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Upcoming events Dec. 18-Jan. 5


A Christmas concert will be at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday), Dec. 18 at the Park Rapids Seventh-Day Adventist Church west of Park Rapids.

An informational presentation about Enbridge’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline will be at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday), Dec. 18 at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.

The pipeline would carry 250,000 barrels/day within two miles of the headwaters of the Mississippi River, head south and circle Park Rapids before heading east. The presentation will include the pipeline route, timetables and how to voice an opinion. Presenters will be Steve Peterson and Michael E. Dahl, NIIJII Radio/Honor the Earth.


The second annual Nourishing Holiday Treats Challenge will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Evergreen Church in Park Rapids.

Anyone is welcome to enter the contest to possibly win a prize or help sample to decide the winner.

There will be a selection of prizes for everyone who entered the contest, with the winner getting first choice.

Here are the rules:

The recipe may not contain white sugar, white flour or other highly processed ingredients (no agave syrup, baking mixes etc.)

Bring at least one copy of the recipe with name of recipe and ingredients to display next to your item.

If you can, label it GAPS legal or gluten-free, or grain-free or just WAP approved (Lots of copies for people to take would be best.)

Your treat does not have to be something sweet. It can be a dip or appetizer.

Hot water and tea as well as organic coffee will be provided.

An unsupervised playroom is available in the back. It would be easier not to bring children since the sampling will be limited to adults.

Contact Tanja Larson at 732-9402 with any questions.


Ruby’s Pantry is entering its fourth year. The food distribution will be Saturday, Dec. 21 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. Please bring your own baskets and boxes for food.

There is a great need for more volunteers. Each distribution needs 50+ to help things go smoothly. If you or someone you know would like to help please attend the next distribution. Please contact Karol or Dave at 218-640-2953 with any questions.


The annual community Christmas dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, yams, corn, a salad bar, rolls, a beverage and choice of apple or pumpkin pie for dessert.

A freewill donation will be received.

Delivery of meals is available in the Park Rapids area by calling the Legion at 732-5238.

Volunteers are welcome.


Menahga residents are gearing up for a community blood drive to help prevent possible blood shortages this month.

The blood drive will be from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30 at Ortons in Menahga. To schedule an appointment, call Kay Jettman at 564-4966.

United Blood Services provides a free cholesterol screening with each donation. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.


Park Rapids Friendly Squares will have a square dance at the Park Rapids airport on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The dance will be from 8 p.m. to midnight. The club will be serving potluck at 10 p.m. The caller will be Roger Lueth and Donna Stone will be cueing rounds between tips. All square dancer and spectators are welcome.


Rachel Thelen (with the help of St. Mary’s Parish) will be having a potluck on Jan. 5 after Mass at St. Mary’s of Two Inlets (around noon) to talk about her experience teaching in Haiti. It will be an opportunity to talk with her and to see photos of her time teaching.