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Entertainment briefs - July 13 edition

Summer buckle series competitions slated July, August

The 2017 Summer Buckle Series, sponsored by the River Trail Riders Saddle Club, will hold two competitions in July and August. The competition dates will be July 16 and Aug. 13 beginning at 9 a.m.

There will be five divisions: PeeWee (10 and under), Junior (11-13), Intermediate (14-17), Senior (18-34) and Senior plus (35 and up). Ten buckles will be awarded. Competitive events include showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, barrels, jumping, speed dash, key race, pole weaving and many other events. Registration id $5/single or $10/double.

For more information, call Ashley Koning at (218) 639-3917.

Sounds of Spirit Lake concert set for July 21, 28.

The Sounds of Spirit Lake concert series continues with two concerts in July. Monroe Crossing will perform Friday, July 21, while Murphy Brother's Band will perform July 28. Monroe Crossing is a Bluegrass band performing classic country. Murphy Brother's Band entertains with classic 60's rock.

All concerts are held Friday night from 7-9 p.m. at the Spirit Lake beach. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair. There will be food available on site. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved to the Menahga high school.

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Book launch July 16 features Lina Belar and Elisa Korenne

Lina Belar will celebrate the launch of her first chapbook of poetry, "Rural Score," published by Finishing Line Press, on Sunday, July 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Green Island in Wadena.

Elisa Korenne will join Belar to present two mini-programs of readings, songs and stories at 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Korenne is a local singer-songwriter-storyteller and the author of "Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story," published by North Star Press.

Green Island is a perfect place to have the launch of a book with the name of "Rural Score." The park-like grounds of this former family farm would be inspiration for anyone to write their own poems and you are invited to do so.

Both authors will have books for sale. Come meet the authors, enjoy a poetry walk, listen to live music or just relax in this beautiful setting. Refreshments will be available. There is no charge for the event but reservations are requested.

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Class of 1977 reunion held July 22

The Wadena High School Class of 1977 will hold its 40th Reunion on Saturday, July 22 at the Whitetail Run Golf Course beginning at 5 p.m. A class photo will be taken at 5:30 p.m.

We would like to extend an invitation to any faculty and staff members who would like to reminisce with the 1977 class members. In addition, we would like to invite friends from 1976 and 1978 to stop out to visit as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Schloeder Gress at (218) 371-1341.