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What's new in lakes area entertainment this week

A candlelight ski event at Maplewood State Park will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 6-8:30 p.m. A one-mile ski trail will be lighted with 150 candles. Courtesy photo.1 / 8
Molly West will replace Alexandra Koes as the new Miss Heart of the Lakes 2018. Koes accepted a position in the Texas Tech University School of Health Professions PA program and will be moving to Texas in May. (submitted photo). 2 / 8
The Gear Daddies are set to rock Detroit Lakes this Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Holmes Theatre Box Office. (Submitted photo)3 / 8
A presentation on the history of the Fergus Falls State Hospital will be held Feb. 17 at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County in Perham. Courtesy photo.4 / 8
The hometown launch of the Johnsons' latest book is Saturday, Sept. 23 at Beagle and Wolf Books.5 / 8
The Humane Society of the Lakes' favorite 'sweetheart,' Smokie, is ready to strut his stuff at the HSL's annual fundraiser, Tuxes & Tails, which is set for this Friday, Feb. 16 at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. (Submitted photo)6 / 8
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joe Nichols performs live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino on Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. (Submitted photo)7 / 8
Pianist Scott Kirby will present his “Mainstreet Souvenirs” program 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. (Submitted photo)8 / 8

Humane Society's 'Tuxes & Tails' is Friday

DETROIT LAKES — Join the Humane Society of the Lakes this Friday, Feb. 16, for the "Sweetheart Edition" of its annual fundraiser, Tuxes & Tails, at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn.

A social hour and silent auction begins at 6 p.m., followed by elegant plated appetizers, a dessert bar, and a complimentary glass of wine.

The evening will feature an amazing live auction and a program that includes local celebrities showing off their tuxes while walking their favorite "tails" down the runway. Polar Fest's own furry ambassador, Polar Pete, will be a special guest at the event, which will also include a tribute to the Humane Society's founding president, the late Cyndi Anderson, and a preview of the Humane Society's plans to raise capital funds for the "Cyndi Anderson Surgical Suite," an upgrade to the current HSL shelter that will allow local veterinarians to do surgeries, including spaying and neutering, in-house.

Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at Affairs by Brittany in the Washington Square Mall, Humane Society of the Lakes, Hub41 or Bleachers Bar & Grill, as well as online at, or. As in past years, tickets are expected to sell out, so get yours soon!

Gear Daddies set to rock Detroit Lakes Saturday

DETROIT LAKES — The Historic Holmes Theatre is proud to bring the Gear Daddies to Detroit Lakes this Saturday, Feb. 17 for an 8 p.m. concert.

Originally from Austin, Minnesota, Gear Daddies members Martin Zellar (electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals), Nick Ciola (bass), Randy Broughten (electric and pedal steel guitar) and James "Billy" Dankert (drums and vocals), played their first shows together in 1984.

Between 1986 and 1992, this Americana/rock band released three popular albums and became an important part of the Twin Cities music scene.

Many of their fans' favorite songs ("Stupid Boy," "Color of Her Eyes," "She's Happy," "Drank So Much" and many others) are credited to the exceptionally passionate writing skills possessed by Zellar; Dankert, however, has also contributed some of the compositions, including "Time Heals" and "Blues Mary."

The group's most notable mainstream success was when they played "Stupid Boy" on "Late Night with David Letterman" in 1991. Zellar had this to say of the experience: "I was so nervous, and it all happened so quickly. I couldn't tell you what the hell happened. I got done, and I was walking back and said to Randy (Broughten), 'Did I sing all the words? Did I do that?' When I watched it that night in the hotel room I had no recollection of having lived it."

Arguably, Zellar's "I Wanna Drive the Zamboni" is the band's best-known song, having been featured in the movies "D2: The Mighty Ducks" and "Mystery, Alaska," as well as on the television program "Malcolm in the Middle." It's also a staple at hockey games throughout North America and Europe.

Currently, in addition to their respective individual pursuits, the guys of Gear Daddies reunite several times a year to perform throughout the Midwest.

