Last spring, Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) issued a call to Minnesota storytellers to submit a 10-minute recorded story for competition. Storytellers responded, judges selected the top four and those finalists will travel to Park Rapids to determine who wears the Great American Storyteller crown. And who walks away with $1,000. The live performance is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids.
Bette Seres recently caught this 18-inch largemouth bass on a lindy rig with a nightcrawler. She caught the fish in about 15 feet of water in lake weeds, according to husband Richard. "The weeds she reeled in with the fish weighed as much as the bass did. Thought she really had a whale," he said. Anglers are invited to submit photos of keepers during the 2018 open-water fishing season. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org .)
The third annual Park Rapids Fire Department's 5 Alarm Fishing Frenzy drew 26 boats with two-person teams to Potato Lake. The Aug. 11 contest awarded prizes to the top 10 teams: • 1st place: Mike Johnson and James Eischens. • 2nd place: Dick Winter and Josh Winter. • 3rd place: Ben Cumber and Jason Hochstatter. • 4th place: Jon Gravdahl and Dean Christofferson. • 5th place: Doug Hansen and Brian Warham. • 6th place: Kevin George and Tayden George. • 7th place: Zach Deshayes and Bryan Hanson.
The Cultural Center welcomes "Painters, Inkers, and Tattoo Lines," a unique graphic arts exhibit that is fun and interactive. On display is the work of Fargo printmaker Troy Becker, St. Cloud painter Adam Spaeth and painters Avery and Amy Nubson of Fargo. This show also features interactive painting opportunities, along with a display of tattoos and their stories from individuals around the state and beyond.
Paxton Buelow of Arvada, Colo. caught and released this 35-inch northern. He used a fire-tiger jig tipped with a leech on the Mantrap chain of lakes, near Nevis. "he had sore wrists and a big smile after a five-minute battle," said Neil Buelow, Paxton's grandfather. Anglers are invited to submit photos of keepers during the 2018 open-water fishing season. Email to email@example.com .
The Nemeth Art Center (NAC) will host an exhibit by Minneapolis-based artist Alexa Horochowski, starting July 20 and ending Sept. 29. The opening reception celebrating Alexa Horochowski's artwork will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Her NAC exhibition will explore the uneasy relationship between ecological sustainability and the market forces driving farm production.
World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert Friday, July 20 at The Sounds of Spirit Lake. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing offers audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor-sharp arrangements and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the U.S., Canada, Europe and South Korea. The 7 p.m. concert is free, on the shores of Spirit Lake in Menahga. Bring a lawn chair. The rain venue is the Menahga School.
The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will sponsor the second of its 2018 summer series of "Family Fun Nights," aimed at enriching the conservation experience in the community. This event — at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20 — is free of charge and all ages are welcome. The evening will begin with a lively interactive presentation by Gary Korsgaden from the Outdoors Writers of America Association. Korsgaden has written countless articles for publications such as "In-Fisherman," "North American Fisherman" and "Fishing Facts."
Spend an afternoon with storyteller Zaraawar Mistry and musician Greg Herriges for a storytelling workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Park Rapids Library. This workshop is designed for participants ages 8 to 15. They will demonstrate their skills and help kids discover and develop their unique storytelling style. At the end of the session, there will be time for kids to perform their story for friends and family, if they choose, or during library story time 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20. In preparation for the workshop, choose a short story or fable.
Twenty-five pies were entered in this year's pie baking contest and auction, raising $955 for the Park Rapids Library. The 12th annual competition, held July 4, was sponsored by Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery, Park Rapids Friends of the Library and Third Street Market. Bethany David's lemon meringue pie was selected as "Best in Show" in addition to winning first place in the juvenile division. Brandi Novak took second place in the juvenile division with her huckleberry cheesecake pie.