Ball Club

Becky LaPlant

In the Spring of 2017, a group of youth in Ball Club started to envision a community park where three old pieces of playground equipment and some grass exists today. They saw a new playground that honors their Ojibwe culture and language and is accessible for young and old alike, they saw a basketball court, and a “chill space” with seating and a fire ring and they saw a picnic area too.

Fast forward to today and the playground is designed and fundraising is underway with the goal of breaking ground the beginning of August.

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If you’ve ever traveled Hwy 2 between Bemidji and Grand Rapids   you’ve probably seen a stand in Ball Club.  It was operated for over 30 years by the late Tim Holm from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  Tim’s family, friends and community continue to mourn his loss – but there is also a loss of culture and tradition that came with Tim selling smoked whitefish and wild rice from that stand.