Area Events


Polk County Emergency Management, in conjunction with local fire departments and the National Weather Service, are having SkyWarn Training Classes Monday, May 1st through Wednesday, May 3rd. This is both an informational class for the general public and certification training to become a NWS Official Storm Spotter. The local trainings will be from 6-8:30pm on Monday, May 1st at the Embassy Community Center in Fosston; Tuesday, May 2nd at the Knutson Community Center in Fertile; Wednesday, May 3rd at Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. The basic training will be from 6-7:15pm, and the advanced training from 7:15-8:30pm. The class covers, in basic terms, what severe weather is, how it develps, and how severe storms generally behave. Computer graphics, slides, and video clips will introduce the participants to the variety of storm phenomena which affects our area. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, email or call Polk County Emergency Management at 218-470-8263.

The City of Hillsboro Cleanup Day will be on Monday, May 1st for both sides of town. All trash for the cleanup day must be out on the berm by 7am. Please place metal into a seperate pile as it cannot go to the landfill. These items; can NOT be picked up: concrete, batteries, tires, oil, paint cans, shingles, hazardous materials, and household garbage. Yard waste can be disposed of behind the city shop.


A Pie Social will be held at Valley Pines in Twin Valley on Tuesday, May 2nd from 2-4pm. A slice of pie will be $2, an extra 50¢ for a la mode, and 50¢ for coffee. Proceeds will go to LSS Senior Nutrition at Valley Pines.


St Paul Ladies Aid will be serving a Meatball Supper on Wednesday, May 3rd from 5-7pm at the Lengby Community Hall. There will be meatballs, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, coleslaw, buns, bars, coffee & milk. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 3-8, free for ages 2 & under.

On Wednesday, May 3rd, there will be a Fine Art at the Minnesota State Capitol program in Bagley. join Denis Gardner, MN Historic Preservation National Register Historian, and Bob Herskovitz, MN Historical Society's Outreach Conservator, as they discuss the fine art pieces housed in the MN State Capitol. The program will begin at 9:30am at the Bagley American Legion. The event is free and open to the public of all ages.


The City of Ada spring clean-up will be held for three days: Thursday, May 4th through Saturday, May 6th.  Al’s Disposal Inc will conduct a collection of demolition material at no cost of city of Ada residents. Bring your items to the lot on the east side of the old City Hall Building from 5-8pm on Thursday, Noon-6pm on Friday and from 8am-4pm on Saturday. There will be five separate piles, including plaster/sheetrock, toilets, sinks, bathtubs; small amounts of metal & steel items as well as small appliances; mattresses, box springs, couches & other furniture; household garbage items; and microwaves, washers & dryers, water heaters & more. A crew from Al’s Disposal Inc will be on site to help ensure proper separation of items. There will be a fluorescent light bulb collection on Thursday, May 4th at 816 East Main Street from 10am-1pm, collecting fluorescent light bulbs & ballasts, as well as batteries for cars, hearing aids, cell phones, watches & rechargeable & non-rechargeable. This collection is for Norman County residents only. Appliances and white goods can be disposed of by residents free of charge. Bring your items to the Norman County Landfill Thursday, May 4th through Saturday, May 6th between 8am-5pm. Refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, water heaters, furnaces, microwaves, grills, lawnmowers, computers and more will be accepted. Computer monitors and TVs will NOT be accepted for this collection. Any fluorescent bulbs must be removed. Free curbside pickup is available by calling Joe at 218-474-1496. Residents can bring waste oil, oil filters and vehicle batteries at no charge to these local businesses: Kelly’s Chrysler Center & Lee Brothers Sale, Norman County Implement, Hwy 9 North, and Wes’ Truck Shop on Highway 200. City of Ada residents can also dispose of their used tires at Wes’ Truck Shop at no cost. Wheel rims must be removed. Residents must register in the office before dropping off the tires in the designated area. Tires can be dropped off Monday through Friday during the month of May from 8am-5pm. There will be a brown goods collection May 4th-6th at the Norman County Demolition Landfill site at 3291 Co Hwy 19 between 8am-5pm. Norman County residents can bring TVs, computers & monitors, printers, VCRs, stereo equipment, small electrical appliances, and microwave ovens at no charge during this collection. With any questions, contact NC Environmental Services at 784-5493 or Glen Visser at 218-415-0190.


