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The Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Show ran Aug. 17-19, with daily demonstrations of old-time log handing and sawing, threshing, blacksmithing and more. A highlight of the show is its daily tractor parades, featuring a variety of vintage machines from throughout the region. The showgrounds, located near Itasca State Park, contain a rustic village complete with country school, church, blacksmith shop, post office, pioneer homes and more.
Nevis Civic & Commerce Association held its 16th annual Northwoods Triathlon on Aug. 11.
The Hubbard County Board authorized a quitclaim deed and offer to sell county land to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for the U.S. Hwy. 71 roundabout. The matter was discussed at their Tuesday meeting. "This is that very small sliver of land over by our (Public Works) office that MnDOT buys fee title for all of their right-of-way," explained said County Engineer/Public Works Coordinator Jed Nordin. "It's only .17-of-an-acre permanent easement, and there's a temporary easement across a corner that's .1 of an acre."
Hubbard County Veterans Services Officer Jerry Bjerke presented a petition to Heritage Living Center Administrator Kurt Hansen encouraging the facility to get re-certified by the Veterans Administration (VA) for veterans care. Several petitions have circulated over the last year or two, Bjerke said at Tuesday's Hubbard County Board meeting. The 50 signatures are "just a small representation," he said. "There's a lot of support from local veterans and family members to see if we can get that certification completed."
NorthStar GeoSeekers (NSGS) have embarked on what geocaching.com calls "the world's largest treasure hunt." Geocachers from across north-central Minnesota and North Dakota gathered last weekend at Menahga's Memorial Forest Campground for NSGS' sixth annual "GeoSeekin' Weekend." Local NSGS members Jeff and Raelyne Fieldsend of Menahga organized the three-day event, which is held in a different town each year. Last summer, they all met in Bagley. "Geocaching is a worldwide thing," Raelyne said. "You meet all these crazy people. It's very kid- and family-friendly."
Beltrami County Veterans Service Officer Scotty Allison spoke with the Hubbard County Board Tuesday to gauge their interest in helping fund a new veterans home in Bemidji. In May, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bonding bill that included $32 million for the construction of three new veterans homes in the state. Of that appropriation, $12.4 million was dedicated to Bemidji, $9.4 million to Montevideo and $10.2 million for Preston. The Beltrami County Board has pledged $1 million toward the project. The fundraising goal is $2.5 million, Allison said.
Jane Melby and her daughter, Cayla Melby Small, returned to old stomping grounds this month to offer a barrel racing clinic to 4-Hers. On Aug. 10, the mother-daughter duo teamed up to teach 35 riders from across Minnesota. Strait Rail Ranch in Nevis hosted the event. A graduate of Sebeka High School, Melby has won two world championship titles and is a three-time National Finals Rodeo (NFR) gold buckle winner. Small, 20, was a 2016 NFR qualifier and named Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) Rookie of the Year.
The Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers (LIRPF) showgrounds were abuzz last weekend with sawing, threshing, milling and all manner of steaming, hissing engines. On the third weekend of August, the non-profit organization invites visitors to "reach into rural America's past" during its annual three-day festival. All of the members are volunteers dedicated to the preservation of historic, rural agriculture and logging.
If you did a double-take and could've sworn you saw actor Josh Duhamel, 45, strolling around Park Rapids this past week...well, you did. Duhamel was first spotted, naturally, at the movie theater. The star posed for a photo with Park Theater owner Pam Wasche Wilson. "But he's no stranger to our theater," she said. "He's played on the big screen many times — 'Safe Haven,' 'Transformers,' 'Life as We Know It,' 'Love, Simon,' 'When in Rome,' 'Fire with Fire,' 'Misconduct,' 'The Romantics' and many more."
Timothy Clancy, 51, co-owner of Vacationaire Resort, was arrested Saturday and charged in Hubbard County District Court with two counts of fifth-degree assault and one charge of reckless watercraft operation. According to the criminal complaint, at about 9 p.m. Aug. 12, Clancy drove his pontoon at a high rate of speed and came within five feet of hitting Eric Flamm's inflatable boat on Island Lake. Clancy's wife, Nikki, was reported to be in the pontoon. Flamm's brother, Barry, was a passenger in his boat.