Area Events

2/19/2017

The Twin Valley and Flom Area Lions, Felton Rod and Gun Club, and the Wild Rice Conservation Club are teaming up to host Pancake Feed Benefit and Silent Auction for Craig Bentley on Sunday February 19th at the Twin Valley Community Center from 9am until 1pm. Craig was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer. He has started infusions/chemo and is going through other treatments. All funds raised by the benefit will be used for medical expenses. 

The Hillsboro-Central Valley Booster Club is hosting a Winter Wonder Jam 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Sunday, February 19th at the Central Valley School in Buxton. The tournament is open to boys and girls in grades 3-6. The cost to register is $75 per team. Registration deadline is February 10th. For registration information and rules, go to www.centralvalleynd.com and choose 'Booster Club'.

St Ann's Church of Waubun is having a French Toast Breakfast & Bake Sale on Sunday, February 19th at the Waubun Community Center. The menu includes French toast, sausage, screambled eggs, orange juice, & coffee. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 12 & under. There will be a raffle for a quilt make by St Ann's Arise group, as well as four $25 cash prizes.

Fun Day in Hillsboro's Woodland Park is Sunday, February 19th from Noon-2pm at the Evenson Warming House. There will be open skating, sleigh rides, goodies & hot chocolate served in the warming house.

2/20/2017

The Norman County West Schools will be having community meetings on Monday, February 20th to discuss options for the future of NCW Schools. The meeting in Hendrum will be from 5-6:30pm, and in Halstad from 7-8:30pm.

Fosston American Legion Post 114 is producing and presenting a family-oriented variety show at the Fosston Library Arts Center at 7pm Monday, February 20th. There will be a mix of music and comedy. Entertainment provided by region’s best performers. The event is to raise money for area youth programs. A free will donation will be accepted

2/21/2017

Randy Stenger, founder & CEO or Extreme Sandbox - a heavy equipment adventure company that lets clinets play on construction equipment, will have a presentation at the UM-Crookston campus on Tuesday, February 21st at 12:30pm in the Peterson Classroom in Heritage Hall. A question & answer session will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

2/22/2017

On Wednesday, February 22nd U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff from Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Mentor, MN will host a public scoping meeting to seek public input on the future of hunting on America’s 545th NWR.  As a ‘step-down’ to Glacial Ridge NWR’s recently completed Comprehensive Conservation Plan, which will guide all Refuge activities for a 15-year period, an updated Hunt Plan will be completed for the Refuge in 2017.  Therefore, they are seeking the public’s input on any changes they would like to see in future hunting opportunities within Glacial Ridge NWR.  Ideas and comments received during the March 22nd public mtg. will be taken into consideration when completing the revised Hunt Plan and associated Environmental Assessment. The “open house” style public meeting will be held in the Sunset Room of the Crookston Public Library, from 4:30 – 7:30pm on Wednesday, February 22nd.  For more information on the meeting or if you have questions, contact Gregg Knutsen, Refuge Manager, at 218-687-2229 x16 or gregg_knutsen@fws.gov.

"Our Deadly Realities of Fentanyl & Drug Overdose in Our Community" will be presented on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm at the Crookston High School Auditorium. There will be a free community forum featuring "Faded", a 45-minute local documentary produced by MeiLi Smith that follows four families impacted by prescription drugs, heroin and synthetic fentanyl (some language & content may not be suitable for all ages). This will be followed by a panel discussion and community conversation with experts from the courts, healthcare, mental health, public health and law enforcement.

2/23/2017

Hospice of the Red River Valley is offering a free ongoing grief support group for adults 18 years and older who have experienced the death of a loved one. This support group is held the fourth Thursday of each month from 11 a.m.-noon at Mission Court Assisted Living located at 201 9th St. W., Ste #2 in Ada. The group is co-facilitated by a Hospice of the Red River Valley bereavement specialist and a staff member from Fredrickson-Ganje Funeral Home. For more information, please contact the Hospice of the Red River Valley bereavement department at (800) 237-4629 or bereavement@hrrv.org.

2/24/2017

The Red River Valley Home & Garden Show will be held Friday, February 24th through Sunday, February 26th at the Fargodome. The show offers the largest selection of home and garden exhibits in the region.

The Norman County West Basketball Reunion Weekend, honoring the 1997, 1987 & 1986 State Tournament Teams, in February 24th & 25th. On Friday, February 24th, the NCW boys basketball team will play Kittson Co Central. Junior Varsity game at 6pm, with varsity to follow. Between the games, there will be introductions of state team players, coaches, cheerleaders, etc.

Watermark Art Center & Willow Wood Market are presenting the 4th Annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival on Friday, February 24th from 5:30-9pm (classes only), and Saturday, February 25th from 9am-4pm at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji. This year’s featured presenter is Kari Carr, an author, quilt instructor and pattern developer. Saturday’s events include a vendor market, coffee & homemade treats, door prizes & more. There is a $10 admission fee for Saturday.

