Summer Scene July/August 2022

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Welcome

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. JULY/AUGUST 2022

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. 4

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North Country National Scenic Trail �������������������� 5 Top 10 fun things to do �������������������������������������� 6-7 Staying safe in the sun ����������������������������������������� 9 Grilling tips from the pros ������������������������������ 10-12 Land of 10,000 things to do �������������������������������� 13 Learn about Big Sand Lake �������������������������������� 14 Crazy Days fun ��������������������������������������������������� 15 Summer antiquing ����������������������������������������� 16-18 Headwaters Canoe Club 2022 ��������������������������� 19 Minnesota blueberries ���������������������������������������� 20 Itasca State Park ������������������������������������������� 21-23 2nd Street Stage schedule ��������������������������������� 24 Nemeth contemporary art ����������������������������������� 25 Park Rapids Sculpture Trail �������������������������������� 26 Resorts ���������������������������������������������������������� 29-31

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 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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Hike along a national scenic trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail is one of 11 National Scenic Trails in the U.S. and the only one in Minnesota. The North Country Trail runs 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota. Being open to foot traffic only, Minnesota’s footpaths hold unimpeded travel for hikers, berry pickers, hunters, geocachers, cross country skiers and snowshoers. Short day hikes or overnight hikes are possible. Maps, events and suggested hikes are available at www.northcountrytrail.org Anyone walking this trail is in for a treat as it meanders through forested hills and valleys interspersed with rivers, lakes, and numerous wetlands. Later in the summer, you can be rewarded by finding wild strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries along the trail.

Do you enjoy hiking and are you looking for a group to hike with on a regular basis? Join the North Country Trail hiking groups Laurentian Lakes and Itasca Moraine Chapters. The area’s segments of the North Country Trail are maintained by these two chapters. For information regarding the Laurentian Lakes Chapter, email llc@northcountrytrail.org. For more information on the Itasca Moraine Chapter, contact Eric Haugland by email at itm@northcountrytrail.org. 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.

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10 FUN THINGS

1. Watch the Menahga Midsummer parade Pageantry, parades and fireworks! The annual Menahga Midsummer Celebration offers fun for all ages from July 8-10. 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 5K Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9. Saturday’s festivities include a kids’ fishing tourney, horseshoe competition, ski team show 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. “Monroe Crossing” perform Sunday, followed by raffle drawings. For more details, visit menahga.com

2. 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. The Hubbard County Fair includes a variety of entertainment at the grandstand arena, 4-H exhibits in the animal

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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.

3. 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 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.

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4. Shop locally like crazy Downtown Park Rapids businesses will offer Crazy Days sales on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29. A host of free kids entertainment and activities in Pioneer Park adds to the festivities.

5. Blueberry Festival The Lake George Blueberry Festival celebrates the scrumptious berry Friday through Sunday, July 29-31. This little town’s big event offers music, a kids’ carnival, the Lake George Firemen’s been feed and, of course, a blueberry pancake feed.

6. Sample food at Taste of Dorset Dorset is known for its annual Taste of Dorset festival, held the first Sunday in August. Folks walk the boardwalk while testing out all kinds of tasty cuisine from outdoor vendors. The tiny town describes itself as the “restaurant capital of the world.” Eat all you want and vote for Dorset’s mayor from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

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the memory of farming in years gone by through their annual event. The club’s 29th annual Field Days will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7 at the showgrounds, located on County Rd. 6 south of Park Rapids. Events both days include sawmill and threshing demonstrations, a tractor parade, dancing to live music at the pavilion, tractor pulls, sawmill activities and straw baling in the field.

8. 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.

9. 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 7

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 are an archery challenge and tomahawk throwing. Contestants “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.

10. 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 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. JULY/AUGUST 2022


Soak up the sun on a city beach

Many of the county’s 313 lakes have public accesses, and the county and some communities maintain parks with swimming beaches.

Park Rapids Park Rapids offers a variety of opportunities for recreation, including an indoor swimming pool at the high school, a skateboard park and tennis courts. Heartland Park: Located along Fish Hook River in Park Rapids. Swimming beach, playground, hiking trail, a hacky sack court, pickleball courts, tennis courts, softball field, picnic tables and shelters, restrooms, public access to the river and access to the Heartland Trail. Deane Park: This three-acre park offers places to relax and picnic and includes a dock on the lake. It’s found on Eagle Point Drive, north of Park Rapids, between Fish Hook River and Fish Hook Lake.

