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The Central Lakes College Choir will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in

CLC fall choir concert is Nov. 17

The Central Lakes College fall choir concert, “On Wings of Song,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

This free, public concert includes performances by the CLC Chamber Singers, Cantare’ Concert Chorale, Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Ensemble. It features a variety of classical, folk, multi-cultural and contemporary music, from Schubert to Enya.

Featured vocalists are Hope Mankowski, Katie LeClaire and Shayna Rudlang McGerr, all of Brainerd; Jennifer Hanes, Aldrich; Peter Lucken, Melrose; and Ryan O’Rourke, North St. Paul.

Drummer Michelle Miller and bass guitarist Nathan Bollig also are in the spotlight. The choirs are directed by Michelle Sakry-Winkelman, with piano accompaniment by Sarah Gorham.

Other choir members include Grace Bradford, Laura Hamblin and Emily LeClaire, all of Brainerd; Katie Campbell, Motley; Marissa Jasmer, Aldrich; Randi Esse, Little Falls; Terah Pontius, Baxter; Christopher Olson, North Branch; Janiqua Robinson, Hinckley; Nick Jasmer, Bertha; Dustin Motschenbacher, Wadena; and Jennamarie DiMartino, Deerwood.

A reception will be held following the concert.

Joe Plut Reading Room to open

BAXTER — A grand opening of the Joe Plut Reading Room at Prairie Bay in Baxter will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Plut will sign copies of his book, “Conversations with Jon Hassler,” with a half hour program scheduled at 7 p.m.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. If you make reservations for dinner, mention the grand opening. A drawing for a copy of Jon Hassler’s hardbound 1987 novel, “Grand Opening,” will be at 9 p.m.

Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets, an area chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library. After a short business meeting, member Charlie Johnson, will present a program of poems by two poets. Poets then will share poems-in-progress by handing out copies of their poems for review.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information about the Heartland Poets email them at For more information regarding the League of Minnesota Poets go to

‘Voyageur Skies’ authors program

Mark Seeley, author and climatologist, will join photographer Don Breneman to present “Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota’s National Park,” a free, public program, scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

The event is sponsored by the Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network and the Center for Lifelong Learning at CLC.

Seeley and Breneman will share their thoughts and experiences found in their book “Voyageur Skies.” The book features a history of Voyageur National Park, a history of its seasons, lakes, and wildlife, and a narrative about its changing climate.

There will be a question/answer period following the presentation, and an opportunity to meet Seeley and Breneman. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information contact Stephen Mikkelson at (218) 316-3887 or by email at

BAELN is a collaborative effort of the following organizations: Central Lakes College, Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District, Envision Minnesota, Initiative Foundation, DNR, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Waters, The Nature Conservancy and University of Minnesota Extension.

LCT seeks director for next play

STAPLES — Lamplighter Community Theatre is seeking an artistic director for their next production, tentatively scheduled for the middle two weekends in February at Landmark Inn in Staples.

“Sandbag, Stage Left” is a parody of courtroom dramas featuring a community theater diva who has been killed by a falling sandbag. A jury chosen from the audience listens to dueling lawyers and a parade of nutty witnesses before choosing the culprit.

Anyone interested can send a resume by Nov. 18 to Lamplighter Community Theatre, P.O. Box 234, Staples, MN 56479, or email it to For more information call Judy at (218) 894-3050.

Ohman highlights Mississippi

Take a trip down the Mississippi River in Minnesota with Doug Ohman at 6 p.m. Monday at the Brainerd Public Library.

Ohman will highlight many points of interest in the rivers upper reaches. The journey will take you from northern Minnesota to the Twin Cities. He has explored much of the rivers history, culture and the beauty through his photography and personal stories.

Ohman is a self-taught historical photographer. He documents historical and architectural buildings and landscapes as one way to tell the story of Minnesota history. Ohman has published numerous books of his photography accompanied by descriptions and stories related to each photograph. His books include “Barns of Minnesota,” “Schools of Minnesota,” “Prairie, Lake, Forrest: Minnesota’s State Parks,” “Cabins of Minnesota,” “Churches of Minnesota” and “Courthouses of Minnesota.”

