Sept. 27th, 2014   Itasca/Headwaters 100 Bike Ride - Park Rapids, MN
Itasca/Headwaters 100 Bike Ride

Contact Information:
Shannon Barnett (218) 255-1322

September 13th, 2014 @ 8am   Jacobson Fall Colors Fun Ride - Jacobson Community Center 65534 Great River Road Jacobson, MN
Event Description
September 13, 2014 the Jacobson Community Center is sponsoring a bicycle ride for all ages and skill levels. Bike the 25 miles of the scenic Great River Road from the Jacobson Community Center to Palisade and back, or any distance in between. Proceeds from the event go to the maintenance of the community center, so tell all your friends to get their bikes, blades or skates ready.

This is not a race, so come prepared for a friendly, relaxing ride along the Mississippi river on one of her most beautiful sections. No rider is too slow since you can ride as little or as far as you like and turnaround when you like. Fast rider? You can challenge your personal best against friends or the clock. All are welcome!

Preregistration​, $25 ages 12 and over, $15 under 12 years of age. http://www.jaco​bsonnews.com/fu​n-ride-septembe​r-13-2014/

Contact Person
Marsha Loscheider
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Aug. 7th - 9th, 2014   Legends & Logging Days - Park Rapids, MN
Legends & Logging Days Events:

Water Wars
Festivities kick off with Water Wars at 6 pm Thursday on Main Street in Downtown Park Rapids. Teams sign up to battle it out for bragging rights and ownership of the "Loony Traveling Trophy" for the year. Then grab a chair and stay for music at 2nd Street.

Lumberjack Show and Interactive Camp
World Champion Lumberjacks and Lumberjills demonstrate wood chopping, sawing, ax throwing and more, reminiscent of the days when pioneers came to the north woods to make a living and stayed to build our towns.

A wristband gets you into the action and events both Friday and Saturday at the Tractor Grounds (kids under 12 admitted free) for family activities including a historical homestead, logging demonstrations, a pre-1840 Rendezvous encampment, archery/tomahawk competition, interactive camps and more.

Master Chainsaw Artists
Sculptors being their masterpieces early Friday morning. Right before your eyes the sawdust flies and huge logs begin too shape into beautiful pieces of art. Final touches are put on Saturday morning before they're put up for auction to the highest bidders in the afternoon.

Loon calling and more...
Visitors are invited to enjoy loon calling contests, a Saturday morning Loggers Breakfast and food on site both days.

Aug. 2nd, 2014 @ 8am   Great River Energy - Mesabi Trail Bike Tour '14 - Itasca County Fairgrounds, 1336 Fairgrounds Rd, Grand Rapids, MN
The Ride
The Great River Energy Mesabi TrailSM Tour is a day-long event designed for families and serious trail riders alike. Four starting points allow riders to customize their routes anywhere from 13 to 67 miles. At the end of the day the event culminates with an outdoor picnic and concert. Whichever starting point you choose, you'll encounter historic and scenic points of interest, with plenty of fun stops with food and musical entertainment along the way. To make the deal even sweeter, transportation from the finish to your starting point for you and your bike is on us.

2014 Route - Starting in Fayal Township (Eveleth) and ending in Coleraine.


Aug. 1st - 3rd, 2014   Riverboat Days - Aitkin, MN
The Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome you to attend Riverboat Days from August 1st to August 3rd. Community events all over the city including the Music at the Library, craft show at the American Legion, Rib Cook-off at the Riverside Pub, Kiddie and Grand Parade Downtown, and the Street Dance at the Riverside Pub. A Little something for everyone on this tradition.

