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Upcoming events May 14 - June 1

Saturday, May 14

A North Country Trail 4.3-mile wildflower hike with optional overnight camping will set off at 1 p.m. today (Saturday).  

Meet at the CSAH 12 NCT trailhead, five miles southwest from Walker on Cass CSAH 12. 

Hikers will head west from the parking lot into the Paul Bunyan State Forest.  Those camping will stop at the campground, those hiking only will hike on to Parkway Forest Road and catch rides back to the CSAH 12 parking lot. 

The overnight camp is being held on a new campground (no fee) in the Paul Bunyan Forest.  Sunday, May 15, the campers hike out to Parkway Forest Road and will be given rides back to CSAH 12 parking lot.

Monday, May 16

The Park Rapids School District 309 Continuing Education Committee will meet Monday, May 16.

Licensed teachers in the area may submit clock hours for state submission to the committee prior to that day.

Contact Tammy Ott at

St. Joseph's Area Health Services foot care clinics will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays by appointment in Park Rapids.

n River Heights will be the site of the May 16 clinic. Call 237-5463.

n The May 23 clinic will be held in the Community Health office at 323 So. Main Ave. Call 237-5463 for an appointment.

Tuesday, May 17

 Chapter T of the PEO Sisterhood will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 17 at the home of Ruth Bakken with Char Westrum and Janet McMillen as co-hostesses.

Sandy Perez will present the program, "Cheesemaking".

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary Group 6 is hosting a spring luncheon fundraiser in celebration of Norwegian National Day Tuesday, May 17 in the Community Room at SummerField Place, 705 East River Dr.  

Two servings are available, 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.  

Luncheon menu includes entree, citrus compote, rolls, dessert and beverage.

Call to reserve seating at 732-0487 or 732-3633.  All proceeds benefit St. Joseph's Area Health Services Foundation.

The local farmers market will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

All interested are welcome to attend.

Blue Star Mothers, Chapter 9, will meet Tuesday, May 17 in the basement meeting room of the Park Rapids Area Library.

The regular meeting will convene at 6:30 p.m. with Greg Remus, Hubbard County Veterans Service officer, speaking at 7 p.m.

Parents and spouses are welcome. For more information, call Connie Carmichael at 252-0086.

The Park Rapids Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at Trinity Church.

Robert Zimmer will give a history of the daylily.

Zimmer breeds daylilies and will provide information as well as answer questions.

Guests are welcome.

The annual Paul Bunyan Historical Society meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at the Akeley Senior Center.

Anyone interested in the museum, located by the Paul Bunyan statue, is welcome to attend.  

A short meeting and setting up the schedule for summer, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is the main purpose of this meeting.  It is also open for other ideas.

The museum has been open for over 15 years, run by volunteers.

For information, call 652-2885.

Thursday, May 19

Hubbard County will be hosting two pasture walks Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m. near Park Park Rapids and 4 p.m. near Laporte Each walk is open to the public, unique and approximately two hours long.

Led by northwest regional grazing specialist Mark Hayek, they will be localized for issues pertaining to a particular area and offer tips on rotational grazing.

Livestock producers are encouraged to show up and ask questions and discuss pasture management. Demonstrations will include estimating pasture production and clipping forages to determine dry weight production.

For information on locations, call 732-9723 ext 3.

Pat and Donna Surface will perform at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Heritage Living Center, bringing music and performance signing to the residents.

Pat is a singer/ songwriter whose blend of folk, Celtic, blues gospel and bluegrass reflect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, their home. He refers to the genre as "canoegrass."

Donna is a Performance Artist in Sign, a blend of sign language, dance and mime so people can "see the music."

She lost her father to Alzheimer's disease in 2004 and the Surfaces formed the Spiritwood 'Forget me Not' Foundation to support caregivers and raise awareness of the disease.

Donna's story with her father can be found at

Park Rapids Lions will be picking up bags of leaves inside the city limits beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

Place bags by the curb for pick-up. No loose leaves, sticks, rocks or garbage will be accepted.

Friday, May 20

The Weston A. Price Nutrition Foundation will hold a chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the Evergreen Church in Park Rapids.  

All meetings are free and open to the public.