Come rock the cold night away at the Holmes Theatre with the Gear Daddies this Saturday at 8 p.m. Sponsored by Papa Murphy's, tickets for the show are $25 for adults and $12.50 for students, and may be purchased online at, by phone at 218-844-7469, or at the Holmes Theatre box office located at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show.

Kirkbride history presentation is Feb. 17 in Perham

PERHAM — A program on the history of the Fergus Falls State Hospital, also known as the Kirkbride, will be presented Saturday, Feb. 17 from 3-4 p.m. at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, 230 1st Ave., Perham.

The guest speaker will be Kristy Halstensgaard, Detroit Lakes. Coffee and cookies will be served. Everyone is welcome to this free event. The presentation is sponsored by the History Museum of East Otter Tail County.

For more information, visit or call (218) 346-7676.

Wine & Chocolate event set Feb. 17 in Wadena

WADENA — Sponsored by Partners for a Healthy Wadena, the Wine and Chocolate event at the Depot returns Saturday, Feb. 17. Join friends in the community Saturday from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are available at Hometown Crafts, Thrifty White Drug and the Wadena State Bank branches. Cost is $25 and includes two beverage tickets. A silent auction of food baskets will be featured along with desserts. All proceeds go to the maintenance and care of the Wadena Depot.

Heartland Concert, set Feb. 20, features pianist

PARK RAPIDS — In search of the American Heartland, Scott Kirby presents a multi-media stage performance which features live piano music, a spoken narrative and a video presentation.

Kirby will present his "Mainstreet Souvenirs" program 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. This performance is another of the Heartland Concert Association, which brings interesting musical performances to town each season.

The first half of Kirby's program will span about 150 years of American pop, jazz and folk music, including tunes by Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster, John Philip Sousa and many others continuing up to the present time.

The second half will feature Kirby's original compositions for piano, his paintings, photo from long ago — all joined together as he plays the piano and talks about the history of the american Great Plains and prairies.

Kirby was first a musician and pianist, but his artistic passion grew to include visual art. He has completed 75 painting and 28 piano compositions. He lives in Boulder, Colo.

Admission to the Heartland Concert series is by season membership ticket or at the door. For more information, contact Bobbi Zigmant at 732-9293 or Marshall Howe at 218-220-0410 or visit

Local authors sharing 'Little Minnesota in WW II'

PARK RAPIDS — Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) opens its spring series Tuesday, Feb. 20 with local authors Jill and Deane Johnson. They'll share their recent book, "Little Minnesota in World War II: The Stories Behind 140 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota's Littlest Towns," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Park Theater. The Johnsons became interested in the stories of small-town war heroes when they wrote "Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Around 100," which became a best-seller nonfiction account of some of Minnesota's smallest places. Their research for the recent book began in 2011. One reader remarked, "Each hero is given one page in the book, with a short biography, a picture or two, and some details about the war service and how they came to be a victim of the war. I was hooked right away and wanted to know more about each. I wondered why there was only one page per person. As I read on, though, I realized that the book's emotional impact builds up story by story, and results from knowing the collective loss suffered by so many towns and families. This book will stay with me a long time." The Johnsons will highlight some of the memorable stories in the book and explain why soldiers from rural Minnesota were especially valued during the war. The event is open to the public, free of charge, and handicap accessible. Refreshments provided. People wishing to attend are encouraged to arrive early to facilitate seating in the theater. Books will be available for sale following the presentation.

Joe Nichols coming to Shooting Star Feb. 23

MAHNOMEN — Four-time Grammy nominee Joe Nichols will perform live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center on Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at, or via the "Buy Tickets" tab on Shooting Star's Facebook page:

Born In Rogers, Arkansas, Joe Nichols grew up listening to his father play bass in a local country band. After high school, he began working as a mechanic to support himself as he pursued a career in country music.

