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A publication of the Park Rapids Enterprise

(Contributed / Eric Haugland)

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, 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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10,000 THINGS TO DO Note: Events are subject to change. Always check with the organizer or look for updates in the Park Rapids Enterprise before making plans. All events listed are in Park Rapids unless otherwise noted.

AUGUST 12-13: Northern Knights Run to the Rapids classic car show 13: Northwoods Triathlon, Nevis 13: Legends and Logging Days/RibFest 18: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church 18: 2nd Street Stage 19-21: Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers Show, north of Itasca State Park 20-21: Art Fair at the Winery, Forestedge Winery, Laporte 27-28: Headwaters Fun Fly, Headwaters Radio Control Fly Club, Park Rapids


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

NOVEMBER 24: 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5K 25: Community Tree Lighting and Yuletide Sampler

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 4

any direction. 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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1. Admire classic cars Car enthusiasts are invited to the Northern Knights Car Club’s annual Run to the Rapids car show on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13 in Park Rapids. Saunter through the first three blocks of Main Ave. on Saturday for the “Show and Shine” car show. It begins at 8 a.m. Many car owners invite visitors to check out their vintage machines, and many also share stories of how they restored their cherished classics.

2. Legends & Logging Days Park Rapids celebrates the area’s logging and lumberjack heritage during Legends & Logging Days. Festivities kick off with water wars at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 on Main Ave. Live music on 2nd Street Stage follows the competition. On Saturday, Aug. 13, the award-winning Timberworks Lumberjack Show will perform four times throughout the day. Lumberjacks will demonstrate log rolling, pole climbing, sawing and more on the fourth block of Main Ave. Other family-friendly attractions AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

are an archery challenge and tomahawk throwing. The Backyard BBQ Challenge, an open-class grilling contest, returns for the second year. Competitors can win prize money in three cooking classes: ribs, chicken and sides.

3. Admire athletes in Northwoods Triathlon Cheer on competitors in the 19th annual Northwoods Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 13 in Nevis. Athletes will swim 1/4 mile in Lake Belle Taine, bike 14 miles and run a 5K on a fast, out-and-back course on the paved Heartland Trail. Proceeds from this event are used within the surrounding community to support the health and wellness of residents.

4. Explore the pioneering past Go back in time and spend a day or two exploring what life was like in the area in the “good ol’ days” at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Show, Friday through Sunday Aug. 19-21. The showgrounds, located off Hwy. 200 at the north entrance to Itasca 6

State Park, are a rustic village featuring a country school, church, shops, post office, pioneer homes and more. Gates open at 7 a.m. daily.

5. Art fair at the winery Forestedge Winery, renowned for transforming native northwoods’ fruits and berries into internationally award-winning wines, hosts its annual art fair on the third weekend of August. This year’s dates are Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21. Admission and parking is free. The event features selected artists exhibiting and selling their works. Artistic mediums include pottery, porcelain, jewelry, fiber, leather, wood, painting and more.

6. Explore artists’ studios Art Leap, an “open studio event” featuring artists and guest artists, will offer 24 sites and feature more than 90 artists at studios and other locations in Hubbard and Becker counties. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE

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Hop from studio to studio, learn process, appreciate skill and support the artists. Let fall’s natural beauty as you pass lakes and travel country roads inspire you as it does the artists.

7. Headwaters 100 The Headwaters 100 Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24. The casual, family-friendly ride offers 45-, 75- or 100-mile routes through the lakes area. The Headwaters 100 is the premier event of the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club. Every year, hundreds of cyclists from all over North America head to Park Rapids to tour the spectacular fall colors. Register at The ride begins at 9 a.m. and the route includes riding through Itasca State Park and other areas of the northwoods where fall colors are usually nearing their peak.

8. Headwaters Fun Fly The Headwaters R/C Club will have its fun fly, starting at 9 a.m. and PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE

continuing until dark Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27-28. Radio-controlled model aircraft enthusiasts from around the religion gather annually at Ron Griffith field, 16546 109th St., about 1.5 miles south of State Hwy. 34 and four miles west of U.S. Hwy. 71, to show their flying skill and see each other’s planes and copters. Spectators are welcome at no charge. For more information, visit

9. Biking, hiking Hubbard County’s beautiful natural resources provide the scenery, while numerous trails offer outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to explore year ‘round. The Heartland Trail is a 49-mile, multiple-use trail, open to non-motorized use. 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. 7

The North Country National Scenic Trail is one of 11 National Scenic Trails in the U.S. and the only one in Minnesota. Anyone walking this trail is in for a treat as it meanders through forested hills and valleys interspersed with rivers, lakes, and numerous wetlands. Maps, events and suggested hikes are available at

10. Ride the countryside Hubbard County is an ATV enthusiast’s playground. There are miles of ATV and OHV trails around. The Martineau Recreational Trails are found in the Paul Bunyan State Forest, near Akeley. Located on a combination of state forest roads and trails in northern Minnesota, the Round River Drive Trail showcases the diverse terrain of the Paul Bunyan State Forest. The Forest Riders Trail in the Smoky Hills and Two Inlets State Forest is a 100-mile, scenic ride through Becker and Hubbard counties, on terrain ranging from rolling and hilly to level and smooth. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

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Hiking the North Country Trail is a wonderful way to see autumn colors. This is Beaver Pond. Contributed/Eric Haugland

North Country National Scenic Trail BY SHANNON GEISEN Park Rapids Enterprise

A hidden gem meanders through lake and pine country. It’s called the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT). It’s one of 11 national scenic trails in the U.S. and the only one in Minnesota. NCT is a footpath stretching over 4,800 miles – from central Vermont to central North Dakota. Being open to foot traffic only, Minnesota’s trail holds unimpeded travel for hikers, berry pickers, mushroom hunters, geocachers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Short day hikes or overnight hikes are possible. Maps, events and suggested hikes are available at www. Anyone walking this trail is in for a treat as it meanders through forested hills and valleys interspersed with rivers, lakes and numerous wetlands. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

At most locations, there is a kiosk or signboard with information about the trail. Hiking distances to the nearest kiosk are also provided. A “Guide to Hiking the North Country Trail in Minnesota” guidebook is available in bookstores in Park Rapids, Itasca State Park, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and online.

