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Upcoming events Oct. 20 - Nov. 10

Saturday, Oct. 20

The Osage Sportsman's Club will be opening its range to the public for muzzleloader and deer rifle sight-in.

Muzzleloader sight-in will be today (Saturday) and Sunday, Oct. 20-21. Deer rifle sight-in will be Friday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Nov 2.

The range is open every day from 9 a.m. to dusk except Sunday when there is no morning shooting.

The cost is $5 per gun. The range is located in Osage. From Highway 34, go north 1.5 miles on Co. Rd. 48.

For more information, call Al Belt 732-0978.

The next Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held today (Saturday), Oct. 20 at Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m. at the Catholic church. The cost is $15 per share. Please bring your own baskets and boxes for food. Volunteers are also needed and much appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501.

Lake George Senior Citizens will hold a raffle drawing and meal from 5-7 p.m. today (Saturday), Oct. 20 the Senior Center located at 37260 U.S. Highway 71 in Lake George. Raffle prizes include a Browning 30-06 rifle with scope, $100 Visa gift card, and a Big Mr. Buddy heater. The drawing will be at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to the Terrapin Station in Nevis for the End of Season Celebration of the local chapters of the North Country Trail Association today (Saturday), Oct. 20. The event begins at 5 p.m. with social time followed by a picnic supper with meat and beverage furnished by the chapters. The program includes the Executive Director of the NCTA and Anne Dunn, local Anishinabe Storyteller.

Twisted Stitchers will meet at 9:30 a.m. today (Saturday), Oct. 20, member Barb Johnson demonstrating Ukranian White Work at Third Street Market in Park Rapids.

Call Charlene for more information at 732-2784.

Toad Mountain Ranch will host a Fall Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Saturday) and Sunday, Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28.

Enjoy the fall colors, along with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay rides, face painting and more.

Visit the pumpkin patch to choose a pumpkin.

There will be a best decorated pumpkin contest. Bring in a carved pumpkin or decorate one at the ranch. Winner receives a free trail ride. Drop off the pumpkin by Oct. 20 to be displayed.

The ranch is located west of Osage off Highway 34. Parking is in the meadow of Toad Mountain, located off Highway 34 on West Toad Lake Drive.

monday, Oct. 22

Park Rapids Area Schools invites all interested educators, students, parents and community members who want to attend the program called "Transforming the Classroom - Explore the Possibilities!"

The program is from 3:15-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at the Century School Cafetorium.

Topics of discussion will include:

n What are the expectations of today's students in respect to technology?

n How are schools using technology to change their instructional practices?

n What results have schools seen in their transformed classrooms and programs?

n How can formative assessments be a game changer in student achievement?

n What does a transformed classroom look like?

Join us on a journey exploring a combination of technology tools and effective instructional practices transforming the classrooms of the 21st century.

Many schools around the nation have been implementing digital learning programs that showcase technology tools and innovative teaching strategies.

Now is the time to review those successes and explore the possibilities of transforming classrooms in our schools!

For more information, contact 237-6500.

TUESDAY, Oct. 23

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne will share behind-the-scenes details and information on DUI Court. Don't miss this intriguing session of the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning.

The effects of DUI significantly impact individuals and society as a whole. Learn about the "ins and outs" of this issue and engage in a question-and-answer session with our own county attorney. Dearstyne will share how Hubbard County residents are specifically affected by this ongoing societal problem.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Oct 23. Refreshments will be served, free of charge, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Northwoods Bank Community Room.

For more information or questions, please call Kristen Partlow at 218-255-1178 or e-mail

Do you enjoy helping older people? Can you spare two hours per week to help seniors remain in the home of their choice? Living at Home will be holding New Volunteer Orientation on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Frank White Education Center in Park Rapids. Please call to register at 732-3137. (Applicants will be screened prior to starting their volunteer service).

Thursday, Oct. 25

The Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters is sponsoring a meet the candidates night for Senate Dist. 2 and House Districts 2A and 2B. The forum is from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Northwoods Bank Community Room.

Candidates invited to the event include Sen. Rod Skoe and challenger Dennis Moser for Dist. 2; State Rep. David Hancock and challenger Roger Erickson for House Dist. 2A; and Brita Sailer and Steve Green for House Dist. 2B.

For more information, contact

FQ Chapter of P.E.O. meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the home of Lois Madsen with Anne Marg as co-host. The program will be on biking given by Christie Rasmussen and Lois Madsen.

FRIDAY, Oct. 26

A square dance will be hosted by the Friendly Squares Friday, Oct. 26, at 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. The caller will be Royce Nelson and Donna Stone will cue round dancing. The club members will furnish a potluck lunch. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

SAturday, Oct. 27

A wild game feed will be hosted by the Wolf Lake Lions Saturday, Oct. 27. The feed is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall. The drawing is at 8 p.m.

