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Upcoming events May 12-16

Saturday, May 12

The Itasca Moraine Chapter will host the 8th annual wildflower hike Saturday, May 12.  The hike, which is open to the public, commences at 9 a.m. at the North Country Trail parking lot west of Longville on the Woodtick Trail. 

To reach the starting point from Hackensack, drive east on CSAH 5 (Woman Lake Road) for approx 15.5 miles to the intersection of the Woodtick Trail. This intersection is 2.5 miles west of Longville on CSAH 5. 

From this intersection take the Woodtick Trail to the northwest one mile to the NCT parking lot. 

  The hike is four miles in distance, passing by Hazel Lake, thorough pine forests and ends at Co. Rd. 125 northwest of Longville. 

This point is the eastern boundary of the Itasca Moraine Chapter.  At the beginning, the trail is maintained by the Cass County Izaack Walton League. 

Following Hazel Lake, the chapter is recruiting adopters for the remaining three miles to Co. Rd. 125.  Those interested in adopting a section of the NCT can learn about the process on the hike.  Persons familiar with wildflowers are leading the hike.

Menahga First Response's annual fish fry fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Menahga VFW.

Presale tickets are available from members.

Sunday, May 13

Nevis students will present a senior vocal recital at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at Bethany Lutheran Church.

Seniors Katherine Anderson, Joe Finn- Bolling, Alexander Nikolas and Kara Rich will present music they have worked on throughout their years at Nevis School.

Soprano soloist Anderson, will be performing "Green Finch and Linnet Bird," a vocal aria from the musical, "Sweeny Todd." She will also sing "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables."

Finn-Bolling will perform "Music of the Night" from "Phantom of the Opera" and "Rolling Down to Rio." Nikolas will perform two baritone solos, "Across the Western Ocean" and "Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind."

Alto soloist Rich will perform an Italian piece called "Se Tu M'ami, Se Sospiri" and "Think of Me," another song from "Phantom of the Opera."

Anderson and Rich will sing "Mi Yitneni Of," their vocal duet that received best in site awards this spring at a local contest. A comical song called "Agony" from the musical, "Into the Woods" will be sung by Finn-Bolling and Josh Hass .

"One Fine Day," a popular '60s piece by the Chiffons, will be sung as a trio by Anderson, Rich and Allyson Snyder. All six students will end the recital with a Celtic song from "The Lord of the Rings" called "May It Be."

Students are accompanied and directed by Beth Grafenstein.

"These students have worked extremely hard throughout their high schools years on their musical talents and we hope you can join us for a fun night of music," Grafenstein said. 

Monday, May 14

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 at the clubhouse.

The Auxiliary will meet for lunch at noon in Emma-ville. Call Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.

"Powerful Tools for Caregivers," focusing on the needs of those caring for older adults with long-term conditions, will be held from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Mondays, May 14-June 25 at Riverside United Methodist Church, Highway 71 north.

The Living at Home-sponsored class provides participants with skills and confidence needed to care for themselves while caring for others.

Topics include reducing personal stress, communicating needs and concerns, communicating during challenging situations, learning from our emotions and mastering caregiver decisions.

Cost is $40 with an handbook included. Instructors are Laurel Hed and Beth Waller.

Pre-registration is required by calling 732-3137. Inquire if you need someone to stay with a loved one.

Tuesday, May 15

St. Josephs Area Health Services Auxiliary Group 6 will host a Spring Salad Buffet Luncheon fundraiser Tuesday, May 15 in the Community Room at SummerField Place, 705 E. River Drive.  

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

The luncheon menu includes salads, rolls, dessert and beverage.  

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

Thursday, May 17

After years of touring the Midwest with their bluegrass band, childhood best friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, originally of Denver, Colo., decided to return to where it all began: childhood imagination.

That's when they moved to Minneapolis to start their family music band called The Okee Dokee Brothers. They will perform a free concert at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

     The Okee Dokee Brothers have a mission to remind children - and adults - of their intrinsic ability to discover, imagine and create through music. By appealing to the musical needs of the entire family and recognizing that kids deserve quality music, they are working full-time to regain the integrity of the children's music genre. They believe that music should be an energetic, interactive and fun experience where kids can enjoy dancing, singing, and playing instruments with their families.

Their songs provide opportunities to be both silly and serious. And their show will serve as a connecting point for families as every song makes room for kids to dance, parents to feel like kids again, and everyone to gain respect for nature, each other and the world we live in.

friday, May 18

A World War II Medal of Honor recipient is being honored by local military organizations in a ceremony Friday, May 18 at Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids.

A new monument will be unveiled at the gravesite of Lloyd C. Hawks, who is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids. The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. May 18 at the cemetery. A gathering will be held at the Park Rapids American Legion following the ceremony.

If someone needs a ride to the Legion, one can be arranged. A bus will transport all World War II veterans from the Legion to the cemetery.

For more information, contact Dave "Lefty" Anderson at 732-4273 or

Saturday, May 19

A Walk for Let's Go Fishing, presented by the Headwaters chapter, will be held Saturday, May 19 at Heartland Park.

