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Aitkin’s “Classics First” Book Club has been meeting since late 2003. By the end of 2014, they will have read 203 classic books. All genres have been included and some of the classics are newer, yet exhibit literary qualities sure to withstand the test of time.

Classics First meets monthly in the Aitkin Public Library and the current book is posted at the library for anyone to join the group.

Click here to see the list of books the “Classics First” book club has read.

For more on how to start or participate in a book club, see LCJ’s November/December issue, page 20.



By Grace Bymark

Earbuds plugged in and Spotify wide open on my desktop, I am ready to listen to the artists attending Deerwood's Storyhill Fest. On August 29–31, at Clearwater Forest Camp in Deerwood, the fest provides music all three evenings. Included are a variety of upcoming and well-known artists from all over the country, plus music from Storyhill themselves. The genre is folk style, ranging from acoustic pop to some sounds bordering on country.

Every year, Storyhill's goal is to make this a unique and intimate musical experience for its audience, with camping and other lodging to create plenty of time to appreciate the up-north environment. During the three-day event, activities such as guided kayak trips, nature hikes, and big campfires are provided to entice all ages into the beauty Deerwood has to offer.

Take time to appreciate a little gem of a fest this August. Unplug your earbuds, come up, camp, and listen to really good, live music.

Full festival camping passes include camping/lodging, full camp access, all performances and activities. Group and individual day passes also are available.
For more information about Storyhill Fest, visit



Live Performances Flourish in Lake Country

By Tenlee Lund

Never doubt what a small group of dedicated individuals can accomplish. Through the efforts of several groups throughout Lake Country, we can experience a variety of live performances and venues — from drama to comedy to musicals, from dinner theater to youth camps, offering onstage to backstage opportunities for all ages.

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So this is the summer you’re going to try taking your children camping, but you’ve never camped before? Countless questions keep you from taking the plunge—from where to set up camp and what to bring to how to start a campfire once you get there.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has just what you need!
Their “I Can Camp” program holds one or two night sessions at various state parks across Minnesota. Their I Can Camp staff will be on hand 24/7 to answer your questions and assist with anything you need from meals to entertaining activities.

One-night programs are $40; two-night programs are $60 (up to six people per tent). A Minnesota State Parks one-day permit is included. Advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, visit: