A citizen's most powerful tool in civic engagement is the right to vote. It is important that we all learn how to protect that right. The League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area and Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present a joint program Tuesday, March 13 about election integrity with Steve Simon, Minnesota's Secretary of State. As Minnesota's chief elections administrator, he has pledged to "work with anyone, of any political affiliation, from any part of our state" to protect, defend and strengthen the right to vote in Minnesota.
Ever-popular, historical re-enactor Arn Kind will present "Minnesota's Wild and Woolly Prohibition Days" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Park Rapids Area Library. The 1920s are probably best known for Prohibition, a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.
Bemidji State University's Student Center for Health and Counseling is sponsoring a Monday, March 6 training session covering aspects of the nation's current opioid addiction epidemic. The presentation, entitled "The Opioid Crisis: Learn More About the Many Pathways to Recovery," will be held twice: at noon in the Crying Wolf Room of BSU's lower Hobson Memorial Union and at 7 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer Hall room 100. Admission is free.
After months of planning by justice system and tribal officials, a proposal to establish a joint White Earth Nation-Mahnomen County drug court program has received final approval from the Minnesota Judicial Council, the policy-making body of the Minnesota Judicial Branch. This new drug court program represents a partnership between state, local and tribal governments aimed at reducing drug abuse throughout Mahnomen County and the greater White Earth Nation tribal lands.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) presents Mark Bridge, "Papa's Cookies," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 27 at Park Theater. As part of a National Park Service project, culinary historian Bridge has been researching Victorian-era delicacies and recreating handwritten recipes by Augusta Kohrs, wife of "Montana's Cattle King." The cookbook featuring these sweet treats is due to be published in May, but attendees to the HCLL program will get an advance look at some of the baking equipment and techniques as well as an opportunity to sample the cookies.
Minnesotan musician Robin Anders will present a program at the Park Rapids Area Library Friday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. Anders has toured in Africa, North and South America, Asia, India, and the Middle East performing, teaching and providing workshops for over 45 years. His experiences on five continents, with people of many cultures, have given him stories and anecdotes that are both entertaining and educational.
Three area students competed in the Regional Spelling Bee, held Feb. 7 at Northland Technical and Community College in Thief River Falls.
Tim Schmid, founder of Walking on Water's ice-fishing event for veterans, recently accepted a check for $1,500 from Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 38 Commander Jeff Siebert to help defray costs for the popular, and growing, event. "This is another opportunity to help support our veterans," Siebert said, adding that he was excited about the large numbers of them who have signed up for the activity. The 2018 event is Saturday, Feb. 17.
Small businesses are the heart of Minnesota's economy. This Valentine's Day, the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Minnesota District is sending this valentine with its top 10 reasons to love small businesses. Whether sharing the day with another or spending it honoring yourself, spread the sweetness by remembering to shop and dine small for unique Valentine's Day gifts, services and meal reservations. Consider this about small businesses in Minnesota:
To show their appreciation and affection for veterans throughout Minnesota, kids from the Nevis, Menahga, Park Rapids and Wadena schools recently made over 1,500 Valentine's Day cards. As they have done for over 25 years, women from Unit 38 of the Park Rapids Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) collected and organized those cards, boxing them up for mailing to the state's five veterans homes at Fergus Falls, Silver Bay, Luverne, Hastings and Minneapolis. In addition, cards will be given to veterans at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids and at the Fargo VA.