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A publication of the Park Rapids Enterprise Visitors to the Heartland Lakes area soon learn it’s the land of 10,000 things to do. To find out the latest local news and upcoming events, turn to the Park Rapids Enterprise, an award-winning newspaper published every Wednesday and Saturday. We offer year-round subscriptions for Minnesotans and out-of-state visitors. For more information, call 218-732-3364. Our office is located at 1011 1st. St. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, Minn. You can find us online at www.parkrapidsenterprise.com, Instagram or our Facebook page. © 2022 Park Rapids Enterprise This publication is the sole property of the Park Rapids Enterprise. No portion of it may be reproduced without the express, written consent of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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Welcome to the beautiful northwoods The Heartland Lakes area teems with the sights and sounds of the great Minnesota northwoods. Enjoy our towns and its people while surrounded by pristine lakes and tall pine forests. This region offers a variety of opportunities – from scenic retreats and outdoor sports to rich cultural experiences, shopping, dining and entertainment. Jump into the water for swimming, tubing, water skiing or fishing. Bike the famous Heartland Trail for a day of historic sights and healthy recreation. Explore the scenic North Country Trail. Play a game of disc golf, tennis or softball or have a picnic at one of the city or county parks. Golfers needn’t go far to find top-rated courses within a short drive in any direction. 4
With more than 400 lakes, thousands of miles of trails and a wildlife refuge, the Heartland Lakes area is also a gateway to Itasca State Park, home of the Mississippi River headwaters. Local art galleries and museums celebrate the history and artistic talent of our communities. Park Rapids and surrounding towns host many summer festivals with parades, music, kids games and more. From life on the lakes to exercise on the trails, shopping the unique stores or just kicking back with a good book beneath the Norway pines, the Heartland Lakes area offers it all. Flip through this issue of Summer Scene and you’ll find what you are looking for in lake and pine country. We just know that you’ll enjoy your stay. PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE
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10 FUN THINGS
1. Get your pic with Paul Akeley’s 73rd annual Paul Bunyan Days festival is planned for the weekend of Friday through Sunday, June 24-26. Most festival events will take place at Paul’s Patio in the center of town, where many people stop each year to take their picture with the town’s statue of the famed lumberjack. Audrey’s Purple Plaid Run will be held Saturday morning to raise funds to help local cancer patients. The festival will also feature a kids’ fishing contest, treasure hunt, parades, a dance and more. Go to akeleychamber.com for more information closer to the event.
2. Celebrate America’s birthday Park Rapids is a popular destination for the Fourth of July. The Fourth of July celebration begins early in the day with the Firecracker Footrace in Heartland Park. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is planning its traditional parade. It will begin at 11 a.m. and wind through downtown streets. The annual fireworks display has JUNE/JULY 2022
grown into one of the largest and most spectacular shows in the state. Fireworks over the Fish Hook Hook River is a showcase event for the community, drawing spectators from around the region. Sponsored by the Park Rapids Rotary Club, the display is funded solely by donations. Fireworks blast off at dusk in Heartland Park.
3. Chow on BBQ A barbecue contest, with live music, will be held in Nevis on Saturday, July 9. Serving begins at 5 p.m. In addition to BBQ ribs, a variety of other side meats, such as turkey and chicken, will be dished up. Judges will announce the winners at an awards ceremony. The street between the Iron Horse Restaurant and the Nevis Municipal Liquor Store will be blocked off for the event. All funds raised will go to the Nevis Volunteer Fire Department. The band Rhino from the Twin Cities will be playing a top 40 mix at the main stage. The event is sponsored by the Nevis Municipal Liquor Store and the Iron Horse Restaurant. 6
4. Watch the Menahga Midsummer parade Pageantry, parades and fireworks! The annual Menahga Midsummer Celebration offers fun for all ages from July 8-9. Organized by the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association, the three-day affair kicks off with a Miss Menahga and Little Miss Menahga pageant on Friday evening. The St. Urho Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9. Saturday’s festivities include a kids’ fishing tourney and an arts and craft fair. An impressive Midsummer Grand Parade marches through downtown Menahga Saturday at 7 p.m. Fireworks over Spirit Lake begin at dusk Saturday night. For more details, visit https://menahga.com/home.
5. Stop by the family-friendly county fair The 2022 fair, organized by the Shell Prairie Agriculture Association, will be held July 13-17 in Park Rapids. PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE
TO DO in June & July
The Hubbard County Fair includes a variety of entertainment at the grandstand arena, 4-H exhibits in the animal barns and a midway filled with games. Carnival rides will be open from Wednesday evening through Saturday. The 4-H Exhibit Hall features livestock, poultry, horses, rabbits, a dog show, 4-H vendors and open class exhibits and vendors throughout the fair. And don’t forget the fair food! Stop on over for cheese curds, corn dogs, fresh French fries, pork burgers, ice cream and other mouth-watering delicacies.
6. Enjoy Muskie Days music The annual Nevis Muskie Days celebration and music festival features small-town fun for the whole family on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23. All events, including musical performances, are free. The inflatables will be back, along with the Muskie Market featuring crafters, artists and flea market PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE
treasures along the Heartland Trail. From 9-10 a.m. a kids fishing tournament for ages 5-12 will be on the Lake Belle Taine fishing pier, followed by a casting contest and games and crafts for kids. Saturday afternoon activities include an ice cream contest, buried treasure dig and parade. Go to nevischamber.com for updates and a complete list of activities.
