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Upcoming events Aug. 1-23

Monday, Aug. 1

M State student registration will be held Aug. 1-3 in room 300 at the Frank White Education Center, 301 Huntsinger Ave., Park Rapids.

Times are noon to 6 p.m. Monday and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday (by appointment only) and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Walk-in appointments and computers are available

  Bring an official transcript from high school and any colleges you have attended (official transcript needs to be provided by the school in a sealed envelope). Application fee is $20.

Call 218-255-4881 for more information

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Everyone is invited to join the fun as the Hubbard County Sheriff's department hosts the annual Night to Unite gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the parking lot of the Hubbard County Law Enforcement Center in Park Rapids.

Each year the first Tuesday in August is set aside for communities and counties throughout the state of Minnesota as well as nationally to celebrate local partnerships in preventing crime.  

This is the third year that a free community dinner and celebration event has been hosted by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Cory Aukes will be on hand to meet residents and visitors along with every unit of the sheriff's office. They will be joined by other local public safety agencies, including the Sheriff's Mounted Posse, North Memorial Ambulance, Park Rapids Police, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR, and fire departments from Park Rapids, Nevis, Akeley, Lake George and Laporte.  

Deputy Dan Kruchowski will be introducing the newest member of the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, his new K-9 partner Oakley, to the public.

Plans call for demos by Oakley throughout the Night to Unite event.  

The Hubbard County Explorers Post will again host a dunk tank to collect donations for K-9 program.  Many local "celebrity" volunteers will be taking turns in the tank, including Aukes and other members of the law enforcement community.

A special Child ID Station will be set up to provide a finger-print identification packet for every child in attendance. Each child in attendance will also have an opportunity to register for a chance to win a bike and helmet in a special door prize drawing just for the kids.

     The free community BBQ dinner, sponsored by Aviand's Food & Services Management and Pepsi, will be served from 5 to 6 p.m.

Menahga will host the annual National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The event, coined as "a good night to get to know your neighbors," is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Menahga Memorial Forest Campground.

There will be games for all ages and food, as well as demonstrations from local police, emergency medical technicians and firefighters.

For more information about the nationwide event go to

Wednesday, Aug. 3

Wednesday, Aug. 3 the curtains will part for Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" at Long Lake Theater.

A young boy's humorous observations about his middle class family make this play funny, tender and heartwarming.

The show runs through Aug. 27, with performances Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at longlaketheater. com, Beagle Books, Sister Wolf Books or at the door.

Long Lake Theater is located in Hubbard, about 8 miles southeast of Park Rapids.

Thursday, Aug. 4

Performers at the noon hour concert Thursday, Aug. 4 will be saxophonist Brian Perez, a professor of music at the University of Maryland, and pianist Jordan Pollard, a professional musician and educator from Texas.

Friends from college, they will be playing original, fresh and exciting music for the 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. performance at Calvary Lutheran Church.

The audience is invited to bring lunch. Beverages and bars will be served.

Friday, Aug. 5

Tree Party, a Minneapolis Country band, will be playing at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at The Good Life Café.

Two founding members of the band are Park Rapids natives - Andy Carroll (2000 graduate) and Travis Bolton (2001 graduate).

Tree Party draws from artists like Hank Williams and Roy Orbison to create a sound unique by today's standards, yet reminiscent of classic country.

At their shows you can expect to hear mandolin, accordion, upright bass, fiddle, four-part harmonies and, of course, a little bit of yodeling.

But their use of rock n' roll guitar sounds, western rhythms and theatrical storylines sets this band apart from country and Rockabilly legends.

The band unveiled their self-titled album in April with a release show at Minneapolis' 331 Club.

Tree Party is also touring with and providing the soundtrack for the physical theatrical production, "The 7-Shot Symphony," which ran in Minneapolis last March and is currently onstage in Chicago.

Visit Tree Party's YouTube channel to watch videos of their performances or to hear songs from their new album.

Saturday, Aug. 6

Park Rapids Antique Tractor and Engine Club's 19th annual Field Days will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday with breakfast served until 10 a.m. A sawmill demo begins at 10 a.m. with the tractor parade at noon.

Pull tractor weigh-ins are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a field demonstration at 11 a.m. A tractor parade begins at noon, the tractor pull at 1 p.m.

Additional afternoon activities will be announced.