Nichols dropped his debut self-titled album in 1996, but his big break didn't come until 2002, when he landed a record deal with Universal South and debuted his hit album, "Man with a Memory." The album was certified platinum, and the leading single, "The Impossible," landed at No. 3 on the country charts, while also crossing over to the Pop Top 30. In 2003, "Brokenheartsville," another single from the album, became his first No. 1 country hit. That same year, the Academy of Country Music named Nichols its Top New Male Vocalist, and he also garnered three Grammy nominations.

In 2004, Nichols debuted his second major album, "Revelation," followed by the certified gold "III," in 2005. Throughout the rest of the 2000s, Nichols continued to release hit songs, including "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Come Off," "Gimmie That Girl," "Sunny and 75," and "Yeah."

After a four-year hiatus from the country music scene, Nichols returned and released his most recent album, "Never Gets Old," in 2017. With 14 top 40 singles and over two decades of chart-topping music, Nichols continues to entertain fans young and old with his captivating stage presence and memorable songs.

Maplewood to host Candlelight Ski event Feb. 24

PELICAN RAPIDS — A candlelight ski event at Maplewood State Park will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 6-8:30 p.m. The one-mile ski trail will be lighted with 150 candles. Ski, hike or snowshoe, stand around the campfire, chat with friends and enjoy hot chili, bars and hot drinks. Maplewood State Park has 12 sets of snowshoes to try out.

There will be chili ready by 5 p.m. Come early to Maplewood State Park and ski some of the eight miles of trails that afternoon. After an hour or so of skiing, come and join the Friends at the Trail Center for supper before going out on the candle lighted trail.

If you come to go skiing, age 16 and older do need a Ski Pass, which costs $6 and are available at the park. A one-year ski pass ($20) can be purchased at most sport stores or at the park. Minnesota Park stickers are also required.

Questions can be answered by calling Maplewood State Park, 218-863-8383.

Drum demonstration set Feb. 26 in Wadena

WADENA — Minnesota musician Robin Anders will be demonstrating and discussing several different drums and percussion instruments from many cultures on Feb. 26 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Auditorium.

Anders has toured in these countries performing and teaching and providing workshops for over 45 years. This program ends with an audience participation segment where everyone is invited to play together on percussion instruments and experience the drums first hand. The show is open to the public.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.

Miss Heart of the Lakes title changes hands

PERHAM — Breanna Menze, director of the Miss Perham/Heart of the Lakes Scholarship Organization, has announced that Molly West will replace Alexandra Koes as the new Miss Heart of the Lakes 2018.

Koes accepted a position in the Texas Tech University School of Health Professions Physicians Assistant program and will be moving to Texas in May.

Dairy princess candidates sought in East Otter Tail

PERHAM — The East Otter Tail County Midwest Dairy Association is seeking candidates to participate in the 2018 Dairy Princess contest.

A candidate must be a high school graduate by July 1, 2018 and not yet 24 years old. She or her parents (or legal guardian) must be actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant during the current year. A candidate also qualifies if she or her parents are employed on a dairy farm related capacity.

The East Otter Tail County MDA is also seeking Dairy Princess Ambassadors, ages 16-17. Ambassadors hand out ice cream treats for businesses, ribbons and prizes at the county fair, help at the milk booth at the fair, participate in parades and visit classrooms to teach about dairy. They also have a chance to compete to be Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Any interested candidates should contact Princess Coordinator Ronda Koehler at 218-385-2355 or 218-640-0943. The deadline is March 1.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Artist Fellowship

The Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Artist (AAI) Fellowship supports established Native American artists in facilitating depth and advancement in their artistic work.

Two $5,000 awards will be granted in 2018. The deadline is March 1. The funds can be used for exploring new directions or continuing work in progress; production costs, materials, or equipment; collaborative or community projects; travel, research or study to further your art and more.

Fellows will be showcased in the annual spring/summer exhibit.

Eligible applicants must be enrolled tribal members or descendants residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties in Minnesota. Applicants must have evidence of five years of sustained accomplishment in their artistic field.

This grant is made possible by the Region 2 Arts Council, with generous support of the McKnight Foundation. Call the Region 2 office at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or email with questions or to request a read-through of your application before submission.