7. Admire ski team antics The Park Rapids Water Ski Team is holding free, family-friendly shows this summer at Halvorson Beach in Nevis. Shows start at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, July 16 and Aug. 6.
8. Rock out on Main Street Bring a lawn chair to Main Street, downtown Park Rapids and enjoy free, outdoor concerts from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from June 16 through Aug. 18. The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association hosts the live concerts, featuring regional bands, a beer garden and family activities. 7
More details can be found on page 28.
9. Stroll along the Sculpture Trail Sculptures created by Minnesota artists dot downtown Park Rapids and Red Bridge Park. Stroll along the trail to enjoy a dozen new sculptures. All artworks remain in place for a year and are available for sale.
10. Hit the beach The glistening waters in the Heartland Lakes Area entice swimmers, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. Many of the county’s 313 lakes have public accesses. The county and some communities also maintain parks. Located along Fish Hook River in Park Rapids, Heartland Park is a popular swimming beach, playground and picnic area. It offers access to the Heartland Trail, along with a disc golf course, horseshoe court, pickleball/ tennis courts, basketball court and fishing pier. Nevis, Akeley and Lake George also have a swimming beach, picnic shelter and restrooms. JUNE/JULY 2022
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Talent Show: 7pm Free Will offering (winners qualify for state competition)
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Off the beaten path Explore the northwoods’ forest trails LORIE SKARPNESS Park Rapids Enterprise
Anyone wanting to get off the beaten path and ride on the many forest trails in the area has many options to choose from. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a page dedicated to an A-Z listing of more than 80 off-highway vehicle trails in the state. Click on the link for each trail to get all the information before heading out to ride. The page includes an interactive map, updates on trail and road closures, safety courses and tips, rules and regulations, fees and registration information and more. Here is a sampling of some of the trails in our neck of the woods. David Schotzko, Bemidji area supervisor for the DNR Parks and Trails Division, has been working with ATV clubs for 15 years. During that time, he has ridden most of the trails in the region. “Each trail system has a club contact listed on the website,” he said. “They ride the trails and have the most up-todate information.” The following five trails are in what Schotzko described as “a triangle of riding opportunities” surrounding the Park JUNE/JULY 2022
Rapids area. “Look at the symbols on the maps to see what kind of vehicles are allowed,” he said. Schotzko said, when he started, there were one or two trail proposals coming in for the seven-county area each year. “There were only a couple of trails to ride 15 years ago,” he said. “The DNR works with the clubs that maintain the trails.” Riders are asked to bring out everything they came with, as there are no garbage receptacles along the trails. Some trails have porta john toilets, while some do not. Call the club contact for information.
FOREST RIDERS TRAIL One hundred miles of trails cross through Becker and Hubbard counties, creating a combination of forest roads and township, county and state road rights-of-way also referred to by some locals as the Two Inlets trail. Passing through multiple state forests, the trail rides through terrain ranging from rolling and hilly to level and smooth. Trails are provided by Clover Township and maintained by the Forest Riders ATV Club. Directions to reach the trail are 10
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on the DNR website. For more information, call Ron Jensen at 218-732-4205.
HUNTERSVILLE TRAIL There are 59 miles of off-highway motorcycle trail that twist through Huntersville State Forest. Much of the trail is single-track, with some two-track and service road loops for beginning riders. All trails are marked and range from easy to more difficult. The Huntersville Trail is a great alternative to the more technical Martineau Recreational Trail. This trail is provided by the Township of Huntersville and maintained by the Twin Cities Trail Riders. Parking and trail access are west of Huntersville, off County Road 24 or east off County Road 18. For more information, contact Tom Umphress at 612-965-8618.
ROUND RIVER TRAIL Schotzko said the Thorpe Tower overlook makes this one of his favorite trails to ride. “It’s just north of Nevis,” he said. “They’ve recently done some logging, so you can see for a long way and it’s a good panoramic view,” he said. “The fire tower that used to be there has been removed and just the foundation is there.” He said there is an old log landing nearby. “I ate my lunch there last summer,” he said. Located on a combination of state forest roads and trails in northern Minnesota, the Round River Drive Trail showcases 29 miles of the diverse terrain of the Paul Bunyan State Forest. Miles of trails twist and turn, while climbing in elevation and narrowing past moraines and potholes. The trail is provided by the City of Akeley and Hubbard County and maintained by the Akeley Paul Bunyan ATV Trailriders and Timberland Dirt Devils. From Akeley, take State Hwy. 64 north 5.6 miles. Then turn left on Blue Trail/ Steamboat Trail. For more information, call 218-732-4270.
SCHOOLCRAFT TRAIL The 29-mile Schoolcraft Trail connects the community of Lake George to the Paul Bunyan State Forest. The rough, hilly terrain, dotted with bogs and ponds, showcases the diverse Minnesota landscape. The trail is a combination of forest and township roads as well as county and state road rights-of-way. The trail is provided by Hubbard County and maintained by the Northwoods Riders OHV Club. From Bemidji, travel 6 miles south on U.S. Hwy. 71. Turn west on County Road 9 for 3 miles, then south for one block on Reverse Trail. For more information, call 218-732-4270.