Location : Downtown Aitkin
Contact : 218-927-2316, Chamber office

Aug. 1st - 3rd, 2014   Lake Itasca Family Music Fetsival 2014 - Itasca State Park, MN
9th Annual Lake Itasca Music Festival
August 1,2,3,(Starts Friday 5 PM Ends Sunday 1 PM
Admission (Rain or Shine) Weekend pass $20; Family weekend Pass $65.00; Friday $10; Saturday $15,
Rough Camping $10 RV Camping (no hook-ups) $20;

Music Festival located at Lake Itasca MN (on Pioneer Farmers' grounds by north entrance to Itasca AState Park MN #200

July 30th to Aug. 2nd 2014   Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival - Bemidji, MN - Lake Bemdji
The Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival will feature three days of fun for the entire family.

After all, its not just about Dragon Boat racing! Festival activities will include great food, music, kids activities, a parade of teams, cultural performances and much more all along the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji.
Join us at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront

Enjoy a weekend of entertaining events, fantastic food, and great Dragon Boat practices and races! You don't want to miss out on this great Bemidji Community Tradition!

Stop by for lunch or dinner at the Sanford Heath of Northern Minnesota Annual Meal from 11am-7pm. Only $7 per person! While you enjoy your meal, watch teams practice for an exciting weekend of Dragon Boat racing!

Kick off Dragon Boat weekend with the 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament! All proceeds go to the Beltrami County Relay for Life! Only $20 per team!
Register your team online now!

While taking part in the Cornhole Tournament, enjoy Mix 103.7's LIVE remote broadcast! Enjoy great food from the food court and watch teams practice from the Dragon's Den Patio!

Dragon's Den open from: 5pm-12am
Food Court open from: 5pm-9pm

Friday, August 2

After the Parade of Teams, head into the Dragon's Den! Enjoy the music of Crosswater! A band from the great city of Bemidji! Dance the night away and gear up for Saturday's race day!

Dragon's Den open from: 12pm-12am
Food Court open from:10am-9pm

Saturday, August 3

RACE DAY! Enjoy the races, great beverages, food, music and more all day! Watch the final heat and celebrate another great festival while you enjoy the music from FUSE!

Dragon's Den open from: 12pm-12am
Food Court open from: 10am-9pm

July 19th and 20th 2014 - 10 am to 5 pm   Art in the Park Bemidji (Beltrami County) - Bemidji, MN
The BCAC annual Art in the Park has been appealing to local residents and visitors from all over the country since 1967. This juried fine arts and craft fair located in downtown Bemidji on the shores of Lake Bemidji in beautiful, tree lined Library Park and boasts an annual attendance of over 8,ooo visitors during this two day event. Situated just north of the famous statues of Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and the Tourist Information Center, Art in the Park features over 100 artists, a dozen food vendors and live entertainment all within easy reach and walking distance to our downtown and all its amenities. Youll find art galleries, live theatre, shopping, dining, plenty of parking and places to stay.

2014 dates set!! Hosted by the Bemidji Community Art Center, the annual Art in the Park will celebrate 47 years in 2014.

July 17th, 2014 @ 9pm   Mississippi Melodie Showboat - Banks of the Mississippi River Grand Rapids, MN
Grand Rapids Showboat does a variety show with vaudville type performances. The Grand Rapids Showboat performances have been every summer, the last three weekends in July, for the past fifty plus years. The performances are colorful, with a variety of song, dance and skits. The show is all performed by local talent of volunteers. Our goal is to bring entertainment to our audiences, when they smile, we have accomplished what we intended. The cost is low enough for the whole family to come and enjoy!

Performances are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Show starts at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission. On site concession and fresh popcorn!


July 11th - 13th, 2014   Deer River Wild Rice Festival - Deer River, MN
For more than 60 years the Deer River area has celebrated the World's Largest Wild Rice Festival. Originally, the festival was established to bring the community together to celebrate the abundance of one of the area's natural staples, wild rice. Though wild rice still grows abundantly in some of the area lakes and rivers, the advent of "paddy rice" which is grown commercially and harvested mechanically, has made the once regional product a national available commodity.