The program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's art and cultural heritage.

Bluegrass band in NYM

NEW YORK MILLS — Dick Kimmel and Co., a five-piece bluegrass band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at New York Mills Cultural Center.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Student admission is $5. For tickets call the Cultural Center Box Office at (218) 385-3339. Local sponsors of this concert are the Wadena State Bank and Bill and Connie Warner of New York Mills.

Dick Kimmel and Co.’s latest recording, entitled “Dick Kimmel and Co - Dreamin’” presents a collection of songs driving bluegrass numbers from the masters of bluegrass and the band’s originals of “Homeless and Heartbroken” by Kimmel and “Sweetie Honey Baby” by Jerilyn Kjellberg.

Kimmel is a 2010 inductee into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and in 2008 the band received the National Traditional Country Music Association’s coveted “Rising Legend Award.”

Exhibit on display at NYM

NEW YORK MILLS — “Land by Hand: Fiber Artists Explore Place,” an exhibition of contemporary fiber art will be on display at New York Mills Regional Cultural Center starting Wednesday and will run through Dec. 31. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 19. A presentation by one of the artists will be made at 1:30 p.m. and a free family fiber arts activity, “Things with Strings” will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. There is no admission charge for this show.

The exhibition showcases innovative work by Minnesota artists using such fiber art processes as felting, tapestry, weaving, batik, basketry, art quilting, beading, sculptural fiber and more. The exhibition’s theme is land as interpreted through the lens of contemporary fiber art. All of the featured works demonstrate the artists’ relationships to place, which may be expressed subtly or explicitly in the work’s content, formal elements, materials or techniques used in its construction.

Exhibition’s curator is Kimber Olson and 15 established Minnesota artists were invited to participate including art quilter Lettie Blackburn of Walker; vessels by Sharon Meyer Postance of Meadowlands; bead paintings by Jo Wood of Duluth; and batiks by Vernal Bogren Swift, a fiber artist who splits her time between Bovey and an island in the Pacific.

The touring exhibition is organized and presented by Textile Center, a national center for fiber art whose mission is to honor textile traditions and promote excellence and innovation in fiber art. The Textile Center is a fiscal years 2010 and 2011 recipient of an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment passed by a a vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ in Wadena

WADENA — Madhatter’s Community Theatre is currently in production of Frank Capra’s beloved “It’s a Wonderful Life,” as a live radio play/broadcast adapted by Joe Landry that takes place on a 1940’s Christmas Eve.

The production opens, in cooperation with Wadena Area Christmas Festival, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26-27 in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. There will be additional performances on Dec. 8-11.

This captivating adaptation is complete with live sound effects, audiograms and commercial breaks. Everyman George Bailey gets the chance to see what the world would be like if he had never been born, a pertinent lesson for us all.

Six actors create more than 50 memorable characters with only their voices, period sound effects and live music. Cast includes Kevin Olsen, Staples, as Potter, Clarence and many more; Rob Pesola, New York Mills, as George Bailey; Emily Uselman, Wadena, as Mary Hatch; Doug Curtis, Wadena, as Gower, Joseph, Uncle Billy and many others; Sher Linnes, Perham, as Violet Bick, Rose Bailey and many others; and Richard Ealy, Wadena, as Peter Bailey and Sound Effects Man.

For more information call (218) 632-7469.

‘Karaoke’ winner to host event

FRAZEE — Cassandra Mae Jopp, winner of ABC’s “Karaoke Battle USA” and the Karaoke World Competition, who has ties to the Brainerd lakes area, will host an event from 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 19 at the Frazee Event Center.

Cover charge is $5 and children age 10 and under are free. Entertainment will include Jopp, Fat Cats and special guest performers.

Author event Nov. 19

REMER — Author Margo Hansen will have a book-signing event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Northland High School in Remer.

Her book is “Sky’s Bridal Train; A Newly Weds Series.”

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