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City Beach & Park:The city owns and maintains a public beach on Spirit Lake known for its white sugar-sand. It is open everyday during the summer months, with lifeguards on duty. A large T-shaped fisihg pier is for the public to use. The pier is sponsored by the Menahga Conservation Club, it is owned by the DNR, and is maintained by the city. A public access for boats is nearby. Memorial Park Campground: The city of Menahga has a 40-acre Memorial Park located just South of town off Highway #71. The park is filled with stately pines, beautiful birch and hardwood trees. The park offers camping facilities, most of Nevis which have water and electrical hook-ups. City Beach & Park: Playground equip- The park also features two sheltered pavilment, picnic tables, swimming beach and ions and other picnic facilities and a RV restrooms. Take State Hwy. 34 to Nevis, dump station. Call City Hall at 564-4557 north on CSAH 2 and west on Beach Road. for reservation of the pavilions.

City Beach & Campground: Take Hwy. 34 to Akeley, then follow signs. Public access to 11th Crow Wing Lake, shelter, picnic tables, fishing, boat landing and campground. City Park: Picnic tables, shelter, Paul Bunyan Historical Society Museum, Paul Bunyan’s statue and Paul’s cradle are found at this park along Hwy. 34.

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Community Park: Swimming beach, baseball field, picnic tables, picnic shelter, playground, toilets and public access. It’s south of Hwy. 71, on Paine Lake.

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Farris Park: The 20-acre park has tennis courts, a basketball court, a soft­ ball field, trails, playground, picnic area, shelter, barbecue grills and restrooms. It’s located in northeastern Hubbard County, in the vicinity of Farden Township Hall.

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Tips for staying safe in the sun ► Seek shade and plan outdoor activities when the UV index is low. ► Use sunscreen with a Sun ProtecAccording to the Minnesota Departtion Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher that ment of Health, skin cancer, including melanoma, is the most common type of is labeled as “broad-spectrum.” If you cancer in the United States. have sensitive skin, choose products Melanoma rates in Minnesota have dou- with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. bled since 1988 for both men and women. Polcari said it is important to examIngrid Polcari is an associate professor ine your skin regularly, looking for in the University of Minnesota Medical new growths on the skin or changes in School and a Masonic Cancer Center mem- growths that have always been there. ber. She is also a pediatric dermatologist at Basal cell cancer usually shows up as M Health Fairview. Her research focuses a shiny bump. on understanding how to improve sun Squamous cell cancer is typically a protection starting early in childhood to rough or scaly spot that persists. Melaprevent skin cancer development later in life. People with fair skin or red hair are at nomas are brown or pink growths that arise on normal skin or within an exista higher risk for skin cancer. ing mole. Polcari shared the following tips in a The Sanford Health website recrecent University of Minnesota publicaommends everyone over the age of 6 tion “Talking Skin Cancer”: months wear sunscreen with an SPF of ► Protect your skin from the sun by 30 or greater every day, all year long. wearing longed-sleeved clothing. Dr. Gonzalez Santiago is a dermatol► Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp and ears and sunglasses to pro- ogist at Sanford Dermatology and Laser tect your eyes. Clinic in Fargo.

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He recommends finding a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB. Sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide work immediately, while spray sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and avobenzone need to be applied 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Spray needs to be rubbed all over the skin after applying. To be fully effective, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours. When not wearing a hat, there is sunscreen made to protect your scalp as well. Tips on the website for treating a sunburn include drinking plenty of water and taking an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen or Aleve to reduce the extent of the injury. The WebMD website has several videos on sun protection, including information on sun protective clothing and a step by step guide for examining your skin. Lorie Skarpness can be reached at lskarpness@ parkrapidsenterprise.com

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Grilling wizards share their zest for BBQ BY ROBIN FISH Park Rapids Enterprise

Grilling is a great summer pastime anywhere, but the Heartland Lakes area has several events that make it extra exciting – including Nevis Bands & BBQ on July 9 and the Backyard BBQ Challenge during Park Rapids’ Legends and Logging Days, Aug. 13. Some of last year’s grilling contestants shared some local flavor and helpful hints about their pursuit of barbecue perfection.

