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Perham 7th graders in State Tournament

The Perham seventh grade boys basketball team will play in the Pacesetter State Championships on Sunday, July 1 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.

Perham will take on Moose Lake-Willow River at 9:40 a.m. Sunday morning in one seventh grade quarterfinal. Other quarterfinal games will be: Willmar vs. Mankato Loyola, Detroit Lakes vs. Montevideo and New London-Spicer vs. Byron.

Games will be played throughout the day with championship games set for 5:20 p.m.

30th Annual Henning Run/Walk

The 30th Annual Henning Run/Walk will be held Saturday, July 21. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Distances for the race include 10K, 5K, 2.5K and a 5K walk. There will be prizes awarded in several age divisions for both men and women.

Entry fee is $10 for early registration (before July 19), and $13 on race day. Fee includes a t-shirt (while supplies last).

For more information call 218-583-2053.

Perham Pacers running club

The Perham Pacers Community Running Club is looking for people of all ages and abilities to join them Wednesday night's this summer.

The Pacers will meet at Arvig Park every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. through Sugust 29 for a training runs varying from two to eight miles around the Cal Miller Bike Path, Paul Miller Park and the Perham High School cross country course at the Pioneer Grounds.

The cost to run every Wednesday is $1 to cover costs for gatorade and prizes given each week.

If you have any questions, please contact Morris at 218-346-7117 or Brent Hanson at 218-346-4614 for details.

'Average Jo' June 30

The 4th Annual Average Jo Triathlon will be held this Saturday, June 30. The race begins, transitions and ends at Paul Miller Park, north of Perham. The Average Jo's will start the race in the water at 9 a.m.

The race consists of a 1/3 mile swim in Little Pine Lake, followed by a 12-mile bike ride around Little Pine, topped off by a 3.8 mile run around the Cal Miller Bike Trail.

Awards will be given to 1-2-3 places in six age categories plus several other awards.

Call Kinship at 346-7102 or e-mail for more information.

Perham Summer Jam Basketball Camp July 16-19

The Perham Summer Jam Basketball Camp will take place July 16-19 at Prairie Wind Gymnasium.

The camp, run by Perham basketball coaches Dave Cresap and Brian Schwantz, will be open to boys and girls in grades 1-8 (based on the current school year).

Campers will learn the game of basketball through fundamental instruction, contests and daily games.

Cost of the camp will be $25, which includes a t-shirt and awards. Kids can sign-up on the first day of camp.

Pre-registrations can be sent to: Dave Cresap, 480 Coney Street, Perham, MN 56573. Check can be made to Dave Cresap or Brian Schwantz. For more information, contact coach Cresap at 346-1728.

Guidebook to identify Minnesota trees

The National Arbor Day Foundation has a resource available to help an average person identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process.

"What Tree is That?" is a useful, 72-page pocket guidebook that helps distinguish different characteristics of many species of trees in Minnesota and Eastern and Central regions of the United States. The book also includes dozens of detailed drawings, which accurately illustrate the specific shapes and textures of different leaves, needles, acorns, berries, seed pods, cones and other identifying features.

To obtain a tree identification guide, send your name and address and $3 for each guide to: "What Tree Is That", The National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at

Private tennis

lessons available

Former New York Mills and St. John's tennis standout Neil Koehler is offering private tennis lessons this summer.

Koehler, a United States Tennis Association (USTA) member, will be offering lessons for $20 per hour.

For more information, call 385-3243, or 218-371-6915.

NYM football camp

The New York Mills Eagles high school football team has scheduled camps next month for athletes in grades 7-12.

Football players in grades 9-12 will have camp July 10, 12, 17 and 19. Players in grades 7-9 will have camp July 24-26.

The camp will be held at Smith Field at 6:30 p.m. on all nights.

High Stakes for Hospice Golf Tourney July 16

On Monday, July 16, Maple Hills Golf Course will be hosting the 18th Annual charity golf tournament to raise funds for Hospice of the Red River Valley in Detroit Lakes and the surrounding areas.

Over the past 17 years, close to $100,000 has been raised by this tournament and that doesn't include the good will and fun the day generates. When the tournament began in 1989, only a handful were helped on their journeys by hospice. In 2006, the Detroit Lakes office served over 190 patients and families.

This year, the tournament committee is calling the event High Stakes for Hospice! Prizes and play will center on a cards theme. Prizes will be awarded both for skill and fun. The generosity of the community allows golfers to be assured that their $50 registration fee goes directly to providing hospice services to patients and families.

Registration will begin at 3 p.m. for the 4-person, 9-hole scramble. Play starts at 4 p.m. Cost is $50 per golfer or $200 per team. For more information, or to register (by July 6, please!) call 218-847-9493,, or stop by the Hospice of the Red River Valley office at 1102 W River Rd, Detroit Lakes.