SMOKY HILLS TRAIL This 20-mile trail in Becker County follows trails within Smoky Hills State Forest. The trail utilizes portions of the Navillus, Hanna Ore and Wolf Lake State Forest Roads and several minimum maintenance state forest roads. The trail is provided by the City of Wolf Lake and maintained by the Woods and Wheels ATV Club. From Osage, go 1/2 mile west on State Hwy. 34, 3 miles south on Hwy. 47 and west on Wolf Lake Forest Road 1/2 mile to the parking lot north of the road. For more information, contact Alex Myers at 701-371-9637 or at email@example.com. PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE
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On the water, follow the rules of the road BY ROBIN FISH Park Rapids Enterprise
Before hopping into a boat or operating watercraft, be sure to understand the rules for safe boating. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, waterways across the state have seen an increase in boaters. “New boat registrations went up by 16,000 last year,” said MnDNR boat and water safety outreach coordinator Lisa Dugan. “With that, there was also an increase in warnings for more basic boating violations, many of those warnings being life jackets – either not having enough (or any) life jackets on board the boat, or kids under 10 not wearing them when it’s required by law.” Children under age 10 are required to wear a life jacket while the boat is underway, she said. Adults need to have JUNE/JULY 2022
one that properly fits on board and readily accessible. Dugan said boats 16 feet long and greater, not including canoes and kayaks, must have a throwable flotation device immediately available – meaning in direct reach of the operator. Other common infractions include failing to register boats or having proof of registration or fishing licenses, and new paddlers not having life jackets. 14
“You can check all required equipment, including fire extinguishers, navigation lights, sound producing devices in the (MnDNR) Boating Guide,” Dugan said, referencing pages 15 ff. She also cautioned that there is a risk of hypothermia when a boater falls into cold water, which is generally considered any water below 70 degrees. “It’s important for boaters to dress for the water temperature, not necessarily the air temperature,” she said. “Like most things outdoors, layers are your friend. Even strong swimmers can succumb to the effects of hypothermia in a short time.” In most cases where an unexpected fall into cold water results in death, the cause of death is drowning, she said, “which puts emphasis on wearing a life jacket and keeping your head above water long enough for help to get to you or until you’re able to self-rescue.” PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE
Clean, Drain, Dry It is up to boaters to help curb the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), or aquatic hitchhikers. Keep the following steps in mind: ► Clean: Thoroughly wash down your boat, trailer and other watercraft after use, taking care to remove any plant or animal life. ► Drain: Make sure your boat and engine are completely drained, removing the drain plug and emptying livewells, bilge and ballast tanks. ► Dry: Air dry your equipment for at least 48 hours, if possible up to five days, before entering another body of water. Or, give your boat and trailer a high-temperature pressure wash and towel dry.
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10,000 THINGS TO DO
Note: Events are subject to change. Always check with the organizer before making plans. All events listed are in Park Rapids unless otherwise noted.
JUNE 11: Yunior Rebollar artist reception, Nemeth Art Center 12: Nevis Sites ‘N Bites 16: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church 16: 2nd Street Stage 18: Author Fest at American Legion 19: Dorset Boardwalk Art Fest 23: 2nd Street Stage 24-26: Akeley Paul Bunyan Days
29-Aug. 6: Northern Light Opera Company, “Hello, Dolly!”
AUGUST 4: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church 4: 2nd Street Stage 5-7: All School Reunion 5-7: Antique Tractor & Engine Club Field Days 6: Taste of Dorset 6: Water Ski Show, Halvorson Beach, Nevis
25: Water Ski Show, Halvorson Beach, Nevis
11: Noon Hour Concert, Hubbard United Methodist Church
30: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church
11: Water Wars on Main Avenue
30: 2nd Street Stage
11: 2nd Street Stage
12-13: Northern Nights Run to the Rapids classic car show
1-3: PRCA Xtreme Bulls and Broncs, Park Rapids 4: Firecracker Footrace, Heartland Park
13: Northwoods Triathlon, Nevis
4: Fourth of July parade
13: Legends and Logging Days/Backyard BBQ Challenge
4: Community Band pre-fireworks concert
18: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church
4: Rotary Fourth of July fireworks
18: 2nd Street Stage
7: 2nd Street Stage 8: Dana Schutz-Ryan Johnson artist reception, Nemeth Art Center 8: Ginny Sims artist reception, Nemeth Art Center 9: Nevis Bands & BBQ 14: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church 14: 2nd Street Stage 13-17: Hubbard County Fair, Shell Prairie Agricultural Association 16: Water Ski Show, Halvorson Beach, Nevis 21: Noon Hour Concert, St. Johns Lutheran Church 21: 2nd Street Stage 22-23: Nevis Muskie Days 28: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church
19-20: Summer Fest at Hubbard County Fairgrounds 20-21: Art Fair at the Winery, Forestedge Winery, Laporte 27: Veterans Tribute Program, Howard Maninga’s home, Ponsford 28: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church
SEPTEMBER 24-25: Art Leap 2022
OCTOBER 1-31: Shoptoberfest 31: Trick or Treat Park Rapids
28: 2nd Street Stage
24: 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5K
28-29: Crazy Days, Park Rapids
25: Community Tree Lighting and Yuletide Sampler
Exciting Rodeo Barrels into Park Rapids
The road to Las Vegas and the National Finals Rodeo features a major stop at Minnesota’s largest professional rodeo event, held in Park Rapids over the Fourth of July weekend. Sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and produced by Jokela ProWest, the exciting three-day event is Friday through Sunday, July 1-3. The action starts nightly at 7 p.m., rain or shine. Gates open at 5 p.m. The 44th annual Headwaters event showcases the PRCA’s top contestants matched up against the nation’s toughest bucking stock for eight seconds. The PRCA ProRodeo will be held July 1 and 2, with the Xtreme Bulls Competition on July 3. Each performance features all new competitors. One of Minnesota’s premiere summer attractions, the show also features huge rodeo dances under a log pavilion each night, with Mikele Buck, a finalist from NBC’s “The Voice”, on Friday, July 1 and Lendon James Band, a CMA New Artist of the Year nominee, on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3. Other popular daily highlights include the exciting aerial displays by freestyle Moto X Cycles from the X Games competition, women’s professional barrel racing, kids’ sheep riding and more. Visit www.parkrapidsbullride.com for updates, details and discounted ticket info. 16
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7 scrumptious s’more recipes Nothing says “Northwoods dessert” like a s’more eaten around the campfire. No dishes are required, although paper plates to set up the graham crackers topped with chocolate are a nice addition. A wide variety of s’mores can be created by varying the type of cracker, chocolate and filling. Here are seven scrumptious combinations to get started, but many more can be created. Some stores now carry flavored marshmallows as well. Graham crackers can also be replaced with Oreos, rice krispie bars or even crisped waffles to create even more variations. Marshmallows are best roasted over the fire’s embers on a long roasting fork. Turn the roasting fork throughout the roasting process until the marshmallow is puffy and golden brown. Break graham crackers into squares. Put the
Cinnamon Snickers Slice a mini Snicker bar lengthwise and place on half of a cinnamon graham cracker.
