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The Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard will be venerated at the Century Middle School's 11th annual Veterans Day program. Fifth through eighth graders will pay tribute to veterans—replete with vintage military uniforms, patriotic music, history lesson, war memorabilia and a flag-folding ceremony. They will be joined by the Park Rapids American Legion Color Guard, the Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion.
Join Audrey Osofsky, author of "Dreamcatcher," for storytime to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. The event is free. It will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Park Rapids Public Library, in partnership with the Park Rapids League of Women Voters. In addition, Neegonee Bruner, a Pine Point School cultural teacher, and some of her students will teach participants how to make Dreamcatcher necklaces. Children must be in fourth grade or older to make the necklace. Adults welcome.
Dancers Star Norcross and Teresita Bruner will perform Jingle Dance, Hoop Dance and Shawl Dance at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Park Rapids Area Library. Participants will learn about the dances and construction of the regalia, like the fancy shawl shown here. The event, held in partnership with the Park Rapids League of Women Voters, celebrates Native American Heritage Month.
Poet LouAnn Muhm of Park Rapids and painter Mary Therese of Bemidji have been named 2016-17 Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) Artist Fellows. A committee comprising R2AC board members and established community artists convened Oct. 8 to review nine applications for the Artist Fellowship award. After discussion and review of each applicant's artistic quality, merit, and project proposal, they selected Muhm and Therese.
Anishinaabe artist Simon Zornes will share some of his stone carvings at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Park Rapids Library. He'll explain the lunar calendar and the 13 scales on a turtle's back. On Friday, Nov. 4, Mike Swan will share Anishinaabe stories at 10:30 a.m. at the library. These events are part of Native American Heritage Month celebrations, a joint effort by the Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters, Kitchigami Regional Library System and Pine Point. (Submitted photo)
The Park Rapids Area High School choir is set to perform Monday, Nov. 7 at the auditorium, under the direction of LouAnn Dierkhising. The fall concert was rescheduled from Nov. 1 due to a conflict.
A preliminary summary of 2016 countywide watercraft inspections indicates boaters are better educated about how to protect Minnesota's lakes from aquatic invasive species. Bill DonCarlos, Hubbard County AIS Program Coordinator, shared the report Oct. 27 at the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations board meeting. DonCarlos said he had 90 to 95 percent of all inspection data from the state. "Unfortunately, I don't have the full picture tonight," he said, adding the final summary should be available in mid-November.
Three Menahga School Board positions are on the 2016 election ballot. Incumbents Curtis Hasbargen and Brad Goehrig are seeking re-election. Julia Kicker, Jon Kangas and Robert E. Smith are also vying for a seat. The Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters hosted a Menahga School Board candidate forum Oct. 13. A video of the event is posted at LWV's blog ( All" target="_blank">lwvparkrapidsarea.blogspot.com/2016/10/menahga-school-board-candidate-forum.html).
November is Native American Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Special, family-friendly events are slated for November in Park Rapids.
• Akeley Township: George Lueck and LeRoy Miller are running for re-election unopposed. Donn Sorenson seeks a third township supervisor seat. This is a mail ballot precinct: Hubbard County Auditor's Office, 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids from 8 a.m.- 8p.m. • Arago Township: Michael Wilson, Clark Smith and Jason (Bucky) Johnson all seek re-election. They are unopposed. No candidates have filed for town clerk. Polls are open from 7a.m. to 8 p.m. at Arago Town Hall, 10244 County 41, Park Rapids,