The walk is an avenue to raise awareness for an organization that enriches the lives of people age 55 and older through free fishing and boating excursions. The initiative strengthens communities, builds relationships and creates memories.

The Walk for Let's Go Fishing is 5 kilometers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Fee is $10 per walker and includes a free T-shirt.

Additional donations are appreciated.

Participants can register for the walk on the day of the event, or online at For more information about the walk or how to become a Let's Go Fishing volunteer, contact Diane George at 237-8315.

The Twisted Stitchers own Betty Dotschkal will be showing T-shirt embellishments followed by show and tell from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at 210 Main Ave (Monika's).  

Call Kathy for more information 732-0978.

The Nevis girls softball team is having a hamburger/ cheeseburger dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 19 at the Park Rapids American Legion.   

Menu will be hamburgers or cheeseburgers, coleslaw, baked beans, French fries, and root beer or orangsicle floats.

Tuesday, May 22

A blood drive will be held in Park Rapids from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at the American Legion.

To schedule an appointment, call Bob Cadreau at 237-3772.

Friday, May 25

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, May 25 at Century School in Park Rapids.  

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

Caller will be Abe Maier and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips. Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  

All square dancers and spectators are welcome.

Wednesday, May 30

Anton Treuer, Minnesota Ojibwe author and professor of Ojibwe studies at Bemidji State University, will visit the Park Rapids Area library at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 30.

He'll present on his most recently released book, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask."  More than 100 stereotyped questions will be answered with solid information, humor and compassion.  

He'll also present on his children's book, "Awesiinyensag," published in 2011. This book presents original stories, written in Anishinaabemowin, that delight readers and language learners with the antics of animals who playfully deal with situations familiar to children in all cultures.

He is also author of "The Assassination of Hole in the Day" and "Ojibwe in Minnesota," recently named "Minnesota's Best Read for 2010" by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  

Wednesday, June 6

The 31st Conference on Aging for the 55+ age group will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 on the Staples campus of Central Lakes College.

This event will offer a day of health, wellness and fun for the 55+ population in Central Minnesota. More than 30 organizations and agencies will display relevant products and services throughout the day.

Attendees will also enjoy breakfast and lunch, various health and wellness breakout sessions, musical entertainment and door prizes.

This year's theme is "The Magic of Health & Happiness," which celebrates the happiness and health that can be experienced in this "magical" stage of life.

The purpose of the Conference on Aging is to provide information, educate, and provide a social environment for the senior population in Central Minnesota.

Best-selling authors Janie Jastin and Chez Raginiak are the keynote speakers.

Jasin has been igniting energy in audiences for more than three decades. She delivers a powerful message, laced with stories and humor that move audiences. Through music, story-telling, and audience participation, senses are awakened, stress is relieved, creativity soars, and enthusiasm grows.

Raginiak is an award-winning speaker, author and songwriter. Born and raised in communist Poland, he made a decision at the age of 25 to escape. With nothing more than a dream, Raginiak sought asylum in United States. His determination, perseverance, and vision for the future continually fueled his soaring spirit.

Sponsor and exhibitor inquiries may be directed to Kori Busho, Central Lakes College, at 218-855-8139.

Thursday, June 7

Artists of all arts disciplines are invited to attend Marketing for Artists, a free Region 2 Arts Council professional development workshop, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate, 101 South Main.

This workshop is devoted to identifying the right audience for your artistic output, positioning yourself and developing marketing strategies and a marketing plan geared for that audience.

Registration Deadline is May 30.   Call R2AC at 800 275-5447 or e-mail to reserve a space.

Monday, June 11

Central Lakes College will conduct a music video camp June 11-15 for senior high school students (grades 10 to adult) on the Staples campus.

The day camp (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will instruct up to 15 participants in the creation of a professional-looking music video in just five days. The fee for instruction and all supplies is $75, including daily lunch, discs, and tapes.

Students will get together in groups of two to four and select a song. They write a script, set up and film the shots with digital video recorders and use computers to produce and edit the timeline using Apple's Final Cut Pro software.

When completed, students will author a DVD for final presentation.

      For information or to register, contact instructor Leon Dahlvang at 800-247-6836, ext. 5142, or e-mail


The 2012 Lakes to Pines Triathlon is June 16 in Park Rapids.

The fifth-annual triathlon, sponsored by the Park Rapids Swim Boosters, includes a 500-yard swim in the Park Rapids Area High School pool, a 14.7-mile bicycle ride and 5K run.

Participants can compete as an individual or on a two or three person team.

The day of the race, registration opens at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m.

A kids triathlon is also part of the event. Ages 9 and under swim 50 yards, bike .48 miles and run .3 miles. Ages 10-12 swim100 yards, bike 1.1 miles and run .3 miles.

The kids races will start at about 11:30 a.m. after the adult triathlon is completed. Awards will be handed out at about noon.

For more information or to register for the event go to