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Upcoming events February 1-7


The 16th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest is today (Saturday), Feb. 1 on Fish Hook Lake. More than $110,000 in prizes will be given away.

Tickets are $40 each. Besides the opportunity to fish is the chance of winning a raffle prize. The grand prize this year is a 2014 F-150 Ford truck from Park Rapids Ford. The vehicle is parked at the American Legion.

The 16th largest fish caught in any category will win an Ice Castle fish house, with $2,000 awarded to the seller of the winning fish house ticket and $2,000 awarded to the seller of the winning truck ticket. The fish house is also parked in front of the American Legion.

Also, $2,000 is awarded to the seller of the most tickets.

More than 60 raffle prizes are available. Additional prizes could be won in four fishing categories: Division I: bluegill and crappie; division II: northern, walleye and largemouth bass; perch division; and rock bass division.

Sons of the American Legion breakfast will be served from 7-10 a.m. today (Saturday), Feb. 1 at the Legion and a Post 212 fundraiser lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Legion.

The fishing contest is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Fish Hook Lake that afternoon with an awards presentation at 5 p.m. at the American Legion. That evening is the fisherman’s ball from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Legion. The entertainment will be “White Knuckle Willie.”

A Boy Scouts breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 to wrap up the weekend.


Itascatur Club will host an open house for cross-country skiing from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at Soaring Eagle north of Park Rapids off of Highway 71.

An additional open house will be Sunday, Feb. 16.

Check the Itascatur website for a cancellation notice if there is inclement weather at

Enjoy the beautiful ski trails and have a cup of hot chocolate in the warming house. Bring your own skis or check-out equipment purchased by the club. We also have a pulk sled that can be used to pull young children while skiing. Volunteers will be available to help you get started and answer your questions about the trails.

The ski center consists of 10 kilometers of marked and groomed trails through balsam pines and spruce. All trails are groomed classical and skate are designed for beginner to expert skiers.

Soaring Eagle is located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, across from the Eagle View Golf Course. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required for all skiers age 16 and over.

Park Rapids Assembly of God will again be hosting a Super Football Party at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. The community is invited to attend and all ages are welcome. Come and watch the big game on the big screen for free. In addition to the football game there will be free food and beverages.

A special half time DVD will be shown that features various NFL stars sharing about their faith experience. The church is located at 208 Western Ave. S. in Park Rapids. For more information call the church office at 732-8818.


Park Rapids Chapter

Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Chapter FJ of the P.E.O. Sisterhood will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 in the home of Marilyn Klettenberg. Betty Thomsen will serve as assistant hostess.

Members are reminded to bring their dues. The program will discuss the P.E.O. projects. Please contact the hostess with your regrets.


A Certified MNsure navigator will be available at the Park Rapids Area Library on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and Tuesday, Feb. 18 to assist the public with enrolling in health care plans through MNsure. A MNsure navigator is a trained and certified specialist, ready to assist anyone in the community who wants to apply for health care insurance through MNsure, the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act.

A MNsure navigator can help you to find the best and most affordable insurance for you, fill out Mnsure applications and enroll you and your family for health insurance.

Walk-ins are welcome but those who make appointments will have priority. Register for a meeting by calling the library at 732-4966. Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those individuals already on Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care do not need to meet with a navigator at this point. The county and the state will handle the conversion on those cases.

Navigators will be able to assist people who wish to find insurance before the end of the enrollment period, which is March 31. Navigators are not insurance agents or brokers. The consultation is free of charge and available to all community members regardless of income.

Precinct caucuses will be held across the state of Minnesota Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Precinct caucuses are meetings organized by Minnesota’s political parties, typically on the first Tuesday in February of a statewide election year.

Precinct caucuses are open to the public. But in order to vote, offer resolutions, or become a delegate, attendees need to be eligible to vote in the fall election, live in the precinct and be in general agreement with the principles of the political party (Minnesota does not have an official party registration process).

Go to http://www.sos.state. to find the location of your caucus.


Nevis Study Club is participating in the Heart Truth campaign for National Wear Red Day Friday, Feb. 7.

Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is the number one killer, most women fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease.

The campaign helps spread the message that “Heart disease does not care what you wear. It is the #1 killer of women.”

The Nevis Study Club, members of General Federation of Women’s Clubs, is sharing this information in hopes of informing local women of heart disease. The Nevis Study Club will distribute awareness posters to local businesses and will be distributing informational handouts through local Nevis and Park Rapids businesses the week of Feb. 7, National Wear Red Day.

The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. This “Red Dress” reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action. On national Wear Red Day, wear a red dress, red shirt, or red tie to show your support for women and heart disease awareness.

To find out more about women and heart disease, visit The Heart Truth web at or call NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

The public is invited to satisfy their taste buds by enjoying a delicious, home-style chicken dinner sponsored by St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Auxiliary.

The event will be held from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at the American Legion in Park Rapids.

Proceeds from this event will assist St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Auxiliary with supporting their mission of securing financial contributions to enhance patient comfort and healing.

For the beginner or hobby beekeeper “The Art of Beekeeping” is an introduction to the fascinating world of beekeeping. Learn how to set up your own colony of bees; build your own bee equipment and how to produce your own honey Feb. 7-8 in Laporte.

This course is led by experienced beekeeper, JoAnne Sabins, University of Minnesota Dakota County Master Gardener. It will include a power point presentation with hands on application of the presented material that is based on the course “Beekeeping in Northern Climates” taught by Dr. Marla Spivaka and Mr. Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Educators.

The class includes two sessions: Friday evening, Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. These classes are designed for the beginner or beekeeper with limited experience. Information on purchasing beekeeping equipment and bees will be available.

Session one will cover bee anatomy, review the difference between honey bees, equipment and setting up bee colonies.

n Bee anatomy

n Honeybee types

n Honeybee jobs

n Apiary equipment

n Hive equipment

n Beekeepers equipment

n Setting up bee colonies

n Selecting a site

n Installing the bees

Session two will cover seasonal bee care; identify diseases and parasites, bee products; also a brief introduction into year 2 of beekeeping.

n Bee care

n Spring, summer, fall and wintering

n Inspections and management issue

n Diseases, parasites, queen quality, swarm management, robbing

n Bee products

n Pollination, beeswax, honey and harvesting

n Year 2

n Survivors and feeding

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