Central Lakes Rotary event seeks to help to combat trafficking with music event in Pine River

Three-day event at the Pine River Lakes Music and Events Park features nine bands.

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PINE RIVER — The Rotary Ends Human Trafficking Concert in Pine River is just around the corner.

In recent years, Rotary International, the largest service club in the world, has undertaken a new challenge: ending human trafficking. To that end, the Central Lakes Rotary Club chose the rural Pine River Lakes Music and Events Park to host a concert to help end human trafficking. The event is slated Friday-Sunday, Aug. 12-14.

The goal of the concert is to raise $15,000-$20,000 that will go toward agencies that combat human trafficking, including local agencies. The event and its funds will also help to raise awareness of human trafficking globally and locally. If all goes as plans, this will be the first of ongoing REHT festivals.

The 2022 inaugural REHT festival has a lineup of nine musicians: 32 Below, Adelaide, Ayiesha Woods, Corey Meding & Brothers, Kent Dudley and Bended Knee, Plumb, Remedy Drive, The Rush Tribute Project and Tim Engebraaten.


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In addition to bands, there will be guest speakers: Dawn Heath-Fiedler, president of Join the Movement Events Inc.; Pequot Lakes Police Chief Eric Klang; Shantel Dudley and Stacy Schaffer, founder and executive director of the 31:8 Project.

The Lakes Music and Events Park has room for over 110 powered campsites and 100 primitive campsites. The concert area is 95,000 square feet. There is a permanent food court, permanent stage and picnic tables.

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Ticket prices range from an $80 three-day pass to a $20 teen price (before Aug. 1). Camping ranges from $20 a night for a primitive site to $120 for an electric site for three days.

Volunteers are encouraged to reach out. More information is available at

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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