Like the rice itself, the Wild Rice Festival has evolved as well. Today's wild rice festivals sponsored by the Deer River Lions Club feature a full schedule of activities designed to bring the whole Deer River Area Community together for a weekend of fun, food, entertainment, and fellowship. Whether you are young or old, there is always something to see and do at the festival.

The 2014 Wild Rice Festival will be held July 11th - 13th. To see what we have in store for you this year, click on the Schedule tab above. The schedule will change regularly between now and July, so be sure to check it often. We are sure that this years World's Largest Wild Rice Festival will be the best one yet.

July 2nd - 6th, 2014   Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival - Bemidji, MN - Lake Bemidji Waterfront
70th Annual Bemidji Jaycees Watercarnival Midway, food vendors, beer and entertainment tent, kiddie parade, and more Fireworks Friday, July 4th at dusk Parade Sunday, July 6th 1 P.M.

June 28th/29th 2014   Fishing Has No Boundries - Bemidji, MN - Lake Bemidji Waterfront
Annual recreational fishing opportunity for all anglers with disabilities regardless of their age, race, gender, or disability. http://www.fhnbinc.org/bemidji.html

6/21/2014 - CANCELED!!!! Water too high!   Canoe Days - Canoe/Kayak Regatta on the Upper Mississippi River - CANCELED!!! - Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, MN - CANCELED!!!
Enjoy a casual canoe trip down a 7 mile peaceful stretch of the Mississippi River! Guides and interpreters will be available.

Launch time is 11am, with arrival anticipated at Crow Wing State Park at about 1:30pm.

The Crow Wing County Muzzleloaders will demonstrate life skills {10am - 3pm} from the 1820s to the 1850s at an authentic Fur Trade encampment in the group camp at Crow Wing State Park.

Shuttle service from the State Park back to Brainerd will be provided (for canoeists, not canoes) from 1 - 3:30 pm

Meeting Location:

Kiwanis Park on the Mississippi River, Brainerd, Minnesota

Directions: From St. Cloud, take Hwy. 10 north. At Little Falls, take Hwy. 371 / North Baxter. At Hwy. 371 and College Drive, turn right. Cross the Mississippi River and turn right. The Kiwanis Park is on the east side of the river and the south side of College Drive.

Time: 10:00 a.m. gather at Kiwanis Park, Brainerd with an 11:00 a.m. launch. We should arrive at Crow Wing State Park around 2:00 p.m. CWSP is sponsoring the annual Canoe Day & Fur Trade Encampment" event the same day. Events will be set up throughout the park for visitors, whether arriving by boat, car, or bicycle. 3124 State Park Rd. Brainerd, MN, 218.825.3075. Crow Wing County Land Services Dept. is providing shuttle service from 1-3:30 p.m. to transport people (not canoes) from the State Park to Kiwanis Park.

Contact Paul Roth (Crow Wing State Park) for more information or questions: (218) 825-3075 - http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/crow_wing/index.html

Registration limit: No limit - all are welcome!
What to bring: Bring your own canoe / kayak, paddles and PFDs (life preservers) in accordance with Minnesota state law. Watch the weather and dress appropriately. We suggest you bring a sack lunch, hat, drinking water, insect repellent, and binoculars.

Rain or shine: Bring clothing to accommodate the weather forecast

Difficulty: Moderate rowing/paddling skills for the 7-mile trip are suggested. (Trip takes about 3-hours rowing/paddling or longer if "floating").

June 20th - 21st, 2014   Little Falls Dam Festival - Maple Island Park, Little Falls, MN
The best Dam Festival in Minnesota is held annually the third weekend of June in Little Falls, Minnesota at Maple Island Park. The Little Falls Dam Festival focuses on the history and heritage of the Little Falls area in connection with Mississippi River and the dam, which has supplied waterpower to central Minnesota for over 150 years. The festival celebrates the culture heritage of Minnesota with a living history encampments, tempting food booths, Dam Idol Contest, childrens games and activities. A Parade, street dance (Friday & Saturday), fireworks and much more. Admission is FREE! For more information call (800) 325-5916.

