Area Events


There will be a Benefit for Sheila Lewis on Sunday, February 25th from 11am-2pm at the Ada-Borup High School Commons. The event includes a pork tenderloin meal and silent auction.

Norman County West FFA will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 25th from 7-11am at the Norman Co West High School Small Gym in Halstad. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. A free will donation will be accepted. Everyone is welcome

Flom and Area Lions will be hosting a Pancake Brunch on Sunday February 25th from 9am-1pm at the Flom Community Hall. It is a Post-Prom Party Fundraiser for Norman County East & Ulen-Hitterdal High Schools. The menu includes: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, and Potatoes. A free will donation will be accepted.

The McDonald School of Irish and International Dance will perform at 3:30pm on Sunday, February 25th, at the Carnegie Building in Crookston (120 North Ash Street). A lecture and demonstration will include an opportunity for the audience to participate.  After the performance, there will be Irish treats served. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Mahnomen American Legion Post 31 is sponsoring a Pancake Feed and Silent Auction on Sunday, February 25th from 10am to 1pm. Donations appreciated (minimum of $5 per plate). Silent auction items will be awarded at 12:30pm.


U of M Extension and the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership will host a Market for Local Foods Workshop on Wednesday, February 28th, from 9am-2:30pm in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center at the U of M-Crookston. This free workshop is open to the public. Lunch will be available in Brown Dining Room for $5 per person. The workshop will offer several informational sessions and networking opportunities with growers, farmers markets, and community connections across northwest Minnesota. For more information, contact Anna Peterson at 218-281-8699 or


The 10th Annual Wild Game Feed will be on Thursday, March 1st at Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Barnesville from 4:30-7:30pm (or until it's gone). The menu includes: Colorado Rocky Mountain Elk Roast, Roast Leg of Texas Dall Sheep, Barbecued Elk Ribs, Elk Swiss Steak & Gravy, Coloray Rocky Mountain Spicy Elk Meatloaf, Savory Swedish Elk Meatballs & Gravy, Texas Wild Hog Pulled Pork, Hunter's Bourbon Stew, Lime Tequila Javelina on Tortillas, all served with mashed potatoes, gravy, bread & butter. Appetizers will include: Pheasant Wild Rice Soup, Elk Summer Sausage, Whitetail Deer Beer Sticks, Venison Sausage in BBQ sauce, Deer Jerky. A free will offering will be accepted. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds will be donated to Our Savior's Lutheran Brotherhood projects.

A Blood Drive will be held in Ada on Thursday, March 1st. Call Renee Hedman at 784-2424 to make an appointment.


The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association will be hosting a Candlelight Ski and Owl Prowl event at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Erskine, MN on Friday, March 2nd. The Rydell NWR Visitor Center will be open throughout the event which will run from 6-9pm. Although all five of Rydell NWR’s trails will be open for cross country skiing or snowshoeing, Golden Pond and Church Lake trails will be groomed and lighted for this event. Luminaries will be distributed along these two trails, however, it is recommended that visitors bring along a headlamp, if they have one, just in case it’s cloudy and there is minimal moonlight. Multiple owl calling stations will be set up where the calls of several owl species will be projected into the woods to try and generate a response. Several pairs of adult and child size skis, as well as snowshoes, will be available for visitors to use. With any questions or to reserve equipment, call Lisa Wiersma at 218-687-2229 x10. If temperatures are below zero or wind chills are in the double-digits below zero, the event will be cancelled and potentially rescheduled at a later date.


Red River Valley Sportsmen's Club of Perley's Mixed Stag will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at the Clubhouse.

The Fourth Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally at Lake Bemidji State Park will be held on Saturday, March 3rd. The main event begins at 11 a.m. with a mass start on Lake Bemidji and then heads into Lake Bemidji State Park and up the Rocky Point Trail. Riders can choose from a 10K or 28K route. Anyone interested in this new winter sport will have the opportunity to ride the course, check out various fat bikes, learn about the sport by talking with experts and take a short spin in the snow on one of the “big fatties.” The Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park will offer food and refreshments at the visitor center. The course will be closed until the official start time. After the event, the course will be open to biking until 4 p.m. The park will also be open to fat biking on Sunday, March 4. Participants must have 3.8-inch tires and wear a helmet. The event and activities are free, but participants are encouraged to make a free-will donation to the Trek North Middle and High School Mountain Bike Teams. A Minnesota state parks vehicle permit ($7/one-day or $35/year-round) is required to enter the park.

The tenth annual Project Linus “Make a Blanket Day” of the Norman/Mahnomen Counties Chapter will be held on March 3, 2018 at the Good News Fellowship Church in Gary from 9am-4pm. Quilts for children in need will be assembled.  All interested volunteers are invited to attend. Materials will be provided to assemble quilts and blankets. Volunteers may bring new materials and supplies such as fleece or cotton fabric, batting, thread and scissors, also.  Volunteers are welcome to bring any quilts they have completed at this time, as well. Blankets and quilts will be donated to local hospitals, social services and other agencies which serve children. For more information about “Make A Blanket Day” and to learn more about Project Linus, please contact Kay Oakland at 218-356-8718, or visit the website at


Essentia Health-Fosston will hold forum on opioid abuse, “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8th, at New Journey Church, 505 Ninth St. NW, Fosston. It’s open to residents, community leaders, law enforcement, health officials and faith groups. A light supper will be provided free of charge. RSVP to Lynae Finseth at 218-435-7660 or Carrie Danielson at 218-435-7661. The forum will feature health care professionals, including an Essentia physician, a massage therapist and a chiropractor/acupuncturist. Also participating are members of the Polk County Drug Task Force, Northwest Mental Health, Polk County Public Health and Clearwater Life services. There will be information on Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.


Knight's of Columbus Council 8280 is hosting a Walleye Fish Fry with ice Cream Sundae Bar on Friday, March 23rd from 5-7pm at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Ada. Everyone is welcome.


The 2018 Norman County East Family & Community Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 4th from 5-7pm at the NCE High School in Twin Valley. Booth setup will start at 4 pm. Booth space is free. You can register for your booth space online by going to


The 51st Annual Hawley Art Show & Sale will be held Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th at the Hawley Community Center. All artists are welcome to enter their artwork to be displayed & judged. For more information, contact Sandy Maydole at 218-483-3296 or Donna Noll at 218-483-4238. Entry days will be April 7th & 8th.


Trinity Lutheran Church of Beltrami will be hosting a Hot Beef Dinner on Sunday, April 15th from 4-7pm at the church. The menu includes: hot beeff, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and homemade dessert. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-10, and free for preschoolers. Takeout orders available. There will also be a quilt sale, bake sale and raffle baskets.


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.