2/25/2017

Stair climbers save the date of Saturday, February 25th for the American Lung Association in Minnesota’s 2017 Fight for Air Climb in Minneapolis. More than one thousand Minnesota residents and firefighters from across the state are anticipated to participate in the 2017 Fight for Air Climb, which is a unique fundraising event for the American Lung Association in Minnesota. Climbers are professionally timed and receive a tech-shirt a medal for climbing to the top. It will be held at U.S. Bank Plaza, 220 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, February 25th, beginning at 7 AM. Often referred to as a "vertical road race," participating in the Fight for Air Climb empowers individuals to invest in their own personal health and fitness. They’re not just climbing up stairs, they’re fighting for an end to lung disease.  Climbers help improve the lives of patients across the country and locally in Minnesota. Almost ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly to education, research and advocacy.  There are four ways to participate in the Fight for Air Climb: start a team, join a team, join as an individual or volunteer. Registration is open online at www.FightForAirClimb.org or by calling 651-337-5099.

The 7th annual Halstad Vintage Snowmobile Show and Ride will be on Saturday, February 25th, beginning at 8am for the show/display. More than 20 trophies will be awarded. This is for sleds 1982 and older. A ride is planned to begin at noon, with a hot dog roast/bonfire planned during the ride. Raffle tickets available too. The Halstad Lions will be serving a breakfast beginning at 8am. For more information on the event, contact Jay Delong at 701-430-9515 or Jeff Kolnes at 218-790-3730.

FM Comic-Con 7, the celebration of comics and popular culture, will be held on Saturday, February 25th from 10am-5pm & 7pm-late, and Sunday, February 26th from 10am-4pm at Baymont Inn & Suites in Fargo. There will be local & regional vendors of all things comics & popular culture, assorted memorabilia, games, workshops, films, and more. For more information, go to www.fargomoorheadcomiccon.com.

Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Club of Perley is having their 14th Annual Mixed Stag on Saturday, February 25th. A social hour begins at 5:30pm, with a steak or pork chop supper beginning at 7pm. There will be cash door prizes, raffles and games. Need not be present to win the door prizes. $40 donation. If you want a ticket in advance, contact Wayne at 701-361-8158.

The Norman County West Basketball Reunion Weekend, honoring the 1997, 1987 & 1986 State Tournament Teams, in February 24th & 25th. On Saturday, February 25th, there will be an Alumni/Family Day in the NCW High School Gym, including fresh cut French fry feed, concessions, raffles, contests & prizes. Doors will open at 11am. From 11:30am-12:15pm, there will be 7-12th grade practice, from 12:30-1:15pm, grades K-6 boys & girls practice. Practices to be conducted by former coach Cactus Warner & Alumni. At 1:15pm, introduction of the state teams, and from 1:30-3pm, various shooting contests & prizes.

2/26/2017

The Bagley Fishing Derby will be held on February 26th from 1-3pm on Lake Lamond.  

The presentation, “The Kiehle Murals: The Art of John Martin Socha,” by Wittenbreer will be held on Thursday, February 26th, beginning at noon, in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus. It will feature history of the WPA arts projects and the muralist John Martin Socha. All are welcome.

Norman County West FFA Pasta Dinner will be held on Sunday, February 26th from 11am-1pm at the NCW High School small gym in Halstad. The menu includes pasta, alfredo, marinara, salad & assorted desserts. A free will donation will be accepted.

Family Bingo Night will be held on Sunday, February 26th at Shelly-Marsh River Lutheran Church of Shelly, beginning at 5pm. Everyone is welcome. You can win a wide variety of prizes. Taco-in-a-boat, nachos, and bars will be available to purchase. Proceeds will be used to help fund the youth to attend the National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX in June 2018.

2/27/2017

On Monday, February 27th, the Ulen-Hitterdal Music Department will present their annual Grade 5-12 concert, featuring all band students in grades 5-12, and choir students in grades 7-12. It begins at 6:30pm in the Barry J Houglum Auditorium in Ulen. There will also be silent auction items to bid on before the concert & during intermission. Following the concert, there will be a short informal meeting with parents of high school students going on the NYC trip.

3/2/2017

The Red River Valley Sportsmen Show will be Thursday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 5th at the Fargodome. Five shows in one: camping, boating, hunting, fishing and travel with seminars and exhibits.

Turn In Poachers (TIP) will hold a fundraising banquet on Thurs., March 2, at the Bemidji Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Road, Bemidji. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Ticket options include $50 for an adult membership and dinner, $75 for one membership and two dinners, $25 for current life members and $20 for a youth membership and dinner. There are also VIP table options that include raffle tickets, hats and a Henry 22-cal. U.S. Survival rifle to raffle at the VIP table.

