Area Events


Minnesota author Ames Sheldon will share her research on the experiences of female ambulance drivers during World War I on Tuesday, April 24th, from 6-7:30pm at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Sheldon will read from her novel, Eleanor's Wars, discuss her research, and sign copies of her book. General admission is $10 ($5 for HCSCC members). Refreshments will be provided.


The Climax Public Library is bringing popular children’s musician Siama to the library on Thursday, April 26th, 1:30pm to perform interactive music and storytelling for young children and their families, featuring his trademark Congolese guitar music. “Music with Siama and Dallas” is free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. All are welcome to come to the library for this performance.

The 15th Annual Intergenerational Health Fair will be held on Thursday, April 26th from 3:30-6:30pm at the Fosston High School gym. Health professionals, fraternal organizations, public health and social services will be in attendance with information on various health topics. 


Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Festival is Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th. Visit the studios of fiber artists along a route connecting Bemidji, Turtle River and Tenstrike, Minnesota. Witness the creative process of artists in mediums of weaving, basket making, Native American beading, knotting, macrame, quilting and felting and more.

The Empowered to Connect Conference, featuring two days of practical teaching to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children from hard places will be held on Friday, April 27th and Saturday April 28th from 8:30am-4:00pm. A simulcast of this conference will be shown at Hope Evangelical Free Church of Fertile. Lunch and refreshments provided both days. Register at (Up to 11 continuing education credits available for social workers, teachers, and other professionals.) For information, contact: Alyssa Johnson at 218.686.8082 or email

Good News Fellowship will be hosting a Next Generation Conference at Good News Fellowship Church in downtown Gary on Friday, April 27, 7:00pm and Sat. April 28 at 5:00pm. Ministering during the conference will be Tom Ramsey, youth pastor at Community Church and Tom Shanklin, from Mankato, Mn. Sat. begins at 5pm with at talent show at 5pm. followed by a service at 7pm. Pizza will be served during the talent show. Anyone wanting to participate in the talent show should call 356-8604. Everyone welcome.

The LPA Elementary Carnival will be held on Friday, April 27th from 6-8pm at the Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School in Audubon. There will be prizes, food, raffles, games and cakewalk.

The Ada Public Library is bringing popular children’s musician Siama to the library on Friday, April 27th, 2pm to perform interactive music and storytelling for young children and their families, featuring his trademark Congolese guitar music. “Music with Siama and Dallas” is free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. All are welcome to come to the library for this performance.


"Rick's Ride" - a benefit for Rick Olson will be held on Saturday, April 28th from 4-8pm at the American Legion in Lake Park. The event features a dinner, bake sale, silent auction, prizes, and a comedy show featuring Joe Olson at 4:30pm. The Eksjo Youth Group will be offering child care from 4-8pm at the Lake Park City Center, with a free will donation accepted.

Fisher High School Prom will be April 28th with Grand March starting at 7:30 p.m.

Female Scientists will be the featured topic during Kids’ Science Day on on Saturday, April 28, from 1-4pm at the Comstock House in Moorhead. The day of exploring science will begin with five stations where costumed teachers discuss both Victorian and 20th century female scientists. Kids will then have a chance to do an activity exploring those scientists' work. The cost is $5 for each child, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults with children will be admitted free of charge.

St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Audubon's Annual Fish Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 28th from 4-7pm. A free will offering will be accepted for the meal, which is all-you-can-eat. This is in conjunction with the St Peter's Annual Rummage and Plant Sale which will be held from 8am-7pm. Coffee, barbecues, bars, and homemade donuts will be available during the rummage and plant sale. (19747 County Hwy 6, Audubon)

Ada-Borup School Surplus Materials Garage Sale April 28th 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Bus Garage Storage Building at the Ada-Borup School in Ada. All items purchased must be removed at that time - everything as is, no holds. Desks, Cabinets, Shelves, Carts, Kitchen Items, & More.

