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Whiskey Creek Film Festival is offering two screenings of a documentary filmed at Ponsford and Park Rapids. "The Seventh Fire" will be shown at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 (today) and Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Cozy Theatre in Wadena. Admission is free. Natalie Portman and Terrence Malick served as executive producers of the film project. According to the film's synopsis, when gang leader Rob Duane Brown is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved American Indian community in northern Minnesota.
Armory Square's floor reverberated to the lively, expert footsteps of Larry Yazzie as he danced traditional Native American styles. Adorned with vibrant ribbons, feathers and beads, the two-time World Champion fancy dancer enchanted the crowd. "I'm so proud of who we are. I'm so proud that we are here on this beautiful evening," Yazzie said. "What we are going to share is sacred to our hearts."
Menahga City Council set its preliminary payable 2017 levy at $504,997—an $88,321 or 21 percent increase over last year. The 2016 final levy was $416,676 with a general fund levy of $304,514 and debt fund levy of $112,162. Much of the proposed budget discussion at Monday's council meeting centered around city staff wages. A 10 percent increase in health care and other benefits is anticipated for 2017.
"Seraph Brass" is a charismatic ensemble of America's top female brass players. They are the opening performance for the Heartland Concert Association's 2016-17 season. The 7:30 p.m. show will be held at the Park Rapids High School auditorium. The five women of "Seraph Brass" represent a new generation of brass players. They are committed to challenging audiences with engaging and exciting programming, including well-known classics, original transcriptions and newly commissioned works.
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.