GET INVOLVED WITH LOCAL CHAPTERS The NCT is administered by the National Parks Service, managed by federal, state and local agencies, and built and maintained primarily by the volunteers of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) and its partners. The 28 chapters of the NCTA, its 3,200+ members and each affiliate organization have assumed responsibility for trail construction and maintenance of a specific section of the NCT. Do you enjoy hiking and are you looking for a group to hike 8


with on a regular basis? Join these area NCTA hiking groups: Laurentian Lakes or Itasca Moraine. The area’s segments of the North Country Trail are maintained by these two chapters. Bob Becklund is president of the Laurentian Lakes Chapter. “The Laurentian Lakes Chapter maintains over 60 miles of the NCT through Becker and Clearwater counties, using only volunteers and donations,” he explained. “We currently have about 125 chapter members and a small subgroup of them volunteer to maintain the trail with mowers, chainsaws, hedge clippers, pruners, snowblowers and the many hours of walking it takes to cover those 60 miles of our section. We are always looking for more help!” To join the Laurentian Lakes chapter, volunteer for administrative or trail work, or donate funds, contact Karen at 218-841-2857 or LLC@ The Itasca Moraine Chapter maintains 75 miles of the trail in Hubbard and Cass counties. Since formation in the spring of 2002, the chapter has been engaged in extending the NCT from the west boundary of the Chippewa National

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► Aug. 31: 9 a.m. – Hike on the Long Lake Trail, including a beautiful boardwalk that will be part of the future North Country Trail in this area. Meet at the Loon at Vergas Long Lake Park. This is an easy three-mile hike. 906 East Frazee Ave., Vergas, Minn. ► Sept. 7: 9 a.m. – State Hwy. 34 Trailhead, nine miles east of Detroit Lakes. This hike will go through the Hubbel Pond Wildlife Management Area and through an area a tornado hit this summer with extensive damage. Hikers may ford the Ottertail River or walk on a bypass around. Be prepared with water shoes or sandals for the crossing. This is a 4.7-mile hike. ► Sept. 14: 9 a.m. – 400th Ave. Trailhead. Trailhead location is near Island Lake. From State Hwy. 34, turn north on Becker County 37 for 2.3 miles; west on Becker County 126 for 2.6 miles, then north on 400th Ave for 1.2 miles. This hike will be in the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and features a 1,000 foot puncheon across a spruce bog. This is a 4.5-mile hike. ► Sept. 21: 9 a.m. – Greenwater Trailhead. Trailhead location from State. Hwy. 34 is north on Becker County 37 for 9 miles; then west on Becker County 35 for 1.2 miles. This area crosses many wetlands and follows the Laurentian Divide. This is a 4.5 mile hike. ► Sept. 28: 9 a.m. – South entrance of Itasca State Park. This hike is 7.2 miles across the southern part of Itasca. See the backcountry campsites along Hernando De Sota Lake, along with old-growth majestic Norway pines.

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Forest through the Paul Bunyan State Forest and Hubbard County’s tax-forfeited forestlands toward Itasca State Park. Itasca Moraine Chapter meetings are held in Akeley, Bemidji, Hackensack, Laporte, Park Rapids, Walker and other towns in northern Minnesota. For more information on the Itasca Moraine Chapter, contact president Ed Ranson by email at

REWARDS ALONG THE TRAIL Eric Haugland, a member of Itasca Moraine chapter, says, “Hiking along an undeveloped forest lake allows you to experience wildlife with little human activity, and see lady’s slippers, wild rice and other flora in a natural setting.” Later in the summer, Haugland said hikers are rewarded by finding wild strawberries, raspberries and blueberries along the trail. Small wild plums are a late seasonal fruit found on the trail in high, dry areas. “These are some of the extra bonuses when maintaining or hiking the trail,” he said. Mushrooms and fruits can be picked along the trail and within the state park for non-commercial and personal use. One of Haugland’s favorite hikes is Upper Teepee Lake when a sole birch forest turns yellow. “Beavers, otters, nesting loons and trumpeter swans are found in and on the lakes,” he said. You can shuttle a vehicle between County Road 91 and Steamboat Pass Road for a five-mile hike or hike three miles further to County Road 4 and the Halverson Road Trailhead, located 2.5 miles south of junction of U.S. Hwy. 71 and County Road 4 in Lake George.

