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Former spy at ITOW Museum this Thursday

Thursday, August 14

Former spy speaks

Former spy Werner I. Juretzko will speak at 7 p.m. in the ITOW Veterans Museum, 805 West Main in Perham. Juretzko was an agent for United States Army Intelligence (G-2) who survived six years in Stasi torture chambers after being captured by East Germany. He was released in a spy-swap just days after the Berlin Wall went up. His tale of betrayal and loss reveals first hand the stark realities of Cold War Espionage. There is no charge to attend the event. For more information call 218-346-7678.

Jasper's Theater

Come for music, magic and comedy at Jasper's Theater, Park Rapids. Starting today, there are shows every Thursday at 3 p.m. throughout August. There is a magic pre-show 15 minutes prior to each performance. For more information, call 218-237-4333 or visit www.jasperstheater.com.

Refuge guided tour

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge offers a guided Refuge tour from 10 a.m.-noon. Join one of our volunteer guides for an informative and fun adventure on the refuge. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of Tamarac. Meet at the visitors' center.

Looney Daze

Vergas Looney Daze begins with the Miss Vergas Pageant at 7:30 p.m. in the Vergas Community Center. Tickets are $6. For more information, and details on times and places of Looney Daze events, visit www.govergas.com or call Melissa Bunkowske at 218-234-1175.

Friday, August 15

Looney Daze

Vergas Looney Daze resumes with the 10th annual Princess Altona Scholarship Program, set for 6 p.m. in the Vergas Community Center. Karaoke will run from 7 to 11 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. For more information, and details on times and places of events, visit govergas.com or call Melissa Bunkowske at 218-234-1175.

NYM Puppet Pageant

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will present a "puppet pageant" featuring life-size marionettes such as those featured at the 2007 Solstice Pageant at Grand Marais, beginning at 6 p.m. Call 218-385-3339 for more information.

Saturday, August 16

Young Life Triathlon

The fourth annual Young Life Triathlon takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion & Bandshell. There will be a check-in at the Bandshell at 6:30 a.m., followed by a mandatory pre-race meeting at 7:40 a.m. and an 8 a.m. race start at the city beach. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m.; it's free to racers and $7 for spectators. The awards ceremony gets underway at noon.

Jasper's Theater

Come for music, magic and comedy at Jasper's Theater, Park Rapids. Starting today, there are shows every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through July and August. There is a magic pre-show 15 minutes prior to each performance. For more information, call 218-237-4333 or visit www.jasperstheater.com.

Rainbow Resort 50th

Rainbow Resort, Waubun, celebrates 50 years with Aunt Amy's Summer Duathlon, 10K mountain bike race and 5K run (individual or team) from 9-11 a.m., followed by an open house and tour of grounds from 1-5 p.m. Refreshments, cookies and cake will be served. For more information, call 218-734-2241 or 1-800-734-1140.

Run, Ride & Boogie

The Angels of Courage Retreats' annual Run, Ride & Boogie begins with a 5K run/walk in Cormorant at 10 a.m., followed by a motorcycle rally at noon and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m. and dance to the music of Betty Does from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Looney Daze

Vergas Looney Daze resumes with a full day of events, including an all-day street fair and rummage sales. The 5k Run/Walk will start at Billy's Corner Bar at 8 a.m., but get there by 7:30 to register. A $20 entry fee applies. The rest of the day will feature bands, a pig roast, road rally and loon calling contest. For more information, and details on times and places of events, visit www.govergas.com or call Melissa Bunkowske at 218-234-1175.

Anna Dee Olson speaks

Anna Dee Olson, author and speaker specializing in Amish culture, speaks at 7 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Audubon. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, August 17

Looney Daze

Vergas Looney Daze concludes with a collectible car show, outdoor church service, the Vergas Looney Daze Parade, turtle races and water fights. For more information, and details on times and places of events, visit www.govergas.com or call Melissa Bunkowske at 218-234-1175.

Hummingbird movie

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge presents the movie "Hooked on Hummingbirds" at 2 p.m. in the visitors' center. Experience the wonder and enchantment of these tiny jewels. Watch baby hummers grow and prepare to leave the nest.

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