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Upcoming events July 21 - Aug. 23

Thursday, July 21

The 9th annual Healing Pow Wow will be held Thursday, July 21 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Opening ceremonies are at 3 p.m. with an Honor Guard and veterans with the feast from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 2 p.m. for dancers.

Master of ceremonies is Vince Beyl, Darrell Kingbird is spiritual advisor and Gary Charwood is arena director.

Invited drums are Battle River, Leech Lake Nation and Smokey Hill.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, call 218-333-5745.

Widowed Friends Fellowship (for men and women) will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday July 21 at the Great Northern Café for dinner.

Dominos will follow. For more information, call Karla at 732-0424 or Joan at 732-4917.

The group meets at 9:30 a.m. for coffee on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Burger King.

Friday, July 22

A North Country Trail two-day canoeing, hiking and camping event at Lake Waboose in the Paul Bunyan State Forest will be held Friday evening, July 22 and Saturday, July 23. 

Camping will be at the Waboose Campground with tent pads and a wilderness latrine. 

Participants Saturday can join trail building, fishing, swimming or just hanging out.  Rides to the campground commence at 4 p.m. Friday evening at the Lake Waboose public access north of Nevis. 

Participants need to bring food for Friday evening and Saturday plus a tent and sleeping bag.  The NCT local chapter will furnish fresh water.  For questions, call 218-675-5448.   

The Park Rapids Lions Club will host an oven-baked chicken dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 22 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu includes chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls, bars, coffee and Kool-Aid.

Saturday, July 23

The Menahga VFW will host a horseshoe tournament Saturday, July 23 in the Menahga park.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m.Doubles are at 9 a.m. and singles begin at 1 p.m.

Entry fee is $5 with a 100 percent payback.

For more information, call 564-5132.

The Friendly Squares will host a "Mississippi Hoedown" square dance Saturday, July 23 at the Park Rapids American Legion Club, Highway 34 east.

The caller will be Tom Allen and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  Mainstream dancing will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

sunday, July 24

A wild mushroom hike will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 24 near Hackensack.

For more information, contact forays2011

Monday, July 25

The Hubbard County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday July 25 at the museum.

After a short meeting, Russ Brown will present the program, "Hubbard County in Postcards," on the big screen downstairs.

The public is invited and refeshments will be served.

Thursday, July 28

The Hubbard County Historical Society and Museum will be selling root beer floats from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29 at 303 Main St.

All proceeds will be donated to the museum.

"Have a float and help keep history alive in Hubbard County."

Concordia College will hold a Cobber Corn Feed at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28 in Heartland Park.

The event is for all Concordia alumni, students, parents, friends and prospective students in the area.

Concordia provides the corn, butter, salt and napkins. Bring food. Reservations will be taken by Dave ('90) and Linda ('92) Skoglund Benson at 732-7971 or dlupnort

In the event of rain, the even will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church.

Friday, July 29

Lake George Senior Citizens Association is hosting a fish fry fundraiser from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 29 at the Lake George Senior Center located on Highway 71 in Lake George.  

The Lake George Senior Citizens Association is a non-profit organization.

Saturday, Aug. 6

Park Rapids Antique Tractor and Engine Club's 19th annual Field Days will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday with breakfast served until 10 a.m. A sawmill demo begins at 10 a.m. with the tractor parade at noon.

Pull tractor weigh-ins are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a field demonstration at 11 a.m. A tractor parade begins at noon, the tractor pull at 1 p.m.

Additional afternoon activities will be announced.

Square dancing in the pavilion is from 3 to 5 p.m. with supper served at 5 p.m. Musical entertainment will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Sunday with breakfast in the pavilion. Devotions in the church will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with gospel music performances from 11 a.m. to noon.

Field and sawmill demos are from 11 a.m. to noon with a tractor parade at 1 p.m. The youth pedal tractor pull is from 2 to 3 p.m. with the tractor raffle at 4 p.m.

Frank Lamb will provide musical entertainment Saturday; the Melody Boys will perform from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a flea market and swap meet with vendors welcome.

Ongoing activities include combining, threshing, tractor plowing, sawmill people movers, a silent auction, shingle making, a blacksmith shop, a miniature railroad, a petting zoo, food and prize giveaways.

Hubbard County 4-H will host a community picnic and family fun day Saturday, Aug. 6 at the fairgrounds.

