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Upcoming events Jan. 13-26

Sunday, Jan. 13

The Park Rapids Fire Department will conduct its annual Christmas tree pickup within the city limits beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

Park Rapids Fun & Dance will host a dance from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the American Legion.

The public is invited to dance to "Joe Carlson & Jim."

The fee pays for the band and rent of the facility. 

Contact Jan at 237-6037 for further details.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Sanford Bemidji Diabetes Resource Center (DRC) is hosting a new monthly meeting, Hot Topics.

The DRC's Hot Topics will meet the third Tuesday of each month, Jan. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Conference Room C at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

The meetings are designed for people interested in learning about health and wellness, specifically when it comes to diabetes management.

Anyone living with diabetes, anyone who has a family member or friend living with diabetes or individuals interested in learning more about diabetes or health and wellness in general are welcome to attend.

  For more information about Sanford Bemidji's DRC Hot Topics, contact Wendy at 218-333-5222.

Thursday, Jan. 17

  Ross Sutter, folk musician extraordinaire, will present a program on Scandinavian stories and songs at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at Park Rapids Area Library

The Legacy program through the Kitchigami Regional Library System is free and open to the public of all ages.

Sutter is a popular performer who plays an impressive array of folk instru- ments - guitar, bodhran, button accordion, dulcimer, bones - and is best known for his singular baritone voice.

Sutter sings Irish, Scottish, and Scandinavian songs, as well as favorite American traditional and popular songs.

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a 55+ driver improvement refresher course from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Northwoods Bank community room.

A first-time, eight-hour course will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Walker Area Community Center.

The driver improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is requested. A certified instructor teaches this class. 

By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. 

The fee for the four-hour refresher course is $20 and the eight-hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit the website at www.mnsafety or call 888-234-1294.

Friday, Jan. 18

The Park Rapids Eagles Auxiliary will serve an Italian dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Eagles Club.

The dinner will include soup, a salad bar and dessert.

Proceeds benefit the Park Rapids Area High School BPA.

The University of Minnesota Extension will host educational classes on the Art of Beekeeping, The Making of Maple Syrup and Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics in January and February.

The classes are free and open to the public.

The Art of Beekeeping, an introductory course, will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Hubbard Community Center, 12141 CSAH 6 in Hubbard.

The Making of Maple Syrup will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Town Hall in Guthrie, 44255 Rail Road.

And Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics will be presented from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

To register, call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator at 732-3391 (office) or 237-1245 (direct) or e-mail

All classes are free and open to the public.

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the United Methodist fellowship hall, 9th and Beltrami.

Plus tips will be in the first half hour. Brian Freed will be the caller.

Visitors and spectators are welcome. For information, contact Scott Burgoon 218-759-2776.

  First City Squares is also hosting lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the United Methodist Church.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 at the 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.  Bring baskets and boxes for food.  Volunteers are also needed and much appreciated. 

Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information. 

Do you have a high-energy dog or a dog that loves to chase tennis balls?

An introductory, "hands-on" flyball training seminar taught by members of the Sirius Chaos Flyball team will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Bark Avenue Training Center in Bemidji (196 Anne St. NW). 

Flyball is a canine relay race over hurdles, dogs catching and carrying a tennis ball.  Flyball is open to any breed or mixed-breed dog. Flyball training is good exercise for dogs and something different from traditional obedience, conformation or agility competitions.  Handlers of all ages, from young kids to senior citizens, are involved in this sport.  Dogs do not have to be a top-notch obedience dogs to excel at Flyball training.  It truly is a dog sport for everyone! 

For more information contact Tracy at 218-766-4935 or go to to register.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

The University of Minnesota Extension invites participants to explore the 2013 Local Foods College webinar series.

A series of eight sessions are designed for home gardeners and farmers to increase the capacity of their operation through a working knowledge on soils, seeds, irrigation, weed control and by building production, business and marketing skills.

The first session of the series will be held the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 22 and will continue Tuesday evenings through mid-March.

The series will be available via webinar at several locations throughout northern and central Minnesota, and may also be viewed at a home computer. Registration is free, $25 for printed materials for the entire series mailed to you and $15 for the Beginner Growers Manual.

Session topics include: "Beyond the Soil Survey Book," "Efficient Irrigation," "Weed Suppression and Control," "Seeds and Seed Selection," "Business Planning," "Working Together for a Regional Food Hub," "Preservation" and "Farmers' Markets and Merchandising."

Participants will learn from practitioners, educators and those involved in the growing movement to build resilient local foods systems.

Participants will choose their viewing location as well as the sessions they wish to attend.

Host sites will be available in Park Rapids, Bagley, Baudette, Bemidji, Crookston, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Staples and Thief River Falls. The series may also be viewed at your own location.

The Local Foods College is part of a movement to strengthen local and regional food systems. The 2013 Local Foods College is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Statewide Health Improvement Program. To learn more, visit www.local

For more detailed information and registration, visit: or call 888-241-0781. For local site information and registration, contact Sally Shearer via e-mail, or call 732-3391.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Parent/teacher conferences at the Park Rapids Area High School will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Monday, Jan. 28.

An informational meeting on how to access college financial aid will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Park Rapids Area High School choir room.

Info to be covered includes grants, loans and work study as well as FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) and how to apply.

Parents of seniors who are the first in the family to attend college are strongly encouraged to attend, as well as anyone who might want to get updated information.

This is free and open to the public. Stephanie Bard, assistant director of financial aid at Bemidji State University, and Susan Rassier, high school counselor at Park Rapids, will be sharing information and answering questions.

Friday, Jan. 25

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Jan. 25 at Century School.

A "plus" workshop will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  Caller will be Jim Lizakowski and Rita Lizakowski will cue round dancing between tips. 

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome

 Saturday, Jan. 26

First English Church in Menahga will host a lutefisk and Swedish meatball dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

  The menu includes lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, lefse, carrots, rice pudding, fruit soup, flat bread, dessert and more.

  Proceeds will go to the needs and works of First English Lutheran Church.

  The LYO (Lutheran Youth Organization) will be holding a raffle to benefit their trip to the Youth Impact gathering in the summer of 2013.

  In case of a storm, it will be rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 2.

Wednesday, jan. 30

The Park Rapids Area Library will host a program on Swedish musical instruments from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Bill Dahl makes an instrument called a Nyckelharpalag (or Swedish Nyckelharp). One of his instruments is on display at the library in January.

He and Janice Springer, who plays a Swedish fiddle, will present a program. Dahl will talk about making the harps, and they will play some tunes and perform a dance demonstration, as this music originated primarily for dancing.

They will also have some harps available for people to try.

For more information about the nyckelharp, go to, which is the website for Dahl's musical group.