Join best-selling author Allen Eskens at the Park Rapids Area Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Eskenswrote "The Life We Bury," "The Guise of Another," "The Heavens May Fall," "The Deep Dark Descending" and "The Shadows We Hide." He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime) and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award and Audie Award. His books have been translated into 21 languages and his novel, "The Life We Bury," is in development for a feature film.
The Park Rapids American Legion family asks the public to support the Poppy Program on Friday, May 10 as they distribute poppies within the community. Proceeds from donations will be given to assist local veterans and their families where financial and medical need is evident. The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms.
The Forest Riders Snowmobile Club's fifth annual Ride for Hospice raised $6,400 for CHI St. Joseph's Health Hospice Care. The club's annual event raises funds in honor or in memory of loved ones. All proceeds from a raffle go toward the Hospice's Compassion Fund, benefiting patients and loved ones facing end-of-life issues.
Nemeth Art Center (NAC), "an oasis for contemporary art located in Park Rapids," according to new executive director Nicolle LeFleur, is hosting a unique experiential exhibit by Kyong Juhn through June 15. "Walk for Hope & Peace" presents Juhn's journey from her current hometown, Rochester, to Bemidji, having walked about 350 miles for 21 days. The public is invited to the opening reception and artist talk on Saturday, May 11 from 4-6 p.m.
Band instruments that once inhabited people's closets and storage rooms are back in use in tropical Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Students at a music conservatory there have learned how to play them and are performing in public.
Northwoods Bank staff donated $250 to the Hubbard County Food Shelf, and the bank matched it for a total donation of $500. Presenting the check on March 25 are, from left, Kimberly Johnson, Tammy Zunich-Andersen, food shelf representative Tony Szymczak, Michaela Bagley, Debbie Haas, Kristie Field & Kris Pickett.
Citizens National Bank donated $1,000 to the Nevis "Tech-No-Tigers" robotics team after the team beat out 62 teams to advance to the world competition April 24-27 in Detroit, Mich. The funds will cover costs of the trip and the contest. With bank employees Jason Funk, far left, and Tara Wolff, far right, are team members Autumn Vogel and Lyssie Byer, front, and Faith Mullenbach, Tom Aman and Kay Halik.
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) is sponsoring the fourth 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. 28 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.
Living in a community is a hard place to be. Community demands that we let down our guard. It demands that we peek our heads above the fence-line to see our neighbors — to love those next door — to be for one another a place of healing, of helping, of light often in the midst of overwhelming darkness. We in Nevis and Akeley have had this come full circle for us. Tragedy has struck, affecting so many families — wives, husbands, children. Generations are impacted by hardship, pain and loss.
LeeAnn Dirks, operations officer with Citizens National Bank, presents a $500 donation to Beth Hirt, site director for Beautiful Inside and Out (BIO) Girls. The BIO program aims to improve the self-esteem of adolescent girls. Hirt hopes to start the 12-week program in April, finishing with the Firecracker 5K footrace on July 4. For more information, visit biogirls.org.