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The Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will have its business meeting from 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Park Rapids Library meeting room. All area quilters are invited to attend.


A Widowed Friends meeting will be meet Thursday, Feb. 20 at Pizza Hut at 11:30 a.m. for lunch with a game of dominoes to follow.

The group will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Burger King at 9:30 a.m. for coffee.

All new members are welcomed. For information, please call Sharon at 732-4255 or Karla at 732-0424.

The Arts Downtown PR series will warm another winter night from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at three locations in downtown Park Rapids.

Diane Sauer and Jan Lundsten have been making music together for the last 13 years as part of the band at the Woodtick Theater. Diane sings and plays guitar and banjo. You may have heard her during the Prairie Home Companion show in Bemidji on the opening weekend of the firearms deer hunting season. Jan sings, plays bass and is known at the theater for her deadpan joke telling style. They will play from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè.

Eric Bervig, his oldest daughter, Lael, and Ezra Overly will entertain from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe. They offer toe-tapping tunes with authentic backwoods lyrical depth. Eric and Ezra are best known as the musicians in Chasing Clarence. Lael has joined her dad at past performances during the Youth Music and Art Showcase and PRLAAC-sponsored entertainment at the Kinship spaghetti dinner.

Alex Ziemann shares his love of music through playing, performing and teaching guitar. He will perform from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Necce’s Ristorante. Alex has played and sung in bands and solo in and around Park Rapids, including charity events at Terrapin Station in Nevis, Arts Downtown Park Rapids and Art Leap. He also performed in the first Youth Music and Art Showcase concert in 2009 and since then has served as co-coordinator for the music events that are part of Youth Music and Art Showcase.

There is no admission charge to Arts Downtown PR events, sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and funded in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.


The Healthy Moms Network will host a public meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at Evergreen Church west of Park Rapids. The topic for the evening will include a discussion on healthy fats and a special presentation by Jennifer and Lael Bervig demonstrating how to make butter from raw milk cream, and another demonstration will show how to make homemade mayonnaise.

This meeting is open to the public.  An unsupervised nursery is also available for children. For more information, contact Nicole Guida at 732-5229.

Let’s Go Fishing is having a fundraiser roast pork dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at the Park Rapids American Legion. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is providing matching funds.

Angie’s Groom n’ Board is holding its second annual dog wash Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22. Angie and her staff donate their time, so all proceeds go to Headwaters Animal Shelter. Last year’s event raised more than $2,000 for the shelter.

The dog wash is a free-will offering, and includes nail trimming, anal gland expressing, ear cleaning, blow-drying and a light brush out. A new option is just a nail trim if your dog does not need a bath. Openings are limited, so call 732-9862 for an appointment.

Angie’s Groom ‘n Board is located at 1109 Western Avenue South, next door to Headwaters Animal Shelter in Park Rapids.


The Heartland Concert Association presents a fiddle and guitar duo for its Feb. 22 concert.

Admission is by season membership ticket only, which may be purchased at Beagle Books in Park Rapids, Thrifty White Drug in Walker.

Frigid temps will be offset by the “sizzling duo of fiddle and guitar,” Alex Depue and Miguel DeHoyos creating “exciting, unpredictable fun” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

The two have wowed the world for decades – from DePue performing at Carnegie Hall at 14 and touring with rock guitarist Steve Vai to DeHoyos entertaining government officials and diplomats in Mexico and performing in Romania, by invitation of the Romanian government.

Their unparalleled sound – music that speaks to the soul – includes works ranging from Mozart and Pachelbel to Gershwin and Lennon and McCartney.

For more information, contact Bobbi Zigmant at 732-9293 or Kathy Hollenbeck at 237-6004.

The public is invited to attend a snowshoe hike into the Tamarac Wilderness co-hosted by the North Country Trail Association and Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. Snowshoers will traverse a part of the roughly 2,100-acre Wilderness area in the northwestern corner of the Refuge. This event is one of hundreds taking place across the country throughout 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and to recognize the continuing benefits of America’s wilderness legacy.

Interested hikers may meet at Rainbow Resort for an optional casual lunch at 11:30 a.m. Information will be available at this time from the North Country Trail Association, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Friends of Tamarac. At 1 p.m., the NCTA and USFWS will provide a brief introduction to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, its Wilderness area, the Wilderness Act, and the 109.5 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. After this short time indoors, hikers will be shuttled to the hike’s start into the wilderness.

Rainbow Resort is located at 36571 County Highway 35, Waubun, MN and is 48 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes (via US 59, MN 113, and CR-35). Visit the website http://www.rain for more information and driving directions.

The “Making of Maple Syrup” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town Hall in Guthrie.

Maple syrup and maple sugar are one of the oldest agricultural commodities produced in the United States. Today maple syrup is produced in fourteen northern states with Vermont, New York, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania having the largest syrup production.

In Minnesota, four species of maple can be used for sap production. For the sweetest sap, sugar maple or hard maple is used. Sap can also be gathered from red maple, silver maple, and boxelder.

The course is taught by Carl Vogt, a retired University of Minnesota extension specialist in conservation education. Join us as we learn what trees can be tapped; what tools are needed; when to tap trees, how to tap trees and how to process sap into syrup.

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension – Hubbard County, the program is free and open to the public. To register, please call Sally Shearer, Program Coordinator at 732-3391.


The Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

This year’s theme is Sleigh Bells Ring. The festival will feature as many as 20 old fashioned cutters and sleighs, and other horse drawn vehicles.

The festival not only includes the main Parade of Sleighs, but a growing list of family activities. Among other events are the popular snow sculpting contest, a pioneer winter encampment with an 18-foot tall teepee where re-enactors will stage aspects of 19th century winter pioneer life.

Plans call for a modern winter encampment to be held nearby so visitors can compare winter experiences in both centuries.

The band “County 20” will be back for the third year. The performance begins at 2:45 p.m. at the Long Lake Theater following the performance of the one-act play depicting the early history of Hubbard, which will be repeated a second time after the music.

Bring your old strings of sleigh bells and win a prize.

Admission to the festival is a $5 button available at Beagle Books and at the festival. Children under 12 are free.

A Giddy-Up Cart Race will feature human partners attempting to guide a small cart through a winding course. Scott Johnson will be demonstrating chainsaw sculptures by the old general store.

More information and a complete program of events is available on the Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival Facebook page, or by calling Marie Helfrich at 732-7708 or Dick Schauer at 732-4208.

The annual Dorothy Noeske Memorial Bluegill & Crappie Fishing Derby is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 on Straight Lake in Osage.

Each year ticket holders have a chance to win prizes at a drawing and prizes are awarded for fish caught in certain categories.

The event is sponsored by the Osage Sportsmans Club. For more information contact Allen Belt 732-0978.

“February Follies” will take place in the Nevis School original gymnasium at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. The show will include music, magic and comedy from some of the area’s top talent.

Admission is free and proceeds generated from freewill donations and the pie social afterward will benefit the Nevis Pam Lindow Scholarship Foundation-Dollars for Scholars. 

The annual Balmi Cemetery Fundraiser is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall. The club is serving beef stew and flatbread for a freewill donation. Contributions may be mailed to the Balmi Cemetery Association, 18213 C. Highway 38, Frazee, MN 56544.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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