Activities begin at 11 a.m. with a barbecue lunch at noon, closing at 2 p.m.

The day is an intro to 4-H, with activities that include building bird feeders, a petting zoo, a giant Twister game and tie-dying.

A freewill offering will be received to help with the cost of food and activities.

Door prizes will be awarded.

Sunday, Aug. 7

Rev up your appetite for Taste of Dorset, to be staged in the Food Capital of the Great North from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7    

Enjoy amazing tidbits of food at great prices, listen to good music throughout town and be there for the mayor's race finale.

Dorset restaurants present their great variety of foods - from Mexican

specialities, including fantastic mudballs, to tantalizing spaghetti balls, pork chops on a stick, mouthwatering pizza, broasted chicken and more.  

Dorset also has one of the most unique mayoral races. All through the year people

vote for of their choosing.

Residency is not required; the mayors have been from Chicago, Minneapolis and many other places.   Chickens, dogs and children

are eligible. The only requirement is a buck in the ballot box.  

At precisely 2 p.m. the drawing is held and a new mayor begins his/her/its


Thursday, Aug. 11

The Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota will be holding its annual taco meal with American Indian drumming and dancing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the downtown Bemidji Waterfront Rotary Pavilion.

     This year, the taco meal benefit will support the purchase of digital mammography at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and Sanford Bemidji Clinic.

    Tacos will be served on fry bread or flour tortillas with all the trimmings, ice cream, and pop.

Friday, Aug. 12

The Borderline Philharmonic Orchestra will once again stage a lakeside concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Hoot Owl Resort.

Now in its 46th year, the concert is a collaboration of 40-plus musicians playing classical music.

Bring a lawn chair.

From Park Rapids, head 16 miles north on Highway 71 and turn left at Co. Rd. 113. Round 68 curves to reach the Hoot Owl.

Park Rapids High School class of 1976 will celebrate its 35th class reunion at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

For more information, go to the class website at

Monday, Aug. 22

Are there stories in your life that you have always wanted to write but have never gotten around to writing?

Central Lakes College in Brainerd is offering "Creative Nonfiction," a popular new writing genre, for the first time this fall when the term starts Aug. 22.

"This course provides an opportunity for students to record significant memories, experiences, and observations through imaginative, purpose-driven prose," said instructor Leane Flynn.

"Creative Nonfiction is a highly interactive, online, entry-level creative writing course that covers a variety of creative nonfiction subgenres: memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, biography, and travel/place-based writing."

Flynn said the major components of the three-credit course are reading and analyzing some of the best examples of creative nonfiction while writing original stories, engaging in peer discussion and review, and conferencing regularly with the instructor.

"Students will learn about publishing options and free online networking sites for creative writers," she said, adding that those taking the course can create something special for their children and grandchildren. "Begin writing the stories of your life."

For information, contact Flynn at or call admissions at 800-933-0346, ext. 8037, or e-mail

Saturday, Aug. 27

A Shoreland Expo will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Faith Baptist Church fellowship room, located on Highway 71 South, Park Rapids.

Registration and classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with shoreline restoration to be addressed from 1 to 3 p.m.

The expo will provide information about rain gardens and the benefits of rain barrels, how to score and monitor shoreline, shoreland buffer gardening and shoreline restoration.

Participants will learn about available resources to create these gardens and how shoreline gardens can benefit property. The sessions provide basic design information with technical assistance available to create a shoreline garden.

These gardens are vegetative filters designed to create a buffer between the lawn area and lake or river shoreline. They are designed to catch and filter sediments and many pollutants before they enter the lake while adding beauty and diversity to the home landscape.

This workshop is sponsored by Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension in collaboration with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Hubbard County and Cass County Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Shoreline Creations and Coalition of Lake Associations.

The expo is free and open to the public. For more information call Sally Shearer, Hubbard County Extension program coordinator at 732-3391.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

St. Joseph's Area Health Services is offering an "I'm going to be a big brother/ sister" class for siblings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 in the hospital's lower level conference room.

The class is offered at no charge.

Kids are invited to bring Mom and Dad for a party atmosphere that includes a "silly siblings" video (geared for ages 2 to 6). Kids will receive instruction with a doll on how to hold a baby and be a hands-on helper.

To register, call Janine at 237-5730.

Another class will be offered Nov. 15.