Peanut Butter Cup Fill a plain graham cracker with a medium peanut butter cup.
Fluffernutter Spread peanut butter on one square of a chocolate graham cracker. marshmallow on top of chocolate between two squares and enjoy! It is also helpful to keep a container of wet wipes nearby for sticky fingers.
Classic S’more Fill a plain graham cracker
with squares of milk or dark chocolate to cover surface.
Strawberry Nutella Spread Nutella on one square and top with thinly sliced strawberries.
Fill a plain graham cracker with a square chocolate caramel and slice of cooked bacon.
Use a chocolate graham cracker and top with a flat square chocolate mint.
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How to build a safe campfire
Campfires are a summer tradition in the northwoods. Gathering around a crackling campfire and listening to the loons calling from the lake is a peaceful way to end the day. Whether cooking hotdogs, roasting marshmallows or taking the chill off the night air, these tips will help you build a campfire that burns well and extinguish it safely when you are done.
BUILDING A SAFE CAMPFIRE There are a few important things to consider before building a fire. If wilderness camping, pick a spot at least 10 feet from tents and away from brush and grass. This will keep smoke away from the sleeping area. Also pick a location that is sheltered from the force of the wind so the fire will not be blown out. Be sure young children are actively supervised so they do not get too close to the fire. They should also practice the move “stop, drop and roll” used to extinguish clothing that catches fire. The DNR suggests these steps to build a safe campfire: ► Clear the campfire site down to bare soil and remove any combustible materials (leaves, sticks, etc.) within five feet of the fire. ► Build a small fire and contain it within a fire ring three feet or less in diameter. ► If no fire ring is available, scoop out a depression in the center of the cleared area and arrange a ring of rocks around it. ► Have a bucket of water and a shovel near the campfire in case the fire spreads.
CAMPFIRE STYLES These are a few of the most popular styles. The Teepee This is the most common type of campfire. It is made by a creating a base of kindling (newspaper, bark, or dry brush) and then leaning logs onto each other over it. The fire is started at the bottom, and as the kindling burns it ignites the logs. Eventually the teepee will collapse as the logs burn and fall into the middle of the fire. More logs may be added as needed. The teepee fire produces a lot of heat and light, but is fast-burning, so be sure to have a good supply of wood on hand a safe distance from the fire to add as the fire JUNE/JULY 2022
burns down. The Log Cabin This type of fire may also be referred to as the criss-cross or self-feeding fire. A log cabin format consists of logs stacked in alternating layers like the frame of a log cabin. Larger logs are stacked in a criss-cross fashion at the bottom level, then medium sized-wood, then small wood. Put some twigs and brush on the top for kindling and start the fire from the top down. As the fire burns on top, it will spread down to the next layer, making this a self-feeding fire. The Log Cabin fire is exceptional for cooking since it produces a steady heat and burns for a long time. The Swedish Torch This type of fire is ideal for cooking or boiling water with a limited supply of wood. Take a large log and slice it in an “x” shape to create just enough air flow to allow a fire to burn in the center. Shortly after starting the fire, set a pot 18
or kettle on top of the log base. Remove the pot or kettle before the log burns and collapses.
EXTINGUISHING THE CAMPFIRE When leaving the campsite, make sure the fire is completely out. TakeMeCamping.org states that the best way to extinguish the fire is to first use a bucket to spread water over the fire to extinguish the flames. Next, use a stick to stir the fire bed and then pour more water over the area. Repeat as needed until there is no more “hissing” sound coming from the fire when water is poured over it. Cover the area with dirt. This assures embers are all extinguished and cannot re-ignite. Stay in the area for at least 30 minutes to make sure the fire does not start up again. PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE
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Paved biking trails connect with outdoor fun BY SHANNON GEISEN Park Rapids Enterprise
Hubbard County’s beautiful natural resources provide the scenery, while bike trails offer riders the opportunity to explore. The Heartland Trail is a 49-mile, multiple-use trail, open to non-motorized use. It officially starts in Heartland Park in Park Rapids and ends in Cass Lake. The Paul Bunyan Trail is 115 miles long, extending from Crow Wing State Park to Lake Bemidji State Park. It’s the longest of Minnesota’s state trails and the longest continuously paved rail-trail in the country.