‘Use real fire’ Clinton Darchuk of Park Rapids and his 13-year-old son, Cooper, competed last year as Smokin’ D BBQ. “My specialty probably would be ribs,” said Clinton. “There are so many different rubs and sauces on the market that are proven winners. I have tried them all, it seems.” Darchuk started cooking out on a Weber grill in 2008, building his own smoker a couple years later. In his first competition in 2012, he placed first in pork. “After that, I started competing on a regular basis,” he said. “My approach to BBQ is that I like to see people enjoy good food.” His tip is to use real fire. “I own a couple pellet grills, and they are great,” he said, “but nothing compares to cooking with real wood.”

‘Cook to temperature’ Jason Westby formed last year’s team The Deplorable P.I.G.s with his friends, Justin Fischer and Joe Christensen, all from Park Rapids, with a combined 20 years of BBQ experience. “If I’m grilling, my favorite dish is plain old burgers,” said Westby. “A simply seasoned, properly cooked burger is the epitome of summer grilling flavor.” For smoked BBQ, he said, “it has to be pulled pork – a classic that can feed a crew.” Westby said he enjoys the whole process from

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preparation through taste-testing, which can go on for days. His one tip for grilling is: “Cook to temperature! “Invest in a good thermometer and learn the proper temp to pull your burger, steak, chicken etc. for the desired doneness. Remember, when grilling over high heat, meat will gain temperature even after being pulled off the grill.”

MY APPROACH TO BBQ IS THAT I LIKE TO SEE PEOPLE ENJOY GOOD FOOD. - Clinton Darchuk

‘Low and slow’ Jim Miller, whose team last year was called “The Chicken Choker and the Hoggy Bottom Boy,” partnered with Jim Kanten, both of park Rapids. Miller said he took inspiration for the name from a contestant he met in a Kansas City BBQ Club competition many years ago. He started grilling in the 1970s doing burgers, steaks and hot dogs, but became more involved in the process in the 1980s. He has Weber charcoal and gas grills, adding baskets of wood chips for smoke when using gas, and a Traeger upright smoker.

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“I enjoy grilling/smoking just about everything,” he said, adding that he is always eager to try new things. “I really enjoy working with pork tenderloins, as there are so many ways they can be prepared, especially if a person is just getting started.” Miller, who says he continues trying to improve his skills, offers one tip for success: “Don’t rush the process. They don’t call it low (heat) and slow for nothing.”

‘If you’re looking … ’ Kim Waldorf of Park Rapids competed last year as “Hungry Bear” with his teammate, Roxanne Erickson. Waldorf has been grilling competitively since 2011 in Minnesota and North Dakota, inspired by going out to eat and

not being happy with the taste or texture of the BBQ he was served. “I started trying to perfect my own seasoning and sauce many years ago,” he said. “It is always a work in progress.” In a contest, Waldorf said, he always keeps in mind that judges have different tastes. “Winning or losing is dependent on if you turned in your best selection of the BBQ you’ve cooked … (with) the right looks, texture and taste to satisfy all the judges.” Waldorf shared three tips, two of which you’ve heard before: “You can’t rush good BBQ. Low and slow. If you’re looking, it’s not cooking.” Robin Fish can be reached at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com.

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Butterfly the pork tenderloin, opening the pork like a book. Sprinkle the inside with 1 Tbsp. of the whiskey. Let it marinate for 5 minutes. Sprinkle 1/3 of the rub over the inside of the pork. Spread the mustard on top with a spatula, then spread the brown sugar on top. Sprinkle the remaining 2 Tbsp. of whiskey on top. Fold the loin back together and sprinkle the remaining rub over the outside. Tie four 12-inch pieces of butcher’s string spaced evenly around the loin. Place a slice of the bacon across the strings. Set the loin on top of the bacon. Place a slice of bacon on top and one piece of bacon on each side of the loin. Tie up each piece of string. Mix the glaze in a saucepan and boil until syrupy. Set the

glaze aside. If using a grill, set it up for indirect grilling with a drip pan in the middle of the grill and preheat to medium. If using a gas grill, add wood chunks to the smoker box. Turn the heat to high until you see smoke, then turn the heat down to medium. If using a smoker, set or adjust it to 240 degrees. Place the tenderloin on your cooker. Start basting with the glaze after 30 minutes and continue every 15-20 minutes thereafter. The time will vary from cooker to cooker. Using a meat thermometer, cook the pork to an internal temp of 145. Remove the pork from the heat and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Clip the strings, slice the pork and serve.

