The Wicked Cherrywood Challenge. It has nothing to do with wood—it is a contest put on by Karla Overland, a local, hand-dyed fabric supplier. In an effort to exhibit the work of talented quilt artisans from around the country, Overland, of Cherrywood Fabrics in Brainerd, has assigned a Wicked theme to the contest, named after the Broadway musical. The directions said all artists were to make a small quilt using the same colors and dimensions. The quilt artists who entered the contest used their individual interpretations to create quilts based on the musical, as well as broader applications with an overall theme of “wicked.”

Overland will display all Wicked entries at the "Q" Gallery in the Franklin Arts Center, August 1–2. The August 1st opening reception is from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. and features Wicked music and refreshments. Contest winners and Viewer's Choice awards will be announced. The exhibit remains open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday for all to experience this display of fabric expression. Both the reception and the exhibit are open to the public and all are welcome to join and appreciate these works of art. Overland says she is thrilled with the entries she has already received and impressed with the workmanship of the contestant’s quilts.

Franklin Arts Center, Q Gallery, 1001 Kingwood Street, Room #222, Brainerd.


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:



Some tournaments are specifically bass.
Here you will find most of the bass tournaments on a state and national level.
In the world of Bass Tournaments there are generally about five categories distinguishing types of tournaments and level of expertise of the people who fish them. www.classicbass.com lists all tournaments, tournament results, etc.

Category 1
~Clubs, Derbies, One-Time Events, