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Upcoming events July 10-24

Saturday, July 10

A 2.9-mile North Country Trail hike will begin at 9:15 a.m. today (Saturday) starting where the North Country Trail crosses the Paul Bunyan State Forest Steamboat Forest Road, 1.2 miles east of Thorpe Township Hall. 

See for detailed instructions to the starting point from several towns or call 218-675-5448. 

The hike goes from Steamboat Forest Road northeast to Refuge Road passing several magnificent vistas.

The North Star Ensemble will perform an open rehearsal at 10 a.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids Farmers Market.

The musicians are Anita Hannemann on violin and mandolin, Walt Hannemann playing classical guitar, Donna Neumann on flute and keyboardist Kathy Gorentz.

The music is classical, some of which will be an encore performance of the noon hour concert. Bring a chair.

A donation for the musicians is appreciated.

Monday, July 12

St. Joseph's Area Health Services diabetic support group will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, July 12 in lower level A of the hospital.

Dr. Murry Westberg from Park Rapids Eye Clinic will address eye health.

Contact Tia Kocka for more information at 255-3684.

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 12 at the Park Rapids Area Library, an accessible site.

Participants will be discussing the fair experience as well as future events and elections. Planning upcoming events for the summer months will also be discussed.   

All are welcome and encouraged to attend and contribute thoughts and ideas. 

Tuesday, July 13

The health assessment clinic that was to have been held in Woodland Court Apartments July 13 has been canceled.

The clinic will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27 at Woodland Court Apartments.

The Park Rapids Area High School class of 1980 reunion planning committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 at the Good Life Café on Main street.

Wednesday, July 14

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet at 6 p.m. for fellowship, 6:30 p.m. for dinner Wednesday July 14 at the Logging Camp.

The restaurant is located off CSAH 18, north of Park Rapids.

Come and enjoy the company of others with retired military background and their families.

Call President David Buchholz  at 652-4378 for more information.

Thursday, July 15

The Headwaters Intervention Center will be at the Park Rapids Farmers Market Wednesday July 14 to answer questions about the services they provide and the needs presented in our community. Donations are welcome for their work.

Eddie Kidd will also be sharing music to support the work of the Headwaters Intervention Center.

Friday, July 16

The Nevis Red Hats will decorate the float for Muskie Days at 10 a.m. Friday, July 16 at Pat and Slug's, 24393 200th St., Nevis.

For more information, call 652-2759.

St. Joseph's Hospice will host a chicken dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 16 at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.

The menu includes chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberries, roll, beverage plus the "famous" brownie sundae bar.

The Weston A. Price chapter will host a potluck picnic at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 16 at Heartland Park.

The public is welcome.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will have a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 16 at the clubhouse located 1.5 miles east of Emmaville on CSAH 24.

A free will donation will be accepted. Proceeds will be used toward sponsored projects and renovations.

Saturday, July 17

An evening of fun, history and music will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17 in the Bemidji High School auditorium when the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and Bemidji Chorale are joined by acclaimed historian, Clay S. Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson. 

Hear Randall Thompson's "Testament of Freedom" performed under the direction of Music Director, Dr. Beverly Everett. 

Based on four texts of Thomas Jefferson, this choral/orchestral work will be enhanced with commentary by Thomas Jefferson. 

The audience is invited to join Mr. Jefferson (Jenkinson) after the concert for an informal talk.

Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator trained in English Renaissance Literature, as well as a Jefferson scholar, a Lewis and Clark scholar, and a student of the future of rural America.

He is the director of the Dakota Institute in Washburn, N.D, the president of Dakota Sky Education and the chief consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. He writes a weekly column for the Bismarck Tribune, in addition to authoring numerous books.

Sunday, July 18

A benefit pork/turkey dinner for Pastor Ron and Phyllis Winters will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 18 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

A free will offering will be received and a silent auction will be held.

The Winters were involved in a car accident in March, the driver of the other car without insurance. Proceeds will go toward medical bills. Both are going through extensive therapy.

Saturday, July 24

The Friendly Squares will host the "Source of the Mississippi Hoedown" square dance on Saturday, July 24 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The event will start at 2 p.m. with a round dance workshop.  Then at 3 p.m. a "plus " square dance workshop, at 3:30 p.m. a mainstream workshop and at 4:30 p.m. a contra dance workshop.  

Club members will offer a supper at 5:30 p.m.  The evening dancing will start at 6:30 with round dancing and at 7 p.m. with mainstream square dancing with occasional plus tip and one contra dance.

Callers will be Tom Allen and Dick Rueter with Donna Stone cueing rounds and Duane Olson as prompter for contras. 

Visiting dancers and spectators are welcome.

Sunday, July 25

Hubbard United Methodist Church will dedicate its new organ at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 25 with the public invited to attend at no charge. Rev. Laurie Kantonen, the church's new minister, will welcome those in attendance.

Jim Hockin, guest organist, will play a varied concert on the Rodgers Signature 229 Organ, including works by Mozart, Bach, Haydn and an U.S. Armed Forces Tribute.

Hockin, who has been a piano soloist with the Minneapolis Symphony and Lake Harriet Orchestras, has studied organ with Edward D. Berryman. He recently retired from dental practice.

The Rodgers Signature Model 229 organ incorporates sound space technology, allowing the organist to select room sizes and wall types to create acoustic depth and realism, much like 3-D stereo.

The organ can be set to play pedal voices automatically so a pianist can comfortably play the organ without having to use the pedals. This organ utilizes USB memory stick technology for storage of sound settings. Performances may be recorded and re-played at a later time.

A reception will follow the concert.