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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.
Foster, Jacobs & Johnson Inc. shared its facility assessment with the Menahga School Board at an Aug. 18 special meeting. The school building was scrutinized by the architectural firm to determine future improvements. "Your enrollment for your resident students went up 36 percent over the past 10 years. You must be the fastest growing district in the state, which is a challenge," said Jeff Schulz of FJJ. "Top items of concern by community members and educators was space at the elementary, middle and high schools."
Sunshine, music, art and wine colluded Sunday for a lovely day at the Forestedge Winery Art Fair. Even Saturday's off-and-on rain didn't deter art and wine lovers. The weekend festival drew steady visitors both days.
"I'm the artist in my family. When I was little, I used to draw all the time," says 9-year-old Wyatt Koskela as he creates an improvisational chalk drawing on the sidewalk last Friday. "I still like to draw." Youngsters were invited to doodle or draw on 4-foot-by-4-foot panels at Pioneer Park as part of the Youth Music & Art Showcase. Art supplies were provided. The art panels will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center. The eighth annual event is sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council.
“Circle of Heat” will close the 2nd Street Stage summer concert series at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 on 2nd Street in downtown Park Rapids. Based in Minneapolis, “Circle of...
By manipulating light and distance, local multi-media artist Mike Raidt likes to “morph and change what your eye perceives.” “It’s my dream in the making,” he says of his current...
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will showcase the artistic talents of area youth during Youth Music & Art Showcase VIII Friday, Aug. 19 in downtown Park Rapids. Youth...