POPULAR HIKES In 2004, the Itasca Moraine Chapter developed a spur trail to a backcountry campsite on Waboose Lake. The campsite has two tent pads, a fire ring and a wilderness latrine. The Waboose Trail is a four-mile loop around the undeveloped look, with mature pines, spruce, oaks, maples and birch. This popular trail is north of Nevis. Take County Road 2 north for five miles from State Hwy. 34 to Inner Forest Road, veering to the right, follow it 1.8 miles to Waboose Lake Access Road for 0.6 miles. Between Itasca State Park and east to Waboose Lake there are 12 named lakes and over 100 unnamed lakes and ponds along 38 miles of the trail. Nelson Lake and Lake 21 also have a 2.7-mile, figure-eight loop trail around them. The trail is near the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Gulch Lakes Campground and can be found north of Akeley. Follow State Hwy. 64 north for 11.5 miles; west on East Gulch Forest Road for 1.2 miles; north for 0.8 miles; sharp west onto Gulch Lakes Road to the campground and on to the Nelson Lake access.

MORE RESOURCES Due to a recent windstorm, the NCT is currently closed between U.S. Hwy. 71 and Spider Lake Road. Matthew Davis, regional director of the NCT, said, “We’re always looking for additional volunteers to help us do routine maintenance in addition to responding to these natural disturbances.” According to Davis, folks interested in hiking can find more information about the NCT here: ► NCTA’s interactive map for the area is at AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

The Laurentian Lakes Chapter maintains over 60 miles of the NCT through Becker and Clearwater counties. Contributed/Jim Sinclair

► NCTA’s free hiking map downloads are at (to print out) or maps/850596 (to download to your smartphone). ► NCTA’s Guide to Hiking the North Country Trail in Minnesota can be purchased here: https://shop.northcountrytrail. org/collections/books/products/guide-to-hiking-the-northcountry-trail-in-minnesota.

WALKER CELEBRATION The Itasca Moraine Chapter is hosting a multiple-day event in Walker, Minn. on Oct. 5-9. The celebration offers opportunities to explore the NCT in unique locations, network with trail enthusiasts from North Dakota to Vermont and beyond, attend skills workshops and volunteer training, and participate in engaging evening presentations. To learn more, visit 10


Save a bear: be “Bear Aware” BY LORIE SKARPNESS Park Rapids Enterprise

Following some simple guidelines can save a bear’s life. Kristi Coughlon is the northwest region information officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). She said that when campers are careless and leave food that attracts bears, they will often keep coming back. In some cases, they may be able to relocate bears, but in others they are dispatched. No one at the DNR enjoys having to dispatch bears. If there are cubs, we try to send them to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.”

IT’S A HUMAN PROBLEM Couglin said removing bears doesn’t resolve underlying issues that attracted them to the location in the first place. “Our preferred action is to eliminate the food source,” she said. “Without those attractants, bears won’t become problem bears because they have become habituated to humans. It’s a human problem, not a bear problem.” Coughlin said while bears are usually not aggressive towards humans, if they are in situations where they are in close proximity to people they could become defensive. “Bears prefer not to be around people, but when they get used to going to a place where people are for a food source that’s when we start to have situations,” she said. Coughlin said staff at Itasca State Park have been encouraging campers to do their part. “They’ve been reaching out with information on camp safety and food storage practices and tips on how to respond to any encounter with bears in the park,” she said. “Normally, bears aren’t inherently dangerous, but if they become habituated and a situation arises where they become not afraid of humans and are in close proximity to humans, that is a human safety issue and it becomes paramount that the situation is handled,” she said.

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There is a robust black bear population in this area. They usually avoid humans unless there are smells that lure them to a food source at a campground or residence. Then they may become habituated to the location as a food source and need to be removed. It’s a human problem, not a bear problem, ” Kristi Coughlin of the DNR said. (Adobe Stock)

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on picnic tables, unsecured garbage, snack foods and scented beauty products can all attract a bear into a campground. “It’s natural for a bear to smell a food source and come to check it out whether it is a natural source or a human source,” she said. “Bears eat lots of things: acorns, chokecherries, blueberries. If those natural sources aren’t available they will seek out other sources of food and that’s when they can get in trouble. They’re just looking to put on those calories before they enter winter and hibernate.” Coughlin said people camping in bear country have additional responsibilities and should take every precaution available to prevent bears from coming to the location. Coughlin said when going out, especially at night, it is good to make some noise to let bears know you are around. “Announce to whatever out there that you are a human and you’re coming outside,” she said.“When hiking in the woods you want to let bears know that you are coming by making noise too. You announce yourself and they move off. You might not even know they are around.”

BEAR SAFETY TIPS Sandra Lichter is one of the naturalists at Itasca State Park. She said these tips shared with campers entering the park will avoid attracting bears. ► Store food in bear-proof containers or in coolers in a locked vehicle. ► Don’t keep food, clothes worn while cooking or any scented items in a tent. ► Keep a clean camp at all times. Don’t leave any trash or trash bags outside. ► Don’t feed bears or other wildlife. 12


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paper making at Art Leap LORIE SKARPNESS Park Rapids Enterprise

