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Register now for bridge tournament

Bridge players are invited to a sanctioned duplicate bridge tournament as well as a party bridge tournament Monday, Aug. 27 at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 305 W. 5th St., Park Rapids.

Registration is from 10 to 10:45 a.m. with lunch at 11 a.m., bridge to follow. There will be door prizes and 50/50 payout. Proceeds benefit the Park Rapids Senior Citizens Center.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Ruthann Helgren at 732-7427, Eric and Phyllis Barth at 732-7767 or Jean Ruzicka at 652-4311 to register.

Artists can submit designs for waterfowl stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 20, through 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work.

The gadwall is the only eligible species for depiction on the 2019 waterfowl stamp.

Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at DNR headquarters in St. Paul.

To see more information on stamp contests, guidelines for submitting work and to sign up to receive regular email updates on the stamp contests, visit mndnr.gov/stamps. Contest guidelines are also available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk dates

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk will host several upcoming one-hour tours of the Bemidji downtown sculptures. Local Bemidji history and architecture also will be discussed.

The tours will meet at the Tourist Information Center next to the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues. They will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first and third Sundays through Labor Day, including Aug. 19 and Sept. 2. The tours will be held rain or shine, and no registration is required. For more information, visit www.bemidjisculpture.org.

Fall Arts Access Grants

Arts Access Grants can support creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities, as well as projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities, and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region. Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible by the public and have a strong community component. Non-profits, arts organizations, schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, local city, town, county government or tribal offices, or groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor can apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund arts projects that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties. The deadline is Aug. 15. For more information, visit r2acarts.org.

DNR seeks designs for Minnesota's 2019 pheasant stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Monday, Sept. 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

The ring-necked pheasant must be the primary focus of the design, though other species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interactions between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota's pheasant range.

Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists may issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds.

Final judging is open to the public and will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at DNR headquarters in St. Paul. The public also is welcome to come and view the winning design 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 21.

For more information on stamp contests, guidelines for submitting work, and to sign up to receive regular email updates on stamp contests, visit mndnr.gov/stamps. Contest guidelines also are available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.