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Local entertainment briefs- May 26

Brainerd High School seniors in choir will be recognized during their spring con1 / 3
The Central Lakes College European Tour Band, under the direction of Steve Ander2 / 3
Piano students of Bev Kittelson gave a recital on May 15 at First Lutheran Churc3 / 3

Free concert on lawn at CLC July 16

The Central Lakes College European Tour Band, under the direction of Steve Anderson, will perform its 2011 tour concert at 6 p.m. July 16 on the south lawn of the Brainerd campus. 

The concert is free and open to the public.

The band will depart on July 18 for 11 days in central Europe, with concerts in Prague, Karlovy, Vienna and Budapest.

The 44-member CLC community concert band will perform a program of Americana with selections by George Gershwin, J.P. Sousa, Morton Gould, Frank Tichelli and one by a former member of the band, Jeff Liebsch.

Audience members are encouraged to bring picnic dinners to enjoy while listening to the concert. There is ample parking along Mississippi Parkway at the concert site.

Photographer to visit area

Photographer Doug Ohman will present his “Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks” program at several Brainerd lakes area locations as part of the Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes program made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Ohman will make his presentation at noon June 6 at the Brainerd Public Library, 6:30 p.m. June 6 at The Warehouse in Pine River, 11 a.m. June 7 at the Longville library, 4 p.m. June 8 at the Walker library, 1 p.m. June 14 at the Crosslake Community Library, 5 p.m. June 14 at the Wadena library and 4 p.m. June 16 at the Cass Lake library.

Ohman will feature his photographs and text by Chris Niskanen. “Prairie, Lake, Forest” explores the waterfalls, underground caves, lady slippers, dwarf trout lilies, cross-country skiing, fishing adventures and more in alluring photographs and stories.

Ohman is well known as the photographer for the Minnesota Byways series by Minnesota Historical Press. “Prairie, Lake, Forest” is the fifth book in the series that includes “Barns of Minnesota,” “Cabins of Minnesota,” “Churches of Minnesota” and “Courthouses of Minnesota.” The sixth book in the Minnesota Byways series, “Libraries of Minnesota,” is now available.  

Author Proebstle to present book

Author Jim Proebstle will return to Kitchigami libraries in the Brainerd lakes area with his new book, “Fatal Incident.”

Proebstle will appear at 1:30 p.m. June 1 at the Longville library, 1 p.m. June 2 at the Crosslake Area Library, 4 p.m. June 2 at the Walker Public Library, 11:30 a.m. June 4 at the Wadena Affaire des Artes, 4 p.m. June 9 at the Cass Lake Community Library, 11 a.m. June 11 at the Pequot Lakes Community Library, 2:30 p.m. June 11 at The Warehouse in Pine River and 12 p.m. June 20 at the Brainerd Public Library for its Brown Bag series.

It’s been more than 65 years since Japan’s surrender marked the end of World War II, but many questions remain unanswered. In 1944, an Army air transport command plane flown by a young pilot from Minnesota crashed in Alaska’s Mount McKinley Range. The cause of the crash remains a mystery. Proebstle was inspired by these true-life events to further research and write “Fatal Incident” as a novel that explores the possibility that a conspiracy involving espionage was to blame for the crash.

“‘Fatal Incident’ challenges us with the possibility that we have never been presented with a complete set of facts surrounding this crash and disappearance of all onboard,” Proebstle said. 

Proebstle has a personal connection to the story — the young pilot flying the military transport plane was his father’s brother, Roy Proebstle. Since this story is based on true events experienced by his family, Proebstle was able speak with his aunt Millie, Roy’s wife at the time, who is still living. He was given access to their letters and postcards, original pictures and newspaper articles.  

BHS choirs to perform May 31

The Brainerd High School choirs will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. May 31 at Tornstrom Auditorium.  

The choirs will perform a diverse program of music from many time periods and cultures, with some popular songs. The senior class will be recognized during the concert. 

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Book signing June 11

John Bonde, auther of “Paul Bunyan Trail — The First Twenty Miles,” will sign copies of his book from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11 at Rainy Days Bookstore in Nisswa.

Author to speak at Staples Library

STAPLES — Author Jill Elizabeth Nelson will present an author talk with publishing tips from 11 a.m. to noon June 2 at the Great River Regional Library Staples. 

Nelson’s presentation is for teens and adults and covers the process of transforming raw manuscript to a finished book. Nelson writes inspirational fiction, including titles in the Love Inspired Suspense range of Christian romance and her own To Catch a Thief series. In addition to writing fiction, Nelson was for three years the senior inspirational reviewer for Romantic Times Bookclub magazine. 

For more information, contact the library at (218) 894-1401.

Great American Think-off finalists

NEW YORK MILLS — The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center has selected the four final essayists for the 2011 Great American Think-off scheduled June 11 in New York Mills. 

The four who will compete in a live debate of “Does poetry matter?” are Doug Wilhide, Minneapolis, and Marsh Muirhead, Bemidji, who will debate that poetry does matter, and Robert Levine, New York, and Mahmood Tabadoor, Michigan, who will debate that poetry does not matter. 

More information about the finalists will be posted at as it becomes available. Tickets to the debate may be purchased by calling (218) 385-3339.

Author Simar to make appearance

BAXTER — Candace Simar, a Pequot Lakes native, released her new book “Birdie” earlier this month and will have a book-signing event from 12-2 p.m. Thursday at Book World Bookstore in Baxter.

“Birdie” is Simar’s third historical fictional effort highlighting the 1862 Sioux uprising and its aftermath. Set in Alexandria 11 years after the initial uprising, “Birdie” revisits the stagecoach driver of Simar’s first book, “Abercrombie Trail.” In “Birdie,” Evan Jacobson and his wife are raising Ragna Larson, who was orphaned by the uprising. Her sister Birdie remains missing. Life is difficult for the Jacobsons as they strive to farm amid the grasshopper plagues.

“Birdie” is appropriate for adult and young adult readers. 

Simar, a lifelong Minnesotan and grandchild of Scandinavian immigrants, will sign copies of her book and give comments at the event.