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Art Leap, an open studio event featuring artists' studios and culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area, will include a sculpture tour in 2016. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.
Area schools showed modest growth or held steady in total student enrollment as districts reported first day of school numbers last week. Park Rapids Area Schools Preliminary enrollment numbers are in for Park Rapids Area Schools and the district is up from the last day of school in May. First day K-12 total enrollment is 1,555 students, up from 1,498 to end the 2015-16 school year. Grades K-4 enrollment is 624 with fourth grade the largest class at 142 students, kindergarten (131), first grade (113),second (131), third (107).
Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, a regional writing group, celebrates the 25th edition of its literary journal this Saturday, Sept. 17. It’s a remarkable milestone. “The Talking Stick” is an annual anthology...
Alretta Skellenger uses a unique canvas for her art: gourds. The retired fifth grade teacher meticulously carves and paints an assortment of gourds, often sculpting northern Minnesota imagery. Her studio is nestled on a 10-acre tree farm on the shores of Owl Lake, an environmental lake near Nevis. When Skellenger began designing decorative gourds around 2005, there were few other artists like her. Now there are associations, societies and festivals for gourd art enthusiasts.
Red, itchy eyes. Watery nose. And....aachooo! Welcome to hay fever season. Allergy sufferers may have noticed an uptick in respiratory ailments in recent weeks. Goldenrod pollen is often blamed for causing fall allergies, but the true culprit is ragweed, says Beth R. Jarvis, a University of Minnesota Extension educator.
"2016 has been a year to remember for the Nemeth Art Center," said Executive Director Michael Dagen. Along with high-quality exhibits from artists like Kate Casanova, Cameron Gainer, Jim Denomie and John Salhus, the NAC will partner with the White Earth Nation, Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce on "Take a Walk on the Wild" Wild Rice Festival Oct. 22 at Armory Square, he explains. "This inaugural event will showcase regional artists and musicians, while promoting the authentic wild rice found throughout our region," Dagen said.
The founder of Native Pride Dancers, an internationally known, high-energy show featuring an innovative blend of modern and traditional Native American dance styles, will perform at Armory Square on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Larry Yazzie, founder and artistic director of Native Pride Productions, Inc., performs through song and dance, incorporating movements passed down by his ancestors. The 7 p.m. performance is sponsored by the Park Rapids Area Library, a branch of the Kitchigami Regional Library System. The program is free. Tickets are available at the library.
Bees, butterflies and dragonflies are enjoying new stomping grounds at a premier Boy Scout camp. Twenty-four acres of aspen forest was converted into pollinator habitat at Camp Wilderness, 17 miles north of Park Rapids and nestled in the heart of the Paul Bunyan State Forest. The 2,400-acre, nationally recognized Boy Scout camp celebrated its 70th anniversary this summer. The Scouts planted native prairie grasses and forbs to help improve critical habitat for pollinators. Forbs are broad-leafed, herbaceous, flowering plants.
Northern Minnesota's rivers, lakes and forests beckoned Bob Guelker. He found "the quiet, friendly little burg of Nevis" and made it his home in 1997. "There's no better place on earth to live. And write," he says. Guelker, 67, has just published his first novel, "Canoes in Winter." A book release party is slated for Sunday, Sept. 4 at Nevis' Iron Horse Bar & Grill, where he once bartendered. Guelker's adult, contemporary literary novel is set in his beloved outdoors, where he canoes, forays for mushrooms and harvests wild grapes for homemade wine.
Billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are bridge aficionados, competing at large tournaments throughout the U.S. They would find equally avid players in Park Rapids, where about 24 people regularly gather three days a week at the Park Rapids Senior Center to play what's called "the ultimate partnership card game." Bridge is a game of skill, logic, concentration and memory, says Sheila Tuhy, director of the Park Rapids Duplicate Bridge Club, which meets Thursdays. The Headwaters Ladies Bridge Club meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays.