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.
League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area (LWV) and Beagle and Wolf Books are excited to present "An Afternoon with Ahmed Ismail Yusuf." Yusuf will discuss his personal immigrant story from Somalia to America and his new book, "The Lion's Binding Oath" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at the Northwoods Bank community room. The program is free and open to the public.
Volunteer-led Friends of Itasca State Park has begun work on a project to construct and place tree cages at Itasca State Park, with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and funds issued by Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. About 800 cages will soon be assembled, and community groups are invited to place them in Itasca State Park. These tree cages will be placed around young red pine, white pine and jack pine to keep deer from damaging the trees, allowing for quicker and healthier growth.
The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission invite the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16. Six sculptures have been selected and will be installed just prior to the event. They will remain in place for a year.
For more than a year, a steering committee has been working in association with the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber and CivicBrand to create a new brand for the area. The results of the project will be revealed next week. The public is invited to view a documentary video produced for the roll out. It will be shown in downtown Park Rapids during 2nd Street Stage Thursdays, June 14 and 21, and then will be available on YouTube.
Minnesota singer and songwriter Zach Johnson will perform at the Park Rapids Area Library 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday June 13.
The Nemeth Art Center (NAC) is hosting photographer Wayne Gudmundson's exhibit, "White Earth Window," starting June 1 and ending July 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public. In consultation with Treuer and other tribal elders, roughly 50 topics were selected that reflect the Ojibwe experience on the White Earth Reservation. Gudmundson then made photographs at those specific 50 sites over the last few years.
The Park Rapids summertime tradition of Noon Hour Concerts — featuring both local and visiting musicians — returns Thursday, June 7. The concerts are free. Audiences are invited to bring lunch to eat prior to the concerts. Beverages and bars will be served. This summer's first Noon Hour Concert features Taggart Squared, a brother-sister piano duo, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. June 7 at Hubbard Methodist Church. Both 15-year-old Emma and 11-year-old Jacob Taggart have been playing since the age of 4, entertaining audiences not only in the U.S., but also in Europe.
A series of events celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment will take place throughout Minnesota in 2018, including Itasca State Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2. A variety of hands-on activities will be ongoing, including an ATV simulator, live raptors, Archery in the Park, I Can Fish, geocaching 101 and campfire cooking/ice cream in a bag.