Marohn to speak on ‘Strong Towns’ at Brainerd library

Local author Charles Marohn will speak about his book “Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity” at noon Feb. 3 at the Brainerd Public Library.

“Strong Towns” is a book of forward-thinking ideas that breaks with modern wisdom to present a new vision of urban development in the United States. Presenting the foundational ideas of the Strong Towns movement he co-founded, Marohn explains why cities of all sizes continue to struggle to meet their basic needs, and reveals the new paradigm that can solve this long-standing problem, a news release stated.

Marohn is the founder and president of Strong Towns. He is a professional engineer licensed in Minnesota and a land use planner with two decades of experience. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s of urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota.

Marohn is also the lead author of “Thoughts on Building Strong Towns” — Volume 1, Volume 2

and Volume 3 — as well as the author of “A World Class Transportation System.” He hosts the

Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented

Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. He is featured in

the documentary film “Owned: A Tale of Two Americas,” and was named one of the 10 Most

Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen, a planning-related news website owned by Urban Insight of Los Angeles.

People who attend are welcome to bring a packed lunch or may enjoy the light refreshments provided. This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts.The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library celebrate its 21st season of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series this year with a lineup of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota writers.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit

Youth Mic Night set Jan. 27

Youth on Stage Open Mic event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the Brainerd Eagles Club.

Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 sponsors the event through an Elks National Foundation grant and by the Brainerd Eagles Club No. 215. This monthly youth-oriented event is geared for those age 25 and younger who have a family-friendly talent to share on a year-round basis.

Talent may include singing, playing an instrument, storytelling, essay reading, poetry, tap dancing, comedy, magic, a band or ensemble to perform to live audiences. Eight 15-minute time slots are open on a first come basis. Those wishing to sign up should go to or may do so at the venue, the Eagles Club, on the night of a performance.

The event typically is hosted every fourth Monday of the month.

14 Fridays Concert Series concert set Jan. 31

LITTLE FALLS — Great River Arts presents its next 14 Fridays Concert Series with Kat Perkins who will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 320-632-0960 or online at

Perkins appeared on season six of NBC’s "The Voice" in 2014. She sailed to the finals with help from her coach, Adam Levine. Being on "The Voice" brought new platforms of success and opportunities Perkin’s way and she has continued to grow and tour over the years. "We are excited to have Kat take the GRA stage for an evening of rock, pop, blues, and country music," organizers said in a news release.

The Great River Arts Center is located at 122 SE 1st St. in historic downtown Little Falls. It is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturdays.

Brain Buster Trivia Event set

Community teams are invited to participate in the 11th annual Brain Buster Trivia event scheduled Saturday, Jan. 18, at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the the Brainerd lakes area branch of the American Association of University Women, are used for local student college scholarships. The AAUW mission, shared by 170,000 members nationwide and 42 members locally, promotes equity and education for women and girls.

Check in time starts at 1 p.m. and the quiz runs 2-4:30 p.m. Register a team online at or call Julie at 218-829-6388. Teams may have up to six members. If a person wants to participate, but doesn’t have a team they may contact Julie to get on a team.

Dan Hegsted, Lakeland PBS station manager and owner of Easy Street Productions, will emcee the fundraising event.

Music center presents Jan. 26 concert

LITTLE FALLS — St. Francis Music Center will present an Honors Concert at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

This concert will present 14 young students who have shown exceptional ability and commitment to their musical studies, a news release stated. All of the students performing have dedicated hundreds of hours to practice on their instrument.

Performers include Peter Knopik, Collin Kray, Sarah Leisenheimer, Nicholas Mettler, Daylan Mick, Gloria Miller, Vera Miller, Lorraine Mrosla, Emily Oberton, Maddy Ploof, Aliya Pritchard, Chanin Quillo, Celia Rustad and Sam Zimmerman. These students represent communities

throughout the central Minnesota area.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact St. Francis Music

Center at 320-632-0637 or

St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts sponsored by the Franciscan

Sisters of Little Falls.