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Upcoming events Aug. 15-18

Sunday, Aug. 15

The Fishhook Challenge Half Marathon, 5K and dual challenge will be Sunday, Aug. 15 starting at Heartland Park.

Packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m., with the half-marathon/dual challenge beginning at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run/ walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

The Dual Challenge Award given to those who complete the Half before the 5K begins. A runner needs to complete the Half Marathon in under two hours and then start and complete the 5K run/walk.

Register at www.itascatur. org or www.fishhookchallenge

Monday, Aug. 16

Donors are sought for the American Legion Auxiliary blood drive to be held Aug. 16-18 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Hours are noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Online registration is available this year at

Those interested in giving blood are encouraged to make sure they watch what they eat before giving blood. Many people are turned away because the hemoglobin content in the blood was below the required level.

According to United Blood Services, the most frequent cause of low hemoglobin is not having enough iron. In adults, iron deficiency develops when too little iron is absorbed from food to replace the iron lost because of heavy menstrual flow, gastrointestinal disease, surgery, or too frequent blood donations.

Iron is best absorbed from animal foods: red meat, veal, pork, chicken, turkey and seafood. Other foods with iron include raisins, eggs (yolk), legumes (peas and beans) and whole grain bread.

Some foods will help your body absorb iron, including citrus fruits and drinks, fresh fruits (apples, peaches, pears) and fresh or lightly cooked vegetables.

The calcium in milk and other dairy products can also block iron absorption.

It can take several months to build up your hemoglobin with diet alone.

For more information call Lynn Spilman at 732-8250 or Rose Loeffler at 732-3892.

Tuesday, Aug. 17

A defensive driving refresher course will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

Instructor is Dave


To register call Free at 732-7008 or Bemidji Community Education at

218-333-3100 ext. 301.

Chapter T of the P.E.O. Sisterhood will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Jeanne Bergren with Marion Holtey and Sheila Moe as co-hostesses. The program, "The Two Marthas," will be given by Dorothy Platz, Jan Swedberg and Char Westrum.

Following the meeting, members will have dinner at North Point Lodge.

The Osage Senior Citizens quilt raffle and ice cream social is from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17 at the Osage Community Center. For more information call Ida Benham at 732-9315.

Thursday, Aug. 19

Don Houseman will sign copies of his children's picture books, "How Harvey and His Friends Saved the Barn" and "The Great Fishing Adventure" from 9 a.m. to noon at Bookworld in Park Rapids. Houseman is a retired school teacher from Blackduck and lives outside of Tenstrike.

Individuals 11 years and older are invited to enroll in a Minnesota firearm safety course to be held in the Environmental Education building at the fairgrounds in Park Rapids.

The class will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 19 and 20.

Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the Environmental Education building. Books will be handed out and fees collected for the course.

There is no maximum age limit for participants taking the course.

Topics to be covered will include safe firearm handling, firearm care, hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, field testing and other topics.

The course fee of $7.50 covers the cost of materials. Each student is required to bring a self-addressed, stamped business-size envelope at the time of registration.

For more information, call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or Ron Norenberg at 732-9356 after 5 p.m. All students must register Aug. 18 to participate.

St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes will present "Autism and Asperger Syndrome, what parents want and need to know" from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 in conference rooms A & B.

Speaker is occupational therapist Diane McCormack.

Participants will learn about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Asperger/high functioning autism and discover ways to enhance learning, develop social skills, regulate sensory motor processing and provide community connections.

Reserve a spot by calling (218) 844-0719.

Wednesday, Aug. 18

A "Cultural Connections Community Celebration" will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the Bemidji Waterfront/Library Parks.

There will be cooperative and cultural games, water activities, pop-can fishing, Native arts and crafts, interactive demonstrations and information booths, food, and entertainment.