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Upcoming events Jan. 9 - Feb. 4

Sunday, Jan. 9

Park Rapids Fire Department's Christmas tree collection will begin at 10 a.m. for Park Rapids residents.

Leave your trees near the berm or roadway for pickup.

Holistic Living of Park Rapids (a moms social network) will hold a chapter meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Itasca Naturopathic Clinic.

The topic is sharing child discipline ideas.  Visitors are welcome. Membership is free.

Monday, Jan. 10

The Hubbard County DFL will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 at the Lake George Town Hall, an accessible site.

Plans for the upcoming year will be discussed.  Anyone is welcome to come and take part.  

If coming from Park Rapids, meet at the Ace Hardware parking lot at 6:30 p.m. to carpool to the meeting.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Nevis Red Hat Ladies will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Northwind Café.

For reservations, call Mary at 652-4232.

A blood drive will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

For an appointment, contact Alice Holz at 732-6754 or during the drive, call 252-0505 or go online to, sponsor code parkrapids.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet for their monthly dinner at 6 p.m. for fellowship and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, , at the Four Seas restaurant on Main Avenue south.

Come and enjoy the company of others with retired military background and their families.

Call president David Buchholz at 652-4378 for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 13

The North Country Health Services Foundation and its Planned Gifts Committee will present a lifelong planning series seminar, "Making the Most of Your Retirement," at noon Thursday, Jan. 13 in the North Country Regional Hospital Education Center.

Debbie Drinkard Grovum, certified retirement coach, will discuss how to manage the stress that can accompany retirement planning by embracing a proactive and holistic approach.

In this session, participants will think about maintaining health, managing money, and living well into senior years.                

The seminar is free and open to the public. A light lunch catered by North Country Regional Hospital Dining Services will be served.

RSVP to 218-333-5505 by Thursday, Jan. 6.

The Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes announces the return of "Sister" in the latest of the Late Nite Catechism series, "'Til Death Do Us Part: Late Night Catechism 3" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

In this installment Sister turns her attention to wedded bliss and our final reward, providing much needed counseling to coupled audience members through her own wacky version of  "The Newlywed Game."

Classroom participation is a must; experience Catholicism's feistiest couples counselor.

Tickets for the show can be purchased by visiting, calling the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469, or by visiting 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Friday, Jan. 14

St. Mary's Foundation, Detroit Lakes, will present "Depression, Managing Change in a Healthy Way" from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 at Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital conference rooms A and B.

Psychologist Dr. Jon Aligada will speak.

Depression can result from too many demands and stressors placed on an individual. The seminar will address ways to cope with change in a healthy manner.

Reserve a spot by calling 218-844-0719.

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, Jan. 14 at Century School.

The caller will be Myron Hollatz and Donna Stone will cue round dances between tips.  There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.  

A potluck lunch after the dance will be furnished by the club. All square dancers and spectators are welcome.  

saturday, Jan. 15

Ruby's Pantry Food distribution will be held Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Assumption of our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.  

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the food distribution following at 10:30 a.m.

The cost is $15 per share. Please bring baskets and boxes for food.  

Additional volunteers would be appreciated from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Karol or Dave at 564-4501 for more information.

All distributions will be held on the third Saturday of each month this year.

Forest Riders Snowmobile Club will offer a snowmobile safety class at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at St. Mary's Church In Two Inlets.  

The class is for anyone who will turn 12 during the riding season.  

Students must take and pass the CD training course before test day.  To register and obtain a CD, contact Andy Nagel at 732-9688 or Tim Eischens at 732-5235.

CDs may also be picked up at State Bank of Park Rapids.  Cost is $10 per person.  

Twisted Stitchers Fiber Guild is starting off the new year with something a little different - birch bark biting!

Sharpen your eyeteeth and join the group from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at 201 Main Street, Park Rapids (Monika's).

Call Kathy Belt (732-0978) with questions.

Ministry of Jazz will return to Perham Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. for a performance at the ITOW Veterans Museum.

Comprised of well-known jazz musicians from the Fargo-Moorhead area, the group will give an uplifting concert of Dixieland jazz.

Members include Kathie Brekke on keyboards/vocal, Ed Christianson on trombone, Kent Karch on upright bass, John Pederson on trumpet, Harley Sommerfeld on saxophone and Frazee native Joe Riewer on drums. For more information call 218-346-7678 or e-mail

Sunday, Jan. 16

Itascatur Club is hosting Sunday open houses at Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails in January and February.

Open houses will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 16, and Feb. 6 and 20.

Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails are located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, across from the Eagle View Golf Course. Look for the sign on the west side of highway that leads to the trailhead.

Ski equipment can be checked out free of charge by youth or adult groups interested in having a fun outdoor winter activity. Such groups could include church groups, youth groups, Kinship, service organizations, businesses, etc.

A Minnesota Ski Pass is required for skiers 16 years old and over.

Ski Passes are available through the Department of Natural Resource's electronic licensing system at many convenience stores and outdoors stores in the area. A pass can also be purchased online at

Interested groups can coordinate their ski event by calling 218-732-4589. For more information go to

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Park Rapids Schools' parent-teacher conference schedule in January includes:

n Century Elementary - 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 and 4:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24.

n Century Middle School - 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 and 4 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24.

n High school second trimester conferences will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. both Wednesday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 24.

There will be no school for students Friday, Jan. 21.

Thursday, Jan. 20

"John Beargrease" will visit the Park Rapids Area Library at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.

