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Upcoming events Aug. 22 - Sept. 24


Hubbard County Historical Museum’s noon Brown Bag Lunch series will feature Jim Jasken who will present Thursday, Aug. 22.

His topic is “Arms of the Civil War.” 

The Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will host two speakers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. 

The program will feature Sue Harmon and Catherine Erickson.  Admission will be charged.


A ribbon cutting event will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 in Walker to celebrate the completion of Phase IV of the Shingobee Connection Trail.

The Paul Bunyan and Heartland state trails are now connected due to construction of a trail bridge attached to the Highway 371/200 bridge across Shingobee Bay, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails Division. 

  The Paul Bunyan State Trail provides a connection to the Heartland State Trail through the Chippewa National Forest where the trail is very hilly and winding. The Phase IV segment completes the alternative connection to Walker and forms a nearly 23-mile loop system with the two state trails.

  The Shingobee Connection Trail project is primarily a local effort with support from state and federal grants to provide a more direct and less hilly trail option to Walker and a loop system using the Paul Bunyan and Heartland State Trails.

  The DNR provided matching funding for the Shingobee Connection Trail through grants from the Federal Recreation Trail Program and the Legacy Parks and Trails Fund, which was created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008.

  For more information on state trails, including maps and descriptions, visit trails/heartland/index.html.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Laporte is presenting a musical gala, “from Broadway to Bach,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

Sarah Lawrence and Calland Metts, performers of musical theatre, opera and oratorio, will present the program. Appetizers will be served.

The audience will also hear the church’s new digital pipe organ. Donations will be directed to the organ fund.


The Osage Lions will host a pancake feed from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Osage Community Center.

All are welcome.

“Preserving your harvest,” hosted by Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids.

Lou Ann Jopp, retired U of M Extention nutritionist, will present a program designed to help participants preserve fruits and vegetables from the garden. She will cover research-based methods of home canning, drying, freezing and storing garden vegetables.

Topics include an overview of preserving food safely at home, canning fruits and vegetables, freezing and drying food, jams and jellies and pickling.

Registration is preferred; walk-ins are welcome. Call the Extension office at 732-3391 to register.

For more information, call Sally Shearer, program coordinator, at 732-1245 or email

The public is welcome to attend a Vietnam Veterans Memorial flag raising and tribute program at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the home of Howard and Trudy Maninga, 33517 Bunker Hill Rd., Ponsford.

Bring a lawn chair. The museum is now complete; tours may be taken.


Park Rapids Fun & Dance will host a dance from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Park Rapids American Legion. 

The public is invited.   Dance to Jerry’s Dance Band.  Proceeds pay for the band and rent of the facility. 

Contact Jan Jensen at 237-6037 for further details.


Hubbard County Historical Museum will present “Small Talks” by local women at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. 

Telephone operators, car hops and more will be the topics of conversation. 

The meeting will be held in the lower level of the Law Enforcement Center just north of the museum.  The building is handicap accessible. Refreshments will be served.


Scandinavian heritage will be celebrated with the 10th annual Uff Da! Days over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-31.

Another chapter in the saga of Ole and Lena will unfold. The now-famous lutefisk and Swedish meatball dinner will be served. And Water Wars, with local firefighters the combatants, will be waged.

The hunt for the krone begins Wednesday, Aug. 28 with clues posted at the Muskie Pavilion in Nevis.

Friday’s events include bingo at 6:30 p.m. at the senior center and a street dance at 8 p.m., with music by Rock Bottom.

Saturday, a Kids Against Hunger 5K and 10-mile runs begin at 8 a.m.

From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. there will be live music by Incredibly Real and a youth talent showcase.

The lutefisk and Swedish meatball dinner will be served beginning at 11 a.m. until food is gone.

The krone award will be announced at noon.

A horseshoe tourney begins at 1 p.m., with registration at 12:30 p.m. at the horseshoe pits. Cash prizes will be awarded to first through third place winners.

An ice cream eating contest begins at 1 p.m.

Water Wars – a battle engaging local fire departments - will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. with winners receiving a traveling trophy.

Egg tossing will be launched at 1:45 p.m. and a coin dig begins at 3 p.m.

Book signing with Jeanne Cooney, author of “Hot Dish Heaven, A Murder Mystery with Recipes,” will be at 3:30 p.m.

The Hubbard County K-9 unit will be demonstrating at 3:45 p.m.

“The Morning After,” with Ole and Lena revealing more drama in their torrid – make that horrid – relationship, will be staged at 4:30 p.m.

The grand parade marches at 5:30 p.m. and the Groove Kings take the stage at 8 p.m. on Main, providing musical entertainment until midnight.


Timberland Dirt Devils ATV Club will host an ATV youth training class Saturday, Aug. 31.

Registration is at 9 a.m.; classes start at 10 a.m. at the Stompin’ Grounds, north of Akeley on Highway 64.

Training CDs are available at the Stompin’ Grounds or on the DNR website. For information, call 255—423 or 652-2964.

The Timberland Dirt Devils meet at 9 a.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Stompin’ Grounds. The public is welcome.

Snellman Days will be held Saturday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 in the village 18 miles west of Park Rapids on Highway 34.

Saturday’s events include

bingo at 10 a.m., karaoke from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a drawing for mayor at noon and a hot dog eating contest at 2 p.m. A horseshoe toss, coloring contest and kids’ games are also on Saturday’s agenda.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church will serve brunch Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.

A classic vehicle show – farm, road or bicycle – will be on display in the church parking lot.

The Wolf Lake ladies VFW Auxiliary will serve hot turkey sandwiches and pop and the New York Mills VFW Auxiliary will serve fry bread and coffee as a fundraiser for cancer research.

Brats, hot dogs and roasted corn will also be available.

The event includes a flea market and rummage sale as well as produce and bake sale stands Saturday and Sunday.


The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) will deliver a course to help grant writers learn the basics of putting together a successful grant application Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Bemidji, at the NMF Conference Center. 

Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The workshop will cover writing styles, formatting, defining the problem, developing solutions, budget basics and supporting documentation.

This four-hour workshop is for professionals and nonprofit staff who are directly involved in grant applications. Finding grants opportunities is not the focus, but will be covered.

Participants will leave with techniques to find data for need statements, tips on writing effectively, and discussing the importance of collaborating for effective grant applications.

Early registration is encouraged; the deadline is Sept. 19. There is a $25 fee for the workshop; to register, visit, where a link will be available under upcoming events.

The workshop is limited to 40 participants. A limited number of scholarships is available. Contact Dawn

Ganje, to inquire.