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Upcoming events July 21 - 29

Saturday, July 21

A book signing for Robert C. Eelkema's book, "Medicine in the Back of Beyond," will be from noon to 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at Book World in Park Rapids.

The book describes how a savvy North Dakota public health doctor helped pioneer a radical strategy that extended the reach of doctors into rural America.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the American Legion Club in Park Rapids today (Saturday).

The dance will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with mainstream dancing and several plus tips.

The caller will be Tom Allen 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 welcome.

Sunday, July 22

Assembly of God Church invites all to join them in celebrating stories of God's freedom and restoration by attending a free performance by the Central Minnesota Teen Challenge Choir at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, July 22.

The choir brings its unique sounds of contemporary praise and worship music to the stage accompanied by testimonies of men who have been radically delivered from life long addictions and complete restoration of their homes and families.

Following the service, students will be available to share their individual testimonies and answer questions about how others can find this freedom for themselves and loved ones.

This event is open to the public. Bring friends and family to experience the miraculous stories of drug addicts and alcoholics who have found new life, new hope and freedom in Christ.

Assembly of God Church is located at 208 Western Ave S, off Highway 34 on the west side of Park Rapids. The phone number is 732-8818.

Minnesota Teen Challenge is a faith-based residential chemical dependency program for teens and adults with chronic alcohol, drug

and other life-controlling problems.

The mission of Teen Challenge is to provide rehabilitation for adults and teens whose problems are so serious they can no longer function in social, family and work settings, and to help them become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well and spiritually alive.

Minnesota Teen Challenge is one the largest of more than 230 Teen Challenge centers in the United States and 1,000 centers world-wide.

Currently, Minnesota Teen Challenge houses over 400 individuals in five residences in Minneapolis, one residence in Duluth and one residence in Brainerd.

Monday, July 23

It's no secret that polka music is the happiest form of music on earth, and Pint Size Polkas by Mike Schneider of Wisconsin will get all ages and sizes wiggling in their seats.

This Legacy Program show will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Schneider's vision is to help children and their families discover the good, clean fun of polka music. Schneider was 5 years old when he heard polka music for the first time, America's Polka King Frankie Yankovic performing. It was love at first sound.

Now he travels through the area sharing his love of polkas and inspiring others to follow their dreams. CDs will be available.

Wednesday, July 25

Greg Remus, Veterans Service officer for Hubbard County, will present information on benefits for veterans and their dependents from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25 at the Akeley Senior Center.

A time for questions and answers will follow.

This talk has been organized by Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota in cooperation with the Akeley Senior Center.

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota receives a grant for senior legal education from the Land of Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging

The talk is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota at 800-450-9201.

Thursday, July 26

Bach, Bach and more Bach, will be the theme of the noon hour concert to be presented from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at St. Johns Lutheran Church, featuring Judy Kresnicka on pipe organ.

Kresnicka is chapel organist and organ instructor at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato.  In addition, she teaches related courses, including organ history and literature, service playing, and organ pedagogy.  

She has been at Bethany since 2003.  Previous to this she taught at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm. While organ is her primary instrument, she has given recitals on the harpsichord. She studied harpsichord with Dr. Edward Parmentier, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and was an accompanist for the Bach Festival at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.

Bring lunch; coffee and bars will be served.

Walker Ford invites boys and girls ages 8 to 13 to the Ford Escape Soccer Skills Challenge, a free event to be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 26 on the Walker soccer fields.

Parents can enter for a chance to win a two-year lease of a 2013 Ford Escape.

Register at

escape soccerskillschallenge. com/register/.

Winners in each age group will be eligible for a trophy.

Friday, July 27

The 29th annual Blueberry Festival takes place July 27-29, sponsored by the Lake George Area Association.

Friday's activities kick off with the quilt show and raffle, a fish fry from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center and an outdoor gospel concert featuring the Needhams at 7 p.m. at the Lake George Bible Chapel. A pie and ice cream social is at Lake George Café.

Saturday features the local area churches softball tournament at 9 a.m. at the community park, seniors pie sale at 10 a.m., kids pedal tractor pull at 11 a.m. and a book signing by Minnesota photographer Dana Holm.

Author Jim Proebstle will feature reading from his novel "Fatal Incident." Both events will be held at the Schoolcraft Gallery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The kids carnival and bike giveaway are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Saturday with a K-9 demonstration. At that same time, bingo will be held at the Senior Center and a local blues band will play live music.

The 50th annual Fireman's Bean Feed is from 4-6:30 p.m. at the fire hall with a raffle at 6:30 p.m. A firemen's dance with live music by Free Beer is from 7 to 11 p.m.

Sunday Lake George volunteer firefighters serve blueberry pancakes from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Fire Hall.

The treasure hunt through a sawdust money pit begins at 10 a.m. at the Lake George Café and the kiddie parade begins at 1 p.m.