Participants in Art Leap will be able to visit with three area artists when they stop at Cathy Meyer’s place. Located three miles north of Nevis on County Rd. 2, Meyer said her place is right before County 85 where Meyer’s Meats is located. “We’re a couple miles before Gary and Marsha Wolff’s, and they’re on the Art Leap tour, too,” she said. Meyer is a retired teacher, having taught fifth grade in Park Rapids for 11 years. “I’ve always liked being creative, so when I retired I started painting with acrylics and watercolors and making my own paper and using them for collages. It’s really fun.” Meyer will be demonstrating how to make homemade paper. “It’s so easy you can’t believe it,” she said. “You take old paper, like junk mail, shred it and soak it in a blender. Then you chop it up and pour it on a screen with water, take it out of the water and let it dry. There are lots of videos on YouTube. You make a wooden frame with a screen. The water drains out and you flatten the pulp and dry it.” The homemade paper can be used to make note cards. “It’s fun for kids, too,” she said. Meyer said her own art includes painting a lot of flowers. “And being a former elementary school teacher, I do abstract painting. One of my favorites is my “Moose Squared.” I painted squares in the antlers, and my nieces loved it so much, I painted some for them. They’re whimsical.” It is Meyer’s first year involved in Art Leap. She has invited two other artists to participate with her. Her sister, Meg Muller, is from Grand Rapids and has a cabin on 9th Crow Wing Lake. She makes cards, enjoys photography and creates garden art from recycled materials. Ena Skadberg is 10 years old and will be demonstrating needle felting. She is from Fargo and her family spends summers on West Crooked Lake. “We just want to have fun with Art Leap,” she said. “We want to celebrate. We’re planning to have a big bonfire and s’mores bars and apple cider for the people who are coming.” Meyer said she loves creating art. “When you’re doing it you lose track of time and I enjoy the process,” she said. “It’s my

Meyer says creating art is her “retirement hobby.”

retirement hobby. I’m really lucky in that we have five little outbuildings on our property that I can create in. I’m also interested in flipping furniture. I buy old pieces of furniture at garage sales and paint them. And I’ve taught yoga through community ed in Park Rapids.” She said she is just getting started with her art. “For me to put myself out for the Art Leap is out of my comfort zone, but I’m excited,” she said. “There will be some things for sale if people are interested. So far I’ve mostly sold to friends and family.”

Cathy Meyer enjoys art with a fun and whimsical touch such as this colorful moose she painted. Contributed / Cathy Meyer





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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 or ► 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23: Mantrap Lake; meet at MnDNR campground public access. Easy. Eric Haugland, 218-252-7151. ► 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30: Bike the Migizi Trail; meet at South Pike Bay campground. 14 miles. Janis and Jack Gustafson, 218-335-2689.

Scenic beauty rewards active lifestyles during the Headwaters 100, held on Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning and ending at Century School in Park Rapids. The ride is hosted by the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club and includes wellmarked 100-, 75-, and 45-mile routes (Enterprise file photo) through northern woods in their full autumn glory. The 100-mile route leads through the beautiful lakes area to Itasca State Park. After a short hike to the headwaters of the Mississippi, the ride follows Wilderness Drive through the park, proceeds through Dorset, Nevis, Emmaville, Lake George and takes the Heartland Trail back to Century School. The 75-mile route goes through Itasca State Park on Wilderness Drive and Lake George, Emmaville and Dorset before following the Heartland Trail back. The 45-mile route passes through Emmaville, Nevis and Dorset. Refreshments are included in the registration, with food and beverage stops along the course. T-shirts are included for early registrants. For rules, routes, frequently-asked questions and online registration, visit Register for the ride here:

Northwoods Triathlon offers kid’s fun run

A kid’s fun run is held along with the 19th annual Northwoods Triathlon in Nevis on Saturday, Aug. 13. Everyone is welcome. Registration begins at 10:15 a.m. at Muskie Park. The run begins at 10:30 a.m. Age groups are 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 and 9-11. The youngest runners go 60 to 75 meters; 5-6 year olds run 100 meters; 7-8 year-olds run 200 meters and 9-11 year-olds run 400 meters. Participants must wear tennis shoes. Sandals and flip flops are not permitted. All runners receive a participation ribbon and an ice cream treat following the run. There are also first, second and third place ribbons for boys and girls and each age group. Registration fees for the event go to the Nevis Chamber and Commerce and are designated to be used for the health and wellness of visitors. “We’ve given money to Meals on Wheels, senior nutrition, the Nevis Seniors Citizen Center, playgrounds and youth sports groups,” she said.

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The Lake Country Scenic Byway, shown between Snellman and Osage, was designated on May 26, 199 under a Minnesota Department of Transportation program. The 88-mile adventure runs from Detroit Lakes to Walker on State Hwy. 34, with a spur on U.S. Hwy. 71 north to Itasca State Park. (Contributed / Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce)

Scenic drives are a peaceful pastime BY ROBIN FISH Park Rapids Enterprise

As summer turns into fall, the northwoods region is a great place to appreciate nature at its most magnificent. The Heartland Lakes area includes several routes where a leisurely drive to watch the changing colors can be a rewarding experience. “You’re not being charged to go down the highway, so it’s something you can do with your family,” says Cleone Stewart with the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce. “Get out and take a scenic drive, and make a few stops. It’s something most anyone can do in the fall.” The Detroit Lakes, Leech Lake and Park Rapids Lakes Area chambers support the Lake Country Scenic Byway, a stretch of State Hwy. 34 from Detroit Lakes to Walker. The 88-mile route includes a spur on U.S. Hwy. 71 north to Itasca State Park. “When you leave Detroit Lakes, you see some conifers, mostly hardwoods, and then usually it’s the birchers, aspens that are turning yellow first,” says Stewart, adding that it gets really pretty between Four Corners and Osage. “You’re coming down a hill and you look up and here’s the yellows and oranges and reds, and then you’ve got the tall spires of the green conifers.” Earlier in the summer, the route also features large colonies of Minnesota’s state flower, the showy lady’s slipper, growing wild in the ditch. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

