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Upcoming events Feb. 9-15

Wednesday, Feb. 9

The Park Rapids Retired Military Group will meet at 6 p.m. for fellowship and dinner at 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Hilltop Inn in Hubbard, located on Highway 87, southeast of Park Rapids.

Diners will get a preview of the chocolate buffet.

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

Thursday, Feb. 10

Friends of Park Rapids Area Library will hold a book sale from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 in the library basement.

Featured at this sale are romance novels for a dollar a bag and books from the 10 cent room for a dollar per box. Most other books cost less than a dollar.

The library basement is accessible to all.

The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will present the Rhythmic Circus' production of "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. 

From an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative live performance force that transforms their tap shoes into instruments of rhythm, this dance troupe has been hailed  "Flat out amazing!"  by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Costume changes and musical segues highlight the funky styling of a seven-piece band.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at by calling the box Office at 218-844-7469 or by visiting 806 Summit Ave. For more information, visit

Friday, Feb. 11

Parents and staff from Laporte's School Readiness program will sponsor a silent auction fundraiser Friday, Feb. 11 during the home basketball games at the school.

The event, which will be located in the school commons, will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until the games are done.

Among the items to be auctioned are many gift certificates, including swim passes, salon services, photo sessions and meals at several area restaurants. A wide variety of homemade craft items will also be part of the auction.

Those who would like to donate new or gently used items for the fundraiser should deliver them to the early childhood classroom by

Tuesday, Feb. 8. No clothing or furniture, please.

The proceeds for the fundraiser will go toward extending the number of class days for the School Readiness preschool program.

For more information contact Diane Sauer, 218-224-2288, ext 141.

A square dance will be held Friday, Feb. 11 at   Century School.

A workshop for the student dancers will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. with mainstream dancing for all from 8 to 10 p.m.

Caller will be Richard Miller and Donna Stone will cue rounds between tips.

After the dance there will be a potluck lunch furnished by the club members. All square dancers and spectators are invited.

Saturday, Feb. 12

Audrey's Purple Dream - Akeley's "answer to cancer" - is set for Saturday, Feb. 12 on 11th Crow Wing Lake.

A wide range of events fill the day, starting with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Akeley United Methodist Church, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 56 of Nevis.

Fishing tournament registration is from 10 a.m. to noon and the tournament runs from noon to 3 p.m.

Hot food and beverages will be available on the ice from the Hubbard County Explorers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Raffle tickets and merchandise will be for sale from noon to 2 p.m.

Registration for the Purple Plunge is at 12: 30 p.m., with the plunge beginning at 2 p.m.

Following the tournament, hot food will be served at the Akeley VFW, where raffle tickets and merchandise will be on sale.

Fishing tourney prizes and awards will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Button raffle drawings begin at 6 p.m.

MESH will be on the VFW stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Audrey's Purple Dream is dedicated to the memory of Audrey Faye Pidde, a life long resident of Akeley. She passed away March 24, 2005 after a battle against cancer.

The event's founder, Melissa 'Nib' Niblick succumbed to cancer in 2009. Niblick organized the community fundraiser in 2005 in honor of her friend and cancer victim Audrey Pidde. One of Pidde's wishes had been to travel to Alaska. Niblick took on the role of fundraiser to fulfill the dream.

Audrey's Purple Dream buttons are available at several Akeley area businesses and from members of the "Dream Team." The $2 purchase is entry into a drawing for prizes.

The Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force will host a prescription drug drop off and disposal day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 in the front lobby of the Law Enforcement Center located at the corner of 6th St. and Minnesota Ave. in Bemidji.

Citizens are urged to bring old, unused, expired or unwanted medications for disposal.

All drop offs are anonymous and collected without question. The goal is to remove dangerous medications from the community to keep children safe.

Any medication in tablet or liquid form is welcome. Please, no syringes. Zip lock bags with the medications are preferred. No need to bring in the pill bottles or dispensers.

For further information, contact the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force at 218-333-8353 during normal business hours.

The Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers (LIRPF) and Itasca State Park will hold their biennial old-time logging day Saturday, Feb. 12.

The log cutting will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. at a site in the park adjacent to the Mary Gibbs Center parking lot (a car permit is necessary to enter the park).

A soup, chili, and sandwich lunch will be served in the A.J. Levorsen Memorial Building on the LIRPF showgrounds (a quarter-mile east of north park entrance on Highway 200) beginning around noon with a free-will offering asked.

Old-time logging videos will also be shown during the day, and a restored, quite rare 1946 Mall Model 6 two-man bow/type power saw will be on display in the building.

This saw was purchased last summer by Leonard Hemmerich, LIRPF past president and present vice-president. Two of his sons and others did the restoration.

The saw is a similar model (with the exception of the cutter bar style) to one Leonard Hemmerich's father purchased new in 1946 when he was salvage logging in Itasca Park during the 1940s-50s.

Hemmerich's collection includes more than 50 vintage saws, with several of them being very unique in their design. All of them are on display during the LIRPF annual shows.

All persons interested in the old-time logging methods are welcome to attend. There is no charge for the logging event. Directions will be posted to the logging site.

Monday, Feb. 14

A Celiac disease support group meeting and potluck supper will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 at the Alliance Church, 1428 South Jefferson in Wadena.

The informational meetings include discussion on what to eat and how to cook and bake using gluten-free flours and ingredients.

Bring a dish to share and copies of the recipe.

For more information, call 632-5322.

Tuesday, Feb. 15

Chapter T of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at noon Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Citizens National Bank's lower level meeting room.

Members should bring a brown bag lunch. Co-hostesses Coco Cohrs and Clarice Konshok will provide dessert and beverages.

   The program is "Second Annual Bunco Game Day."

Artist Sandy Fynboh, proprietor of Blue Sky Beads Studio and Gallery, will present "From Dreams to Reality: Turning a Passion into a Business" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

She will discuss turning her passion for creating one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass jewelry into a profitable business.

This is a Legacy-funded event.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will presents Anne Dunn, the award-winning Native American poet, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Northwoods Bank community room.

Dunn's program, "A Personal Journey," is an extension of HCLL's "Absent Narratives" series funded by the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Dunn is a long-time advocate of protecting natural resources and improving the

way children are educated. She has published three books and has written for various newspapers and periodicals throughout the region. For five years, she edited and published "The Beaver Tail Times," a monthly newsletter promoting positive human values.

Dunn believes in the power of story to combine traditional values and contemporary social responsibility. She has been involved with programs to prevent early pregnancy and aid girls in teenage parenting.

Dunn is co-founder of the Northern Minnesota Religious Freedom Council, which works to address the spiritual needs of Native American prisoners.

  She was a panelist at an Indigenous Environmental Summit; participated in a women's peace delegation to Chiapas, Mexico; testified in U.S. District Court supporting the American Indian Religious Freedom Act; and attended the Mothers of the Earth Peace Summit in Austria, where the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Children of the World was adopted.

She received the Jonis Agee Fiction Award and her books, "When Beaver Was Very Great" and "Grandmother's Stories," were nominated for Minnesota Book Awards.

For more information, call LuAnne White at 732-7939 or mail hclifelonglearners

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will present its 6th annual Valentine's Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the Bemidji High School auditorium.  

Tickets are available in advance at Lueken's North and Brigid's Cross and at the door the evening of the concert.  All children through grade 12 are admitted free.  

The theme for the concert is "A Night at the Movies.