For more than a year, a steering committee has been working in association with the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber and CivicBrand to create a new brand for the area. The results of the project will be revealed next week. The public is invited to view a documentary video produced for the roll out. It will be shown in downtown Park Rapids during 2nd Street Stage Thursdays, June 14 and 21, and then will be available on YouTube.
Minnesota singer and songwriter Zach Johnson will perform at the Park Rapids Area Library 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday June 13.
The Nemeth Art Center (NAC) is hosting photographer Wayne Gudmundson's exhibit, "White Earth Window," starting June 1 and ending July 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public. In consultation with Treuer and other tribal elders, roughly 50 topics were selected that reflect the Ojibwe experience on the White Earth Reservation. Gudmundson then made photographs at those specific 50 sites over the last few years.
The Park Rapids summertime tradition of Noon Hour Concerts — featuring both local and visiting musicians — returns Thursday, June 7. The concerts are free. Audiences are invited to bring lunch to eat prior to the concerts. Beverages and bars will be served. This summer's first Noon Hour Concert features Taggart Squared, a brother-sister piano duo, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. June 7 at Hubbard Methodist Church. Both 15-year-old Emma and 11-year-old Jacob Taggart have been playing since the age of 4, entertaining audiences not only in the U.S., but also in Europe.
A series of events celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment will take place throughout Minnesota in 2018, including Itasca State Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2. A variety of hands-on activities will be ongoing, including an ATV simulator, live raptors, Archery in the Park, I Can Fish, geocaching 101 and campfire cooking/ice cream in a bag.
The Itasca-Mantrap Operation Round Up Trust recently awarded $45,000 to 83 civic projects. Operation Round Up, a charitable program unique to electric co-ops, is designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit or community-based organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the Itasca-Mantrap service area. The primary source of funding for the trust is from Itasca-Mantrap members who voluntarily round up their electric bills.
John Merila of Nevis recently caught his limit of walleye. Anglers are invited to submit photos of keepers during the 2018 open-water fishing season. Email to email@example.com . (Submitted photo)
Seventeen students entered this year's Park Rapids Century PTA's Reflections Art Contest. Three advanced to the national competition and won awards. "This is quite an honor for these students and we are so happy to be able offer this at our school," said Colleen Hoscheid of Century School PTA. PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed, student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. All grades and abilities were invited to participate.
The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission are accepting entries for a Sculpture Trail in Red Bridge Park. The deadline has been extended to the end of the business day Monday, May 7.
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council is sponsoring the third annual Great American Story contest for oral storytellers. Stories are now being invited from Minnesota storytellers. Judges will narrow the selections to four finalists who will perform the best-told stories at an event Saturday, Sept. 22 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.