Lionel Flood, President of the Minnesota Bonsai Society, will present about the art, history and styles of bonsai trees and show you how to cultivate your own! Learn what trees work best for cultivation from season to season. Mr. Flood will be appearing at Detroit Lakes Library Thursday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. “Keshiki Bonsai,” by Kenji Kobayashi. Traditional bonsai can be complicated, time consuming, expensive, and steeped in history and tradition.
Most decoy collectors will agree Mason duck decoys, of Detroit, Mich., are the most collectible of all factory decoys. The decoys are elegant in design, visually appealing, well constructed and readily available. Put those all together and you have the “perfect storm” in the decoy collecting arena. Let’s get into detail on Mason decoys, with special emphasis this week on their painted eye grade economy model.
The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center has issued a call for artists to participate in its annual regional art show, to be held April 24-May 25. This show is open to all artists working in any medium. A reception in honor of the artists is scheduled for Friday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Each artist may submit up to two works in any medium for inclusion in this non-juried art show. Artists should bring their work to the Cultural Center on Friday, April 19 between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
According to my calendar, the eastern bluebirds should return to the Northland any day now. I’ve observed singing male eastern bluebirds as early as mid-March, but not this year! Nevertheless, it shouldn’t be long until the sweet melodies of male bluebird songsters will be drifting sweetly from fields and backyards everywhere. Oh, wonderful springtime is here once again.
It’s significant that a bipartisan task force on Local Government Aid system came to this conclusion: “LGA remains an important program in terms of state-local fiscal relations and should not be eliminated.” Reformed, yes; but eliminated, no, even though LGA in effect redistributes money from well-off to less well-off communities in Minnesota, the task force concluded in December.
For all the congestion in its populated areas, the bulk of California’s land area is wilderness, some of the most spectacular wilderness in the lower forty-eight states. Those who announce with pride, “I have no desire to ever go to California” will miss out on some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the world. The Big Sur, a rugged 120-mile stretch of coast between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, will give you enough seaside drama for a lifetime as huge waves crash incessantly against the battered base of the coastal range.
Happenings is free, and submissions are run on a first-come, first-serve basis and as space allows. Happenings entries that include date, time and place, as well as a contact person’s name and telephone number, of an event can be e-mailed to Pippi Mayfield at email@example.com or submitted online at www.dl-online.com . Sunday, March 24
Question: I got a DWI recently and my driver’s license is revoked and I no longer own a motor vehicle. I do have an ATV and was wondering if I need a driver’s license to operate it. Answer: In general, a valid driver’s license “is required” to operate an ATV on a road right-of-way (ROW). A driver’s license is not required to operate an ATV on a designated trail that includes a ROW.
Governor Dayton announced this week that the process of appointing a board for MNSure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, has begun. MNSure is a new marketplace where Minnesota individuals, families and small employers can get quality, affordable health insurance and access tax credits or assistance to help pay for coverage. Open enrollment in through MNsure begins this year and more than 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to seek coverage through the exchange by 2016.
Living with an ongoing health condition can be very difficult. Effective self-management skills have proven to help people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer and those who are overweight or have other ongoing health conditions. To help people live fuller, healthier and more active lives, Sanford Health is offering a free, six-week “Better Choices, Better Health” workshop. The workshops are for anyone with ongoing health problems and their support people.