The festival will also feature the annual medallion hunt, with clues being under the Pines Motel sign all three days for the $100 prize. The game is over at 3 p.m. Sunday or until the medallion is found.

And there will be blueberry treats galore, if the locals are to be believed.

Saturday, July 28

Twenty bands will arrive for the Ror Schach Music and Art Festival, to be staged from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds, rain or shine.

Musical genres range from blues/Indie to jazz to punk to folk to old school rap, country, ska and more.

Food, beer and soft drinks will be available. Art activities will entertain all ages.

Tickets are available for $25 and $5 for kids.

For information, go to

A motorcyclist "Fund Run," benefiting Audrey's Purple Dream (Akeley's fundraiser for those affected by cancer), will be held Saturday, July 28 beginning at the Akeley Municipal Liquor Store.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. with motorcycles leaving the muni at noon. Stops include the Pine River VFW, Willard's in Backus, Docksider in Longville, Akeley's Stompin' Grounds and Paul's Patio.

Cost is $20 per person, $30 per couple, which includes a meal. There will be a beer garden and live music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Free camping is available behind the patio.

Park Rapids Class of '82 will meet for a 30-year reunion at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Antique Tractor Club grounds.

Anyone with friends in the Class of '82 is welcome to attend.

For more information, call Shari (Terhark) Carlson at 732-4726.

The Anderson Family Singers will perform "Southern Spirituals" at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Finn Creek Museum in New York Mills.

There is no charge. Refreshments will be served. All donations support the Finn Creek Museum.

Sunday, July 29

A turkey dinner will be served from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis.

The menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, vegetables, coleslaw and cranberries with apple pie and ice cream for dessert.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for students and free for preschool and under. Family rate is $30.

For more information, call 652-4005 or visit www.olp

The Hubbard County Historical Museum will present "Civil War Sunday" from 1 to 4 p.m. July 29 on the old courthouse lawn, 301 Court Ave.

Meet and talk with Union soldiers. Find out what a soldier carried and what his day was like.

The event will be held indoors if it rains. Call the Hubbard County Historical Museum at 732 5237 for more info. Refreshments available.

Monday, July 30

Hubbard County Historical Society will conduct a short meeting at 7 p.m. Monday July 30 in the museum basement with a program presented by Dean Urdahl to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Urdahl is a retired teacher, state representative, author and expert on the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862.

His program is entitled "The Dakota Conflict." Refreshments will be served. The museum is located at 301 Court Ave. The meeting room is handicap accessible.

Everyone is welcome. For more info call the museum at 732-5237.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

The Jumpin' Jehosafats, a jazz and gospel group from Minneapolis, will perform Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Akeley United Methodist Church.

A dinner, with a freewill offering, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall followed by a 7 p.m. concert.

The United Methodist Church sponsors the performance.

This year the featured vocalist is Nedra Groggins, a jazz and gospel singer from Cincinnati, Ohio, who has entertained in clubs and churches for the past 30 years.

She will join the Jumpin' Jehosafats in "rocking the house" with vocals and music provided by the group's brass, keyboard, percussion and guitar artists. Lyndy Zabel will direct the show.

Proceeds will benefit the Jericho Ministry Vision Clinic, a Methodist mission that supplies free prescription eyeglasses to the needy in developing countries. This ministry is based in Akeley.

All are welcome.

Thursday, Aug. 9

The Hubbard United Methodist Church will host its annual pig roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 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. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children five to 10, and children under five free.

Friday, Aug. 10

The Northern Knights celebrate their 29th annual Run to the Rapids street rods show Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11 in Park Rapids.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. on Friday at the C'mon Inn. Registration fee is $25 and includes two $6 meal tickets for Saturday's dinner (participating restaurants' name will be on meal card). Make payments payable to "Northern Knights".

Following that there will be food and soda served, with rock-n-roll music to top it all off. This event is free to all participants.

Saturday kicks off with registration at 8 a.m. on Main street in downtown Park Rapids, following that will be the 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.

After a meal at a restaurant of your choice from 5-7 p.m., stop by the C'mon Inn for a free root beer float.

For more information on this year's Run to the Rapids contact Dave at 218-732-0020, Mike at 218-732-9445 or Fred at 218-732-0252.

The 13th annual Laporte Days will be held Aug. 10-12 "in the small town with the big heart/big celebration" - Laporte.

Rollerskating for kids will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Laporte School. Come in the main entrance of the school. Vendors have supplied over $200 in prizes with 75 chances to win door prizes to be given away throughout the evening.

Lions will be serving a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the Baptist Church basement.

The second annual Memorial Run/Walk Saturday will take place on the Paul Bunyan Trail.

Registration for the event will be at the DNR parking lot from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m.

Diabetes screening will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lions' tent.

Paul Bunyan Radio Control Flyers will demonstrate their aircraft at the mini airfield at 10 a.m.

Kids can search for coins in the money pit south of the flagpole at 2:30 p.m.

Young kids will enjoy games and races at 4:30 p.m., including a scavenger hunt.