POPULAR ROUTES BY LOCALS Eric Haugland, an avid local bicyclist, says, “My favorite portion of the Heartland Trail is from east of Akeley to Walker, where you are riding in the woods, away from roads and highways.” He added, “Family biking is great at Itasca State Park and ice cream in Dorset, Nevis and I think Akeley.” Jill and Deane Johnson agree. Jill said, “Deane and I are definitely the casual bike riders who bike from Park Rapids for ice cream in Dorset and coffee and caramel rolls in Nevis. We love meandering along the Heartland Trail, listening to the birds, watching wild flowers bloom and visiting with trail friends along the way. Always a good time!” Deane mentioned it’s great for family treks. “We’ve taken that ride to Dorset with young kids many times over the JUNE/JULY 2022
years. The main advantage is that, except for road crossings, you are not riding with motorists. The ice cream cone at the end of the ride in any of those places is a good incentive,” he said. Maurice Spangler is a member of the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club, which organizes the Heartland 100 bike ride each fall. Spangler said, when he was younger, he’d ride on county roads. Now he sticks to the Heartland Trail. “I used to ride a recumbent road bike, but now I ride a trail bike with wider tires. All the roads I used to ride on are fine, most with good shoulders, except for the road north of Dorset,” he said. Spangler advises loading bikes onto a vehicle and driving to the trail, rather than attempting to ride to the trail. “The trail is the best place for biking up here. We always wear helmets and use red flashers on the backs of our bikes,” he said.
ITASCA STATE PARK BIKE TRAIL Renee Brauer, another Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club member, also loves biking the Heartland Trail. She also recommends cruising through Itasca State Park. “We are most fortunate to have the beautiful scenic bike trail in Itasca Park. It’s always fun to see families biking together and enjoying all the fun stops along the way,” Brauer said. “Riding in the fall can be breathtakingly beautiful, albeit sometimes a bit chilly,” she adds. The Headwaters 100 is the premier event of the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club. Every September, hundreds of cyclists from all over North America join the tour to witness spectacular fall colors in the Park Rapids area. The 2022 Headwaters 100 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24. Brauer notes, “Those that bike the 75- and 100-mile ride for the Headwaters 100 are blown away by the fall beauty in Itasca Park. 20
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LOOP A LAKE Haugland likes “loop rides,” such as the 12-mile excursion around Big Sand Lake. “You can add more miles by adding more lakes of the Mantrap Chain to ride by. You can fill up your water bottle at the well at the Mantrap Lake DNR access,” he said. “Another 15-mile loop is around Long Lake. There are limited paved shoulders on these rides, so it would best to ride early in the morning and week weekdays.”
ITASCA STATE PARK SPUR Construction of the Itasca-Heartland Connection Trail is expected to begin within a year. This multi-purpose, paved trail will serve as a strategic connection between Itasca State Park and the Heartland State Trail. Safe access routes to Minnesota’s most popular park have long been a priority, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) considers this new spur a “destination trail.” This trail would increase outdoor opportunities for cyclists, walkers, snowmobilers, families and children, including both local residents, who are active trail users, and visitors to this region. For more than a decade, a citizen-led committee has been actively developing a plan for the Itasca-Heartland Connection Trail, with input from a variety of stakeholders. The trail will be located primarily in county and stateowned lands, showcasing the abundant natural and cultural resources of the region. In 2020, the Minnesota Legislature included $2 million in
its bonding bill for engineering and design of the trail segment located within Itasca State Park and for construction of a trail tunnel under U.S. Hwy. 71. The DNR has completed its engineering plan and the tunnel is anticipated to be built soon. Haugland was part of the committee that proposed the trail. “Hopefully, the proposed Itasca-Heartland Connection Trail will come soon and cyclists, snowmobilers and hikers can enjoy 14 miles of paved trail from Emmaville to Itasca State Park that will be totally in the woods. This will truly be an exceptional state trail connecting Park Rapids to the par,” he said. Shannon Geisen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HEADWATERS CANOE CLUB 2022 CRUISE DATES There’s no better way to enjoy a beautiful summer day on the water than a canoe trip. Whether relaxing or invigorating, the Heartland Lakes area offers a variety of opportunities to get your oar in. Local canoe outfitters can set you up if you need to rent equipment. The Headwaters Canoe Club has a summer schedule of events for canoeists of all ages and experience levels. Call the host to let them know you will be paddling, to ask if a shorter option is available, for directions and further information; or contact Tony at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. ► Saturday, June 11: Chippewa Triathlon. Jack Gustafson, 218-335-2689. ► 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14: Bass Lake; meet at public access. Easy. Steve Bilben, 218-5471818. ► 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21: Big Lake, Birchmont Beach Rd. to Bergquists’. Moderate. Mike and Becky Bergquist, 605-530-2784. ► 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 28: Sucker Lake Chain; begin at Upper Sucker Lake and back. Easy. Peter Moberg, 218-444-7532. ► 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 12: North Twin Lake; meet at public access. Easy. Peter Moberg, 218444-7532. ► 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19: May Lake. Easy. Steve Bilben, 218-547-1818.