For a complete listing of activities contact Becky McClain (320) 360-1250.

June 16th to 21st 2014   Bemidji Library Book Festival Bemidji (Beltrami County) - Bemidji, MN Library
Rates: Admission if free, workshops require pre-registration
Admission if free, workshops require pre-registrationLess
Date(s): Jun 16, 2014 - Jun 21, 2014The Bemidji Library Book Festival features a week-long stellar line-up of award winning authors and presenters and workshops of children's and adult literature.

Festival made possible by Legacy Amendment Funding

June 14th, 2014   River Rat 5K Run - Belle Prairie Park, Little Falls, MN
Join us for the River Rat 5K Run or Walk. The course is flat and fast, great for competitive runner and the recreational jogger alike. Walkers are also encouraged to participate. Prize drawings, t-shirts, age group awards and refreshments are some of the amenities at the River Rat Run / Walk. We also host a FREE 1/2 mile Fun Run, great for younger children. Visit our website at http://www.riverrat5krun.com

Saturday, June 15
River Rat Run / Walk
7:00 - 8:15 am Registration
8:30 am 5K Run / Walk
9:15 am Fun Run

June 14th - Aug. 31st, 2014   Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center - Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center, Marcell , MN
Event Description
Environmental Education programs suited for all ages, several times a week during the summer at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center in Marcell, MN.

Contact Person
Tim Johnson
Contact Phone
Contact Email

May 5th, 2014 @ 6:30 pm   Paving Stones & Retaining Walls - Bagley, MN
Learn the techniques to build brick patios, garden walks, brick driveways, retaining walls, and planters.

Class will be held at Room 403 at Bagley High School

Fee is $10 Individual / $12 Couple

For more information or to register for class contact Bagley Community Education - 218-694-3232 or ceducation@bagley.k12.mn.us

May 3rd - 4th, 2014   Cuyuna Agate and Mineral Show - 12th Annual - Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, Brainerd, MN
12th Annual Cuyuna Agate and Mineral Show

Over 50 vendors, indoor and outdoor. Vendors, exhibits, crafts, arts, jewelry, demonstrations, displays, flint knappers, Ask-the-Wizard of Rocks, Kids Korner activities. Door prizes, rock cutting, great concessions.

Date/Time Information:
Saturday, May 3, 2013: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 4, 2013: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact Information:

April 29th at 6:30 pm   Gardens that Grow! - Tree Grafting - Connie Shegrud's home
Enjoy an evening learning the technique of whip and tongue grafting apple trees. You will need a sharp short knife to practice getting scion wood for the graft. No other supplies needed.

Class is held at Connie Shegrud's home (South of Bagley - Directions will be provided upon registration)

Fee is $5 for individuals, $8 for couples

Register for class by contacting Bagley Community Education - 218-694-3232 or ceducation@bagley.k12.mn.us

April 2nd, 2014 ---- 9 am to Noon   Mississippi Headwaters Prioritization Planning Meeting - The Chase on the Lake - Walker, MN
The MHB is holding a meeting to learn about the Prioritization project that is being implemented throughout the Upper Mississippi Basin to develop implementation plans and strategies geared specifically for the Mississippi River and to incorporate them into the individual County Comprehensive Local Water Plans.

March 28th - May 3rd, 2014   Wings, Water and Wildflowers - Jaques Art Center, Aitkin
Jaques Art Center presents "Wings, Water and Wildflowers", a multimedia exhibit featuring the work of Nancy Hemstad Seaton and Betty Vos Hemstad

TBD   Take A Day Off (on the Mississippi River) - Sterns County Mississippi River Park, MN
FREE - Archery, fishing, hiking, fishing demos, kids games, art and more....all equipment provided

The event is brought to you by a partnership between Stearns County Soil and Water Conservations District (SWCD), Stearns County Parks, Benton County, St.Cloud State University and MN DNR with support from local sportsmens clubs and community volunteers.

