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The Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club's premier event — the Headwaters 100 — attracts hundreds of bicyclists every year. Kickstands go up this Saturday, Sept. 22. The Headwaters 100 is a casual, non-competitive and family-friendly ride. Participants can choose between a 45-, 75- or 100-mile tour.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a public meeting Sept. 5 in Park Rapids, seeking public comment on a proposal to decrease possession limits for sunfish and crappies on Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes. The proposed experimental regulation would reduce possession to five bluegill and five crappies. The goal is to increase the sizes of those species on the two lakes, explained Park Rapids Area Fisheries Supervisor Doug Kingsley. "Best chance of success would probably be reduced possession limits of five each for bluegills and crappies," he said.
Students in Park Rapids, Nevis, Laporte and Menahga returned to school Tuesday.
Wildlife movie matinee "The Civilian Conservation Corps" will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Roosevelt's civilian conservation corps put more than three million young men in the nation's parks, forests, and farms. This 60-minute film interweaves rich archival imagery with the personal accounts of CCC veterans to tell the story of the boldest New Deal experiments. For more information, contact the refuge at 218-847-2641 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/tamarac . Bear Paw Point hike
An ACTION Park Rapids Lakes Area youth workgroup has arranged a free, community movie night in Heartland Park. "Avengers: Infinity War" will be shown Friday, Aug. 31 from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Water and popcorn will be provided.
A long time ago (last month, actually), in a galaxy far, far away (called Menahga), a noble science-fiction fan designed and constructed an X-wing starfighter, made famous in the "Star Wars" films. Greg Anderson utilized foam core board, plywood and barrels to craft the half-scale model. It stands 18 feet long, 10 feet high and 14 feet wide. It all began with a raft he planned to build. He looked at 15-gallon barrels "and said, 'Those are the perfect size for a turbine for an X-wing,'" Anderson recalled.
The Headwaters Radio Control (R/C) Flying Club, a local group of model aviation enthusiasts, hosted its annual Fun Fly Aug. 25-26. They welcomed more than 30 pilots from Minnesota and North Dakota.
Headwaters Radio Control (RC) Flying Club, a group of model aviation enthusiasts, hosts an annual Fun Fly the third weekend of August. About 30 pilots arrived Aug. 25-26 for this year's event. "We finally got some decent weather," said Club President Dick Reich. "This is the best weather we've had in four or five years. We saw double the number of pilots compared to last year." Fliers traveled from St. Paul, Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks, Bemidji, Lake George, Laporte, Perham and Detroit Lakes.
The Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Show ran Aug. 17-19, with daily demonstrations of old-time log handing and sawing, threshing, blacksmithing and more. A highlight of the show is its daily tractor parades, featuring a variety of vintage machines from throughout the region. The showgrounds, located near Itasca State Park, contain a rustic village complete with country school, church, blacksmith shop, post office, pioneer homes and more.