Two candidates, both with Native American lineage, were endorsed to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives during the 2018 Senate District 2 DFL Convention that was held in Mahnomen on March 17. One hundred and six delegates elected Senate District 2 DFL officers and then separated into House District 2A and 2B conventions. In the House District 2A convention, 54 delegates endorsed Michael Northbird from rural Cass Lake to run as their DFL candidate against incumbent 2A State Rep. Matt Grossell, a Republican from Bagley.
The Becker County Republican convention was held March 3 in Detroit Lakes. Distinguished guests who addressed the group were District 2 Sen. Paul Utke; District 2B Rep. Steve Green; Dave Hughes and Jason Sherman, candidates for Congressional District 7; Dave Stephens, son of Mary Guiliani-Stephens; and representatives for Phil Parrish, candidate for governor.
WindSync — a hot, young woodwind quintet — is set to perform for the Heartland Concert Association at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.
A citizen's most powerful tool in civic engagement is the right to vote. It is important that we all learn how to protect that right. The League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area and Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present a joint program Tuesday, March 13 about election integrity with Steve Simon, Minnesota's Secretary of State. As Minnesota's chief elections administrator, he has pledged to "work with anyone, of any political affiliation, from any part of our state" to protect, defend and strengthen the right to vote in Minnesota.
Ever-popular, historical re-enactor Arn Kind will present "Minnesota's Wild and Woolly Prohibition Days" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Park Rapids Area Library. The 1920s are probably best known for Prohibition, a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.
Bemidji State University's Student Center for Health and Counseling is sponsoring a Monday, March 6 training session covering aspects of the nation's current opioid addiction epidemic. The presentation, entitled "The Opioid Crisis: Learn More About the Many Pathways to Recovery," will be held twice: at noon in the Crying Wolf Room of BSU's lower Hobson Memorial Union and at 7 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer Hall room 100. Admission is free.
After months of planning by justice system and tribal officials, a proposal to establish a joint White Earth Nation-Mahnomen County drug court program has received final approval from the Minnesota Judicial Council, the policy-making body of the Minnesota Judicial Branch. This new drug court program represents a partnership between state, local and tribal governments aimed at reducing drug abuse throughout Mahnomen County and the greater White Earth Nation tribal lands.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) presents Mark Bridge, "Papa's Cookies," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 27 at Park Theater. As part of a National Park Service project, culinary historian Bridge has been researching Victorian-era delicacies and recreating handwritten recipes by Augusta Kohrs, wife of "Montana's Cattle King." The cookbook featuring these sweet treats is due to be published in May, but attendees to the HCLL program will get an advance look at some of the baking equipment and techniques as well as an opportunity to sample the cookies.
Minnesotan musician Robin Anders will present a program at the Park Rapids Area Library Friday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. Anders has toured in Africa, North and South America, Asia, India, and the Middle East performing, teaching and providing workshops for over 45 years. His experiences on five continents, with people of many cultures, have given him stories and anecdotes that are both entertaining and educational.