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Upcoming events May 25- June 1

Wednesday, May 25

A public informational meeting about Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) for Hubbard County area residents will be held at 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the lower level of Northwoods Bank.

Helene Hedlund, dean of Academic and Student Affairs, along with other M State staff and Community Task Force members will provide information including

n What is M State?

n Classes offered in Park Rapids in the fall;

n How to get started;

n What to expect;

n Application to M State;

n Financial aid and

n Degree programs.

There will be opportunities for questions and answers at each session.

Call 732-2256 with questions.

Friday, May 27

The Park Rapids Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary 38 will host a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 27 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will include fish, potatoes, coleslaw, flatbread, bars, coffee and lemonade.

The Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail will meet Friday, May 27 at Terrapin Station in Nevis.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck supper.  Non-alcoholic beverages are available at Terrapin Station.  A short business meeting will address the expansion of the chapter boundary. 

The membership is being asked to consider moving the eastern boundary of the Chapter from the Cass/ Hubbard County line to where the NCT crosses Highway 125 northwest of Longville. 

With this expansion, many Walker and Hackensack area people who are active in the chapter will be included within the chapter boundary.  Most of the NCT from the Hubbard/Cass County boundary to Highway 125, all within the Chippewa National Forest, has been adopted by Cass County residents.

A short program on the hiking plan for this summer will follow the business meeting. The public is invited to this meeting.  Call 218-675-5448 with questions.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, May 27 at the Century School in Park Rapids.

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Caller will be Larry Johansen and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  All square dancers and spectators are invited.

Saturday, May 28

Author Nathan Jorgenson will sign his new novel, "A Crooked Number," from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Beagle Books.

The book is the prequel to "Waiting for White Horses" that won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction in 2004. The book has become a regional bestseller along with Jorgenson's second novel, "The Mulligan."

"A Crooked Number" chronicles dental student Grant Thorson as he discovers the thrills and challenges of love while pursuing his dreams in the prime of his life.

Jorgenson keeps an intriguing balance of humor and heartbreak with a narrative voice illuminating the Minnesota characters.

For more information visit

Monday, May 30

The Wolf Lake chapter of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society will be hosting their 25th annual pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 30 at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall.  

The menu will include pancakes, ham and homemade syrups.  

A freewill donation will help fund scholarships to Salolampi, the Finnish language camp at Concordia Language Villages.

Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, June 1

The Staples campus of Central Lakes College will host "On the Road to a Healthier You," the 30th Conference on Aging, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.

Sixteen workshop topics range from "Why So Much Medical Research is Wrong" to "How to Be in the Driver's Seat When It Comes to Your Health Care."

Participants may choose three workshops to attend.

Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m., with workshops from 9 to 9:45 a.m., 10 to 10:45 a.m., and 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Two 15-minute periods are scheduled for exhibits/activity.

Lunch, entertainment, and door prizes conclude the event at 11:45 a.m., with exhibits remaining in place until 2 p.m.

For more information and registration fees call 800- 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 218-855-8142 or e-mail

Mary the Kayak Lady will pay a call at the Park Rapids Area Library at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.

Mary Shideler's book, "Mary the Kayak Lady: One Woman, One Kayak, 1007 Lakes," chronicles her experiences kayaking the 1,007 lakes in Itasca County over 15 years.

Long on spirit, Shideler did not let her short stature interfere with a quest to paddle the lakes. Sometimes with the help of friends, but often on her own, she carried her kayak through brush, trudged across bogs in tall boots, and put up with hordes of mosquitoes and legions of wood ticks.

In close-up encounters, she observed birds and animals in their forest and wetland habitats and became adept at identifying wildflowers. Along the way, she learned to trust her own capacity to overcome obstacles, including her fear of being alone. "The Kayak Lady" is a collection of stories and photos - a mix of adventure and fun - that documents Mary's experiences over 15 years.

The Kitchigami tour is made possible with funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Thursday, May 26

Seniors, are you interested in learning some basics about computers?

Come surf the Web at the Park Rapids Area Library from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26.

The library is hosting a Senior Surf Day for senior citizens to come and learn some basics about computers and using the Internet.  

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space.  There is no charge for this training.

PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26 at the home of Roxy Wickre with Helen Keezer as co-hostess.   

Lunch will be served. The program is a Royal High Tea.  Wear a hat or fascinator.