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Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 6 for Post Modern Jukebox's Oct. 8 show at the Fargo Theatre. (Submitted photo)

Post-Modern Jukebox coming to Fargo Theatre; tickets on sale now

FARGO — Postmodern Jukebox is back.... Back in Black & White! The band's non-stop throwback carnival is on the road again with their Back in Black & White Tour, which arrives at the Fargo Theatre on Monday, Oct. 8.

PMJ has always been about using modern media to turn back the clock to a time we always imagine in shades of black and white—simpler, more carefree, without so many mind-boggling devices and distractions, every one streaming in hi-def at any hour of the day! Of course, live entertainment was always live and in vibrant color, so PMJ offers fans the best of both worlds.

PMJ shows bring a full band of gifted musicians, with a cast of favorite singers and tons of surprises, to a city near you. As any PMJ fan can tell you, the experience is never the same twice, with new songs and shifting combinations of members giving a unique twist to every show. PMJ looks forward to bringing their unique spin on modern pop hits and retro pop stylings to new cities for the first time, while revisiting favorite haunts that feel more like home each time around.

The multi-talented collective reimagines contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears, from swing to doo-wop, ragtime to Motown — or, as creator Scott Bradlee himself puts it, "pop music in a time machine." Started by Bradlee in 2009, PMJ has gone on to amass more than 950 million YouTube views with 3.3 million subscribers and have chalked up more than 1.5 million likes on Facebook. The band has performed on "Good Morning America," topped iTunes and Billboard charts, caught the attention of NPR Music and NBC News, and played hundreds of shows to sold-out houses around the world.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 6, and are available at, at the Tickets300 box office (306 N. University Drive in Fargo; open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday), or by calling 866-300-8300. Reserved seating only; prices range between $40-$50, with additional fees where applicable.

Author Linda Koutsky at Wadena Depot on April 12

WADENA — A program featuring author and book artist Linda Koutsky will be held Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Wadena City Depot.

Linda Koutsky and Kathryn Strand Koutsky are the authors of "Tempt Me: The Fine Art of Minnesota Cooking." The book is a recent release from the Minnesota Historical Society with first-rate illustrations, vintage advertising, bygone recipes and the storied history of Minnesota's food industries. The pages of "Tempt Me" offer a true feast for the senses and to make it even more appetizing, Linda will bring some samples to taste.

This program is the first in this year's Spring Legacy Series. It is presented by the Wadena County Historical Society in collaboration with the Wadena Library and funded by a grant from Kitchigami Library System. Other programs in the Spring Legacy Series include "Alice in France" by author Nancy Weber on May 11 and "Minnesota Moxie" by the author Ben Weber on June 17. This program is also a collaboration with the Wadena Library.

Other programs this spring include "Minnesota Voices," held each month, the third Thursday at noon at the Wadena Museum. The April 19 program will celebrate National Poetry Month with readings by Minnesota poets. The Wadena County Historical Society's semi-annual meeting will be held this spring on April 25 at 7 p.m. The featured speaker will be Denis Gardner, director of the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office. All these programs are free and open to the public.

For more information contact the Wadena County Historical Society at 218 631-9079 or email:

Little Black Dress fundraiser April 19 in Fergus Falls

FERGUS FALLS — The Women's Leadership Council's Little Black Dress Black Tie Affair is to be held Thursday, April 19 at Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls. This year's honoree is John Helland.

Helland is a retired Fergus Falls educator whose lifelong commitment to literacy has enriched lives, young and old, through many channels and in many ways. An evening of live jazz from the Blue Note Combo, dinner, live and silent auctions, elegant face painting and much more.

Proceeds from this special event provide Dolly Parton's Imagination Library scholarships for local children, birth to five. Currently, the program mails, to seven countries, over one million specially selected, age-appropriate books monthly to registered children from birth to age five.

Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library program is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development.

Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Tickets are available at United Way office in Fergus Falls or online at UWOTW.ORG.

United Way goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting changes that lift up communities around Otter Tail and Wadena counties.

Cat show set for May 12 in Wadena

WADENA — Cat-A-Rama, the annual cat show, will be held May 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the 4-H building inside the Wadena County Fairgrounds.

The cat show is open to the public and the cats will be judged in categories like fattest cat and prettiest eyes. There will be a silent auction and light snacks available.

Registration is $5 before May 8 and $10 after May 8. All proceeds will be given to the Wadena County Humane Society.

For more information or questions on how to register, email or visit the Cat-A-Rama event page on Facebook.

Halifax explosion subject of Tuesday presentation in Park Rapids

PARK RAPIDS — Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) presents Marty Leistikow and "The Halifax Explosion of 1917."

The program is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Park Theater.

Leistikow, who serves as HCLL's chairperson, will tell about the largest explosion of the pre-nuclear age. As World War I raged in Europe, an outbound Belgian relief ship collided with a loaded ammunition ship in Halifax harbor, causing massive damage, injury and death. Leistikow will describe her 2017 trip to Halifax and to the museum exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the explosion. She will share photos, a short video, and stories of victims and survivors of the explosion.

The program is free of charge, open to the public and handicap accessible. This program concludes HCLL's spring series, with programs set to resume at Park Theater beginning Sept. 4.

Deadline extended for Juried Youth Art Exhibit

PARK RAPIDS — The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) will host a Youth Art Exhibit in Park Rapids.

The application deadline for the exhibit has been extended to April 13 and there is no cost to participate.

The Minneapolis College of Art & Design will award the top sophomore or junior participant a $3,400 scholarship for their pre-summer college session. The scholarship includes tuition, full room and board, supplies and three college credits for the summer session. In addition to the MCAD scholarship, cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 artists in the exhibit.

Applications are being accepted from 15- to 18-year-old youth residing in rural Minnesota communities of 20,000 people or less. Tribal and home-schooled individuals are also eligible to apply.

The exhibit will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center from May 3-26, with a reception and award ceremony being held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

For more information, visit For additional questions, contact Michael Dagen at

The Nemeth Art Center is open Thursdays through Saturdays, May through September at 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids.