Local writer wins first place in writers contest
Local writer, Lina Belar, has won First Place in the Poetry Division of the Brainerd Writers Alliance Contest. Belar's first chapbook of poetry, "Rural Score", was released early last summer by Finishing Line Press. Judges this year for the Brainerd Writers Alliance Contest were Laura Hanson — Poetry; Donna Salli — Fiction; and Cindy Fox — Creative Nonfiction. First and second place winners receive free entry into the festival which will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Faith Sullivan is scheduled as the 2017 Festival Speaker.
Horticulturist and Author Meyer to speak at Robertson Theatre Oct. 20
Mary Meyer will talk about her book, "Ten Plants that Changed Minnesota", on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Robertson Theatre in Wadena.
One hundred and fifty years ago, vast forests of white pine covered northern Minnesota. At the end of the 19th century, the prairies attracted pioneer farmers to this area where they could grow bumper crops of wheat and alfalfa. These and others plants like the apple, American elm, corn, turfgrass, purple loosestrife, soybeans and wild rice have had an impact, both positive and negative, in the development and future of our state.
Meyer is a professor of horticultural science at the University of Minnesota and author of many popular and scholarly articles on plants. She has studied grasses as landscape plants and manages the Grass Collection at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, part of the Plant Collection Network of the American Public Garden Association.
This free program is the third in the Fall Legacy series of the Wadena County Historical Society. Nov. 3 will feature Kip and Eric Peltoniemi.
Kids pillowcase making class on tap Oct. 26
Want a good night's sleep on a pillow covered in a case that you made yourself? Then this is the class for you! Let Lacey Hendrickx lead you through sewing your very own pillowcase. Students in grades 3-6 are invited to sign up for this class. The class will be held Oct. 26 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Sebeka School Home Ec room. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-Register by Oct. 16 by contacting Raina Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 837-6574.
Youth Halloween party set for Oct. 28
Area youth, sixth grade and younger, are invited to Sebeka for a Halloween Party. Games and activities for all ages will be held in the Sebeka gym. Mark your calendar and plan to attend! Watch for more details as the time draws nearer. Girls volleyball playoffs may affect the date and time. The party is currently set for Oct. 28 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.