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Upcoming events June 5-12


Riverside Cemetery Association, Osage, will hold an annual meeting at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Osage Community Center, 24770 Co. Rd. 48.

The agenda will include reports from the board, election of officers and review of current and future projects.

For more information, call 573-3572.


Hubbard County Historical Museum in Park Rapids, 301 Court Ave., will host a Brown Bag Lunch series.

n At noon Thursday, June 6, local author Jim Jasken will discuss “Kayaking a Moonbeam, The Sugar Bush Reader.”

n At noon Thursday, June 13, local author Jill Johnson will discuss “Little Minnesota - 100 Towns under 100.”

Call 732-5237 for more information.


The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is continuing their Featured Artist and Guest Artist programs for their 2013 season.

The opening reception for the season, with the public welcome, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7 at the Blank Canvas Gallery on Main street.

The featured member artist for June is Bickey Bender, a well-known area artist. Bender says spring and the many colorful birds that come along with it is the inspiration for the artwork she is presenting as featured artist in June.

“I love color, texture and handmade paper… (they are) the foundations for the art pieces that will be shown in the upcoming show at BCG gallery in PR.”

Other featured artists will engage the visual senses throughout the summer.

The Park Rapids Area Library will have a special guest at story time on Friday, June 7, 10:30 a.m.

Cindy Morgan will bring one of her assistance dogs to meet the children and talk about the opportunity to participate in the Kids Reading Books With Dogs program at the library this summer.


The “Aloha” Relay for Life team is hosting a brat and hot dog sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Farmers Market on Main.

Brats or hot dogs with chips and pop will be served.

All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Akeley Garden Club will host a perennial plant sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at Paul’s Patio.

There will be numerous varieties of plants. No early sales.

Visiting artist Brad Kahlhamer will be at the Nemeth Art Center at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8 for a reception and meet and greet. A lecture by the artist will follow.

For more information on Kahlhamer and his work, go to

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.

Nevis will be the site of a Back to the ’50s and ’60s Celebration and Car Show from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

The event will include vintage vehicles rolling into town, karaoke, a beer garden, live music and a hula hoop contest at 4 p.m.

Area businesses will feature specials with prices reminiscent of days of yore, including cherry cokes, root beer floats and burgers.

Four finalists will participate in the 21st annual Great American Think-Off at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in the New York Mills Cultural Center.

This year’s question is “Which is more ethical: Sticking to principle or being willing to compromise?”

Two of the finalists, both arguing for principle, hail from the American South and two, both arguing for compromise, live in Minnesota.

More information is available online at


The Park Rapids Lions will host a pancake and sausage feed from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Proceeds benefit community projects.


Louise Erdrich’s book, “The Round House,” will be discussed at the Union Congregational Church’s Monday Morning Book Group at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 10 in Hackensack.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 10 at the clubhouse.

Members will meet at noon for lunch at Emmaville also. Call Helen Marsh at 652-3295 for reservations.

The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10 at the clubhouse.


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.

Jack Pearson (Mr. Song Strumming Story Man) will be performing a concert at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The concert is sponsored by Companeros and the Friends of the Library.

The first Noon Hour Concert of the summer season will feature Eric Bervig and family Thursday, June 13 at Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids.

Noon hour concerts are planned with talented musicians performing at churches in Park Rapids throughout the summer. The concerts are held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Those attending are invited to bring their lunch.

Beverages and bars and cookies will be served.

A Minnesota Firearm Safety course for individuals who will be 11 years old by June 12 will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 13-14.

Registration will be held on Wednesday, June 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Environmental Education Building at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds in Park Rapids.

There is no maximum age limit for participants taking the course. Topics covered in the course include safe firearm handling, firearm care, hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, field testing and other pertinent topics.

For more information call Russ Johnsrud at 732-8411 or Ron Norenberg at 237-9356 after 5 p.m. All students must register on June 12 in order to participate in the course.

The Headwaters Chapter – Minnesota Forestry Association will have a presentation by Mark “Chip” Lohmeier, Hubbard County Land Commissioner, on “Hubbard County Aspen Management” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at 101 Crocus Hill St. in Park Rapids (Public Works Building). Take Highway 71 one mile south of Highway 34 then turn east on County Highway 15.

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.


Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, June 14 at Park Rapids Area High School track.

Survivors and caregivers are asked to register by 6:30 p.m. under the tent in the center of the track.

The program begins at 7 p.m.

New this year is a caregivers’ walk during the evening program.

Campsites with food and games will be ongoing during day, with team lap walk at 4 p.m. and lighting of luminaries following.