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“You’re not being charged to go down the highway, so it’s something you can do with your family. Get out and take a scenic drive, and make a few stops. It’s something most anyone can do in the fall.” ~ says Cleone Stewart, Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce “It’s really of national significance,” Stewart says of the route where the historic prairie, conifer forest and hardwood forest biomes meet. “And then we have the Lawrencian Divide, where the water drains north from some rivers and others that go south. It’s a special area.” Detroit Lakes also promotes a Fall Color Tour whose northern route travels to Park Rapids on Hwy. 34, then up U.S. Hwy. 71 to County 113 along the southern edge of Itasca State Park, before looping back on Becker County roads 35 and 37. Another “Fall in the Prairie” route loops through the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. “There’s plenty of fun stops along the way for people,” Stewart says. “Little gift shops and pubs and bars-and-grills. Get out and take a scenic drive and make a few stops. And then you have the pretty blue lakes mixed in. A lot of times you’ll see trumpeter swans.”

Wick Corwin of Fargo, N.D. has been traveling the scenic byway for more than 70 years, visiting a family cabin in the Park Rapids area. “Unlike many drives,” he says, “it turns the driving from a chore to a pleasure. It truly is scenic.” Around Snellman, Corwin says, the route switches from mostly hardwoods to predominantly pines, including magnificent white and red pines, but with good fall color all along the route. Winter, he adds, is another good time to view the scenic byway, “because a pine tree with snow on its branches is a beautiful thing to see. … It’s just a peaceful, safe and enjoyable drive, an exception to travel in the modern world.”

FOREST ROADS AND TRAILS David Schotzko, area supervisor for DNR Parks and Trails in Bemidji, recommends taking a scenic drive through either the Paul Bunyan or Two Inlets State Forest. The forest roads there are “narrow and winding,” he says, “and very, very colorful, when the colors start turning.” While trucks or Jeeps may be needed for the minimum-maintenance roads, Schotzko says the system forest roads can be traveled by any highway-licensed vehicle. For alternatives to touring by car, Schotzko recommends the Round River ATV Trail and the Martineau Motorcycle Trail in the Paul Bunyan, the Forest Riders ATV Trail in the Two Inlets State Forest, an equestrian trail in the Huntersville State Forest and canoeing the Crow Wing River State Water

Sivertson Lake is a scenic spot along the Lake Country Scenic Byway, 15 miles east of Detroit Lakes. Fall colors usually peak during the first week in October. (Contributed / Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce) PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE



Trail, starting on 11th Crow Wing Lake in Akeley. For sheer beauty, Schotzko recommends the Thorpe Tower overlook, north of Nevis. “You can see forever,” he says. “Water towers that are 20 miles away.” Schotzko’s colleague, district supervisor Lance Crandall in Park Rapids, is partial to the Smoky Hills State Forest, whose drivable trails are also beautiful in the fall. Crandall describes the ridges and the swales through there. “The maples really are vibrant through that area, mixed in with some pine.”

ITASCA AND BEYOND Connie Cox, an interpretive naturalist at Itasca State Park, says the time to start seeing fall colors begins in mid- to late August, close to the ground with bracken ferns turning camel-tan and red maples starting to change color early. Her recommended routes include Wilderness Drive, through the western part of the park, and a 16-mile loop including both Wilderness Drive and Main Park Drive that can take 40 minutes to an hour to travel. She also advises climbing to Aiton Heights Fire Tower for a panoramic view. Cox adds that the Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi all the way to Louisiana, begins its route in the park and continues north along Clearwater County Road 2, passing by the Lasalle Lake State Recreation Area in northwestern Hubbard County. “You can see some beautiful changes along the shoreline of LaSalle Lake,” says Cox. The route continues past the town of Becida before reaching Bemidji, where there’s another state park with plenty of maples and tamaracks to enjoy. Nearby is the Mississippi River Trail, a bicycle route that’s popular with tourists passing through Itasca. Moving into September, Cox says, you’ll see larger pockets of color, like basswoods turning a soft lemon yellow, red maples turning bright red, sugar maples turning yellow-orange and ironwoods adding yellow hues to the forested hills. “It can vary based on weather,” Cox says, “when they’re peaking.” Meanwhile, down in the wetlands and lining the ponds and lakes, park visitors can see ash trees turning a lovely shade of yellow. In drier areas, they’ll see more pines and some small oak trees that may change color early.

“The beautiful asters will be purple,” she says. “You’ll have the lovely goldenrods with their bright yellow flowers. You’ll see the wild rice ripening in late August on Lake Itasca, and with that, you can also enjoy the waterfowl that are moving through.” She says blue-winged teal, wood ducks, mallards and Canada geese pause in their migration to feed on the wild rice in August and September. Meanwhile, beavers are busy moving sticks, building up their winter food stores and improving their lodges and dams, and lack bears and whitetail deer are roaming around, filling up on acorns for the winter.