Where: Stearns County Mississippi River Park-41300 County Road 1 (seven miles North of Sartell) When: TBD - 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Cost: FREE-ALL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED-NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY For More Information Contact: Kimberly Thielen Cremers, Stearns County SWCD @ 320-251-7800 ext. 161, or kimberly.tcremers@mn.nacdnet.net - --- DATE for 2014 is yet to be determined

Additional Features:
Designated Parking, Entertainment Children's, Entertainment Free, Food

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TBD   The Water Summit 2014 - Grand Rapids, MN -
--- DATE for 2014 is yet to be determined

June 2014 - exact date TBD - check the MNDNR site   Itasca State Park Open House - Bagley (Clearwater County) -
DATE for 2014 is yet to be determined chk the ISP WEB site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/itasca/index.html

TBD   Mississippi River Headwaters Gathering Little Falls (Morrison County) - Little Falls, MN
--- DATE for 2014 is yet to be determined

Grand Rapids - other dates and locations too   Legacy Destination/events 2014 - Varies
Grand Rapids, MN as well as other locations and dates. Check various Chambers for more details

--- DATE for 2014 is yet to be determined

TBD   Brainerd/Crow Wing State Park Canoe Day - Brainerd to Crow Wing State Park, MN
Crow Wing Canoe Day & Fur Trade Encampment

Held in June
Come join the fun! Meet at Kiwanis Park in Brainerd, MN. Bring your canoe and gear. Start time is 10:00 am. Canoe down the Mississippi River to Crow Wing State Park. The fur trade encampment is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Fur Trade Encampment
The Crow Wing County Muzzle Loaders set up an authentic fur trade era encampment at Crow Wing State Park. Whether you arrive by river or road, visitors are invited to tour the fur trade encampment and watch as the Crow Wing County Muzzle Loaders demonstrate how crafts of the pioneer era were made. Admission to the park is free this day.

Camping & Location
Sites are available at the park campgrounds. Crow Wing State Park is located nine miles south of Brainerd or 20 miles north of Little Falls, off of U.S. Highway 371. For more information call (218) 825-3075. --- DATE for 2014 is yet to be determined

Crow Wing County Land Services
Crow Wing County Muzzle Loaders
Department of Natural Resources
Friends of Old Crow Wing
Mississippi Headwaters Board

Brainerd to Crow Wing State Park Canoe Day offers great family fun starting at Kiwanis Park in Brainerd - near the Brainerd High School.

Canoes will be available for use, or bring your own. Free shuttle service available back to Brainerd.

Enjoy a (free) day at Crow Wing State Park with picnicking, trade/crafts, history and more. E-mail or call the Mississippi Headwaters Board for more information.

TBD   North County Arts & Craft Workshop - Bemidji, MN
38th year of high quality arts/crafts instruction, stimulating demonstrations, scenic setting, international foods menu, entertainment, performances and comradery. 45 classes to choose from! Open to men and women of all ages. Crafters Bazaar of vendors open each day See web site for class offerings and to register.. http://www.paulbunyan.net/northart/ 218-586-2884 --- DATE for 2014 is yet to be determined

TBD   State of the Mississippi River - Fort Snelling State Park, MN
State of the Mississippi River

Date: 2014 is yet to be determined

7 PM to 8 PM

Fort Snelling State Park

How is the health of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities? Is it safe to swim in it? Is water pollution improving? Can I eat the fish I catch? What can we do about Asian carp? How are bald eagles faring?

Friends of the Mississippi River and the National Park Service have teamed up to answer these questions in the first-ever "State of the River Report." Join us to hear the results!

Offered in partnership with the Twin Cities Chapter of the Minnesota Master Naturalists.

Take the Post Road exit off Highway 5 and follow the signs.

More Information:
Call (612) 725-2389 or Visitor Center (612) 725-2724.

Check back on dates and locations   Art in the Park - Various cities through out the summer



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