Brainerd Ski Loons take year off

The Brainerd Ski Loons are taking a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Brainerd Ski Loons will not perform any shows this summer and organizers hope to "return to normal" in 2021.

The nonprofit organization typically performs four free water ski shows at Lum Park in Brainerd.

The shows include human ski pyramids, ski jumpers, barefooters and skiers being pulled 360 degrees around the boat.

Organizers cancel Crow Wing Viking Festival

The Crow Wing Viking Festival scheduled Aug. 29 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds has been canceled.

“We have been busily planning for the second annual Crow Wing Viking Festival since last fall and were excited about our new location and attractions,” Julie Guth, festival organizer, stated in a news release. “Then we heard that the peak of COVID-19 in our county is expected in late August, which is, of course, when the festival was scheduled to happen. We value our guests, volunteers, and Vikings, and want to keep everyone safe. (And it’s true — not even the hardy Vikings are immune to the virus.) So, sadly, we have decided to postpone the Viking Festival until August of 2021. Meanwhile, stay safe, enjoy your summer, and check our website and Facebook page to keep up-to-date.”

The Crow Wing Viking Festival is sponsored by the Sagatun Lodge of the Sons of Norway in Brainerd. Go to Crowwingvikingfestival.com for more information.

Brainerd library hosts ‘One Book, One Minnesota’ art contest

“One Book, One Minnesota” is a new statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect and discuss, the Brainerd Public Library stated in a news release.

The first featured book selection is “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo. “Because of Winn-Dixie” will be available on multiple platforms. Readers can access the digital book for free on Ebooks Minnesota through the end of May, via ebooksmn.org.

Libraries are essential for connection, and through “One Book, One Minnesota,” libraries across the state will connect their communities through stories. The program aims to bring Minnesotans closer together during this time of distance and adversity. To encourage engagement with the book, the Brainerd Public Library is holding an art contest for all ages. Participants will be encouraged to read the book and select their favorite scene to illustrate on an 8 ½-inch by 11-inch piece of paper or cardstock. All entries will be hung in the windows of the library facing out toward the sidewalk so those passing by may enjoy them. Artists may either arrange to drop off their piece at the library during curbside hours by calling the library, or email a digital copy to be printed by the library to brainerd@krls.org. Age categories are ages 8 and under, 9-12, 13-18 and 18 and up. There is a limit of one entry per person, and entries will be accepted through June 15.

Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, all artists’ names will be entered into drawings for gift cards to local businesses, with two winners drawn in each age category. Winners will be announced after June 16.

Questions about the contest should be directed to brainerd@krls.org or by calling the library at 218-829-5574 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

“One Book, One Minnesota” is made possible in part by the State of Minnesota through a grant to the Minnesota Department of Education. Learn more about the program by following the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.