Live music will entertain in the afternoon and evening with a DJ also providing tunes.

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 annual Lakes to Pines Triathlon is Saturday, June 15 in Park Rapids.

As a fundraiser for the Park Rapids swimming and diving programs, participation benefits more than 100 kids annually. The 500-yard swim is held in the Park Rapids Area Pool and the 14.7- mile bike ride and 5K run will depart from the high school and finish on the high school track.

Participants ages 13 and up can compete as an individual or on a two- or three-person team. The maximum number of entries is 100.

The bike route is a double loop course. The first loop leaves the transition area in the high school parking lot near the pool heading southwest through the Community Center parking lot and then left onto Helten Avenue to Highway 34. Turn right onto Highway 34 west to 129th Avenue then right onto 129th Avenue. At Highway 71, turn right and head south to Main Avenue and take another right onto Monico Lane. Continue on Monico Lane to Helten for the second loop.

Upon finishing the bike ride, take a left at the Community Center parking lot from Helten, which will lead to the transition area for the start of the run.

The 5K route leaves the transition area in the high school parking lot near the pool heading west. Cross Helten Avenue (watch for bikers) and run along the trail behind Century Elementary School to the Monico Lane exit. Turn left onto Monico Lane heading west and then take a right on Western Avenue to the turnaround. Turn left onto Helten Avenue (watch for bikers) and take another left onto the practice football fields across to the high school track and the finish line.

The day of the race, registration opens at 7 a.m. with a participant meeting at 8:30 a.m. and the race starting at 9 a.m.

For more information or to register for the event go to

The Park Rapids Fire Department will host its 10th annual firemen’s open house and feed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the fire hall.

Come and meet local firefighters. They will be serving BBQ pork, the famous firemen beans, French fries and coleslaw.

The Fire Prevention Fun House, equipment and Smokey the Bear will be out for kids to see. There also will be a visit from the Medivac chopper (weather permitting). Other demonstrations include smoking up a trailer with their smoke simulator and the Jaws of Life. The dunk tank will be back again this year.

A free will offering will be collected. There will be a drawing for 20 smoke detectors.

In the past year the department responded to 62 service calls, resulting in 1,325 man hours of service from the 26 firefighters. This year 1,272 hours of training were put in.

A Passion for Fashion style show, sponsored by St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Auxiliary, will be held Saturday, June 15 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Brunch is at 11 a.m. with the fashion show at noon in the church multi-purpose room.

Tickets are available at the hospital gift shop or from auxiliary members. Call 732-8831 for more information.

Beagle Books and League of Women Voters, Park Rapids, will host a book group meeting to discuss “The Grace of Silence” by Michele Norris at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Beagle Books.

While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout Minnesota in the wake of President Obama’s election, Norris discovered there were painful secrets within her own family that had been withheld.

These revelations - from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer to her maternal grandmother’s job as an itinerant Aunt Jemima in the Midwest – inspired a bracing journey into her family’s past, from her childhood home in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots in the deep South.

The extraordinary family memoir is filled with stories that elegantly explore the power of silence and secrets, examining racial legacy and what it means to be an American.

Park Rapids Area High School Class of 1973 is in the final planning stages for a 40-year summer reunion. The final and second deadline for registration returns is June 15.

Friday evening, July 12, there will be a “meet and greet” at Bogey’s Bar and Grill.

Saturday, July 13, a dinner and fun evening is planned at the Park Rapids American Legion Club.

The reunion committee is still in search of contact info for seven classmates: Chester (Chet) Diestler, Barbara (Barb) Dudley (maiden name), MaryBeth Houger (maiden name), Debbie Kostal (maiden name), Marjorie (Marge) Potter (maiden name), Russell (Russ) Smith and Richard (Rich) Welle.

Anyone with info can contact Mary (Jindra) Lehrke,, Wanda (Peterson), wandal. or Lenny Sunram, lasunram@


Itasca State Park will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18.

The events include a presentation on the CCC from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Forest Inn.

A Logs and Stone luncheon will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Forest Inn. (To participate, contact a guest service representative at 218-699-7217 or 218-699-7223. All payments must be made prior to the luncheon.)

A walking tour will begin at 12:30 p.m., departing from Forest Inn.

A car tour to Bear Paw Campground and the Headwaters of the Mississippi River area is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Bring your vehicle to the Douglas Lodge parking lot.)

For more information, contact Itasca State Park at 218-699-7251 or email


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 26.

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 kinship or call 732-0058.