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Upcoming events June 14-19


The fifth annual Tails on the Trail walkathon and pet expo – for hounds and humans alike – will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in Heartland Park.

Rules are simple. Register at headwatersanimalshelter. org/walkathon. Then start collecting funds for the Headwaters Animal Shelter.

On June 8, leash your dog, collect your pledges and head to the park for the walk and expo. Prizes will be awarded for the Top Dog pledge earners.

This year’s theme is to celebrate the many rescues and adoptions the Headwaters Animal Shelter implemented in its 10 years of operation.

The “tail-abration” begins with grand marshal April Canada, who has the first pet adopted from the shelter, leading the pack on the pledge trail.

Food, vendors and fun for the entire family are on the dogget (docket). Live demos will include the Central Lakes Search & Rescue Team, flyball teams, agility and freestyle dancing dog.

A reduced cost micro-chip clinic will be in the shelter pavilion. Pre-registered dogs will receive personalized bandanas and prizes will be awarded for “top dog” pledge earners.

Proceeds from the dog walk and pet expo will support the Headwaters Animal Shelter and its programs.

The third annual Laporte Area Take a Kid Fishing will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8 on Garfield Lake.

Registration is from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Pine Beach Resort and Campground. An invasive species demonstration will be held at 11:30 a.m.

A fish fry will follow at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Laporte.

Guides are being sought for the event taking kids ages 10 to 15 years old out on the lake for an afternoon of fishing.

Donations ­- both monetary and in-kind -are being sought.

For more information, call Dwight Powell at 218-760-9445. Registration information is available online at

A scrapbooking workshop for girls in grades 6-12 will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at Faith Baptist Church.

Bring photos and (needed but not required) double sided tape, three-ring binder, colored pens or markers and other scrapbooking items.

Call Kory James at 714-423-5069 for more information.


St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Auxiliary Group 2, is hosting a Flag Day Picnic from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at the American Legion.

A flag folding ceremony will be held at noon.

The menu includes potato salad, baked beans, sloppy joes, coleslaw, pickles, cupcakes and beverage.

Everyone is welcome.

The Northwoods State Retirees Club will have their spring meeting and luncheon at noon Thursday, June 13 at the Becida Bar and Grill, southwest of Bemidji on CSAH 9.

All MRSEA, PERA and TRA retirees and guests are invited.

Call LaVerne Kennedy at 218-547-1364 for information, reservations or directions by June 3.


The Minnesota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Foundation are bringing the Minnesota Mission of Mercy to northern Minnesota on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 to provide free dental care to children and adults who are uninsured, underinsured and not able to obtain dental treatment.

The Sanford Center in Bemidji was chosen as the site to accommodate the massive dental clinic which will treat as many as 2,000 patients from a wide geographic area. The signature sponsor of the event is Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.

Free care being provided includes cleanings, fillings, extractions and limited treatment for partial dental appliances. There is no advance sign up and patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis each day. The doors open at 5:30 a.m. and early arrival is encouraged.

The free care is being provided by more than 1,000 volunteers, including dentists from Minnesota and surrounding states, as well as hygienists, dental assistants, translators and lay volunteers.

Dental services not provided are implants, crowns and root canals on molars, full dentures and removal of unexposed wisdom teeth.

Adults and children of all ages who do not have a medically compromising condition that prohibits safe treatment are welcome. There will be no photo identification, social security number or any other personal documentation required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To learn more about the event, or to volunteer, go to


The Kinship mini golf tournament will be held Wednesday, June 19 at Evergreen Gifts and Fun Park.

Start times are 5, 6 or 7 p.m. with a rain date of Wednesday, June 25.

Cost is $60 per team and all ages can vie for the coveted traveling trophy.

And the challenge is on. Last year’s winner - Northwoods Bank – sent in their registration, with aspirations to reclaim the distinction.

All ages can claim fame. Last year, a 3-year-old was the lone winner on one of wacky holes.

To learn more or to register, go to www.kinship or pick up a registration form at local businesses, email or call 732-0058.