A Benefit will be held for Robyn Ingvalson on Friday, May 5th at the Perley Community Center. There will be a dinner from 5-7:30pm, as well as raffles and silent auction. Blind Joe will be entertaining from 8-11pm. Monetary donations can be sent to the Robyn Ingvalson Benefit, Red River State Bank, 300 2nd Ave. W, Halstad, MN 56548. If you would like to donate for the silent auction, contact Crystal at 218-474-1328.

The City of Mahnomen will have a Community-Wide Garage Sale on Friday, May 5th & Saturday, May 6th. Those wishing to participate and need a place to set up your sale, there will be space available in Main Street at the pavilion. There would be a $10 rental fee per day for the space. With any questions or to reserve a space, contact Mahnomen City Hall at 935-2573.

Friday, May 5th, American Legion Posts #436 of Waubun and #31 of Mahnomen, will be having Poppy Day, Legion Auxiliaries will be offering poppies on Main Street in Mahnomen & Waubun. Make a donation and wear a poppy in support of America's veterans.


The City of Ada will be hosting a Consignment Auction on Saturday, May 6th, beginning at 10am at the Ada Public Works building. The city is currently seeking consignments such as vehicles, trailers, boats, ATVs, furniture, machinery, tool sets, appliances and snowmobiles. Consignment commission rates will be 15% for items under $1,000 and 10% for items over $1,000. Items may be donated to the city. Proceeds will go to West Side Park and Dekko Park improvements. Contact City Administrator James Leiman at 218-784-5522 for further details or to consign your item.

In conjunction with the Ada city clean-up week, Ada's annual All City Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6th.

The City of Fisher is having the Curbside Spring Cleanup on Saturday, May 6th, beginning at 6am. Fisher residents can dispose of unwanted household items (e.g. couches, chairs, dressers, mattresses, desks, etc.) as well as unwanted household appliances (e.g. washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, water heaters, etc).  This does NOT include any tires, paint, batteries, or electronics, such as TV's, computers, monitors or printers. Those items can be brought to the Polk County Transfer Station in Crookston for disposal.

The parents of the Ada-Borup junior class will be hosting their annual After Prom Party after the dance on Saturday, May 6th at the Ada-Borup High School.  This party is for all Ada-Borup juniors, seniors and their dates, regardless of attending the prom or not. They welcome any donations to help support all areas of the evening.  If you would be willing to donate money or prizes, send to: Ada-Borup School, ? Ada-Borup Post Prom, 604 West Thorpe Ave, Ada, MN 56510

FIrst Lutheran Church of Mahnomen's Mother/Daughter Brunch will be on Saturday, May 6th, beginning at 10am at the church. The brunch includes fresh fruit, sweet rolls, breakfast lasagna, coffee, juice & milk. There will also be music by Dave Kochmann playing his saxophone. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 9 & under.


Cornerstone Veterinary Service will be offering Mahnomen residents a Spring Vaccination Clinic for dogs & cats on Tuesday, May 9th from 6:30-8pm at the Mahnomen City Shop (413 N Railway St). Bring your pets on a leash or in a kennel and bring any vaccination records you may have.

The City of Gary's Clean Up Day will be on Tuesday, May 9th. All items must be separated into four categories: Category 1 - cardboard & plastic items; Category 2 - building materials, sheet rock & carpet (cut into 4-ft lengths); Category 3 - furniture & mattresses; Category 4 - scrap metals. Items should be placed close to the road for easy loading. Items will not be picked up if they're not sorted. No tires, please.

Speakers from the MN National Alliance on Mental Illness will present Creating Caring Communities in Red Lake Falls on Tuesday, May 9th, from 11-11:45am at the Red Lake Falls Community Center. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brianna at 651-645-2948. ext 128.


The City of Fertile is having a Pet Clinic on Wednesday, May 10th from 5-7pm at the Fertile City Maintenance Shop. Bring your vaccination cards or call Red Lake Falls Vet Clinic ahead for types of shots that would be required. All pet owners with two or more animals to license or vaccinate should come in starting at 6pm.

The Ada Future Leaders' annual Sandbox Fill will be on Wednesday, May 10th, beginning at 6pm. Contact Shawn Roux (218-280-2346) and leave a message with your address and sandbox size. You can also call Kelly's Chrysler Center (218-784-2002). Minimum donation is $10 (unless it's a turtle sandbox) The sand will be donated by Glen Visser. (rain date would be May 17th).

May is National BIke Month. The Ada-Borup Elementary and the City of Ada will be participating in Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10th. Join children and adults around the nation to celebrate the benefits of bicycling and walking.


The Fisher Elementary School Band Concert will be on Thursday, May 11th at 7pm.


