Nisswa-stämman to hosts event virtual

NISSWA — Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival announces they will sponsor a virtual “Worldwide Concert” beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, from its Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The in-person concert, which has been hosted for the past 20 years in the Nisswa Pioneer Village, was canceled due to COVID-19. Nordic musicians who were planning to travel to Nisswa for the concert will be part of the virtual concert. The concert will be presented in a pre-recorded format and will be available to stream from 7 p.m. Friday through 11 p.m. Saturday. The concert may be streamed at https://tinyurl.com/y7vpwoct.

The concert will include performances by Peter and Jeanett Rousu, violin and guitar, Sweden; Anna Rynefors and Erik Ask-Upmark, nyckelharpa and harp, Sweden; the Sturla Eide Trio, violin, accordion and guitar, Norway; Antti and Arto Järvelä, violin and guitar, Finland; and Harald Haugaard, violin, Denmark.

There will be an opportunity for the public to donate money through PayPal.com. All donations will be sent on to the musicians, as Nisswa-stämman is a nonprofit organization.

Frank Weber
Frank Weber

Pierz author and psychologist writes textbook

Frank F. Weber, a licensed clinical psychologist, wrote a college Human Development textbook for Central Lakes College that will be utilized in 2021.

“I developed the book to create an affordable option for students after the cost of my current textbook rose to $250 per book,” Weber stated in an email. “With 30 years of teaching psychology courses and work as a therapist who completes parenting assessments, I felt I could create a functional textbook to assist students, parents and professionals.”

Weber stated he is printing the book locally and CLC students will only be charged the cost of printing the book for $31.

“It was certainly a labor of love, as researching to offer the newest advice on treating various disorders and difficulties is time consuming,” Weber stated. “Human Development takes a look at life from conception to death. This text outlines what is occurring biologically, psychologically and socially, at each stage of life and outlines the expectations parents, health care workers and teachers should have of individuals based on their age. This book is designed to be a practical tool that both promotes critical thinking and useful guidelines.”

Weber and his wife Brenda Weber started CORE Professional Services in Brainerd in 1995. Frank Weber received the President’s Award from Minnesota Department of Corrections for his forensic work, and an award from the Department of Human Services for his clinical supervision of psychologists. He has presented at national conventions and been a keynote speaker at state conventions. He began teaching college courses at age 25 and has maintained part-time work up to the present day. Weber narrated an investigative show on the Oxygen channel and has written three true crime thrillers: “Murder Book,” “The I-94 Murders” and “Last Call.” “Last Call” is a finalist for Best Romance of 2020 by Midwest Independent Publisher’s Association and “The I-94 Murders” won in this category last year.



Frank F. Weber, a licensed clinical psychologist, wrote a college Human Development textbook for Central Lakes College that will be utilized in 2021. Submitted Photo
Frank F. Weber, a licensed clinical psychologist, wrote a college Human Development textbook for Central Lakes College that will be utilized in 2021. Submitted Photo

Author to speak about latest horror story collection

While the Brainerd Public Library building is closed, Brown Bag Lunch author visits will be

presented as live virtual events on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page.

Minnesota author Benjamin Percy will discuss his new collection of stories from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, June 15, that blend literary, horror and thriller genres: “Suicide Woods.”

Benjamin Percy
Benjamin Percy

Percy is a versatile and propulsive storyteller whose genre-busting novels and story collections have ranged from literary to thriller to post-apocalyptic, it stated in a news release. In his essay collection, “Thrill Me,” he laid bare for readers how and why he channels disparate influences in his work. Now, in his first story collection since the acclaimed “Refresh, Refresh,” Percy brings his page-turning skills to bear in “Suicide Woods,” a potent brew of horror, crime and weird happenings in the woods.

The book cover of Minnesota author Benjamin Percy's “Suicide Woods.” Submitted Photo
The book cover of Minnesota author Benjamin Percy's “Suicide Woods.” Submitted Photo

Percy is the author of four novels, two books of short stories, and the essay collection “Thrill Me.” His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes and the Plimpton Prize. He lives in Minnesota.

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 are celebrating the 21st season of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series with a lineup of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota writers.

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

www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.