Many people have heard of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. The race is named after the Ojibwe mail carrier, John Beargrease, who was born in 1858, the same year Minnesota became a state. John grew up in a wigwam on the edge of Beaver Bay, the first white settlement on the North Shore.

John was the son of Moquabimetem, who also went by the name "Beargrease." His father was an Ojibwe leader who settled in the area to work in at Beaver Bay's sawmill.

The U.S. Congress ordered the beginning of mail service from Superior to Grand Portage in 1855, but service was spotty - if the lake was choppy in summer or icy in winter, the mail didn't make it through.

The Beargrease family came to the rescue.

First the father, then the sons picked up the job. John Beargrease and his brothers began covering a regular route between Two Harbors and Grand Marais in 1879. Occasionally, they'd make the trek all the way to Grand Portage. They completed their route at lease once and sometimes twice a week with a load of up to 700 pounds of personal mail, packages and newspapers.

In the summer, they hiked along the shore, sailed, or rowed a boat. In the winter, they made the trek by dog sled.

John Beargrease's team of four dogs could cover 30 to 40 miles a day. When the bells of the sled were heard in the distance, people gathered, not only to receive long-awaited news of friends and relatives but also for reports of ice conditions, snow depths, and other vital information.

For decades, until his death from tuberculosis in 1910, John Beargrease was the link to the outside world for the citizens of the North Shore.

"Day or night, good weather or bad made no difference with John Beargrease; he was sure to arrive some time with the mail intact. When he reached his journey's end with his faithful dog team, they would all rest up for a short while and start the return trip, regardless of weather. Nature's wild wintry blasts had no terrors for faithful John." -Willis H. Raff, Pioneers in the Wilderness

Using costume and props from the period, John Beargrease will be brought to life by a Minnesota History Player from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

John Beargrease's visits to Kitchigami Libraries and communities are part of the Minnesota History Alive! Project with funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Friday, Jan. 21

A course on sexual harassment, assault and rape prevention will be offered at Central Lakes College in Brainerd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21.

The course, with Dave Davis as instructor, is offered through the Business and Industry Center. This is the first civilian course developed by Pressure Points and Control Tactics Inc.

Utilizing survival learning, control principles and physical techniques mainly from the defensive tactics program, this course provides three levels of defense for students.

The first level teaches students to avoid dangerous situations through prevention psychology and principles of avoidance.

The second level deals with low-level physical techniques to deal with passive assaults, unwanted physical contact and wrist grabs.

The third level provides defensive counterstrikes, giving students tools to deal with more serious physical assaults.

Deadline to register is Jan. 14. Payment is required at the time of registration. For information or to register with a credit card call 800-933-0346 ext. 8142 or 218- 855-8142.

Saturday, Jan. 22

Minnesota Folklore Theater will hold auditions for "Little Women" from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan 22 and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at the theater located on Highway 34 in Akeley.

Females are needed for the roles of Mrs. March, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Hannah and males to play Laurie and Mr. Laurence.

Rehearsals begin Wednesday, Jan. 26. The show opens Friday, March 4 and will run for two weeks. All youth who perform in four shows are put into a pool for a $500 youth scholarship.

The theater is also looking for a musical director, lighting designer and costume designer for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat."

Saturday, Jan. 29

Dancing Light, the music duo of Kiki and Greg Webb, will offer a songwriting workshop and concert Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Park Rapids Area Library

The songwriting workshop will begin at 1 p.m.

followed by a concert at 3 p.m. Both programs are free.

It's not necessary to register for the concert; all are welcome. Space is limited for the songwriting workshop, however. Call the library at 732-4966 to register for the songwriting workshop.

Kiki and Greg Webb make their home in Walker on the shores of Leech

Lake. The Minnesota north woods infuses their songs with spruce-scented summer breezes, blazing northern lights and loon calls at sunrise. Their feel-good, family-oriented show inspires, educates and uplifts. Through humor, storytelling and song, Dancing Light transports their audience. In their songs, you may find yourself at an Ojibwe powwow, or wandering the "Lost 40."

The songwriting workshop will introduce participants to the creative process as it applies to songwriting. Kiki and Greg will share interactive games that help participants get in touch with their "hidden songwriter," and will introduce the songwriting process as well as other approaches.

After a short break following the workshop, Dancing Light will perform a concert of their original songs.

The Dancing Light songwriting workshop and concert are part of the Kitchigami "Say It, Sing It" Legacy Storytelling project with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Friday, Jan. 24

The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will square dance Friday, Jan. 28 at the Century School.

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10pm.  

Larry Johansen will be the caller and Donna Stone will cue round dances between tips.  

There will be a potluck lunch after the dance furnished by the club members.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Friday, Feb. 4

A class on raising bees in the backyard will be offered from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 and from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 in Northwoods Bank's community room.

The class will be offered at no charge.

Would you like to create a sustainable future in bees by raising bees in your backyard? Honeybees are a gardener's best friend; they pollinate fruit trees, vegetables and other garden plants plus provide a valuable product, honey.

JoAnne Sabin, an educator on honeybees and a Dakota County Master Gardener, will instruct the course is designed to encourage, assist and educate on the experience of keeping honeybees.

Materials will cover fundamental bee basics - apiary equipment and hive assembly; selecting a site; feeding and treating bees; queen, worker and drones' behavior; nectar and pollen plants; honey extracting, seasonal management and more.

Contact Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator via e-mail at or at 732-3391 (office) or 237-1245 (direct) to register. Registration deadline is Jan. 28. Participants are asked to provide their own lunch.

The program is sponsored by the Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard County Master Gardeners.