"Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!" How old were you the first time you heard this familiar message? This year marks the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear and the fire prevention campaign. Celebrations are happening throughout Minnesota, including a fun-filled, family event at Itasca State Park.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Friends of Itasca will host a dedication event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27 for the new Lake Itasca amphitheater at Itasca State Park. Visitors should bring a blanket or lawn chair for a day of music, a visit from Courier-de-Bois, who will take visitors back in time to explore the life of a voyageur, and an ice cream social. Erika Rivers, DNR Parks and Trails Division director, will dedicate the amphitheater and speak about its value and funding.
On Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26, Park Rapids businesses will go all out with sales, special events, crazy costumes and more inside and on sidewalks for Crazy Days. On Thursday, food and merchandise vendors and community organizations will join in providing extra food and activities.
For nearly 15 years, Locklin Road has played Irish music as well as bluegrass, folk, blues and Americana favorites throughout the Midwest. On Friday night, July 26, they bring their unique sound to the stage at Spirit Lake in Menahga. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music at the lakefront at 7 p.m. In case of rain, the free concert will be inside at the Menahga School.
Brother Jon Band, a rock band out of Minneapolis, will close out the first day of Crazy Days. Hosted by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, the 2nd Street Stage concert is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25. The free concert features live music, a beer garden and family activities on the second block of South Main. Bring your own lawn chair. The beer garden will open at 5 p.m. for a social hour.
The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) and Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) are continuing their ongoing series of grazing field days from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Friday, July 19 at Hendrickx Dairy, 16579 County Road 9, Sebeka. This free event, which includes lunch, includes paddock viewing, grazing tours and farmer discussion about how Mike and Alida Hendrickx have turned Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land into profitable grazing land.
The Nemeth Art Center will be hosting a reception and talk with the collaborating artists of the interactive exhibit “Weaving Community Together” from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 20. In this interactive and process-oriented exhibit, Luisa Fernanda Garcia-Gomez and local expert handweaver Bruce Engebretson are exploring the rich, connective tissue between art, textile design and tapestry.
The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office is looking for information about a juvenile runaway. Rose Neadeau, 16, is a Native American female, approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair with reddish ends. She was last seen wearing a black dress with a brown and peach-colored floral pattern and white and black Jordan shoes. To report any information about Neadeau, call the sheriff's office at 732-3331.
Téa Renee, an award-winning 18-year-old musician with a passion for music, will perform Thursday, July 25 for the Noon Hour Concert series. The concert is from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church. A student at Berklee College of Music, Renee is studying songwriting and vocal performance. Throughout her life, she has traveled and lived all over the world and performed various types of music in many different venues – from jazz clubs in China to the 5th Avenue Stage in Seattle.
Performing in over 100 cities each year, Americana/folk/acoustic musician and entertainer Dennis Warner captivates audiences with his smooth vocals and six- and 12-string guitars. Warner and his band, the Ds, will perform Friday, July 19 at Sounds of Spirit Lake. The free, outdoor concert will be held at 7 p.m. on the shores of Spirit Lake, near the fishing pier.