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Some area scenery is best seen with
a paddle in hand BY ROBIN FISH Park Rapids Enterprise
Thanks to the abundance of lakes and rivers, canoeing and kayaking are a popular summer activity in the Park Rapids area. “It’s a beautiful, scenic area to paddle, and it’s good exercise,” said Tony McKeown, a member of the Headwaters Canoe Club. “There’s places here, within a mile or two of the city, that’s like wilderness, just about.” McKeown and a lady friend often canoe together. “It just feels good to do the physical activity,” he said. “But you have the benefit of great scenery.” He started when he had young children, and he still goes paddling as a senior citizen, despite arthritis slowing him down. Nevertheless, some summer visitors and even year-round residents may be new to paddling. To get started, here is some advice from experienced paddlers.
GETTING EQUIPPED Whether choosing a canoe or a kayak, McKeown and Mike Moody, the service manager at Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, stressed the importance of a lightweight craft. “It makes life much easier,” said McKeown. Moody said different kinds of kayaks are available for different purposes, noting that sit-in models tend to fill with water when JUNE/JULY 2022
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they tip over, while an overturned sit-on kayak will still float. Also, longer kayaks track better (travel farther per paddle stroke) and have more room to stow camping gear, while shorter kayaks are more maneuverable and can “turn on a dime,” Moody said. Likewise, arrow kayaks, or kayaks with a deeper, V-shaped keel, have more speed while wider, flat-bottomed ones are more stable. “With stability, you sacrifice maneuverability,” he said. Also important for taking longer trips or hunting or fishing in a kayak, Moody noted that sit-on models allow for removable, folding seats that are comfortable to sit on for long periods, in the kayak or onshore. “Be smart out there,” he said, “because you can’t maneuver “The seat and the comfort of the kayak is extremely import- very fast when a powerboat’s coming at you.” Moody also recommends taking your kayak out on a warm, ant if you plan to spend any time in it,” said Moody. sunny day and practicing flipping it and getting back in; carrying a pilot knife to cut yourself free if you fall into moving BEFORE YOU GO water and get tangled in lines and leashes; and bringing a dry “Knowing how to swim is a good idea, but a life jacket is a necessity,” McKeown said. “When you go on a trip, make sure bag with a change of clothes, to get warm and dry if you fall you tell somebody where you’re going and when you’re gonna into cold water. be back, in case you get lost. Remember to bring water, and watch for the weather, (which) can change really rapidly.” Otherwise, he advised traveling light for short trips. McKeown noted that Explore Minnesota offers maps of canoe routes, including parts of the Crow Wing River and the Mississippi River in and near Hubbard County. “These maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce welcome center on Hwy. 71,” he said, also recommending literature about canoeing and kayaking safety, such as a brochure from the United States Canoe Association titled “Welcome Paddler!” and paddlecraft safety resources from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Moody also suggested increasing your visibility on busy lakes by having a brightly colored kayak or paddle, an orange or yellow flag and a whistle or air horn.
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WHERE TO GO When looking for a good place to put in, a place to start may be the Headwaters Canoe Club’s weekly cruises during the summer. Their schedule is posted at itascatur.org. For more options, McKeown advised looking at a county map. “Wherever you see a bridge, wherever you see access to lakes or rivers, that’s probably a good place to put in and go,” he said. “There’s lots of places.” Moody suggested visiting www.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/compass/index.html and looking for icons showing a person carrying a canoe or kayak over their head. “Those are accesses for canoeing and kayaking,” he said. “They’re all across the state. “If you want to take a leisurely paddle around a smaller lake, you’re in the right part of the world. There are tons of them.”
Fish Hook Lake
Welcome to the golden shores
Surface area: 1,642.57 acres Littoral area: 661 acres Shoreline: 9.13 miles Mean depth: 26 feet
Shell and Crow Wing rivers. The Fish Hook River reservoir is created by a dam in the city of Park Rapids.
Maximum depth: 76 feet
HISTORY HISTORY Fish Hook Lake and River are translations from the Ojibway name Pugidabani. Fish Hook Lake is fed by two tributaries, the Potato River and the Portage River. The Fish Hook River is part of the Mississippi watershed, via the
RECREATION RECREATION Classed as a recreational development lake, Fish Hook Lake is popular for fishing and water recreation. There is one public access on the lake. The lake can also be reached through an additional access on the Fish Hook River in Heartland Park.
FISH SPECIES FISH SPECIES Walleye abundance is good on Fish
Fish Hook Lake State Water Access Site
AIS AIS No aquatic invasive species (AIS) have been identified in Fish Hook Lake. To avoid spreading AIS, lake users are required to remove all aquatic plants or animals from their watercraft and drain all water from their boat before leaving the access. Information contributed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Lake Area Association.
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Average water clarity: 8.6 feet
Hook, along with northern pike. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are found as well. Angling opportunities for panfish include black crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed.
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Itasca State Park is jewel of Minnesota Minnesota’s oldest state park is 128 years old. Itasca State Park was established on April 20, 1891 to preserve the old growth pine trees that were in danger of being logged. More than half a million people visit Itasca State Park every year to see the giant pines and wade across the headwaters of the Mississippi River State Water Trail.
Park Rapids is the undisputed Gateway to Itasca State Park and the south entrance is a 22-mile drive from Park Rapids north on Hwy. 71. The east entrance is only a couple miles farther north of the south entrance, and then another mile or so west on Hwy. 200 – you’ll find it easily at the junction of Hwy. 71 and Hwy. 200. On the drive north from Park Rapids on Hwy. 71 visitors can find several quaint shops and recreation areas to stop at along the way. Also, some fabulous restaurants are located just off of Hwy. 71 that are sure to satisfy any appetite. Itasca State Park encompasses Lake Itasca, the official source of the Mississippi River, and a scenic area of northern Minnesota that has remained relatively unchanged from its natural state.