The 24th Annual Fertile Agassiz Dunes Bowhunter 3-D Shoot will be held on Saturday, April 28th, from 8am-5pm and Sunday, April 29th from 8am-4pm. The event features 30 life-size targets set in the Fertile Sand Hills. Entry fee is $20 for adults, $10 for second round, $10 for youth ages 12-17, free for under age 12. Sponsored by the Fertile Conservation Club.

The Mudslingers OHV Club is sponsoring ATV Safety Training on Saturday, April 28th, 10am at the Ada Fire Hall. To attend, participants must go to the Minnesota DNR website ( and complete the online safety course. To register for the class, contact Glen Visser at 218-415-0190.


The Norman County West FFA will have their Awards Banquet and the Celebration of a Legacy will be held Monday, April 30th at the NCW High School in Halstad beginning at 6:30pm. A free will donation meal will consist of pork loin, potato, vegetable, dinner roll, and dessert. RSVP by email: or phone: 218-456-2814 by April 12th.

The Gary Fire Department is having a Gun Raffle and Dance on Friday, April 30th at Who's Place in Gary, beginning at 6:30pm. There will be games for guns, wine, meat and other prizes from 6:30-10pm with a dance to follow. Music by Alex Schmalenberg. ($5 cover charge at the door).

“Music with Siama and Dallas” will be held on Monday, April 30th at the Fertile-Beltrami School at 6pm. Popular children’s musician Siama will be performing perform interactive music and storytelling for young children and their families, featuring his trademark Congolese guitar music. The event is free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. All are welcome to come to the library for this performance.


Gloria Dei Youth Group is having an Italian Supper on Wednesday, May 2nd from 5-8pm at Gloria Dei Church in Felton. The menu includes: Spaghetti, meatballs, alfredo, breadsticks, salad and dessert. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 & under. Take out orders available. Proceeds will benefit the Gloria Dei Youth who will be attending the National Youth Gathering in Houston.


The City of Ada spring clean-up will be held for three days: Thursday, May 3rd through Saturday, May 5th.  Bring your items to the Old City Hall parking lot on 4th Avenue from 5-8pm on Thursday, Noon-6pm on Friday and from 8am-4pm on Saturday. There is no charge for city residents. There will be five separate piles, including plaster/sheetrock, toilets, sinks, bathtubs; Small amounts of metal & steel items as well as small appliances; Mattresses, box springs, couches & other furniture; Household garbage items, toys, clothes, towels, vacuum cleaners; And microwaves, washers & dryers, water heaters & more. Appliances and white goods can be disposed of by residents free of charge. Bring your items to the Norman County Landfill Thursday, May 3rd through Saturday, May 5th between 8am-5pm. Refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, water heaters, furnaces, microwaves, grills, lawnmowers, computers and more will be accepted. Computer monitors and TVs will NOT be accepted for this collection. Any fluorescent bulbs must be removed. Free curbside pickup is available by calling Joe at 218-474-1496.

Norman County will be holding a Brown Goods Collection Thursday May 3rd through Saturday, May 5th at the Norman County Demolition Landfill (3291 County Highway 19) from 8am-5pm during these three days only. "Brown Goods" includes: televisions, computers, computer monitors, printers, VCRs, stereo equipment, small electrical appliances and microwave ovens. These items will be taken at no charge during this special collection for Norman County Residents only. For more information, call Glen Visser at 218-415-0190. 

As part of the City of Ada clean up week, residents can bring waste oil, oil filters and vehicle batteries at no charge to these local businesses: Kelly’s Chrysler Center & Lee Brothers Sales, Norman County Implement, Hwy 9 North, and Wes’ Truck Shop on Highway 200 East. City of Ada residents can also dispose of their used tires at Wes’ Truck Shop at no cost. Wheel rims must be removed. Residents must register in the office before dropping off the tires in the designated area. Tires can be dropped off Monday through Friday during the month of May from 8am-5pm.

