REO Speedwagon concert CANCELLED

Grammy-nominated rock band, REO Speedwagon, was set for a live concert at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center this Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.

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Unfortunately, due to "an unforeseen medical issue," the band will not be able to perform as scheduled, according to a message on the Shooting Star's website. The group sends their apologies to all of their fans. The show will be rescheduled at a later date.

This show was sold out. Guests who have purchased tickets will receive a full refund in 7-10 business days. All cash sales will be refunded through the Shooting Star's accounting office, and credit card purchases will be automatically refunded within 7-10 business days. For additional ticket refund information or related questions, visit the Shooting Star ticket office at 777 Casino Road, Mahnomen, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call 1-800-313-SHOW (7469).


Comedy show set for Holmes this Thursday

Comedian Pat Hazell is bringing his show, "The Wonder Bread Years," to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Hazell is one of the original writers for the TV series "Seinfeld" and a regular performer on the "Tonight Show."

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, "The Wonder Bread Years" is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater. Audiences across the country are enjoying a show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. From sitting at the kids table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, "The Wonder Bread Years" is a comic bullseye for Baby Boomers everywhere.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for students - or buy one adult ticket, and get a second student ticket for free. Tickets are available online at, or you can call the box office 218-844-7469. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Holmes Theatre located at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. This show is sponsored by Midwest Bank, with additional funding provided by Arts Midwest.


DLMS Band Concert is Monday

The Detroit Lakes Middle School Winter Band Concert is set for this coming Monday, Jan. 22 at the DLMS George Simson Auditorium, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands will be performing an eclectic variety of music, from traditional and contemporary marches to original programmatic pieces, overtures, slow tunes and pop/rock selections, with an appeal that spans generations. The bands will be conducted by DLMS Band Director Paul Dierkhising. The public is invited to attend, and there is no admission charge.


Polar explorer coming to DL Feb. 12

The community is invited to spend an evening with Minnesota native Ann Bancroft, a world-renowned polar explorer and internationally recognized leader and educator.

Through her expeditions, Ann has shattered common stereotypes about women and through the Ann Bancroft Foundation, she encourages girls to reach their highest potential. Her accomplishments include being the first female explorer to cross the ice to both the North and South poles, leading the first female east to west crossing of Greenland, and being the first known woman in history to cross the ice to the North Pole.

Audiences will enjoy Ann's stories of her daring adventures and learn about the history of polar exploration. The Detroit Lakes Public Library is thrilled to bring Ann Bancroft to Detroit Lakes free of charge through funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This event will be held on Monday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. inside the Historic Holmes Theater, which is located at 826 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes.

Photo contest winner announced

A photo submitted by Leslie Rudrud of Wadena was selected as the most effective and appealing of this past month's public submissions to the Picturing the Good Life Wadena photo contest. The cash award of $25 recognizes winners for going beyond the mere content of the photo and emphasizing a pleasing aesthetic and use of technical skill.

Over the next several months, the Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce will be collecting a pool of photographs to help publicize the Wadena area. Up to two prizes of $25 each will be awarded each month. Three Grand Prizes of $100 will be awarded at the end of the project. Additional images may be chosen as honorable mentions. A people's choice award will be chosen at the "Picturing the Good Life" exhibition to be held during the Wadena County Fair.

This project is funded by a grant from Region 5 Branding Project funded by the National Joint Powers Alliance.

To enter the contest visit:


LRAC seeking artist mentor program applicants

Are you a high school student, grades 9-11, who loves drawing, writing, music or performing? Would you like a $600 scholarship to work on your art this summer?

The Lake Region Arts Council wants to provide up to 16 students with a $600 Artist Mentor Summer Study Scholarship, to work one on one with a professional artist or attend a workshop. Scholarships available for writing, performing arts, music, dance, visual arts, photography, etc. Study will start in June and end Oct. 1. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

This program is open to all students in grades 9-11 who are currently living in Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse or Wilkin counties, who attend public or private schools, or are home schooled.

Students who apply will go through a selection process, if selected, they will be assigned a mentor or registered for a workshop and spend up to 15 hours this summer studying their chosen art form.

To apply, go to and click the red "Apply" button in the upper right hand corner. Follow the instructions and if you need help contact Rebecca Davis at the LRAC office at: 218-739-5780 (daytime phone), 218-671-8552 (between 6-9 p.m.) or by


Iverson concert in Motley this Sunday

The Iverson Family will perform at the United Methodist Church in Motley on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m., as part of the Staples-Motley Area Arts Council's regular season. Originally set for New Year's Eve, the concert was rescheduled due to weather. Tickets for the concert are available online at the arts council's website at; or purchase them by cash or check at the Staples World.

Hailing from Staples, the group consists of Kathy; and two of her four daughters, Lynnea and Jenessa. Kathy's husband, Jeff, will be joining the family for a few songs during the second half of the show. The Iversons are well-known throughout the area for their musicianship. A former music teacher, Kathy currently teaches second grade at Staples Elementary School. She sings and plays guitar for the family band. In addition, Kathy writes a lot of music, much of which is inspired by her faith, as well as her love for the outdoors. Her husband, Jeff, was a long-time band director at Staples-Motley High School; and all four of their daughters (Becki, Kirstin, Lynnea and Jenessa) have been involved in music.

Staples Motley Area Arts Council activities are sponsored in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

Special movie screening in NYM Jan. 28

Honor the Earth, partnering with the New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center, will host a screening of "First Daughter and the Black Snake" on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the cultural center.

The documentary nationally follows White Earth activist Winona LaDuke in the fight against Enbridge, seeking to put in the Sandpiper, a 640,000 barrel a day fracked oil pipeline across a new corridor in Northern Minnesota.

The Sandpiper project was defeated after a four year battle and this film chronicles that story.

For more information, visit


Kicksledding available at Green Island

Kicksledding is now available on the trails at Green Island on the north edge of Wadena. This is an opportunity to get family, friends, or visitors outdoors for an unusual winter outing.

There are ten sleds available on an outdoor rack; five are sized for adults and five are sized for kids. Prepare first by watching YouTube videos on kicksledding so you know what to expect and what to do. Above all, know how to choose the right weather conditions for your visit: It is the opposite of good skiing conditions. The most fun is had when trails are packed, hard, and even icy. That means it is best after there has been a slight thaw and then a frieze, but it's nearly impossible during a fresh snowfall or during a melt. Choosing the right time for an outing makes the difference between hardly moving on a kicksled or practically sailing.

Free Community Kicksledding is provided by Green Island, Wadena Public Health, The Lamson Trust, and Operation Round-up. No reservations are needed and there is no cost. Sunny weekends can get busy with visitors making weekdays a good bet for available sleds. You can also email ahead for a report on trail conditions at the time ( Green Island is located off from Highway 71 on the north side of Wadena near Kal's.


Orchestra gets grant for composer competition

Heartland Symphony Orchestra has received a grant from Crow Wing Community Trust to help support its 2018 Composers' Competition.

This year, composers from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, and Illinois are invited to submit an original orchestral composition. The winning score will be premiered by the Heartland Symphony Orchestra at its Spring concert series to be held in three central Minnesota communities: Crosslake (April 6); Little Falls (April 7); and Brainerd (April 8).

The winner will receive a $1,000 monetary prize, an opportunity to work with the orchestra and its conductor, and a performance CD and DVD. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 2. For more information call 1-800-826-1997 or email (link to composers' competition is on the "Education" page).