LATER WAVES OF COLOR For those sticking around later in the fall, Cox says a second wave of color begins from late September into early October. “We’ll start seeing the paper birches turning a rich, deep, gold color,” she says. “You might start seeing some of the aspens changing, with the trembling aspens throwing in a few hints of yellow. Bigtooth aspens have kind of an orangish yellow.” Other tints run from the camel-brown of burr oak to the deep reddish, almost purplish brown of red oak. Cox says she feels that second wave of color is even more vivid than the first. “Oftentimes you’ll have hot days, with blue sky and white clouds, and it can just be stunning, just breathtaking,” she says. The third color stage features the tamaracks in late October, Cox says, adding the beauties of fall go far beyond the trees. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022



Great nights for space station watching BOB KING ASTRO BOB

BOB Maybe you stuck around after KING the recent full-moon rise to Astro Bob watch the space station go by. If you didn’t there are still plenty of opportunities to do so. For the next couple weeks, northern hemisphere skywatchers will see up to several flybys each night starting at dusk and ending near dawn. For example, Sunday night, July 17, from my city of Duluth, Minnesota (and region), the ISS will make appearances at 10:30 p.m., 12:07 a.m. and 1:44 a.m. Notice that each occurs about an hour and a half apart. That’s the time it takes the station to make an orbit of the Earth traveling at more than 17,000 miles an hour (27,400 km/h). There’s also a 3:21 a.m. pass Monday morning as the ship passes through Earth’s shadow then. Cut off from sunlight, it crosses the sky under a “cloak of invisibility.” SpaceX recently launched a Dragon resupply ship to the station that arrived and docked autonomously on July 16. After spending about month there, the Dragon will depart and return to Earth with cargo and research data. Among the experiments that were delivered to the crew was a dust mapping instrument to measure the mineral composition of dust in Earth’s deserts. Windblown dust can travel widely and affect weather, vegetation and climate. In just one example, dark dust that settles on snow and ice can absorb sunlight and speed up melting. If you live in the southern U.S. you’re already familiar with dust




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from the Sahara Desert. Winds lift an estimated 100 million tons each year of the stuff, a fair portion of which is carried across the Atlantic Ocean and arrives in the U.S. where it turns skies orange and lessens air quality. The investigation will collect images for a year to create maps of the mineral composition of Earth’s dustiest locales, the better to forecast and understand its effects.

LUNAR CONCRETE? Other experiments delivered include BeaverCube, an educational project designed to teach high school students how to build a CubeSat. As the name implies, a CubeSat is a cube-shaped satellite just 4-inches (10 cm) on a side that weighs about 3 pounds (1.4 kg). They’re an affordable way to get a satellite into space and often used for educational scientific research. Still another experiment will focus on how to make concrete in near-zero gravity using an organic material mixed with lunar or Martian dust called biopolymer soil composite. When permanent colonies are established on the moon and Mars, future astronauts will need to learn to use local materials to build shelters to protect the from deadly solar radiation and dust-laden Martian winds. As the experiments get underway 248 miles (400 km) up, you can watch the ISS breeze by in your leisure. It always rises in the western sky and moves eastward. Before it “sets,” the station will often disappear, eclipsed by Earth’s shadow. As it enters the shadow, you’ll see it fade for about five seconds and then poof — gone! At the same time, astronauts looking out the window see the sun set, one of 16 sunrises and sunsets that zip by each day. In mid-July, the ISS remains in sunlight during nearly every orbit for northern hemisphere viewers, the reason we see it several times a night. It’s caused by a combination of the station’s steeply inclined orbit (51.6°) and the fact that in July, Earth’s north polar axis is angled toward the sun. This keeps the ISS in sunlight every time it loops back up over the northern hemisphere.

On July 11, the International Space Station crosses directly in front of Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius, from Duluth, Minnesota. The exposure was 30 seconds. (Contributed / Bob King)

The SpaceX Dragon resupply ship approaches the space station during an orbital sunrise above the Pacific Ocean on July 16. The glow is the Earth’s atmosphere seen edge-on from orbit. (Contributed / NASA TV)

VIEWING PREDICTIONS To find out when and where to see it, go to Heavens Above and select your city by clicking on the blue Change your observing location and other settings link. Then return to the home page and click on the blue ISS link to see a 10-day table of passes that includes time, direction, brightness and altitude. Ten degrees (10°) of altitude is equal to one fist held at arm’s length against the sky. The higher the negative number in the brightness column, the brighter the pass. Click on any pass time and a map will appear showing the station’s path across the sky. All times shown are local times on the 24-hour clock for your location, so 18:30 = 6:30 p.m. local time and 2:15 = 2:15 a.m. You can also get a list of customized passes and alerts by downloading the free ISS Spotter app for iPhone and ISS Detector for Android devices. Or you can sign up for alerts at NASA’s Spotthestation site.

A fresh supply of dust was airlifted from the Sahara in early June 2022, some of which appeared to be headed for the Americas. The NOAA-20 satellite photographed this scene on June 5. (Contributed / NASA)

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Itasca State Park is jewel of Minnesota Itasca State Park – Minnesota’s oldest 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. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than

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BY CONNIE COX Itasca State Park naturalist As summer begins to wind down, there is still plenty to do at Itasca State Park in August, September and beyond. 1. Star gazing: With days getting shorter, drink in the night sky. The Milky Way is amazing to see and visible earlier in the evening. 2. Challenge your birding skills. Migrating birds, especially warblers, are less colorful as they molt worn feathers. Fall birding means learning to identify birds by other features, such as patterns like eye rings. 3. Lace up your boots: Fewer biting bugs and cooler temperature means fall is a great time for long hikes. 4. Enjoy a campfire: Cooler evenings and earlier sunsets means more time to be mesmerized by campfire


flames and more time to enjoy s’mores! 5. Bait that hook: Changes in water temperature means fishing will start to pick up. The fall equinox also triggers fish to eat more, packing on weight for winter. 6. Wildlife watching: Early evening and twilight is a nice time to watch for signs of beaver activity as they begin to cut more shrubs and trees for winter food supplies. 7. Photograph mushrooms: Bring a camera and photograph some of the amazing and colorful mushrooms that appear when autumn rainfalls stimulate fungal threads to send up fruiting bodies such as mushrooms, toadstools and shelf fungus.



