Park Rapids MN

Let's Visit features communities in our listening area.  We recently visited Park Rapids, MN!

Let's Visit features communities in our listening area.  We recently visited Park Rapids, MN!  Liz Stone returned to her hometown of Park Rapids after many years away.  She's now a city council member and passionate about the arts economy of her town. We caught up with her and chatted about it! 

Park Rapids, MN is becoming as well known for its arts scene as it is for its outdoor recreation opportunties.  Paul and Pat Dove Paul are a big reason why.  Bucking the norm of snowbirds, the Doves retired and moved north from Indiana to Park Rapids, MN.  They've been instrumental in making Park Rapids a Designated Arts Community.   In the nearly 20 years since making Park Rapids their permament home, they've organized the Northern Light Opera Company(NLOC) which brings opera and other musicals to the stage every summer and they started th

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This morning we took a tour of northern MN in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.  Tourism is a $15 billion dollar industry in MN and generates more than 265,000 jobs - making up for 11% of private sector employment.  Today we visited with the fine folks that work in the tourism industry in northern MN. 

Megan Christenson from Visit Grand Rapids

Tim Johnson from Edge of the Wilderness Lodging Association

The second annual Take a Walk on the Wild Side Wild Rice Festival will take place tomorrow, October 21 in Park Rapids.  We spoke with Nemeth Art Center Executive Director and Take a Walk on the Wild Side event co-coordinator Michael Dagen about the festivities.  There will be a public art project going on, art classes, and, food vendors and, of course, lots of wild rice.  

   Tons of arts events happening tonight for First Friday and throughout October all across the listening region.  We got the scoop from Grand Rapids, Ely and Bemidji on the morning show this morning. You can find more information about Grand Rapids events by clicking here, more about Ely events by clicking here and more about Bemidji events by clicking here!  

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  Park Rapids, MN celebrates Art Leap! this weekend.   It's a unique opportunity to see artists in their studios creating their work.   LuAnn Hurd-Loff told  us all about the 2 day, self-guided tour on today's morning show.  Pick up a map to the various studios at the Park Rapids Chamber Visitor Center, the Park Rapids Library, the Community Education building or any of the several motels in downtown Park Rapids.

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March for Science events are taking place across the listening area and across the country this Saturday, April 22, Earth Day.  We recently spoke with Jessica Hartshorn who organized the event taking place in Grand Rapids. Jessica talks about the importance of scientists and biologists in our region, how supporting science is a non-partisan issue and why supporting scientists and the work that they do matters to her.  

The Oxcars are a celebration of regional theater in northern Minnesota.  Actors, directors, designers, choreographers, and theater lovers tip their hats to one another at this fun event commending the great talent in the Bemidji, Walker, Park Rapids region.  This year, the event happens Sunday, March 12 at teh American Legion in Walker, MN.  Happy hour starts at 3pm and the awards ceremony kicks off at 4pm.  Catie Belleveau has organized the event for the past four years and stopped by the KBXE studio to discuss the event and the importance of community theater. 

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