car hops and more will be the topics of conversation. 

     The meeting will be held in the lower level of the Law Enforcement Center just north of the museum.  The building is handicap accessible. Refreshments will be served.


     Timberland Dirt Devils ATV Club will host an ATV youth training class Saturday, Aug. 31.

     Registration is at 9 a.m.; classes start at 10 a.m. at the Stompin’ Grounds, north of Akeley on Highway 64.

     Training CDs are available at the Stompin’ Grounds or on the DNR website. For information, call 255—423 or 652-2964.

     The Timberland Dirt Devils meet at 9 a.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Stompin’ Grounds. The public is welcome.