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January 1-February 26
Open Houses at Soaring Eagle Ski Trails
Every Sunday in January and February, the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club will host an Open House at Soaring Eagle Ski Trails from 1 to 4 p.m. Itascatur volunteers will be on hand to help get you out on the trails. You can use our ski equipment free of charge, enjoy the warming house and have a cup of hot cocoa. The only thing you need to provide is a MN DNR Trails Pass and your enthusiasm. Soaring Eagle Ski Trails are located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71 across from Eagle View Golf Course. Cancellations will be posted on the club’s Facebook page and website. For more information, go to http://itascatur.org/soaring_eagle_open_house.shtml.
Chatting in Real Time Event
The Park Rapids Area Library will host a casual symposium, Chatting in Real Time, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 15 in the large meeting room. The first event in a series is titled The Sisterhood of Seniors with a group of high school seniors visiting with a group of senior citizens. The younger seniors will ask questions of the older seniors, prompting stories of growing up in different times and places. The older seniors will provide first person accounts of societal changes and significant historical historical events for a living history event.
Park Rapids Heartland 106 Snowmobile Race
Race through the forests and lakes and experience the natural beauty of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22. The USXC is an eight-event snowmobile racing series with national coverage, backing by all major manufacturers and a devout following of snowmobile enthusiasts. The races are a great spectator sport as well. Maps of routes both days are at www.parkrapids.com. Register now at https://usxcracing.com or from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 20 at the C'mon Inn.
Winter Wonderland Snowshoe at Itasca State Park
Head outside and enjoy Itasca’s winter wonderland on snowshoes! This beginner’s class from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 24 will teach you the basics of snowshoeing as well as great places to visit in Itasca while wearing snowshoes. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Dress warmly and include snow boots. Part of the program will be outside on the trail trying out your new skills. Call ahead at 218-699-7251 to reserve a pair of snowshoes or bring your own. The number of snowshoes available is limited. Snowshoe rental is free with program attendance. Outdoor portion of program is dependent on snowfall.
Heartland Concert Association: Wylie & The Wild West
Wylie & the Wild West will entertain at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 3 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium with admission by season ticket. Singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman and the original, world famous Yahoo! Yodeler, Wylie Gustafson leads this musical outfit known as The Wild West. Wylie and The Wild West have played thousands of gigs, delighting audiences around the world with their unique brand of good-time cowboy music. They have performed at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The National Folk Festival, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, on A Prairie Home Companion and have appeared more than 50 times at the Grand Ole Opry, not to mention an appearance by Wylie on Late Night with Conan O’Brien trying to teach Conan to yodel! Membership packets are available at Beagle and Wolf Books in Park Rapids and Thrifty White Drug in Walker. For more information, go to www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.
Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery Night-In
Book lovers everywhere are invited to Night-In 2017 at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 4 at Armory Square. Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery hosts this annual event which has become so popular it’s moved from the bookstore to a larger space. The store owners will recommend books they think would be great for book groups. In addition, they’ll serve refreshments, and give guests a bag of book-related information, including a brochure listing all the books they recommend. Publishers get behind the event in a generous way, so there will be some terrific door prizes.
Park Rapids American Legion Ice Fishing Derby and Raffle
Tickets are on sale for the 19th Annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Derby on Fish Hook Lake from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 4. The contest offers more than $130,000 in prizes. Your $40 ticket gives you access to the ice fishing contest and the raffle. The ice fishing contest grand prize for the 19th largest fish of the day is an Ice Castle Fish House. This year’s raffle grand prize is a 2016 Chevy truck. Polaris ATVs top the list of prizes in four of the five fishing contest divisions: bluegill and crappie; northern, walleye and largemouth bass; perch and rock bass. Cash prizes will be given in the white fish division. The awards presentation starts at 5 p.m. at the American Legion. In conjunction with the fishing contest, the American Legion also sponsors a Friday night Welcome Dance and Saturday night Fisherman’s Ball. Tickets are available at the American Legion or call 218-732-5238. For more information, go to http://americanlegionderby.com/.
Itasca's Lantern Lit Snowshoe & Ski Event
Visit Itasca and ski or snowshoe by the light of the moon and kerosene lanterns along the trail that follows the Many Lakes Road (South Entrance). Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center then classic ski, skate ski or snowshoe at your own pace between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, February 4, during this drop-in program. For added fun, bring along your s'mores fixings or hot dogs for cooking at the campfire. NOTES: Limited snowshoes will be available on a first come-first served basis. Dress warmly for outdoor winter conditions. If snow conditions are poor, the event will become a snow boot walk. Jim and Molly Bauer will entertain from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.
Old-Time Logging Demo
Discover the history of early horse logging from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 11. Logging with horses was an industry common to the area in the late 1800s. See how it was done by watching lumberjacks fell trees with a two-man, cross-cut saw, buck the log into sections, skid the logs with a teamster’s trained horses, and cross-haul logs onto a horse-drawn sled. Also, explore the history of firewood from the need for this resource to heat homes and the equipment used to provide the firewood. Members of the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers will be on hand to demonstrate these early logging methods. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. NOTES: Dress according to the weather. Program is held outside in the woods. Please be prepared with warm hats, gloves, snow pants and snow boots. Be prepared to walk/stand in deep snow. In case of poor weather, event will be cancelled. Duration of program will be weather dependent.
Winter Wonderland Snowshoe at Itasca State Park
Head outside and enjoy Itasca’s winter wonderland on snowshoes! This beginner’s class from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 14 will teach you the basics of snowshoeing as well as great places to visit in Itasca while wearing snowshoes. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Dress warmly and include snow boots. Part of the program will be outside on the trail trying out your new skills. Call ahead at 218-699-7251 to reserve a pair of snowshoes or bring your own. The number of snowshoes available is limited. Snowshoe rental is free with program attendance. Outdoor portion of program is dependent on snowfall.
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