Riverside United Methodist Church is having a Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 27.

Soup, sandwiches and pie will be served, along with homemade goodies and lefse hot off the grill. The craft show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The loss of a loved one can feel especially intense during the holiday season.

"Preparing for the Holidays," a course that explores the way grief interacts with these activities and rituals, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 in St. Joseph's lower level conference rooms B&C.

Lunch will be provided.

Pre-register (required) by calling Laurel Hed at 237-5744.

The 2013 pet calendar of the Headwaters Animal Shelter will be unveiled at a free party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Terrapin Station, 115 Main Street in downtown Nevis.

The premiere party will include a guest appearance by this year's cover models, plus live music performed by Taylor Schroeder and Brian Skinness.

The pet calendar features the winning dogs and cats from this summer's pet photo contest. The calendar also includes photos of all the runner-ups. Cover models Cecil, Georgie and Joey are scheduled to attend, and have promised to enjoy all the petting and hugging that top models typically receive from their admiring public. The winners are from Plymouth.

Calendars will be on sale for $13. Homemade desserts will also be available. The pet calendar is a fundraising effort of the Headwaters Animal Shelter. All proceeds will go to the shelter to help provide loving care to homeless cats and dogs.

The Headwaters Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization, and receives no state or national funding.

For more information on the party or to order copies of the 2013 pet calendar, contact the shelter at 237-7100.

MONDAY, Oct. 29

The Park Rapids Area Schools Continuing Education Committee will be meeting Monday, Oct. 29 to approve clock hours for licensed teachers. If teachers would like to submit hours please turn them in by Oct. 26.

The Park Rapids League of Minnesota is sponsoring a meet the candidates night for Menahga School Board from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the Menahga School gymnasium.

The candidates invited include four candidates for three positions - Brad Goehrig, Curtis Hasbargen, Al Peterson and Daniel Rippentrop; and special election for one position - Tim Ellingson and Durwin Tomperi.

For more information contact

Tuesday, Oct. 30

St. Joseph's Obstetrics will host a free sibling class for expectant sisters and brothers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 in St. Joseph's lower level conference room A.

Education and activities are introduced in a party atmosphere. Mom and Dad are encouraged to attend.

Call Janine at 237-5730 to learn more.

Laporte area voters will have a chance to meet and ask questions of candidates for Hubbard County Commissioner and Laporte School Board during a forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Laporte Community Education. The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Laporte School's Community Room. School board candidates are scheduled for 6:30-7:45 p.m. and Hubbard County Commissioner candidates from 8 - 9:15 p.m.

Those who would like to submit questions may bring them to the forum, or submit them to Diane Sauer, Laporte Community Education (315 Main St. W., Laporte MN 56461 or Invited guests include commissioner candidates Lyle Robinson and Dan Stacey; school board candidates Cynthia Doke, Jean Lewandowski, David Patterson, Sally Raddatz and John Seegmiller.


Sanford Bemidji is hosting a Children's Fall Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The festival will take place at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center at 1300 Anne St. NW, Bemidji. Admission is free and children of all ages are welcome to attend. Free parking is available in the medical center's east parking lot.

The event will feature a crafts and games corner, refreshments and several booths hosted by Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota departments, such as pediatrics, audiology, children's therapy, eye center and more. Each booth will offer additional games and healthy treats or prizes as well as health-related information about children for parents or guardians.


St. Johns Lutheran Church is sponsoring a blood drive from noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

For an appointment to donate, call Elayne Luiken at 732-3935.

The next meeting of PEO, Chapter T will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Citizens National Bank.

Hostesses are Sheila Moe, Janine Weideman and Janet McMillen. Judy Forcier from Moose Creek will present the program,"Holiday Decorating."

Tuesday, NOV. 6

The next meeting of PEO, Chapter T will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Citizens National Bank.

Hostesses are Sheila Moe, Janine Weideman and Janet McMillen. Judy Forcier from Moose Creek will present the program,"Holiday Decorating."

Saturday, Nov. 10

The Laporte-Benedict Lions will hold their annual fall bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the small gym of the Laporte School.

The Lions soup and sandwich lunch will be in the community room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bars and beverage will be available throughout the day.

The sale includes baked goods for Thanksgiving tables and Christmas shopping opportunities. Last year 45 tables were filled with a variety of items such as cedar wreaths, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, paintings, scroll-carved wood, a multitude of Christmas decorations large and small, Avon, Tupperware, Watkins, and a wide selection of handmade items - from afghans to stocking stuffers.

Baked and canned goods were also part of the variety.

Anyone wishing to have a table to sell items should call Shirley at 218-224-2601. The Lions do not charge youth groups for table space, but would appreciate knowing if a youth group plans to participate.