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Good Morning Bedlam will perform at the Cultural Center in New York Mills this Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. (Facebook photo)1 / 4
Sonic Escape — also known as flutist Shawn Wyckoff and violinist Maria Millar — bring their wonderfully imaginative show to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. (Submitted photo)2 / 4
Al Batt (Submitted photo)3 / 4
Mark Bridge is a culinary historian, specializing in recipes from the 1800s. A current project has him transcribing, baking and photographing the recipes of an 1880s cattle baroness into a cookbook for the National Park Service in Montana. (Enterprise file photo)4 / 4

Globetrotting duo Sonic Escape to make March 3 concert stop in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES — The Historic Holmes Theatre is proud to bring Sonic Escape to Detroit Lakes on Saturday, March 3 for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

Shawn Wyckoff and Maria Millar founded Sonic Escape in 2009. Armed with flute and violin, their game plan — use hyper-instrumentals to fill hearts with indescribable joy — has landed this imaginative duo on hundreds of stages across 40 North American states, provinces and beyond.

Maria and Shawn push themselves to the brink — singing, dancing, telling stories, and above all, playing their hearts out with what the Washington Post describes as a "wonderfully imaginative... anything goes sense of fun."

Come be a part of the adventure at the Holmes Theatre with Sonic Escape on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Lake Region Arts Council, tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students — or buy one adult ticket and get one student ticket free of charge. To purchase, please visit the website at, call the Holmes Box Office at 218-844-7469, or stop by in person at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show.

Good Morning Bedlam concert set Feb. 22 in NYM

NEW YORK MILLS — On Thursday, Feb. 22, the Minneapolis-based, genre-defying folk quartet, Good Morning Bedlam (GMB), stops in New York Mills to perform at the Cultural Center.

GMB is comprised of Isaak Gill Elker on guitar, Victoria Elker on upright bass, Sophia Mae on violin and Noah Pearson on banjo. Each member also sings.

"We want to surprise our audience from song to song. Rather than creating our music to fit a genre, we allow it to be an outpouring of our own stories and unique sound," says Isaak, the frontman.

Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar is available. For this concert, the center has a club-like atmosphere with standing tables for guests and seats around the mezzanine. Tickets, which are $15 at the door, $12 in advance, (with a $2 member discount), or $5 for students, can be purchased online on the Center's Facebook page or Eventbrite. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit the Center's website at

Feb. 22 Bemidji lecture explores shared values of Islam and Minnesotans

BEMIDJI — Bemidji State University kicks off its fourth annual Leadership Series Lectures this Thursday, Feb. 22 with a presentation by Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The 6 p.m. presentation will be held in Room 103 of BSU's American Indian Resource Center. It is open free to anyone who wishes to attend.

Hussein's presentation will explore shared Minnesotan values: a focus on family, creating a welcoming place for all and the pursuit of success through hard work.

"The immigrants of the late 19th century faced many of the same challenges of those coming to Minnesota over the last 30 years or so," Hussein said. "They had to start with little to nothing and worked hard to ensure their children could achieve their dreams."

Hussein believes faith and family should come first.

"We want people to see the similarities their new neighbors share with their grandparents' generation so we can build bonds and become stronger as a community," Hussein explains. The presentation will also include a question-and-answer session on Islams and Muslims. The Council on American-Islamic Relations addresses organized Islamophobia in the form of smear campaigns and targeted acts of violence. It also addresses less-organized forms of Islamophobia, such as workplace and street harassment.

Hussein's presentation is sponsored by BSU's Leadership Studies program and the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Celtic art class set Feb. 24 at NYM Cultural Center

NEW YORK MILLS — Anyone familiar with even a bit of Irish culture has likely heard of A Portrait of Dorian Grey, probably heard of the Blarney Stone, and certainly heard of St. Patrick. But what of the Book of Kells? An art class at the Cultural Center in New York Mills discusses and teaches illuminated letters, a medieval calligraphic craft in publishing.

Held on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Illuminated Letters and Celtic Art class is open to anyone 16 years of age and older. It costs $15 for non-members and $10 for members of the Center.

The workshop, facilitated by Cheryl Bannes of the Cultural Center, discusses the Book of Kells and the Lindesfarne Gospels. Participants see photos of the texts, which were created in the eighth century. Post-discussion, attendees use markers and inks to create and decorate their own illuminated initials or names. Registration is requested for planning purposes.

Cheryl Bannes is from Montana, but recently relocated to New York Mills. She went to college to be a metalsmith, working on larger metal pieces such as armor and hand-forged bowls, but enjoys all forms of art and art processes. Bannes has been a working artist and teaching artist for over 30 years.

To register for the class, please call the Cultural Center at 218- 385-3339, or for more information, visit the Center's website at

'Tales from Hartland' humorist, storyteller to present in Bagley Feb. 25

BAGLEY — The Farm By The Lake's Storytelling Series continues with Al Batt at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Bagley Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

A writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist, Batt hails from Hartland, Minnesota. He writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and magazines, and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, "A Life Gone to the Birds." He is a columnist for "Bird Watcher's Digest." He is a trustee of the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska.

Batt hosted TV shows for many years and speaks at various festivals, conferences and conventions all over the world. He has received the Ed Franey Conservation Media Award from the Izaak Walton League and the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union for lifetime contributions to birding. He was also recognized by Bluebirds Across Nebraska for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation.

Baker, culinary historian to give presentation on Victorian recipes Feb. 27 in Park Rapids

PARK RAPIDS — Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) presents Mark Bridge, "Papa's Cookies," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 27 at Park Theater. As part of a National Park Service project, culinary historian Bridge has been researching Victorian-era delicacies and recreating handwritten recipes by Augusta Kohrs, wife of "Montana's Cattle King." The cookbook featuring these sweet treats is due to be published in May, but attendees to the HCLL program will get an advance look at some of the baking equipment and techniques as well as an opportunity to sample the cookies. A native of Park Rapids and a well-known local musician, Bridge is an avid baker and also a member of the HCLL Board of Directors. The program is open to the public, free of charge, and handicap accessible. All friends of HCLL are also invited to its annual corporate meeting to be held at noon in the theater. The annual meeting will include a financial report and audit, a president's report of the past year's activities, and election of board members and officers. .

MN couple loses game, finds love on Swedish TV

HALLOCK — It was an improbable romance between strangers in a faraway place. Nathan Younggren was a 25-year-old farmer who raised wheat, soybeans and beef cattle with his family near Hallock. Victoria "Tori" Allen was a 28-year-old former ski bum and advertising rep who lived in Colorado.

He played rock music in a cover band, and she was a champion X Games rock climber. The unlikely pair seemed a world apart last May when they arrived in Sweden to compete in the country's No. 1 television show, "Allt for Sverige." In search of their Swedish family heritage and a chance to win a family reunion, they didn't know what to expect other than adventure.

More than 4,000 other Americans applied, but Nathan and Tori would be two of only 10 people chosen for the seventh season of the international Emmy-winning show that blends Swedish history with random minute-to-win-it challenges.

Ultimately, it took five weeks for both Nathan and Tori to lose the competition but only two weeks to win each other's hearts. "We were the two real winners," Nathan said.

They were engaged in October and married on New Year's Eve during the regular Sunday morning church service.