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BY CONNIE COX Itasca State Park naturalist ► View the showy lady’s slipper in bloom. Minnesota’s state flower can be spotted along the start of the Dr. Roberts Trail along the boardwalk in mid to late June. ► Swim at the beach. Itasca State Park has a sandy swimming beach located in the picnic grounds with views of the Mississippi Headwaters. This beach and changing house was developed by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s. ► Hike to the 100-foot tall Aiton Heights Fire Tower. Climb to the top for stunning views of the forest and park lakes. Look for trumpeter swans on Kasey and Allen Lakes, visible from the tower. You can access the tower by driving around Wilderness Drive and hiking 1/2 mile to the tower, or by following the Ozawindib and Aiton Heights Trails (3 miles round trip) from the Douglas Lodge area. ► Check out the 70- to 100-foot tall red pines at Preacher’s Grove. This stand of old growth trees
is over 300 years old. The red pine is Minnesota’s state tree. ► Walk out to the Old Timers Cabin. This curious, little cabin has walls that are only four massive logs high. Built in the early 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the cabin is located at the end of the boardwalk on the Dr. Roberts Trail. ► Explore six miles of paved bike trail that winds through pine, paper birch, maple and basswood. Watch for wildlife and birds. Or enjoy stops at Preacher’s Grove, Peace Pipe Vista, historic spots in the picnic grounds and access to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. Parking and access is available at several points along the trail, including the Douglas Lodge area, Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, picnic grounds or the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center. ► Fish one of Itasca’s lakes. Lake Itasca has a variety of fish, including northern pike, large-mouth bass, sunfish, crappies, perch and walleye, or try
Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Stand under towering pines at Preacher’s Grove. Visit the Itasca Indian Cemetery or Wegmann’s Cabin, landmarks of centuries gone by. Camp under the stars, or stay the night at the historic Douglas Lodge or cabins. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota’s seven National Natural Landmarks. But the main attraction will continue to be walking across the headwaters of the Mississippi River on stones at the mouth of Lake Itasca. But there are plenty of other activities to do at the park. Other outdoor activities include taking an excursion boat on Lake Itasca, exploring along Wilderness Drive, biking or hiking along more than 30 miles of designated trails, fishing in one of the many lakes, observing the wild flowers in season as well as birding. Like the entire Park Rapids area, wildlife can be seen throughout the park. For more information about the park events and schedules, call Itasca State Park headquarters at 218-699-7251, email itasca. email@example.com or go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ itasca/index.html. 26
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fishing for muskie on Elk Lake. The smaller Lake Ozawindib is a popular bass lake and Mary Lake has crappies and sunfish. Both Lake Itasca and Lake Ozawindib have fishing piers. Check Minnesota fishing regulations for state park lakes. ► Rent a cabin in the park. Itasca has many options for indoor lodging in the park including several log-constructed cabins built in the 1930s ranging from cozy cabins for two to four people to larger cabins that hold up to 10 people. Other group lodging options are
also available. ► Enjoy a day on the water. Try kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding. Bring your own equipment or rent equipment from Itasca Sports located in the park. Lake Itasca Tours also offers excursions of the Chester Charles tour boat. ► Visit the Mississippi River Headwaters. A trip to Itasca wouldn’t be complete without a stop to see the start of the mighty Mississippi River. Walk across the river on the rocks or take a hike on the adjoining trails.
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The 4onthefloor will take to the stage July 7. The Park Rapids American Legion will sponsor, recognizing veterans and paying homage to Independence Day.
Live music rocks 2nd Street Stage Join the great community get-together’s 10th anniversary summer concert series, 2nd Street Stage, Thursday nights from June 16 through Aug. 18. The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association hosts the free, outdoor concerts from 6 to 8 p.m. with bands, a beer garden and family activities downtown. Bring your own lawn chair. The beer garden opens at 5 p.m. for a social hour while you find your spot, listen to the sound check and greet neighbors and friends. Support this great event by buying an official 2022 button and receive $2 off all beverages at the beer garden. To see the complete summer line up, go to www.parkrapidsdowntown.com and follow us on Facebook. June 30 - Marbin Marbin is a progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago with a unique story that stands out in today’s music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, JUNE/JULY 2022
Marbin started touring extensively in 2011, bringing their original instrumental music to every part of the United States. Through word of mouth, Marbin has gained hundreds of thousands of devoted fans all over the world and has sold tens of thousands of albums. Marbin has released eight albums since 2009. The latest release is “Shreddin’ at Sweetwater” in 2021. Marbin regularly plays in clubs all over the U.S. and in jam and jazz festivals around the world. Band members are Danny MARkovitch, saxophone; Everette Benton Jr., drums; Dani RaBIN, guitar; and Jon Nail, bass. July 7 - The 4onthefloor The 4onthefloor are an American rock’n’roll band who bring their welloiled, high octane show to places all around the world. Singalong stomps to face melting solos, their brand rock is exactly what is needed in the 21st century. Hailing from Minnesota, they have been traversing the globe for over 28
a decade, bringing their shows to roadhouses, festivals, stadiums and backyards. There is no venue too small or too big for this road ready crew of musicians. The lively, invigorating, inclusive, and inviting performance will be one for the record books any time 4OTF suit up. The 4OTF crew gets everybody involved with their pulsating, rhythmic beat, allowing people of all ages to succumb to the joy of music. To stomp with the 4onthefloor is to consider yourself fortunate indeed. July 14 - Jon Sullivan Band Jon Sullivan Band doesn’t just play rock ’n roll, soul and funk. They celebrate it with powerful vocals, driving rhythm, sultry keys and dueling guitars. Band members are Jon Sullivan, vocals; Nick Spielman, bass; Alex Gelking, guitar; John Reinhart, keys; John Hanson, drums; Lucas Litke, percussion; and Drew Druckrey, guitar. PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE
View contemporary art at Nemeth For more than 40 years, the Nemeth Art Center (NAC) has been providing exceptional art opportunities to the Park Rapids area. Admission is free to the NAC galleries, which are open and free to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May through September. The NAC’s permanent collection of over 40 European paintings spans six centuries. The work of Cuban-American artist Yunior Rebollar will be exhibited through July 2. He and his family recently relocated to northern Minnesota, “and the Nemeth is excited to be the first to showcase his work regionally,” said Tessa Beck, Nemeth’s executive director. Rebollar will show a new series of drawings and paintings on a variety of surfaces, mainly rooted in graphic, technical portraiture. His work is concerned with, in his own words, “... closing gaps and building bridges to both real and futuristic representations of Blackness.” From July 7 to October 1, a gallery will be devoted to a two-person show of new works from Brooklyn-based artists Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson. “A continuation of our ‘Couples Counseling’ curatorial series that pairs the work of artist-couples, the Nemeth is excited to be the first institution to present their work together,” said Beck.
