The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club will sponsor the second of its 2018 summer series of "Family Fun Nights," aimed at enriching the conservation experience in the community. This event — at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20 — is free of charge and all ages are welcome. The evening will begin with a lively interactive presentation by Gary Korsgaden from the Outdoors Writers of America Association. Korsgaden has written countless articles for publications such as "In-Fisherman," "North American Fisherman" and "Fishing Facts."
Spend an afternoon with storyteller Zaraawar Mistry and musician Greg Herriges for a storytelling workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Park Rapids Library. This workshop is designed for participants ages 8 to 15. They will demonstrate their skills and help kids discover and develop their unique storytelling style. At the end of the session, there will be time for kids to perform their story for friends and family, if they choose, or during library story time 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20. In preparation for the workshop, choose a short story or fable.
Twenty-five pies were entered in this year's pie baking contest and auction, raising $955 for the Park Rapids Library. The 12th annual competition, held July 4, was sponsored by Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery, Park Rapids Friends of the Library and Third Street Market. Bethany David's lemon meringue pie was selected as "Best in Show" in addition to winning first place in the juvenile division. Brandi Novak took second place in the juvenile division with her huckleberry cheesecake pie.
Daniel Moorhouse poses with the 36-inch, 13-pound northern that he caught in Hubbard County on Father’s Day.
Watermark Art Center presents "Bagakaande - It is brightly colored" in the Miikanan Gallery from July 2 through Aug. 28. This joint show features the work of Sarah McRae and DG House. These artists are both painters who share a love of color and the natural world, each with ties to Minnesota landscapes.
The Park Rapids Area Community Band, under the direction of Adam Tervola- Hultberg, will open the 2018 Sounds of Spirit Lake concert series at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29. The concert will showcase Minnesota composers and some audience sing along features. Joining the band that evening will be some members of the Menahga High School Concert Band. Their director, Beth Hahn, plays bass clarinet with the Park Rapids Area Community Band.
The Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC), in cooperation with Pine Point School District, is presenting NLOKids Theater Workshop for children ages 9 through 13. Grants from the White Earth Tribal Council, Region 2 Arts Council and Itasca Mantrap makes it possible to offer the workshop free of charge. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, July 2-20 in Pine Point, with school bus transportation available from Park Rapids.
Sheri Mitchell of Park Rapids caught this 10-pound, 35.5-inch northern on opener weekend. "I really fought to keep this one. It had put on a good fight but in the end I won," she said. Anglers are invited to submit photos of keepers during the 2018 open-water fishing season. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org . (Submitted photo)
The 32nd annual Cirks Brothers Memorial Scholarship Fishing Tournament was held June 9 on Lake Belle Taine. The husband-wife team of Kevin and Karie Lindow won the $1,600 first prize, filling out their limits of six walleye. They caught the biggest walleye of the day — a 4.62 pounder — plus six bass and three pike for a total weight of 36.51 lbs. Second place went the team of Jon Gravdahl and Dean Christofferson, with a total catch of 31.26 lbs. Third place was another husband-wife team: Luke and Kim Pidde with a total weight of 30.64 lbs.
Storytellers are reminded the entry deadline for the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council's third annual Great American Story contest is Saturday, June 30. Judges will narrow the selections to four finalists who will perform the best-told stories at an event Saturday, Sept. 22 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. First-place storyteller will receive an award of $1,000. Second place receives $500, and each of the other two finalists get $250. Lodging arrangements will be made, if needed.