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Upcoming events June 26-July 12

Saturday, June 26

The All Veterans Memorial Committee will be at the Park Rapids Farmers Market Saturday, July 26 on Main street.

They will have some of the smaller memorial stones available.

Piano students of Jody Ziemann will also be performing at 10 a.m. Piano students, former and present, are invited to come and play but must first contact Jody Ziemann at 732-9826 or Carol Ashley at 732-9607.

The Minnesota Folklore Theater of Akeley - now on Broadway - will host a gala grand opening during Paul Bunyan Days, June 26-27.

The celebration will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the former Akeley Hardware building.

The event will include music, a silent auction and raffle for Guthrie Theater tickets.

Sunday, June 27

St. Peter's Catholic Church will host its 20th annual turkey dinner and parish festival from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27.

The event includes a community dinner and festival, a bake sale, cake walk, "bottle of something," a silent auction, bingo and games for kids.

The Hubbard County Sheriffs office will be holding ATV youth CD safety training from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 27 at the law enforcement center.

Students must be 11 years old by class start date. Fee is $5.

CD's are available for pickup at the sheriffs office and must be completed prior to class.

Register by calling Lana-Jo at 252-1854.

Don't miss the boat. Join the Becker County Historical Society for a Sunday History Cruise at Fair Hills Resort on Pelican Lake.

The cruise will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27 aboard the 60-foot Big Pelican excursion boat.

Learn about how steamboats traveled the Pelican River.

Tickets for the cruise must be purchased in advance. Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are available at the Becker County Museum during regular museum hours. Proceeds benefit the Becker County Historical Society's local history programming.

Tuesday, June 29

The Park Rapids class of '80 will hold a planning meeting for their 30-year reunion at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 29 at The Good Life Café.

Thursday, July 1

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Challenger Tour Bull Ride will return to Park Rapids July 1-3 celebrating 32 years of professional rodeo.

The first night is Thursday, July 1 with shows Friday and Saturday as well.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with the action starting at 6:30 p.m. - rain or shine.

For more information, and to order tickets online go to www.parkrapidsbull

A Jingle Dress Healing Ceremony for body, mind and spirit will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 1 at North Country Regional Hospital, Bemidji.

Opening ceremonies begin at 4 p.m. with the traditional feast at 4:30 p.m. Invited drums only; all jingle dress dancers invited.

The event is free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs.

Saturday, July 3

Akeley's all school reunion will be held Saturday, July 3 in the Akeley Regional Community Center (AARC), the former school.

A 3 p.m. registration will be followed by a program at 4 p.m. An 8 p.m. get together at the VFW will feature Akeley musicians - past and present.

Information on the event has been included on Akeley's website.

For more information, contact Frank Lamb Sr. at 652-2885 or fdlambsr or LeRoy Miller at 652-2840.

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, July 3 at Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with distribution at 10:30 a.m.

Bring multiple baskets, totes or food coolers.

For more information, call Karol or Dave at 564-4501.

The city of Laporte will hold its 4th on the 3rd, celebrating Independence Day Saturday, July 3.

The events will be held in and around the center of town, including a flea market from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., a kids' parade at 2 p.m., Main Street parade at 3 p.m. and the first annual Laporte Derby, a soapbox derby-type event, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Games and contests will be held for all from 6 to 8 p.m., a street dance featuring the Haz Beenz classic rock band from 7 to 11 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 4

The annual Firecracker Footrace will be held on Sunday, July 4 at Heartland Park.

Registration is from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. with the race beginning at 9 a.m.

This race has several age divisions in a 5K and 10 K walk or run. 

There will be a free Kids Fun Run for children ages 12 and under after the 5K and 10K races.   

For more information or to register go to or call Community Education at 237-6600.  This is a Park Rapids track and cross country fundraiser.

The fourth annual Fourth of July pie-baking contest and auction, benefiting the Park Rapids Area Library, will be held Sunday, July 4 at Beagle Books.

Pies will be accepted from 9 a.m. until noon. Entry fee is $5 per pie.

Pie categories are custard or cream, single crust (baked), double crust (baked) and children's (any pie baked by an 8- to 12-year-old).

The top pie in every category will receive an Emile Henri pie plate, a Beagle Books gift certificate and $25.

The pie deemed best of show will win an additional $100.

After the judging, at approximately 3 p.m, the pies will be auctioned off (each missing a slice).

All proceeds, from entry fees and the auction, will be donated to the library.

Judges this year include Julie Kramer, Minnesota mystery writer of "Stalking Susan," "Missing Mark" and "Silencing Sam;" a representative from The Good Life Café' and local chefs Tom Geraedts and Jay Kimble.

Park Rapids will once again host its annual 4th of July parade at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 4, on Main Avenue.  

This year's theme is a "Salute to our Military, An Old Fashioned 4th of July." Entry forms for floats, cars, musical groups and animals are available by calling 732-4111 or e-mail

The Chamber is seeking over 125 entries this year so get your entry on the list early for some free publicity. The Chamber is also looking for volunteer vendors, such as face painters, caricature artists and clowns, to entertain on Main Avenue during the parade. 

For more information, or to sign up, contact the Chamber at 732-4111. Vendors must register with the Chamber.

Monday, July 12

A summer brunch for area PEO members will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 12 at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn.

Darlene Rolle, comedian with Jasper's Jubilee Summer Theater, will provide entertainment.

Chapters AE and V are hosts. All reservations must by in by Monday, June 28 to Betty Kerns at 701-293-5661.