Will Weaver, author of "Sweet Land," "Memory Boy" and "Red Earth, White Earth, has mastered the art of using a northern Minnesota setting and details to gain a national audience. On Feb. 16, he'll present "Writing Close to Home" from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Library.
Peace Lutheran Church of Nevis announced the recent arrival of their new pastor, Timothy Balfanz. The church invites all to celebrate Pastor Tim's installation at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7. Pastor Jon Lindekugel, Augustana District LCMC, will officiate at the service. A reception, a morning brunch, and fellowship will follow the service.
Itasca-Mantrap has named Let's Go Fishing Headwaters Chapter the winner of the 2017 local Touchstone Energy Community Award. In appreciation of its community service, the organization received an engraved plaque and a $500 check that will be used for its cause.
The magic of Medora takes to the road again this holiday season with 27 performances of a music and magic variety show in 22 communities, including a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 show at Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. "A Magical Medora Christmas" will feature five of the top performers to have graced the stage of the Burning Hills Amphitheater, including former Medora Musical hosts Emily Walter, Bill Sorensen and Job Christenson, yodeler extraordinaire Jared Mason, and Chad Willow, longtime band leader at the Medora Musical.
Joel Vorhes of Park Rapids has been awarded an Advocacy Achievement Award by Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) for his work as a Judicare attorney. LSNM serves low-income and elderly residents of 22 counties using offices in Moorhead, Alexandria and Bemidji and the Judicare Panel, a group of 165 private attorneys throughout the region.
Jeanie Coborn of Citizens National Bank of Park Rapids was named a Minnesota Housing Top Producing Loan Officer at the Silver Level for her loan production during the first half of 2017.
For many years, Century PTA has relied on the Label Collection Program to earn points or money for the school. The money goes toward the media center, school supply closet and many other school needs. "We recently found out that the Campbell's Labels for Education Program is ending. This will result in thousands of points lost throughout the school year," said Century PTA in a news release. "With those points, we were able to purchase catalogue products, like playground and gym equipment, school supplies, videos, a printer, and many other items."
Looking for something special to wrap up this November? The third and final event of the Native American Heritage Month, sponsored by the Park Rapids Area Library and League of Women Voters Park Rapids (LWVPRA), is a popular "Make a Dreamcatcher" class. Neegonee Bruner, culture teacher at Pine Point School, and student assistants will lead an interactive session on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the library. The activity is ideal for people ages 10 and older. Pre-register to guarantee a space and supplies by signing up at the library or calling 732-4966.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Park Rapids Area Fisheries office has set the whitefish and cisco (tullibee) netting season for Dec. 1 through Dec. 31 on Straight Lake in Becker County. Notice will be posted at the lake access and other public places near the lake. To access the online listing of netting dates and netting regulations, visit mndnr.gov/regulations/fishing and click on "Whitefish - Cisco Sport Gillnetting." Opening dates for these lakes are determined based on fish abundance, climatic conditions and vulnerability of game fish.