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Northern Knights spotlights classic cars Classic cars will fill downtown Park Rapids during the 37th annual Northern Knights Show and Shine event Saturday, Aug. 13, bringing back happy memories of a time when cars were fast, gas was cheap and the living was easy. According to the club’s website, the idea for a club for car enthusiasts began when three men who loved classic cars got together. Jim Thorne, then-business manager for the Park Rapids School District 309, was working on a 1934 Ford Pickup. Mike Johnson, then-manager of the Park Rapids Pamida store, had a 1927 Model T Roadster, and Bob Helgren, a teacher with the school district, was finishing a 1936 Ford Coupe. Before long, a group of car enthusiasts was gathering weekly at the Dixie

July 8: Dana Schutz-Ryan Johnson artist reception, Nemeth Art Center 8: Ginny Sims artist reception, Nemeth Art Center 8-10: Midsummer Celebration, Menahga 9: Nevis Bands & BBQ 13-17: Hubbard County Fair, Shell Prairie Agricultural Association 14: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church 14: 2nd Street Stage 15: NLOKids performance, Pine Point Cultural Center 16: NLOKids performance, Park Rapids Armory 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 28: 2nd Street Stage 28-29: Crazy Days, Park Rapids 29-31: Lake George Blueberry Festival

Drive-In in Park Rapids. They officially formed the club in 1982 with 14 charter members. Membership has grown to more than 50 members today. Registration for the event opens at 4 p.m. Friday Aug.12 at the C’Mon Inn on Hwy. 34 in Park Rapids, followed by a barbeque for club members and registered participants. Registration for the Show and Shine begins at 8 a.m. Saturday on Main in Park Rapids. Cars at past shows have ranged from Model A and Model Ts to classic cars from the 1980s. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a trophy presentation for club members, Top 10 and Best Picks. Those viewing the show will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite car.

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August 4: Noon Hour Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church 4: 2nd Street Stage 6-7: Antique Tractor & Engine Club Field Days 6: Water Ski Show, Halvorson Beach, Nevis 7: Taste of Dorset 11: Noon Hour Concert, Hubbard United Methodist Church 11: Water Wars on Main Avenue 11: 2nd Street Stage 12-13: Northern Knights Run to the Rapids classic car show

Ballots to vote for the people’s choice are due by 11 a.m. A cruise is planned following the trophy presentation. A map of the cruise route will be available at the car show. Preregistration to enter the show is $20 and on Friday or Saturday is $25. For more information go to northernknightscarclub.org or to their Facebook page or send an email to northernknightscarclubpr@gmail.com. 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: 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

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Big Sand Lake

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Littoral area: 465 acres Shoreline: 8.3 miles Maximum depth: 135 feet

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Big Sand Lake is located 2.5 miles north of Dorset.

It has a county-owned public access site, which has been undergoing safety improvements in recent years. Certified AIS watercraft inspectors are on duty to ensure boaters are not spreading invasive species. Many dedicated residents also test for zebra mussel veligers. The Big Sand Lake Association’s (BSLA) website at www.bigsandlake.org offers detailed information about the lake.

Water quality WATER QUALITY Water clarity on Big Sand Lake continues to be exceptional. It is said to be one of the most clear and healthy lakes in Minnesota.

Volunteers have been taking Secchi disc readings since the mid-1980s, along with monitoring dissolved oxygen levels, temperature and nutrients. The Big Sand Lake Association (BSLA) notes that it was the first lake in Hubbard County to have 100% of its septic systems upgraded and compliant with county standards.