8. Get your wheels in motion: Biking in late summer and fall is a nice way to see the start of autumn changes and the weather can be a lot cooler. 9. Get on the water: Decreasing light levels in late August and September trigger fall color changes. Enjoy the reflection of autumn leaves on the water’s surface. 10. Fall leaf watching: Enjoy the yellows, oranges,

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.statepark@state. or go to parks/itasca/index.html. PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE

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Discover new studios at Art Leap 2022 Art Leap, an open studio event featuring artists and guest artists, will offer 24 sites and feature more than 90 artists at studios and other locations in Hubbard and Becker counties. The event will be held Sept. 24 and 25. Sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Hop from studio to studio, learn process, appreciate skill and support the artists. Let fall’s natural beauty as you pass lakes and travel country roads inspire you as it does the artists. Brochures will be available in mid-August at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, Park Rapids Area Library and other locations. See what’s new at studios and sites you’ve visited in the past and find new places that will be part of this year’s event. Four new locations are in Park Rapids. Ruth Ann Brady’s artwork is familiar to those who have seen her paintings in Park Rapids galleries and businesses for many years. She will display her work at Rust 2 Roses. Necce’s Ristorante will feature Wayzata-based artist Patty MacHalec. Her oils, acrylics and pastels are inspired by that natural beauty of lakes, clouds and the other natural beauty that surrounds her. Wine Not? will host Diane Hane from Walker. Hane creates wind chimes from driftwood, glass, ceramic beads and Noah bells. Find them on the front porch. Art Leap visitors have been invited to visit the Salvage Depot in addition to the Hubbard County DAC. This year the Salvage Depot is an additional site offering metal work, wood work, printed items, paintings and fiber arts as well as a sculpture garden. To help visitors navigate to other locations in the Heartland Lakes area, pick up a brochure with maps and directions to drive a loop north and west and another south and east. New on the north and west loop will be Winona’s Hemp Market Store, featuring acrylic and watercolor paintings, posters, cards and apparel as well as Native American appliqué and beadwork. Bruce Engebretson’s home and collection of historic working looms will be back on the tour this year, with Ann Zick giving weaving demonstrations and offering hands-on weaving lessons. Engebretson will show how he spins wood and flax, and the soup kettle will be on. On the south and east loop, Cathy Meyer and guests will show acrylics, collages with handmade paper, photography, garden art and needle felting. In addition to new locations, artists and studios who have participated in past years will host new guest artists and new works that will interest first time and returning visitors. Heartland Arts sponsors Art Leap with funding provided, in part, by Itasca-Mantrap’s Operation Round Up and the Park Rapids Downtown Business

Association. This activity is also funded by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Bruce Engebretson’s weaving studio returns to Art Leap 2022. The Osage area artisan is skilled at art of traditional weaving, owning seven looms, all homemade and mostly from the late 1700s and early to mid-1800s. He creates household textiles and historic reproductions in wool, cotton and linen. (Enterprise file photo)

Gina Singer’s pottery has always been popular with Art Leap visitors to Bickey Bender’s site. (Contributed / LuAnn Hurd-Lof) AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022



Mae Simpson returns to 2nd Street Stage on Aug. 11. Her soulful sound and band are an audience favorite.

Live music rocks 2nd Street Stage The great community get-together’s 10th anniversary summer concert series, 2nd Street Stage, continues Thursday nights 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. Arrive early Aug. 11 for Water Wars on the third block of South Main at 6 p.m. That night’s concert will run from 7 to 9 p.m. This season has been historic not only as the 10th in the series but also for unveiling a newly rebuilt stage and a record crowd July 7. The Smokey Hills Tap Castle opens at 5 p.m. for a social hour while you find PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE

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 Tap Castle beer garden. To see the complete summer line up, go to and follow us on Facebook. Aug. 11 - Mae Simpson Music Singer-songwriter Mae, who hails from South Carolina, has a huge voice and stage presence. She has brought together a collective of musicians who each bring a unique flavor to this powerhouse group. Formed in the fall of 2017, Mae Simpson Band has built a broad collection of original music that refuses to fall neatly into a single genre. 25

It’s blistering funk and dance music mixed with soul, blues, country, calypso, jazz, rock and even a little hip hop. bringing the crowd to their feet every time. The band features Mae Simpson. drummer Aaron Silverstein, percussionist Ricardo J. Romero, Paul Pederson on trumpet, David Kellermann on bass and Jorgen Wadkins on guitar. Aug. 18 - Boxcar Boxcar will close the season playing rail-jumping, whiskey-drinking, country rock and roll from beautiful Duluth. Band members are Blake Shippee, guitar and vocals; Nate Gannon, lead guitar; Rick Bruner, drums and vocals; and Gordon Lewis, bass. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

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Dana Schutz’s figurative paintings will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center from July 7 through Oct. 1. (Contributed / Nemeth Art Center)

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Ceramicist Ginny Sims’ new work will be at the NAC. She is based out of Minneapolis. (Contributed / Nemeth Art Center)

This 55-by-24-by-24-inche bronze sculpture by Ryan Johnson, entitled “A Thought,” will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center, alongside wife Dana Schutz’s paintings. (Contributed / Nemeth Art Center)

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 T ​ hursdays, 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. NAC 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

Schutz’s “vivid, gestural paintings combine figuration and abstraction and often depict subjects in a fluctuating state of invented and realistic scenarios that plumb the emotional complexities of contemporary life,” according to Beck. The renowned artist’s work can be found in the Hammer Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Johnson’s creations rely on a variety of sculptural media to depict dreamlike subjects that convey both stillness and the potential for action. Recurrent themes include family, mortality, frailty and strength. Schutz hails originally from Livonia, Mich., and Ryan Johnson grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia.