Hawley City-Wide Garage Sales will be Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th


The Ulen-Hitterdal Top Hat Theatre’s Performing Arts Series features Kat Perkins on May 13th at the Ulen-Hitterdal School. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $10 for students. The show begins at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm. For more information, log on to the Top Hat website at

RiverView Health in Crookston will have their 5K Walk/Run (10am) and Kids 1/2 Mile Fun Run (9:30am) on Saturday, May 13th. Registration will begin at 9pm at the Rehab extrance on the south side of RiverView Health in Crookston. No pets, bikes, or rollerblades will be allowed. Strollers are welcome. Registration forms are available at The Kids' Fun Run is Free. For the 5K Walk/Run, there is a $15 entry fee for registrations postmarked by May 3rd, and $20 entry fee for registrations after that date. For more information, call 218-281-9211.


Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp will be hosting a Mother's Day meal and fundraiser on Sunday, May 14 from 11am-3pm. The meal will consist of a full salad bar, a three-course meal with a two-meat option, and a dessert bar. There will also be coffee, tea and milk. It’s all-you-can-eat with a free will offering accepted. Please RSVP by May 10 at or email: or call 218-435-6100.

The Borup Community Club is having their Annual Mother’s Day Smelt Fry on Sunday, May 14th, from 11am-1pm at the Borup Community Hall. They will be serving smelt, pollock, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. A free will donation will be accepted.


A Feed My Starving Children food packing event will be held in Bagley on Monday, May 15th & Tuesday, May 16th.  Volunteers can register online at A total of 600 volunteers, 150 per two-hour shift, will be needed to package 131,000 meals. All packing volunteers are asked to bring whatever non-perishable food items you can to be given to the local food shelves. Volunteers are also needed to move tables and to help sign in the packing volunteers when they show up for their shift. Call 218-766-8176 to help with tables or sign-ins.

The Fisher High School Music Concert will be on Monday, May 15th at 7pm.

There will be a Spring Clean Up for City of Mahnomen residents on Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16th from 9am-6pm. Dumpsters will be located at the Mahnomen City Shop (located by the water tower). The City will be accepting all household waste, construction/building materials and metals. There will be a detailed list of acceptable items at the dumpster location. Items that will NOT be accepted include: chemicals, oil, oil filters, antifreeze, microwaves, tires, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and most procuts labeled dangerous, flammable or poisonous. With any questions, contact Mahnomen City Hall at 935-2573.



Graduation exercises at Fisher School will be on Friday, May 19th at 7pm.


Grace Lutheran Church of Ada Senior High will be hosting a Festival of Tables on Saturday, May 20th from 11am-2pm at the Coliseum on the Norman County Fairgrounds in Ada. Lunch will include assorted salads and desserts. There will be raffle and silent auction items. Tickets are $20 and can be picked up at the church office or from Weston Winfrey, Jacob, Sip, Karly Sip, McKenzie Marks, Tanner Kasel, Destiny Eggen, Ivy Johnson and Brooklyn Erickson. Monies raised will go towards the youth attending the National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX in July 2018.


The Mahnomen/Norman County Relay For Life will be held on Sunday, June 4th from 4-8pm in the north parking lot of the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen.


The 3rd Annual R&J Broadcasting, Inc. Twins Fun Bus Trip will be held on Saturday, June 17th as the Twins will host the Cleveland Indians for an afternoon game at Target Field. The cost is $89 per person, and must be paid when signing up. There will be no refunds. The price includes game ticket, transportation on a luxury motor coach from Buffalo River Coaches of Glyndon, and subs on the bus, courtesy of Subway in Fosston. Passengers will need to bring their own beverages (coolers are welcome on the bus). Passengers will be picked up starting in Fosston, then in Mahnomen. The bus will return home following the game. There are only 50 spots available, so sign up now by calling one of the R&J Broadcasting, Inc. stations: KRJB-Ada 218-784-2844; KRJM-Mahnomen 218-935-5355; or KKCQ-Fosston 218-435-1919.

The Viking Challenge & Crusade 5K/10K Mud Run and Mud Volleyball Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 17th in rural Fergus Falls. For more information, go to


The East Polk County Relay for Life will be held on Friday, June 23rd in Fosston.


The Mahnomen County Fair will be Thursday, June 29th through Saturday, July 1st.


The Polk County Fair Parade will be held on Sunday, July 9th, beginning at 2pm. The theme is Red, White & Blue. Anyone wishing to have a unit in the parade can contact Mike Moore at 218-687-3737 or email