Upcoming events May 21 - June 26

Saturday, May 21 The Park Rapids Police Department is in the process of adding a drug detection dog to the force, Carrie Parks to be the K9 handler. A fundraising fish fry will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids Ameri...

Saturday, May 21

The Park Rapids Police Department is in the process of adding a drug detection dog to the force, Carrie Parks to be the K9 handler.

A fundraising fish fry will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Pax, the department's first K9, recently retired. His role with the department was considered "invaluable." Dan Kruchowski served as the K9 handler.

Fundraising has begun for the purchase of the dog, with a goal of $12,000 to $15,000. The K9 program runs solely on donations.


For more information, or to make a donation, contact Police Chief Terry Eilers or Parks at 237-2711.

Sunday, May 22

First City Squares of Bemidji is hosting a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at the United Methodist fellowship hall, 9th and Beltrami.  

Plus tips first half hour.  Larry Johansen will be the caller and Donna Stone will be cueing.  Visitors and spectators are welcome. For more information, call Ray or Carole at 218-444 - 5904.

Monday, May 23

St. Joseph's Area Health Services foot care clinics will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays by appointment in Park Rapids.

The May 23 clinic will be held in the Community Health office at 323 So. Main Ave. Call 237-5463 for an appointment.

The Park Rapids Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23 and from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 at the American Legion.


Persons 16 and older are eligible to donate.

Call Zelda Novak at 732-9295.

The Hubbard County Historical Society will resume monthly meetings Monday, May 23.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the museum. Frank Mitchell will present information on the Jefferson Highway.

Tuesday, May 24

Park Rapids early childhood screening, for children 3.5 to 5 years (optimal age is 3.5), will be conducted Tuesday through Thursday, May 24-26 at Frank White Education Center.

For more information, call 237-6600.

Wednesday, May 25


The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association will host a panel for a one-hour workshop on shoplifting and bad checks at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Northwoods Bank.

Speakers who will participate are Peter Meggers, Walmart security specialist; Darlene Hildebrandt, manager at L&M Supply; Brad Dahn, owner of Park Ace Hardware; Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers and investigator Brian Goldammer; and County Attorney Don Dearstyne.

All business owners are invited to attend.

Thursday, May 26

Seniors, are you interested in learning some basics about computers?

Come surf the Web at the Park Rapids Area Library from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26.

The library is hosting a Senior Surf Day for senior citizens to come and learn some basics about computers and using the Internet.  

Space is limited; call the library at 732-4966 to reserve a space.  There is no charge for this training.


PEO Chapter FQ will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26 at the home of Roxy Wickre with Helen Keezer as co-hostess.   

Lunch will be served. The program is a Royal High Tea.  Wear a hat or fascinator.

Friday, May 27

The Park Rapids Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary 38 will host a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 27 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

The menu will include fish, potatoes, coleslaw, flatbread, bars, coffee and lemonade.

The Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail will meet Friday, May 27 at Terrapin Station in Nevis.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck supper.  Non-alcoholic beverages are available at Terrapin Station.  A short business meeting will address the expansion of the chapter boundary. 

The membership is being asked to consider moving the eastern boundary of the Chapter from the Cass/ Hubbard County line to where the NCT crosses Highway 125 northwest of Longville. 


With this expansion, many Walker and Hackensack area people who are active in the chapter will be included within the chapter boundary.  Most of the NCT from the Hubbard/Cass County boundary to Highway 125, all within the Chippewa National Forest, has been adopted by Cass County residents.

A short program on the hiking plan for this summer will follow the business meeting. The public is invited to this meeting.  Call 218-675-5448 with questions.

The Friendly Squares will host a square dance Friday, May 27 at the Century School in Park Rapids.

There will be a "plus" workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and mainstream dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Caller will be Larry Johansen and Donna Stone will cue round dancing between tips.  

Club members will furnish a potluck lunch after the dance.  All square dancers and spectators are invited.

Saturday, May 28

Author Nathan Jorgenson will sign his new novel, "A Crooked Number," from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Beagle Books.

The book is the prequel to "Waiting for White Horses" that won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction in 2004. The book has become a regional bestseller along with Jorgenson's second novel, "The Mulligan."


"A Crooked Number" chronicles dental student Grant Thorson as he discovers the thrills and challenges of love while pursuing his dreams in the prime of his life.

Jorgenson keeps an intriguing balance of humor and heartbreak with a narrative voice illuminating the Minnesota characters.

For more information visit .

Monday, May 30

The Wolf Lake chapter of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society will be hosting their 25th annual pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 30 at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall.  

The menu will include pancakes, ham and homemade syrups.  

A freewill donation will help fund scholarships to Salolampi, the Finnish language camp at Concordia Language Villages.

Everyone is welcome.

Monday, June 13

A six-week writing group geared for teens will be meeting from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Monday, June 13 at the Nemeth Art Center, formerly known as the North Country Museum of Arts.

Learn writing tips and ideas. Share your poems, stories and essays. Learn the fine art of giving helpful feedback.  Group size is limited. It's open to ages 14-18. Scholarships are available through the support of the Friends of the Library.

For more information, including cost, contact group leader, Cindie Ekren at 652-4257 or Kelly Grossman at 237-5900 . The Nemeth Art Center is located at 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids.

The Minnesota Folklore Theater will present a two-week summer youth theater workshop June 13-26.

June 13-19, Emily Meyer from First Lutheran Church of Akeley and friends will lead local 4th-12th graders through the audition process.

They will also go behind the scenes into the theatrical world of lighting, sound, set and prop production, box office and publicity, script writing, costuming, directing and acting.

The week will conclude with a polished production, presented Sundays, June 19 and 26 (before the Paul Bunyan Days parade).

June 20-26, Beth Grafenstein and Meyer will help young people sharpen their musical theater gifts.

Along with the areas covered in the first week, we'll explore vocal auditions, vocal technique, interpreting music for the stage and choreography. This is an initial week of preparation for the Nevis School/Minnesota Folklore Theater presentation of the "Wizard of Oz."

The classes will conclude June 26 with a reprise of the first week's production and a sneak peak of selections from the Wizard of Oz.

Workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The $15 registration fee includes a "fantastic" theatrical experience, lunch every day, one ticket to the final performance (for each performance if attending both weeks), and a donation to the Akeley Revitalization Project in participants' names. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required.

Contact Minnesota Folklore Theater for more information and a registration form at www.minnesota, or 218-652-2666.

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