Lake ecology PROTECTION protection LAKE ECOLOGY The Mantrap chain of lakes – which includes Big Sand lake – is the focus of a citizen-driven, water quality and fisheries protection program. The Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) received a federal conservation grant through the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership for the project. The goal is to empower shoreland owners to take action to protect their lakes. The Hubbard SWCD will partner with BSLA to educate residents about shoreline and aquatic vegetation protection, plus

groundwater and stormwater management practices – from small, do-it-yourself projects to larger-scale restorations.

species FISHFish SPECIES The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages a fishery on Big Sand Lake, primarily for walleye with secondary emphasis on muskie, smallmouth bass, northern pike or black crappie at various times. The lake boasts populations of yellow perch, pumpkinseed and rock bass. Big Sand Lake has also been identified as a tullibee refuge lake.

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This lake has special fishing regulations that differ from statewide regulations and take precedence. All walleye from 20-28” must be immediately released. One over 28” allowed in possession. Information contributed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Big Sand Lake Association.

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Businesses go all out to make shopping fun for Crazy Days in In addition to the Park Rapids Downtown Business Associadowntown Park Rapids Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29. tion, Arvig is a sponsor of Crazy Days this year. On Thursday, free kids entertainment and activities in PioThe 2nd Street Stage Smokey Hills Tap Castle will open at 5 neer Park will add to the festivities as a bonus to bargains shop- p.m. with a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m. and the free concert pers will find both days. featuring The Limns from 6 to 8 p.m. Donna Anderson, University of Minnesota Extension SNAPEd Educator, will offer chalk art, water coloring, coloring, planting and an obstacle course starting at 8 a.m. in Pioneer Park. Anderson has brought the “Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies!” curriculum to Park Rapids 4th grade students for several years, and this winter, expanded the program to arts in health. This new component promotes the health benefits of arts engagement to children by developing popular fruit, vegetable and activity-loving animal characters, like Derek Deer, Riley Raccoon and Becky Bear, as artists. The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, Park Rapids Area Library and Friends of the Library will sponsor Mixed Nuts, starting at 10:30 a.m. in Pioneer Park. This free show for Mon - Fri Hwy. 71 S., Menahga kids promises lots of laughs and audience participation. 8:30am - 5pm Shop local like crazy on sidewalks and inside stores Saturday both days. 8:30am - Noon

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Get the most out of summer antiquing BY ROBIN FISH Park Rapids Enterprise

“In the summer, a shopper’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of antiques,” Alfred, Lord Tennyson never said. But he also never visited the Heartland Lakes area. A few of the area’s many antique dealers shared their tips for finding something fancy during this summer’s antiquing season. Of three thrift stores operated by the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC), the Tin Ceiling at 113 Main Ave. S. in Park Rapids is the one that specializes in antiques. Barely Used handles clothing and home goods; Salvage Depot carries bigger stuff, including some antique furniture. All three stores sell donated items to support DAC programs, including employment for their clients. JULY/AUGUST 2022

Sherri Stensing, program supervisor at Tin Ceiling, said the store gets a large variety of antiques from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and up, including glassware, military items and vintage decor. Their biggest sellers are books and jewelry. “We have a wedding dress from the 1940s,” she said. “We have an antique baker’s shelf” – patented in 1896, built in 1920. “We have some old vintage world globes and sailboats. We have a lot of old musical instruments.” Her tips for collectors include being diligent in your shopping. “We get new items most every single day,” she said. “The first day, we may not have what you’re looking for, and then the next day, we may have (it).” Also, Stensing said, “Do your research. There are so many little tips and tricks on how to identify authentic from non-.” 16

