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Entertainment briefs - March 30 edition

The 'Ice Cream for Books' event will take place April 6 beginning at 6 p.m. at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School. Courtesy photo.

Celebrate National Poetry Month on April 20

The Wadena County Historical Society invites area poets to submit an original poem to be selected for reading at Minnesota Voices, held on Thursday, April 20 at noon at the Wadena County Museum as part of National Poetry Month. Between 10 and 15 poems will be selected by the panel.

• Only poems written by the poet will be considered

• The poem should be no more than 30 lines.

• The poem may be any form: rhymed, free verse, prose, rap, etc.

• The poem may have been previously published.

• The poet will be invited to read the poem at the event on April 20 but is not required to present in order to be selected. Instead, the poet may elect to have the poem read by a member of the panel.

Minnesota Voices is a free program featuring Minnesota writers and their work. It is held the third Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m.

Submit via email to: 603wchsWadena County Historical Society, 603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena MN 56482.

Your submission should include your name, address, email, the title of the poem, the complete text of the poem and indicate whether you will be present to read the poem on April 20.

Submissions must be received by April 10 to be eligible. Winners will be notified by April 15.

Catherine Madison to Speak in Wadena April 7

On Friday, April 7, Catherine Madison will talk about her book, "The War Came Home with Him" at the Robertson Theatre in Wadena. The book contains the interwoven stories of a young father's three hellish years as a POW in Korea and a daughter's life with the cruel lessons he brought home. Beginning at her father's deathbed, with all her questions still unspoken and ending with their last conversation, Madison's dual memoir offers a powerful, intimate perspective on the suppressed grief and thwarted love that forever alters a family when a wounded soldier brings his war home. In addition to talking about the book, she will also talk about the process of writing memoir.

Madison was editor-in-chief of Utne Reader, senior editor at Adweek and Creativity Magazine, founding editor of American Advertising, and editor-in-chief of Format Magazine. She has written articles for many publications, including Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune and Minnesota Monthly.

This program is the second in the Spring Legacy series of free programs for 2017 from the Wadena County Historical Society.

For more information call the Wadena County Historical Society at (218) 631-9079 or email

'Ice Cream for Books' set for April 6

Join us for one of WDC Elementary's most anticipated literary events of the school year. Ice Cream for Books will be held Thursday, April 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the school.

Parents and their children in preschool to fourth grade may come and swap their gently used books in exchange for other gently used books. Play bingo and win new books. Enjoy hearing a story or two in one of the Storytelling Rooms and just for coming, children might win a new book in the Book-A-Minute Drawings. Cool down with an ice cream treat too.

Please fill out an RSVP form by April 5, so they can plan for enough ice cream for everyone. Forms are available at the office or on the school's website.

Ice Cream for Books is free of charge and sponsored by WDC Elementary Title I, WDC ECFE and WCMCA Head Start.

Contact Carol Tornquist for more information at (218) 632-2312.