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Author and conservationist Barry Babcock will present "The Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Northwoods Bank community room. Babcock learned these traditional Native beliefs through his friendship with Larry Stillday, spiritual leader of Red Lake, who taught that all life is interconnected and interdependent. Babcock will offer a different perspective on wildlife through these traditional native beliefs. He'll also have his book along, "Teachers in the Forest: Essays from the Last Wilderness in Mississippi Headwaters Country."
The Park Rapids Area Community Band is preparing for its fall concert, which is 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 20 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. They will perform...
Menahga City Council Patrick Foss will continue as mayor, winning 369 of the 752 votes cast Tuesday. Opponent Jensine Kurtti received 272 votes. It's a two-year term that expires Jan. 7, 2019. Foss has served as mayor for the past six years. Tim Ellingson and Dennis Komulainen are Menahga's newest city council members. They both ran unopposed for two open seats. Ellingson received 452 votes, Komulainen got 384 and there were 17 write-ins. They will both serve four-year terms, expiring Jan. 4, 2021. The seats were left vacant by Martin Ahlf and Kim Rasmussen.
Hunters are reminded that deer stands cannot be left overnight on state wildlife management areas (WMA). "Leaving stands overnight on these public lands is a fairly common violation," said Capt. Jon Paurus, education programs coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "The reason for this rule is to prevent hunters from pre-empting hunting spots. At the beginning of each day, all locations on these public lands are available to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis."
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.