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When shopping for collectible furniture, Whitaker advised looking at craftsAcross town at the Salvage Depot, on manship, such as dovetailing in the 320 Career Path, manager Emily Whitadrawers of a wooden dresser, or maker’s DON’T OVERLOOK ker said they get old record players, marks on the back or bottom of a piece. antique couches and dressers, hutches, THOSE UGLY, “There’s a lot of information online chairs, and outdoor patio sets. on different antiques and their values,” PAINTED DRESSERS “We have a couple of 1970s couches,” she said. she said. “They’re very orange and floral.” [...] YOU MIGHT She also suggested making sure your Other interesting items in the store item is solid wood, with no cheap plyFIND A TREASURE include a ram’s skull and a longhorn cow wood or cardboard on the back, and wall hanging, cut from a large piece of UNDERNEATH whether it’s built with nails or screws, sheet metal. which can give you an idea of its age. THE PAINT. Everything there moves fast, Whitaker “Don’t overlook those ugly, painted said, including old dressers and desks - Emily Whitaker dressers,” she added. “Underneath the that people take home, refinish and flip paint is probably some gorgeous wood. to sell at flea markets. Don’t disregard it just because it’s an With summer in full swing, she said, outdoor gardening tools and furniture especially are coming in ugly color. It can always be stripped, and you might find a and going right back out. treasure underneath the paint.”

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‘Glassware doesn’t sell’ That’s what Aune Longfors said, anyway. She’s the owner at Aune’s Kauppala in Snellman. “People bring in dish sets,” she said. “Younger people don’t put out dishware; you know, fancy, matching dishes, cups and saucers. They just don’t do that anymore.” Recalling her family having a matching dish set when she was growing up, Longfors said that kind of thing interests her. She agreed that antique furniture sells quickly. She recently set up a desk in her showroom and it sold the same day, before lunch. “I can’t have a big amount of them, but older pieces of furniture, I think, intrigue people,” she said. “They like to repurpose things of that nature.” Another big area is decorative pieces, such as old enameled coffee pots. “Honest to God, it’s a duke’s mixture here,” she said.

Better to reuse Asked about tips for collectors, Linda Kiehl said “They can always call us, and we have a want list. If they’re looking for something in particular, we put it on there. The dealers do keep an eye on it, to see if they have anything at home.” Kiehl is a co-owner of SuLaines Antique Mall in Detroit Lakes, a consignment store with about 60 vendors. She said it should have something for everyone, “from primitives all the way up to 80s and 90s collectibles.” One way to tell a modern reproduction, she said, “if it’s metal construction or even wood, is if it doesn’t have flathead screws in it; you know, if it has the machine screws.” For really old furniture, she advised looking for square-nail construction, a sign that something dates from the 1800s – though reproducers are learning to fake even this. JULY/AUGUST 2022

Kiehl says men seem to like the toys and fishing items, while women mostly go for home decor pieces. “Coins and currency, right now, are really selling well,” she said. “A lot of younger people are getting interested in that.” She finds the primitive pieces most interesting, because they’re the hardest to find. “I think there’s a couple of old well buckets here from the 1800s,” she said. “We have a really good variety of old toys. Those are very popular, like the John Deere tractors and the vintage model cars.” In today’s uncertain economy, Kiehl said, “Investing in antique furniture, you’re gonna be able to buy it much cheaper than you can buy a new piece, and 99% of the time it’s gonna be much better quality.” She added, “It’s always better to reuse something than it is to go buy new, in my opinion.” Robin Fish can be reached at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com.

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Get paddling on our rivers and lakes 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 ynot@paulbunyan.net or headwaterscanoeclub@gmail.com.

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BLUEBERRIES Minnesota’s superfood BY SHANNON GEISEN Park Rapids Enterprise

Minnesota has two native blueberries: common lowbush blueberries and velvet-leaf blueberries. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, both grow primarily in the northeastern half of the state, but they can be found growing from the furthest northwestern counties all the way to the southeastern corner of the state. This is a low bush, growing from six inches to two feet high. It often grows in colonies. Bell-shaped white or pinkish flowers bloom in late May or early June. Berries begin as white, pale blue or green and mature to round, dark blue berries in July and August. In Minnesota, berry picking is allowed in state parks and in state and national forests, and the rangers might even direct you to a good area.