The Climax-Shelly Elementary Spring Concert will be held on Friday, May 4th, beginning at 6:30pm

First Lutheran Church of Audubon is having a Yard-Sale-O-Rama on Thursday, may 3rd from 1-7pm, and Friday, May 4th from 7am-1pm. Lunch will be served.


The Climax-Shelly High School Spring Concert will be held on Friday, May 4th beginning at 6:30pm


The Ada-Borup Prom will be held on Saturday, May 5th. Grand March will be at 7:30pm.


The Fisher Elementary Band Concert will be on Thursday, May 10th, 7pm in the main gym at Fisher School. The concert will feature both 5th and 6th grade band performers. Each band will play some short selections separately and then they will combine together to perform larger works. Featured selections include: Dragon Slayer by Rob Grice and Star Wars by John Williams arr. by Carl Strommen


The Climax-Shelly High School Spring Play will be presented on Friday, May 11th at 7pm, Saturday, May 12th at 7pm, and Sunday, May 13th at 2pm


The Lake Park-Audubon Prom will be held on Saturday, May 12th at the LPA High School. Grand March is at 5:30pm.

Clean Up Day for the cities of Climax and Nielsville will be on Saturday, May 12th. Items such as couches, chairs, carpet, mattresses, box springs, appliances, tires, TVs and computers will be taken for a small charge. Please have the items out by 7:30am. For more information, contact Regional Sanitation at 218-281-6441.


The Borup Community Club's Annual Mother's Day Smelt Fry will be held on Sunday, May 13th from 11am-1pm at the Borup Community Hall. The menu includes: smelt, Alaskan Pollock, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, French bread, potato salad, beverage and dessert. A free will donation will be accepted.


Ada Lion's are now taking orders for the 2018-19 Lion's Calendar. Order forms are available at all three banks in Ada (American Federal, Frandsen, Bank of the West), and at the Ada-Borup High School Office. Cost is $10 per calendar. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to supporting community projects and youth groups. Order forms are due by May 15th.


The 21st annual Festival of Birds will be held in Detroit Lakes from Wednesday, May 16th through Saturday, May 19th.


Climax-Shelly High School's Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 2pm

Hawley's Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Residential Electronics Collection will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 8am-Noon at the Hawley Recycling Center.


The Lace 'Em Up Basketball Camp will be held in Red Lake Falls Monday, June 4th through Friday, June 8th. Grades 6-11 will be from 8am-11am. Grades K-6 will be from Noon-3:30pm. Cost is $60 per student or $100 per family.


Gary Days will be held on Saturday, June 16th. More information to come.


The Norman County Fair will be held Wednesday, June 20th through Saturday, June 23rd at the Norman County Fairgrounds in Ada.


A Benefit for Keith Francis has been set for Saturday, June 23rd, from 1-6pm at Pinehurst Resort. A spaghetti feed will be served from 1-4pm, with a free will offering accepted. Other activities include prize raffles, games and silent auction. Monetary donations can be sent to: Midwest Bank, C/O Keith Francis Benefit, PO Box 68, Waubun, MN 56589


The 2018 Fosston High School All-School Reunion will be July 4th-7th. Search for Fosston High School Reunion on Facebook to view tentative events planned.

A PRCA Rodeo & PBR Bull Ride will be held in Park Rapids on Wednesday, July 4th through Saturday, July 7th. The Headwaters Rodeo is Minnesota's largest professional rodeo event in 2018. The world's top professional PRCA roughneck riders and toughest livestock go ahead to head in Park Rapids to qualify for points at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Also collecting points will be Barrel Racers from the WPRA, plus aerial shows by MOTO X Cycles from the X Games competition and the hottest dances under the log pavilion nightly.


The 20th Annual East Polk County Relay For Life will be held on Thursday, July 5th in Fosston.


Dilworth Loco Daze will be Sunday, July 22nd through Sunday, July 29th. Celebrate one of the Red River Valley's most entertaining events offered for young and old alike.