It’s a milestone nobody wants to see but it’s reached every year. Preliminary reports show that two motorcycle fatalities — one in Wright County last week and one in Rochester Sunday night — have contributed to 204 people losing their lives on Minnesota roads so far in 2014.
ST. PAUL — The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the man whose death is being investigated in the rural Becker County community of Ogema. Richard Alan Baity, 41, of 33322 370th Street East in Ogema, died August 15 of homicide due to multiple traumatic injuries.
In order to help raise money for the 5M9 Akeley Lions, tickets were sold at $10 per person. Prizes included a leather jacket (Walker Legion), a one-night stay at the Bloomington Hilton Hotel and the top fundraising prize was a trip for two to Las Vegas, Nev. (organized and supported by Prime Time Cruise & Travel for a face value of $1,500). Names were drawn for these prizes Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the VFW in Akeley after Night to Unite events in Akeley and Park Rapids.
The annual event on Big Toad Lake was a weekend long celebration consisting of trick or treating on Friday, Aug. 8, a pancake feed Saturday morning, a fishing tournament, potluck, and finally a parade on Sunday (shown above). Organizers of the weekend included Drew and Katie Bartelson, Kyle Kuntz and family, Kim Gilseth and family, Shane and Kimm Tendeland and family, and Mike and Kari Olson and family.
The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008, has made it possible for the Region 2 Arts Council to award $7,003 in Artist Mentor Grants to young artists in our region. Region 2 Arts Council Artist Mentor grants were awarded to eight 8th-12th grade student artists to mentor with a professional artist or to attend a camp or workshop in their arts discipline. The next Artist Mentor Grant deadline is Dec. 1. Applications are available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601.
Bigtree Bonsai will close the summer’s 2nd Street Stage season - rain or shine - Thursday, Aug. 21, sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Smokey Hills Outdoor Store. When Bigtree Bonsai regrouped in 2010, the band wasted no time carving a niche in the upper-Midwest music scene. Rather than settle into one particular genre, they created their own, blending the sounds of Americana, alt-country and vintage rock into something evocatively familiar, yet completely new.
Forestedge Winery hosts its annual art fair Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18. Located 14 miles north of Akeley on scenic Highway 64, the Forestedge Winery Art Fair features art, music, wine and food. The art fair features selected artists exhibiting and selling works of art. The different mediums will be pottery, porcelain, jewelry, fiber, leather, wood, painting and more. There will be a free wine tasting as well as wine sold by the glass, and local area restaurants will provide food.
The noon concert series will be at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. Thursday’s program will feature a variety of music, mostly from modern composers, in a variety of styles. Performers will be Roz Pederson, piano; Dick Max, string bass; Jennie Anderson, flute; Sarah Schultz, piano; and Deane Johnson, woodwinds. Deane will open with Ballade for bass clarinet, and also play clarinet music by Nino Rota, Fellini’s favorite film score composer, and a dance from the ballet, Romeo and Juliet.
Fish Hook Lake The Fish Hook Lake and River Association will hold the Ladies Luncheon at 11 a.m. at Bella Caffe’ on Friday, Aug. 15. We will be eating in the sunroom. Spider Lake Spider Lake Residents (past and present) will meet for the summer monthly social at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Iron Horse in Nevis. Please join us. Meet your neighbors on the lake! Big Sand Lake Big Sand Lake residents will meet Saturday, Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. is a social at Rich Jacobson’s. Beer, wine and soda are provided.
Youth musicians will entertain at 2nd Street Stage Thursday, Aug. 14, sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council. Bands scheduled to play are: Incredibly Real - Dan Walsh, Jack Walsh, Jack Bateman, Logan Veo and Derek Reichling; Hog Rooster - Jacob and Owen Mahon; Gettysburg Address - Andrew Sauser, Austin Kalla, Mike Nicholas, Bob Sauser and Karissa Sauser; Scarlet Empire - Trai Schmidt, Edgar Guajardo, Corey Joslyn and Jordan Rasmussen.