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Upcoming events Aug. 15 - Sept. 1

Wednesday, Aug. 15

An organizational planning meeting for the 2013 Governor's Fishing Opener is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at C'mon Inn.

Anyone interested in being a part of the planning is welcome to attend.

The Park Rapids area multiple sclerosis support group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. 

Anyone affected by MS is invited to attend. Contact Susan Monsrud at 237-2067 or Denise Pederson at 763-350-6957 or

pederson for more information.

Friday, Aug. 17

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a chicken fried steak dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.  

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

A free will donation will be accepted.  The donation will be used towards sponsored projects and renovations.

Grace Community Church of Osage will host a fundraising dinner to benefit Haley Crandall

from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

The 2-year-old was born with heart defects requiring open heart surgery. Parents are Lance and Trish Crandall and grandparents are Bill and Joann Cristlieb and Dan and Deb Crandall.

She is scheduled for surgery Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will meet at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the Evergreen Church west of Park Rapids.  

Tanja Larson and Tanya Miller will demonstrate how to make traditional brined pickles, sauerkraut and other vegetables.  

Finished samples will be available to taste.  

All meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402

The Park Rapids Lions Club will host a family burger and corn feed night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes burgers, corn on the cob, beans, ice cream and bars.

There will be hula hoop contests, face painting for a freewill donation) and classic cars.

Saturday, Aug. 18

Marlene Meyer will be demonstrating the Nifty Knitter (those plastic round looms) when the Twisted Stitchers meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Third Street Market.   Come see what all can be done on one.  For further information, contact Kathy at 732-0978.

Kerry Casey, author of "Fall to Grace" and "Singer," will be signing his books from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Beagle Books and from 1:30 to 2:30 Aug. 18 at Sister

Wolf Books in Dorset.

A corn and meatball dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Akeley United Methodist Church.

The menu includes meatballs and mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, tomatoes, cupcakes and ice cream.

Sunday, Aug. 19

The Fish Hook Challenge 5K run and half marathon will be held Sunday, Aug. 19 in Heartland Park.

Registration and bib pick up for the half-marathon begins at 6:30 a.m. with the start at 7:30 a.m.

Registration and bib pick up for the 5K run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. with the start at 9:30 a.m.

Awards will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be available after the race.

For more information, go to

St. Theodore's Church, Ponsford and Pine Point, will host the annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

From Highway 34 west of Osage, head north on Co. Rd. 225 to Co. Rd. 129 to 124.

All are welcome.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band will be performing for the Wolf Lake Harvest Festival at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Waterfront Recreational Park.

The park is located a half-mile west of Wolf Lake and a half-mile mile north on Wolf Pack Road.

Bring a chair, blanket and a little lunch and enjoy music by the lake.

Monday, Aug. 20

Twenty children ages 6- 12 are invited to attend the annual Youth Theatre Camp at the Historic Holmes Theatre from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 20-22.

This year, children will be presenting local author Carol Ann Hough's "Garden Adventures."

The camp will be directed by Alice Hunter.

  This three-day, intensive camp teaches children about the artistry and craft of producing a theatrical show. The children will learn and explore the characters, create songs, dances and costumes, participate in many fun games designed to teach theatre skills and more for this new production.

  "Garden Adventures" is a magical and educational play about a boy name Noah, his grandparents and the frogs, slugs and garden creatures they discover.

  The performance will be on the Holmes Theatre stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

To register for the camp, call 218-844-7469 or visit the Holmes Theatre box office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Participants will be making final plans for the walleye and wild rice dinner to be held Friday, Aug. 24 at the Park Rapids American Legion.  

A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the dinner.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Individuals who will be 11 years old by Aug. 22 are invited to enroll in the Minnesota Firearms Safety course to be held at the Environmental Education building on the fairgrounds in Park Rapids.

The class will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

Registration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the Environmental Education building, at which time books will be distributed.

There is no maximum age limit for participants.

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

For more information, call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or Ron Norenberg at 237-9356 after 5 p.m. All students must register Aug. 22 in order to participate in the course.

Friday, Aug. 24

  The Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota and its Planned Gifts committee will present a seminar, Estate Planning with Life Insurance, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 in Sanford Bemidji Medical Center's Education Center.

n This session will provide life insurance basics including financial ratings and contract options;

n The importance of the structural triangle - who is the owner, insured and beneficiary;

n How insurance can be used as a planning tool;

n How life insurance can be used to cover unanticipated expenses, health care needs, anticipated expenses for debt and taxes and legacy intentions for gifts to family and charitable inclinations.

Monday, Aug. 27

The Hubbard County Historical Society will present Alice and her friends, the suffragettes, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 in the downstairs meeting room of the "new" courthouse, which is handicap accessible.

Local women will portray famous females and present the history of women's rights in  Park Rapids and beyond. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Basic computer classes are being held at the Park Rapids Area Library.  

The free classes, the next to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, includes hands-on practice on the Internet to locate useful information, basics on navigating the computers and how to set up a free Web-based e-mail account.

This class is for beginners only, but all ages are welcome.  Call the library at 732-4966 to register.

SAturday, Sept. 1

Hungry Kids 350, a Turning Miles into Meals event, will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 in Nevis.

The Labor Day weekend fundraiser offers three options - a 5K run on the Heartland Trail beginning at 9 a.m., with registration and $20 entry fee required prior to the start at the Muskie.

A run, walk, bike, etc. event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants determine the starting point. No registration is required; donations will be accepted at the Nevis Muskie.

Refreshments will be available Saturday and Sunday at the Muskie Pavilion.

Or join a three-day, 50-mile hike from Remer to Nevis, beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 2. To register, contact Doug Dickson at 218-889-2706 or 218-368-3762.

Donate online at

The event benefits Kids Against Hunger Park Rapids. TransCanada Pipeline Corporation will match donations up to $10,000.