“Tangled Figure,” a sculpture by Ryan Johnson, will be on view at the Nemeth Art Center this season along with the artwork of his spouse, Dana Schutz.
The Nemeth Art Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is located upstairs in the historic Hubbard County Courthouse, located at 301 Court Ave. For more information about upcoming exhibits and membership privileges, visit www.nemethartcenter.org.
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18 hole mini-golf, sailboats, kayaks, paddle boats, canoes, paddle boards. NORWAY HILLS RESORT 20503 Jade Lane Big Mantrap Lake Park Rapids, MN 56470 Frank & Pat Hoffman 218-255-0200 • norwayhills.com
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Featuring 13 premier lakefront cabins on 40+ acres with 2 miles of hiking trails, large sand beach. Family/large groups friendly. STOMPIN GROUNDS 26993 Hwy 64 Akeley, MN 56433 0 12 • • LODGE & CAMPING 218-652-2964 Steven & Connie Werner stompingroundslodge.com THE WILDS RESORT & CAMPGROUND Shell Lake Dan & Kellie Francis
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Large pool and hot tub. 42” plasma TVs, refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms. Family-friendly courtyard. Dogs welcome. RIVERSIDE POINT RESORT Fish Hook River
700 Park Ave. North, Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-9711 • 1-800-733-9711 riversidepointresort.com
Clean, comfortable, smoke-free, cable TV and Wi-Fi. Close to town, good shopping and restaurants nearby. Pets welcome. SUPER 8 MOTEL
1020 1st. St. East Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-9704 • 1-887-274-3040 parkrapidssuper8.com
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Family-friendly fun at museums, library HUBBARD COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
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The beautiful Victorian building, located at 301 Court Ave., was originally built as a courthouse in 1900. It still retains its original tin ceiling, eight vaults and gilded lettering on office doors. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Hours are Tuesthe museum is open daily from 1-4 p.m. day through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 4:30 p.m. from May 1 through Sept. 30. More info at 732-5237, email@example.com or www.hubbard- ALL VETERANS MEMORIAL countyhistory.org. Dedicated in August 2003, the memorial is devoted to the memory of all AKELEY PAUL BUNYAN veterans of all wars and branches of the HISTORICAL MUSEUM service. Visitors will find granite monoThe Akeley Paul Bunyan Historical liths commemorating past wars and a Museum is located on Main Street, stone walkway and benches commemoimmediately behind the large statue rating individual veterans. Construction of Paul Bunyan. It opened in 1984 and has started on the All Veterans Memoricontains an interesting collection of pic- al Interpretive and Educational Center. tures and artifacts portraying the early The lighted area is open 24 hours a day, Akeley history when the largest sawmill seven days a week. The memorial is in the state was located here and the located on Hwy. 71 south, adjacent to the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber population was between 3,000 and of Commerce. 4,000. When volunteers are available, PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE
Whether a resident or a visitor, Park Rapids Area Library, a branch of Kitchigami Regional Library System, has something for you! Books, movies, and music for checkout are just the beginning. We also offer free wi-fi, public computers and internet, and comfortable spaces to play and read. For a small fee you can use our printers, copiers, and fax machine. Children (ages 2-18) can participate in the Summer Reading Program. This summer’s theme, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” will inspire the special events we offer. There is a weekly story time either in the library or at a local park for preschoolers and their adults, art and science activities for youth and teens, visiting musicians, magicians, and more! The library is located at 210 1st St West near the intersection of State Hwy 34 and Main Ave. For more information call (218) 732-4966, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit krls.org, or find the Park Rapids Area Library’s Facebook page. JUNE/JULY 2022
Hello healthy community. We believe humankindness is at the root of all healing. It means being there for our community through thick and thin. Every step we take is toward better health for you. Services include: • 24/7 Emergency and Level 4 Trauma Center • Physical and Cardiac Rehabilitation • Community Dental Clinic • Community Health • Hospice Care • Orthopedics • Obstetrics • Weight Management Center