3/4/2017

The third annual Northland Fat Bike Rally will be held on Saturday, March 4th in Bemidji, and features both a 10K and a 28K route. Anyone with 3.8-inch tires and a helmet can ride the course. Those unfamiliar with this new winter sport can check out various fat bikes, talk with fat bike experts and take a short spin in the snow on one of the bikes.

The KKCQ Farm Forum will be held on Saturday, March 4th. There will be coffee at 9:30am. Beginning at 10am Red River Farm Network, Randy Koenen, the emcee, starts with opening comments, followed by local legislators (to be named later...) will speak on state legislation and how it affects our farmers and agri-businesses. Lunch will be at noon and don’t forget to sign up for the door prizes!

A benefit fundraiser for Teri Freyholtz will be held on Saturday, March 4th from 5-7pm at the Lunchbox Cafe (formerly the Depot Cafe) in Winger. There will be a free will donation spaghetti dinner with salad & breadstick. Come & help support Teri as she battles cancer for the third time in three years.

The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will host a Snowshoe Lacing Workshop at the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center southwest of Erskine on Saturday, March 4th from 8am-4:30pm and Sunday, March 5th from 8am-Noon. Class participants will learn how to lace their own pair of Ojibwa-style snowshoes. The class is limited to 15 participants, so pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $75, which includes snowshoe kit and materials. Snacks and lunch will be provided. The registration deadline is Monday, February 20th. Contact Lisa Wiersma at 218-687-2229 x10 or email lica_wiersma@fws.gov. You can also download a registration form at www.fws.gov/refuge/rydell/

3/5/2017

There will be a Sunday Brunch served from 9am-noon on Sunday, March 5th at the Hillsboro Elementary School lunchroom, sponsored by Reach Out and the junior class parents. They will be serving cinnamon rolls and egg bake. A free will offering will be accepted for post-prom fundraising. takeouts available.

3/7/2017

Dairy Days will be held on Tuesday, March 7th in the McIntosh Community Center, beginning at 10am. Coffee will be served at 9:30am. The program will include the topics: Robotic Dairy, Dairy Precision Technologies, & Minnesota Dairy Check Off. Lunch will be served to all in attendance. The East Polk DHIA will hold their annual meeting after lunch. Pre-registration is encouraged for meal-planning purposes. Call or text 218-280-1129 or call 218-563-2465 to pre-register.

3/10/2017

The Ulen-Hitterdal Top Hat Theatre’s Performing Arts Series features Craig Karges presents… Experience the Extraordinary on Friday, March 10th 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 www.thetophattheatre.com

3/11/2017

The Celtic Festival will be held on Saturday, March 11th at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Enjoy intriguing history, arts and traditions of the seven Celtic Nations with two performance stages, heritage presentations, activity booths and Celtic foods.

3/14/2017

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County’s spring Concordia Concert Series featuring Concordia student musicians at the Historic Comstock House, will have a flute and cello trio will perform on Tuesday, March 14th, beginning at 7PM, but doors will open at 6PM for tours and light refreshments. Admission is free for students and members, and $5 for everyone else. For details about tickets or accessibility and accommodations, please contact HCSCC Director of Operations Matt Eidem at (218) 291-4211 or matt.eidem@hcsmuseum.org. For more information, visit hcscconline.org.

3/18/2017

Driver Improvement Classes will be held on Saturday, March 18th at the Fosston Embassy Center. The 8-hour First Time class will be from 9am-5:30pm. The 4-hour refresher class will be from 1:30-5:30pm. To register, call 1-888-234-1294

3/23/2017

Hospice of the Red River Valley is offering a free ongoing grief support group for adults 18 years and older who have experienced the death of a loved one. This support group is held the fourth Thursday of each month from 11 a.m.-noon at Mission Court Assisted Living located at 201 9th St. W., Ste #2 in Ada. The group is co-facilitated by a Hospice of the Red River Valley bereavement specialist and a staff member from Fredrickson-Ganje Funeral Home. For more information, please contact the Hospice of the Red River Valley bereavement department at (800) 237-4629 or bereavement@hrrv.org.

3/31/2017

The El Zagal Shrine Circus will be held at the Fargodome Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd. High-wire and trapeze acts, clowns, bears, elephants, cotton candy and much more

4/11/2017

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County’s spring Concordia Concert Series featuring Concordia student musicians at the Historic Comstock House, will have a string quartet performing on Tuesday, April 11, beginning at 7PM, but doors will open at 6PM for tours and light refreshments. Admission is free for students and members, and $5 for everyone else.For details about tickets or accessibility and accommodations, please contact HCSCC Director of Operations Matt Eidem at (218) 291-4211 or matt.eidem@hcsmuseum.org. For more information, visit hcscconline.org.

4/14/2017

The 2017 Good Friday Cantata will be held on Friday, April 14th, 7:30pm at the Win-E-Mac School. Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons from 2-4pm, beginning March 5th, at the school band room. All adults who like to sing are invited to join the choir.

5/13/2017

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 www.thetophattheatre.com