Staples hosts motivational speaker

STAPLES -- Celebrity motivational speaker Nick Tokman will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Centennial Auditorium in Staples, as part of the Staples Motley Area Arts Council’s 2019 season.

“Join us for this inspiring and entertaining family and student-focused performance, ‘Getting Motivated and Beyond: Students Planning for the Future,’” Paula Johnson, president of SMAAC, stated in a news release.

A four-year cast member known as “Sunshine” on Discovery Channel’s hit show “Deadliest Catch,” Tokman’s message is to build self-worth in others so they overcome negative influences, take control of their direction in life and create their success.

Tokman will share his story of how he went from initially seeing a boat on television to getting on the very boat that compelled him to go crab fishing in Alaska: the Northwestern. Tokman will share about the struggles he went through trying to land a commercial fishing job in Alaska, including homelessness. He’ll also speak about why he left the show and a six-figure job offer to pursue his calling as a motivational speaker.

His objective is to inspire others to not let anyone or anything get in the way of what they really want out of life, Tokman stated.

A native of western Massachusetts, Tokman believes his purpose is to connect students with who they are and what they want out of life so their passion pushes them past all forms of adversity standing in the way of their being able to share their true gifts with the world.

For more information about Tokman, visit his website at www.nicktokman.com.

Still to come on this year’s arts council season is a Christmas concert with the Schimpps and the Timbs. For more information, call 218-214-6688 or check out the arts council’s website at www.staplesmotleyarts.org.

Tickets for the Nick Tokman event are available online at the arts council’s website; or purchase them by cash or check at the Staples World, 224 Fourth St. NE, Staples; and at First International Bank and Trust in Motley.

The Nick Tokman event is being underwritten by 3M, Unity Bank; and Mayer, Porter & Nelson, Ltd., Certified Public Accountants.

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch Author Series will host photographer Doug Ohman, who will share his visual presentation, “Down the Mississippi: Central Minnesota,” the second in a three-part series at noon Monday, Sept. 9, at the Brainerd Public Library.  Submitted Photo
The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch Author Series will host photographer Doug Ohman, who will share his visual presentation, “Down the Mississippi: Central Minnesota,” the second in a three-part series at noon Monday, Sept. 9, at the Brainerd Public Library. Submitted Photo

Photographer Doug Ohman to visit Brainerd library

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch Author Series will host photographer Doug Ohman, who will share his visual presentation, “Down the Mississippi: Central Minnesota,” the second in a three-part series at noon Monday, Sept. 9, at the Brainerd Public Library.

Ohman is a photographer and popular public speaker. His photographs are featured in the Minnesota Byways series, which includes “Barns of Minnesota” and “Cabins of Minnesota.” His most recent published work is “Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks,” with Chris Niskanen.

People who attend are welcome to bring a packed lunch or just enjoy the light refreshments provided. This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at

www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.

Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets, an area chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, hosts their monthly meetings the first Saturday of the month from September-May, with its next meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library. Since the group kicks off the meeting by sharing poems at the podium, poets are encouraged to bring their polished poems and published favorites of others to share at the podium. Then poets will discuss upcoming poetry events and opportunities, including the Fall League of Minnesota Poets meeting hosted every October in the Minneapolis area. Afterwards poets may share their poems-in-progress with the group. Bringing copies of one or two poems is advised so members can best appreciate your efforts. This meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Authors of ‘Little Minnesota in World War II’ to speak

A book event featuring World War II history will take place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Brainerd Public Library. Join local authors Jill and Deane Johnson as they discuss their most recent book, “Little Minnesota in World War II.” The book tells the stories of 140 Minnesota men who died in World War II. These men all came from the tiny towns featured in Johnsons’ first book, “Little Minnesota.” The stories, which are accompanied by photographs, letters and family recollections, are both inspiring and nostalgic.

This free Legacy 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 arts and cultural heritage.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at

www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.

BookEnds series features Author Gretchen Anthony

WADENA - The BooksEnds book series, a monthly literacy event connecting writers and readers, will feature author Gretchen Anthony of "Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners" at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at The Uptown Cafe in Wadena.

“The book is an unforgettable drama/comedy about an aging Midwestern matriarch, Violet, who goes to hilarious lengths to keep up her family's perfect veneer,” a news release stated. “It's a smart and funny celebration of Midwestern suburban life with powerful and timely themes of gender, class and generational differences.”

Anthony is a Minnesota-based writer and humorist whose work has been featured on scarymommy.com, medium.com and thewritelife.com. She's also spent decades as a ghostwriter and has written for some of the best personal brands in the United States, from chief executive officers to doctors and start-up superstars to BBQ professionals. Her book is a Midwest Connection's selection.

BookEnds is hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society and Travelin’ Storyseller in collaboration with the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. For more information call 218 631-9079 or email 603wchs@arvig.net.

Aitkin High School students Sam Sadlowsky (left) and Woodrow Rain pose with Aitkin choir director Kelly Blake after a concert at St. Olaf College. Submitted Photo
Aitkin High School students Sam Sadlowsky (left) and Woodrow Rain pose with Aitkin choir director Kelly Blake after a concert at St. Olaf College. Submitted Photo

AHS students to perform at Orchestra Hall

AITKIN -- Aitkin High School students Samuel Sadlowsky and Woodrow Rian attended the Minnesota All-State Choir Camp Aug. 5-10 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The students sang in the All-State Tenor/Bass Choir and performed Aug. 10 in the All-State Choir Concert -- which consists of mixed choir, soprano/alto choir and tenor/bass choir -- at St.Olaf College. The choirs will sing together again in February at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis during the Minnesota Music Educators Conference. Information will be shared later about tickets for this concert.

Mitch Bender to speak on tattoo history

LITTLE FALLS -- The Morrison County Historical Society continues to explore the history of tattoos with this year’s annual program, “Pin-ups, Anchors, and Hearts: The Influence of Tattooing on American History.”

The program features guest speaker Mitch Bender, a professor in environmental studies at St. Cloud State University, who will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Morrison County Government Center in the county commissioners’ meeting room on the lower level. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., during which attendees can bid on silent auction items with proceeds to be used for MCHS operations.

When Bender is not teaching environmental studies, he studies tattoo history and collects tattoo art and paraphernalia. He also collects his own tattoos, getting them from artists whom he admires as he travels. His favorite era of American tattoo history spans World War I and the Vietnam War. This is the tattoo history he will be discussing during his presentation.

After Bender speaks, the program will include the historical society’s annual meeting. Dessert will be served during the event.

The cost of the annual program is $25, plus tax per person. Register online at https://squareup.com/store/morrison-county-historical-society or by calling 320-632-4007. Registrations are due by Sept. 24.