Kinship of the Park Rapids Area will host a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes fish, baked potato, pineapple and plain coleslaw, flatbread and homemade desserts.

All proceeds benefit the local mentoring program.

Saturday, May 21

Ruby's Pantry food distribution will be held Saturday, May 21 at Assumption of Our Lady of the Pines in Menahga.

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

A $15 cash donation at the door is appreciated. Bring baskets, totes and coolers for food.

Volunteers are needed and much appreciated.

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

Rae Keashly will be sharing her interest in Romanian Point Lace with the Twisted Stitchers at 9:30 a.m. Saturday May 21 at 201 South Main St. (Monika's).

For more information, call Kathy 732-0978.

The Hubbard County DFL will conduct a ditch clean up at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 on a section of Highway 34.  

The public is invited to participate.  Meet one mile west of the Dorset corner at 189th Avenue.  

In case of inclement weather the alternate date will be Monday, May 23.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday May 21 at the museum.

Learn about the scientific study of ancient cultures through examination of material remains during Minnesota's Archaeology week.  

Jean and Dick Axelson will be on hand to share their hobby of archaeology.

The museum is located at 301 Court Street in the original county courthouse built in 1900.  

The event is free and open to the public.   

The Park Rapids Police Department is in the process of adding a drug detection dog to the force, Carrie Parks to be the K9 handler.

A fundraising fish fry is planned from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Pax, the department's first K9, recently retired. His role with the department was considered "invaluable." Dan Kruchowski served as the K9 handler.

Fundraising has begun for the purchase of the dog, with a goal of $12,000 to $15,000. The K9 program runs solely on donations.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Police Chief Terry Eilers or Parks at 237-2711.

Kitchigami Regional Library will present "Telling Tales with Kevin Kling" at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Long Lake Theater in Hubbard.

Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like "Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log," delivers hilarious, often tender stories. 

Kling's autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota and eating things before knowing what they are.

Kling describes his zodiac sign as "Minnesota with Iowa rising..." He grew up in Osseo, a Minneapolis suburb, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater.

His storytelling started when a friend from the now defunct Brass Tacks Theatre asked him to perform his stories. Since then, he has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships.

"Telling Tales with Kevin Kling" is part of the Kitchigami "Say It, Sing it" Storytelling project with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For reservations, call Long Lake Theater, 732-0099. Seating is limited; arrive by 6:45 to claim tickets.

Sunday, May 22

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at the United Methodist fellowship hall, 9th and Beltrami.  

Plus tips first half hour.  Larry Johansen will be the caller and Donna Stone will be cueing.  Visitors and spectators are welcome. For more information, call Ray or Carole at 218-444 - 5904.

Monday, May 23

The Park Rapids Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23 and from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 at the American Legion.

Persons 16 and older are eligible to donate.

Call Zelda Novak at 732-9295.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will resume monthly meetings Monday, May 23.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the museum. Frank Mitchell will present information on the Jefferson Highway.

Tuesday, May 24

Park Rapids early childhood screening, for children 3.5 to 5 years (optimal age is 3.5), will be conducted Tuesday through Thursday, May 24-26 at Frank White Education Center.

For more information, call 237-6600.

Thursday, May 26

Seniors, are you interested in learning some basics about computers?

Come surf the Web at the Park Rapids Area Library from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26.

The library is hosting a Senior Surf Day for senior citizens to come and learn some basics about computers and using the Internet.  

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space.  There is no charge for this training.

Friday, May 27

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, May 27 at the Century School in Park Rapids.

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Caller will be Larry Johansen and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch.  Dancers and spectators are invited.

Wednesday, June 1

The Staples campus of Central Lakes College will host "On the Road to a Healthier You," the 30th Conference on Aging, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.

Sixteen workshop topics range from "Why So Much Medical Research is Wrong" to "How to Be in the Driver's Seat When It Comes to Your Health Care."

Participants may choose three workshops to attend.

Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m., with workshops from 9 to 9:45 a.m., 10 to 10:45 a.m., and 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Two 15-minute periods are scheduled for exhibits/ activity.

Lunch, entertainment, and door prizes conclude the event at 11:45 a.m., with exhibits remaining in place until 2 p.m.

For more information and registration fees call 800- 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 218-855-8142 or e-mail