How to pick blueberries “You don’t need fancy equipment,” writes Teresa Marrone in Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, a DNR publication. “A one-gallon ice cream pail with a handle works well to hold the fruit. You can set it on the ground and drop berries into it as you pick, and unlike a plastic bag, it won’t snag on sticks and thorns as you walk.” Marrone recommends hiking boots are great for rough or steep areas. The best habitat, says Marrone, includes open, coniferous woodlands and sandy or rocky edges of coniferous and mixedwoods forests; sun-drenched hilltops and rocky ridges; forest clearings; and edges of footpaths. They thrive in areas that have been scoured by fire, where picking can be phenomenal for the next few years. Blueberries ripen starting in mid- to late July, continuing through August. Fruits of both native blueberries grow in clusters from branch tips. “Underripe berries are green, becoming pinkish before ripening to deep blue with a whitish bloom; ripe berries look just like supermarket blueberries but are smaller – typically ¼ to 1/3 inch across. A key ID feature is the short five-pointed crown that is present on the top. Ripe berries detach easily from the bush,” she writes. According to Marrone, velvet-leaf blueberries are tarter than common lowbush blueberries. JULY/AUGUST 2022

“Both can be used like domestic blueberries, but because they’re so small they pack together more closely—so you can use a smaller measure of wild blueberries in muffins or similar recipes. Wild blueberries make outstanding jam and pie.”

Slow growers According to the University of Minnesota Extension, blueberry plants grow slowly, and they may not seem to get much bigger from year to year. It takes a blueberry bush about 10 years to reach mature size, but this also means they will live a long, long time. For those who plant them in their yard, “it will be 2 or 3 years before you start getting large harvests, but it is definitely worth the wait. The bushes are very attractive and will be a beautiful addition to your yard while you wait for fruit.”

Freeze like a pro Minnesota Grown, a newsletter produced by the Minnesota Department of Agricultures, advises the following: ► Don’t wash your berries until you use them. This will help prevent spoilage. ► Remove overly soft fruit, stems and leaves. Be gentle with the fruit. ► Drop berries in cold water and swish for 10 seconds before draining. Dry on towels. ► Place berries on a lined cookie sheet with space around each. Freeze for 30 min. ► Transfer to a seal-able container and freeze completely. Enjoy for up to a year.

Go blue According to Mayo Clinic, scientists have shown that blueberries are loaded with compounds (phytonutrients) that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Blueberries may also improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging. Blueberries are a low-calorie source of fiber and vitamin C — 3/4 cup of fresh blueberries has 2.7 grams of fiber and 10.8 milligrams of vitamin C.

State muffin As part of a social studies exercise, a class of third graders in Carlton, Minn., proposed that the blueberry muffin become the state muffin. Their bill was signed into law in 1988. Shannon Geisen can be reached at sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com.

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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.

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July & August

HIGHLIGHTS at Itasca State Park

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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► Go camping. The park has hundreds of campsites available with advance reservations required. After a day of exploring the park, relax around a campfire and roast s’mores, or sit and have a chat with other campers while admiring the surrounding forest. At sundown, listen for loon calls and the chirping of crickets. ► Listen to music. Join Minnesota musicians Jim and Molly from 7 to 9 p.m. July 3 at the historic Forest Inn, where they will perform familiar folk and folk rock songs and share stories. Go to the Itasca State Park website and click on events to see all of the opportunities available for both children and adults. ► Take a hike. There are 49 miles of trails at Itasca. To get a sense for what northern Minnesota was like before logging changed the landscape, hike the half-mile Bohall Trail. There are more giant pines along the Nicollet Trail. ► View the Perseids meteor shower. Escape the city lights and watch

for meteor showers that peak Aug. 11-13. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail lies in the constellation Perseus. ► Visit historic Douglas Lodge. This two-story log building built in 1905 is located on the south shore of Lake Itasca, with parking in front and easy access to trails. Relax in the cozy parlor with a sitting area furnished with antiques. Meals are available in the restaurant, and a staircase leads to guest rooms on the second floor. ► Enjoy time on the lake. Try kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding on one of the park’s 100 lakes. Equipment is available to rent at Itasca Sports located in the park. Lake Itasca Tours also offers excursions of the Chester Charles tour boat. The narrated tour follows the same route taken by Ozawindib in 1832 when he guided Henry Rowe Schoolcraft to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

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► Go fishing. Lake Itasca has a variety of fish, including northern pike, large-mouth bass, sunfish, crappies, perch and walleye, or try 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. ► Cool off at the beach. Itasca State Park has a sandy swimming beach located in the picnic grounds with views of the Mississippi Headwaters. The beach and changing house were developed by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps in

the late 1930s. ► Take a bike ride. Sixteen miles of paved trails wind through the forest. Parking and access is available at several points along the trail, including the Douglas Lodge area, Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, picnic grounds and the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center. Itasca Sports, located in the park, offers bike rentals. ► Visit the Mississippi River Headwaters. A trip to Itasca wouldn’t be complete without a stop to see where the mighty Mississippi river begins its 2,318-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Walk across the river on the rocks or take a hike on the adjoining trails.