Square dancing in the pavilion is from 3 to 5 p.m. with supper served at 5 p.m. Musical entertainment will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Sunday with breakfast in the pavilion. Devotions in the church will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with gospel music performances from 11 a.m. to noon.

Field and sawmill demos are from 11 a.m. to noon with a tractor parade at 1 p.m. The youth pedal tractor pull is from 2 to 3 p.m. with the tractor raffle at 4 p.m.

Frank Lamb will provide musical entertainment Saturday; the Melody Boys will perform from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a flea market and swap meet with vendors welcome.

Ongoing activities include combining, threshing, tractor plowing, sawmill people movers, a silent auction, shingle making, a blacksmith shop, a miniature railroad, a petting zoo, food and prize giveaways.

A North Country Trail day hike will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 in the Hackensack-Longville area.

To reach the starting point, take Cass CSAH 5 east from Hackensack 12 miles to where the Woodtick Trail (Forest Road 2107) meets CSAH 5. Turn left on the Woodtick Trail and drive approximately three miles west to the trailhead. The hike will be south and east from that point to Hazel Lake.

For more information, call 218-675-5448.

Hubbard County 4-H will host a community picnic and family fun day Saturday, Aug. 6 at the fairgrounds.

Activities begin at 11 a.m. with a barbecue lunch at noon, closing at 2 p.m.

The day is an intro to 4-H, with activities that include building bird feeders, a petting zoo, a giant Twister game and tie-dying.

A freewill offering will be received to help with the cost of food and activities.

Door prizes will be awarded.

Sunday, Aug. 7

Rev up your taste buds for Taste of Dorset, to be staged in the Food Capital of the Great North from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7    

Enjoy amazing tidbits of food at great prices, listen to good music throughout town and be there for the mayor's race finale.

Dorset restaurants present their great variety of foods - from Mexican

specialities, including fantastic mudballs, to tantalizing spaghetti balls, pork chops on a stick, mouthwatering pizza, broasted chicken and more.  

Dorset also has one of the most unique mayoral races. All through the year people vote for of the candidate of their choosing.

Residency is not required; the mayors have been from Chicago, Minneapolis and many other places.   Chickens, dogs and children

are eligible. The only requirement is a buck in the ballot box.  

At precisely 2 p.m. the drawing is held and a new mayor begins his/her/its


The gala gourmand event will be featured on WCCO's "Finding Minnesota" program that follows the 10 p.m. news Sunday.

Monday, Aug. 8

Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 at the clubhouse. 

For those interested, members will meet at noon in Emmaville for lunch. 

Contact Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.  

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Holistic Living, a moms' social network, will hold a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Itasca Naturopathic Clinic.  

Guest speaker will be Dr. Rachel Oppitz, N.D. on the topic of homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a natural remedy that has successfully treated people for over 200 years for both acute and chronic illnesses.   

Holistic Living is a free support and discussion network for women with an interest in holistic health and parenting.  

For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

Thursday, Aug. 11

The Sanford Health Foundation will be holding its annual taco meal with American Indian drumming and dancing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the downtown Bemidji Waterfront Rotary Pavilion.

        Tacos will be served on fry bread or flour tortillas with all the trimmings, ice cream, and pop.

Hubbard United Methodist Church will host its annual pig roast supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 with tickets available for purchase at the door.

"We served a record 500 people last year," said Karen Lundstrom, who heads the kitchen crew. "We are preparing for the same number this year, as we know that most people return each year."

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

According to the Rev. Laurie Kantonen, the Pig Roast is a major event for the congregation, with most of the members involved in some manner. "It is a fun day and a perfect opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors," she said.

Proceeds from the annual dinner benefit the United Methodist Women Missions program.

The Region 2 Arts Council will offer free grant writing workshops for individual artists interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant.

The workshop will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Minwanjige Café, near the Strawberry Lake Store in Ogema.

The workshop will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible how to develop a project budget and other tips.

The grant is open to individual Native American artists in all disciplines. These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities.

Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Grant deadline is Oct. 6.

Advance registration is required. To reserve a place in the free workshop or for further information, call 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or e-mail staff@r2arts. org. To download a copy of the application, visit

A Diabetes Support Group will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Conference Room A/B; 1300 Anne Street NW, Bemidji.

     The support group is open to anyone who has diabetes or lives with someone who has diabetes. For more information, contact Sanford Bemidji's Diabetes Resource Center at 218-333-5976.

