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Upcoming events March 7-13

Sunday, March 7

Lakes Plus-Detroit Lakes will have a plus square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at the Odd Fellows Hall, 118 W. Holmes.

Roger McNeil will call the tips. All dancers and spectators are welcome.

Potluck finger food will be served for lunch.

"Triumph of Youth", the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's third subscription concert, will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett. 

Doors will open for seating at 2:30 pm.  Season memberships will be available on the day of the concert as well as single concert tickets. 

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North in Bemidji. 

The Park Rapids community is invited to package food with the Kids Against Hunger program from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids. 

Each person should plan to donate a minimum of $10 per hour of packaging to help cover the costs of the food and shipping. 

This food will be going to Haiti. Call 732-7230 to reserve a place; the event is limited to the first 40 people.

Monday, March 8

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will host a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Monday, March 8 at the clubhouse.

All members and guests welcome.

The Hubbard County DFL will be holding its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8 in the Park Rapids Area Library meeting room

The public is invited.

The 16th annual Hubbard County Relay for Life will have its first team meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Team packets will be distributed and fundraising ideas will be discussed. Team captains/members and anyone interested in forming a team are welcome.

For more information call Carolyn Shogren at 652-0261. The Relay will be held

Friday, June 25 this year. This is a change from previous years' weekend.

tuesday, March 9

A Nevis Red Hat luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 9 at Northwinds Café, Nevis.

For more information or reservations, call 652-2759.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present Dr. Erma Vizenor, Tribal Chair of White Earth Tribal Council, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 at the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids. 

  Vizenor is the first woman to be elected tribal chair at White Earth. She grew up at Pine Point on the White Earth Reservation. 

She has a degree from Moorhead State University in education in 1972. She received her doctorate from Harvard.  She became the director of the Pine Point School in 1984. In the late 1980s she became a vocal critic against alleged corruption in tribal government, and once was jailed after a takeover of the tribal headquarters.

She was appointed to the Tribal Council as secretary-treasurer, a position second only to chair, then was elected twice as the tribal chair of the 22,000-member White Earth Band of Chippewa.

Besides economic stability, her focus is the constant improvement of health, education and safety on the reservation. One of her greatest accomplishments is the establishment of a tribal college on White Earth with her sister, Helen Klassen

Contact LuAnne White at 218/732-7939 or e-mail at hclifelonglearn  

Programs are free and open to the public. Please carpool.

Thursday, March 11

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a full course 55+ driver improvement course from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 11-12 at Menahga High School.

The course is open to the public, however, pre-registration is requested.

For more information or to register, call 1-888-234-1294.

Friday, March 12

Kinship friends, mentors and kids will be serving dinner at Kinship's fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 12 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will include fish, baked potatoes, pineapple and plain coleslaw, flatbread and homemade desserts with beverages.

Guests are invited to bid on silent auction items to help raise funds for the local youth mentoring program.

saturday, March 13

The Menahga Senior Center will serve pancakes and sausages from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13.

A free will offering will be received.

There will be a quilt and afghan raffle drawing. St. Urho souvenirs will be available.

Wednesday, March 17

The League of Women Voters in collaboration with The Whitehouse Project is hosting a workshop about women running for public office from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 at the Northwoods Bank meeting room in Park Rapids.

Nevada Littlewolf, a Virginia city councilwoman and Rural Leadership field organizer with The White House Project, will lead the workshop. A light supper will be served. The public is welcome. There is no charge.

Register for the workshop at nlittlewolf@thewhite or by writing Nevada Littlewolf, PO Box 495, Virginia, MN 55792.

Local elected officials have been invited to attend the workshop and share their experiences of deciding to run for office, running for office and actually holding office.

A panel of five local women with political experience will speak to "Why Do Women Matter?" The participants will be Park Rapids mayor Nancy Carroll, former commissioner candidate Sally Shearer, former Thorpe Township supervisor Fran Laske, former Wadena County commissioner Mary Harrison and Menahga School Board member Sheila Parney.

Representative Brita Sailer will bring a phone message of welcome.

Since 1998, the White House Project has worked as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to advance women's leadership in all communities and sectors by training for leadership a richly diverse, critical mass of women. Since 1920, the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan, political organization has encouraged informed and active participation in government and works to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Annamae Holzworth, 564-4613, annaholz@yahoo. com, co-president of the LWV Park Rapids would be glad to receive your inquiries.