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.statepark@state.mn.us or go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/itasca/ index.html.

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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. 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. July 21 - General B and The Wiz General B and the Wiz is made up of a few really nice jazz boys who are into some really weird, yet wholesome, stuff. As collaborative songwriters, General B and the Wiz deliver high-energy music that will keep you laughing, dancing and rocking to your heart’s content. Formed as a joke in 2010, the band quickly evolved. They have played countless clubs, festivals and parties across the U.S. and Canada. Band members are Quincy Voris, lead vocals; Seth Duin, guitar; Kyle Holder, drums; Kai Brewster, guitar; Kevin Coughenour, bass; and Frank Merchlewitz, keyboard. JULY/AUGUST 2022

July 28 - The Limns The Limns are a five-piece band from the Twin Cities. They harmonize a blend of rock, reggae, funk and folk with high-energy and soulful spirit. Their shows are contagious and their sound will make you get up and move. Band members are Jevon Sacarelos. bass; Ira Bratzel, guitar; Clint Thayer, drums; Zeke Fricke, keys, and Zacc Fricke, lead singer. Aug. 4 - The Hooten Hallers The Columbia, Mo. trio, The Hooten Hallers, are known for hard-traveling and wild, energetic live shows. The myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of rhythm & blues, rock ’n roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Band members are John Randall, vocals and guitar; Andy Rehm, vocals and drums; and Kellie Everett, vocals and saxophone. When The Hooten Hallers come to town, you know it’s gonna be a party! Aug. 11 - Mae Simpson Music Singer-songwriter Mae, who hails from South Carolina, has a huge voice and stage presence. 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. It’s blistering funk and dance music mixed with soul, blues, country, calypso, jazz, rock and even a little hip hop. 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.

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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. 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 www.nemethartcenter.org.

Painter-sculptor couple From July 7 to 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. An artists’ reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, July 8. “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 PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE

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.” 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.

Ceramicist Ceramicist Ginny Sims’ new work will be at the NAC from July 7 through Oct. 1. The NAC will host an artist reception from 4-6 p.m. on Friday. 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 25

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. JULY/AUGUST 2022


New sculptures bedeck Park Rapids trail 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.

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Northern Light Opera Co. presents

‘Hello, Dolly!’

Presenting summer musical theater in the Park Rapids Area since 2002, the Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC) will be producing “Hello, Dolly!” at the Armory Arts & Events Center July 29 through Aug. 6. Hello, Dolly! , based on the play Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, is about a socialite widow-turned matchmaker, who decides her next match should be a husband for herself. The story is filled with intrigue and drama. Productions are directed by Lisa Dove and Greg Paul, theatre professionals from New York City, and choreographed by Karen Palmen from Minneapolis. A pit orchestra of 12 joins the production. Cast members range in age from 10 to 65-plus. Some have been involved numerous years and some are first-timers, according to Pat Dove, co-founder of NLOC. Performing the role of Vandergelder will be David Konshok. April Hodge will portray Dolly. Pat said, “NLOC’s cast and crew are busy preparing a treat for all attending. Through the years, NLOC has received many compliments from patrons after attending a production.” Tickets are available at Beagle & Wolf Books in Park Rapids or online at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information visit northernlightopera.org. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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.forestedgewinery.com. It is located 14 miles north of Akeley on Hwy. 64.

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Family-friendly fun at museums, library

Hubbard County Historical Museum 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. 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@arvig.net or www.hubbardcountyhistory.org. 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. 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” JULY/AUGUST 2022

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 parkrapids@krls.org, visit krls.org, or find the Park Rapids Area Library’s Facebook page.

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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 allvetmemorial.com. JULY/AUGUST 2022

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