Friday, Aug. 12

The Borderline Philharmonic Orchestra will once again stage a lakeside concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Hoot Owl Resort.

Now in its 46th year, the concert is a collaboration of 40-plus musicians playing classical music.

Bring a lawn chair.

From Park Rapids, head 16 miles north on Highway 71 and turn left at Co. Rd. 113. Round 68 curves to reach the Hoot Owl.

Park Rapids High School class of 1976 will celebrate its 35th class reunion at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

A picnic will be held at noon Saturday at Heartland Park.

For more information, go to the class website at

Saturday, Aug. 13

The Anderson Family Singers of Menahga will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Finn Creek Museum in New York Mills.

There is no charge. Pie, pulla and coffee will be served. All donations go to support the museum.

Thursday, Aug. 18

A workshop on medications and affordability for seniors will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Coborn's pharmacist Bryan Ridgley, will discuss medications. Carol Bye of the Senior LinkAge Line and Camille Hurtado of Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota will discuss programs that help seniors pay for medications.

The session is free and the public is welcome.

For more information, call 800-450-9201.

Sunday, Aug. 21

The Fishhook Challenge half marathon and 5K run will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, with an out and back loop that starts and finishes in Heartland Park.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m.

The half marathon is a scenic run around Fishhook Lake (clockwise). The middle miles have rolling hills. At mile 12, runners are back on the Heartland Trail for a flat and fast finish into the park.

There will be four aid stations available at mile 4, 10km, 9, and 11 with sports drinks and water.

The 5K route is fairly flat and fast. It starts by the tennis courts in the middle of Heartland Park. There will be one aid station at the turn-around point with sports drinks and water.

The half marathon and 5K courses are USATF certified with accurate miles marked.

Both races finish at Heartland Park.  Awards are given in 10-year age groups, as well as the overall male and female.

Runners can take the "dual challenge," run the half marathon and make it back in time to participate in the 5K at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, go to or call Anne Ellefson at 970-799-5646.

Monday, Aug. 22

Are there stories in your life that you have always wanted to write but have never gotten around to writing?

Central Lakes College in Brainerd is offering "Creative Nonfiction," a popular new writing genre, for the first time this fall when the term starts Aug. 22.

"This course provides an opportunity for students to record significant memories, experiences, and observations through imaginative, purpose-driven prose," said instructor Leane Flynn.

"Creative Nonfiction is a highly interactive, online, entry-level creative writing course that covers a variety of creative nonfiction subgenres: memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, biography, and travel/place-based writing."

Flynn said the major components of the three-credit course are reading and analyzing some of the best examples of creative nonfiction while writing original stories, engaging in peer discussion and review, and conferencing regularly with the instructor.

"Students will learn about publishing options and free online networking sites for creative writers," she said, adding that those taking the course can create something special for their children and grandchildren. "Begin writing the stories of your life."

For information, contact Flynn at or call admissions at 800-933-0346, ext. 8037, or e-mail

Thursday, Aug. 25

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a Senior Surf Day from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

Participants will 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.

Saturday, Aug. 27

A Shoreland Expo will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Faith Baptist Church fellowship room, located on Highway 71 South, Park Rapids.

Registration and classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with shoreline restoration to be addressed from 1 to 3 p.m.

The expo will provide information about rain gardens and the benefits of rain barrels, how to score and monitor shoreline, shoreland buffer gardening and shoreline restoration.

Participants will learn about available resources to create these gardens and how shoreline gardens can benefit property. The sessions provide basic design information with technical assistance available to create a shoreline garden.

These gardens are vegetative filters designed to create a buffer between the lawn area and lake or river shoreline. They are designed to catch and filter sediments and many pollutants before they enter the lake while adding beauty and diversity to the home landscape.

This workshop is sponsored by Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension in collaboration with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Hubbard County and Cass County Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Shoreline Creations and Coalition of Lake Associations.

The expo is free and open to the public. For more information call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator at 732-3391.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

St. Joseph's Area Health Services is offering an "I'm going to be a big brother/ sister" class for siblings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 in the hospital's lower level conference room.

The class is offered at no charge.

Kids are invited to bring Mom and Dad for a party atmosphere that includes a "silly siblings" video (geared for ages 2 to 6). Kids will receive instruction with a doll on how to hold a baby and be a hands-on helper.

To register, call Janine at 237-5730.

Another class will be offered Nov. 15.