Through Oct. 1, a gallery will be devoted to a two-person show of new works from painter Dana Schutz and sculptor Ryan Johnson. They maintain family connections here in Hubbard County. “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 NAC Executive Director Tessa Beck. “The Brooklyn-based couple have established reputations for creativity and expressiveness, with work on display in major galleries across the U.S. and internationally. The NAC show is a unique opportunity for art world audiences in the 2022 season.”

Ceramicist Ginny Sims’ new work will be at the NAC through Oct. 1. Beck said, “Sims creates functional and sculptural objects that are highly narrative. For inspiration, she looks to different moments in ceramic history, and incorporates the cultural information she finds with present day social and political experiences. Pottery is a reflective, invisible, critical and – for millennia – necessary material object of culture whose very existence is testament to human beings in their environment.” She was born and raised in Little Rock, Ark., and now makes Minneapolis her home. She teaches ceramics and art history at Minneapolis College.




Sip wine, peruse art at Forestedge Winery Forestedge Winery, renowned for transforming native northwoods’ fruits and berries into internationally award-winning wines, hosts its annual art fair on the third weekend of August. This year’s dates are Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21. Admission and parking is free. The event features selected artists exhibiting and selling their works. Artistic mediums include pottery, porcelain, jewelry, fiber, leather, wood, painting and more. Stroll the exhibits and sample wine, which will be sold by the glass, with bottles and cases available for purchase. Area restaurants add unique cuisine and jazz musicians set the tone for the unique summertime event. Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday’s 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the winery at 218-224-353 or visit www. It is located 14 miles north of Akeley on Hwy. 64.

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City officials unveiled 14 new sculptures at Red Bridge Park and downtown Park Rapids this spring. Initiated in 2018, the Park Rapids Sculpture Trail is a collaboration of the city of Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Arts and Culture Advisory Commission. Al Belleveau, a returning sculptor from Puposky, crafted “Stone Age Sculptress.” It’s one of four human sculptures he’s made in recent years depicting ancient artists plying their craft. Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) participants and staff created “Candy Crane.” The crew reimagined – and welded – a motorcycle gas tank, pitchfork tines, a sucker spearhead, an old disc blade, a Swede saw handle, garage door spring and more into the delicate crane structure.

Other artists featured in this year’s trail are Brian Berle of Shakopee, Tim Cassidy of New York Mills, Aidan Demarals of Janesville and Tim James of Good Thunder, Jon Kamrath of Mahtomedi, Isaac Kidder of Minnetrista, Sunghee Min of Roseville, Tim Nelsen of Bemidji, James Pedersen of Walker and Ryan Pedersen of North Mankato, Jamie Weinfurter of Iowa City, Iowa and Simon Zornes of Bagley. The 14 sculptures will remain in place for one year. New this year, the public will be asked to choose a People’s Choice Award.

Al Belleveau wrought iron and rocks from Lake Superior to depict “Stone Age Sculptress.” She’s holding a symbol of fertility. (Enterprise file photo)

A father-son duo – James Pedersen of Walker and Ryan Pedersen of North Mankato – crafted this sculpture together. It’s one of 14 new works along the Red Bridge Trail and around downtown Park Rapids. (Enterprise file photo) AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022



Family-friendly fun at museums, library PARK RAPIDS AREA LIBRARY 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) 7324966, email, visit, or find the Park Rapids Area Library’s Facebook page.

HUBBARD COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM The beautiful Victorian building, located at 301 Court Ave., was PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE

originally built as a courthouse in 1900. It still retains its original tin ceiling, eight vaults and gilded lettering on office doors. Each room depicts a different aspect of early life in the area. Visitors are encouraged to take a step back in time and enjoy learning about the history of this community. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from May 1 through Sept. 30. More info at 732-5237, historicalmuseum@ or

AKELEY PAUL BUNYAN HISTORICAL MUSEUM The Akeley Paul Bunyan Historical Museum is located on Main Street, immediately behind the large statue of Paul Bunyan. It opened in 1984 and contains an interesting collection of pictures and artifacts portraying the early Akeley history when the Red River Lumber Company – the largest sawmill in the state – was located here and the population was between 3,000 and 4,000. When volunteers are available, the museum is open daily from 1-4 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 29


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A living memorial to honor veterans Dedicated in August 2003, the All Veterans Memorial is devoted to the memory of all veterans of all wars and branches of the service. Visitors will find granite monoliths commemorating past wars and a stone walkway and benches commemorating individual veterans. The lighted area is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The memorial is located on Hwy. 71 south, adjacent to the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The All Veterans Memorial Museum was completed in Sept. 2017. Exhibits of military memorabilia range from the Civil War through present-day conflicts. The items on display have been donated or are on loan from local veterans or their families. Museum hours are 10 am. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, depending upon availability of volunteers. For more information, visit http:// PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE

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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