NSE Pro Wrestling returns at 5:30 p.m. in the school commons.

Bingo will be played from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Lakeport Fire Hall.

Sunday, area churches invite all for worship.

Organizers are inviting local businesses and neighboring towns from Lake George to Wilkinson, Walker to Bemidji to bring a float to the 3 p.m. Sunday parade.

Line-up is at top of the schoolhouse hill at 2:30 p.m. Call 218-760-3972 for parade information.

The kiddie parade begins at 2:30 p.m. with line-up at the Baptist Church parking lot at 2 p.m. A new ruling this year for the kiddie parade is no animals or motorized vehicles allowed.

Post-parade entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Raffle winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

The event also includes a flea market, crafts and food vendors, with the Lion's lunch wagon opening at 11a.m. each day.

Saturday, Aug. 4

The Park Rapids Antique Tractor and Engine Club will salute Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment at the 20th annual Field Days from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 4-5 at the East 40 grounds south of Park Rapids on County Road 6.

Admission is $5 per day and children under 12 are admitted with no cost. With each paid admission a collector button is included.

Gates open at 7 a.m., serving breakfast at the pavilion until 10 a.m. at the beginning of both days. A flea market/swap meet will feature antiques, crafts and collectables.

Saturday's events include sawmill demonstrations from 10 to 11 a.m., a tractor parade around the grounds, a tractor pull with weigh-ins starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m., field demonstrations at 11 a.m. After lunch the tractor pull will be held at 1 p.m., with nine farm classes and three open classes and the afternoon activities will be announced.

Saturday's entertainment features Akeley resident Frank Lamb from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

Sunday morning after breakfast, devotions will be held in the church from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m., gospel music at the pavilion starts at 11 a.m. and going until noon. Also during that time there will be field and sawmill demonstrations. Lunch at the pavilion starts at 11 a.m.

Following that, from 1 to 2 p.m., there will be the tractor parade around the grounds followed by the youth pedal tractor pull in the pavilion from 2 until 3 p.m. The tractor raffle will start at the end of the day.

Sunday's entertainment will feature Michael James from 1 to 4 p.m.

Other ongoing activities on both days are combining, threshing, tractor plowing, sawmill, shingle making, blacksmith shop, lath making, snow fence making, tractor dyno, tractor displays, parades, horse related machinery, vintage implements, stationary gas engines working displays, miniature railroad, petting zoo, ice cream and popcorn, prize giveaways every half-hour, silent auction and items in the office.

"People movers" will take participants around the grounds both days.

For more information, contact Noel Allard at 732-5100 or Jim Wright at 732-8567.

Sunday, Aug. 5

The proclaimed "Restaurant Capital of the World" will be holding their annual Taste of Dorset festival on Sunday, Aug. 5 to give everyone a chance to enjoy the unique qualities of this little restaurant hot spot.

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and go until 3 p.m.

Walk the main street of Dorset for all kinds of food, entertainment, games and socializing.

Live music will be played throughout the town with games galore for kids. Parking is free and transportation is provided from parking areas downtown. The drawing of the yearly mayor of Dorset begins at precisely 2 p.m. and the next year's balloting starts immediately after.

Become the Mayor of Dorset by sending your name, address and phone number along with $1 for your vote to Dorset General Store, 20470 State Highway 226, Park Rapids, MN 56470.

There are no qualifications to become the Mayor of Dorset. Any residency or age is accepted.

Some of the food options include pizza, tacos, fried chicken, corn on the cob, pies, spaghetti balls, shaved ice, pork on a stick, frozen bananas and more.

Thursday, Aug. 16

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will showcase the artistic talents of area youth during Youth Music and Arts Showcase IV Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-18 in downtown Park Rapids.

Student artists' works, including paintings, photography, sculpture and pottery, will be shown at businesses in downtown Park Rapids.

A panel of judges will view the students' works. Four $100 scholarships will be given to high school students and four $25 scholarships to middle school age students.

A schedule of the young artists and venues will be available to guide people to all locations. Daycare providers and parents of preschoolers are invited to do chalk art on downtown sidewalks Friday morning.

Free chalk will be available at Wildwood Enchantment, 209 South Main Ave.

The showcase provides young musicians with an opportunity to perform downtown Friday, Aug. 17 and play in a concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the last in the 2nd Street Stage summer music series.

For art entry information, call 237-6600. For musician entry information, call 255-1120.

Friday, Aug. 17

The Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers, Inc. (LIRPF) host the 37th annual three-day reunion/show Aug. 17, 18 and 19 on its show grounds located adjacent to the north side of Itasca State Park on 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. They are also a non-profit corporation.

During the reunion/show, there will be many attractions including log-handling and loading using horses, lumber sawing on a 95-year-old sawmill, lumber planning, 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.

Admission is $10 per day and children 12 and under are free. Food and refreshments are available including lefse and corn on the cob.

Over two dozen rustic-framed buildings are located in the par-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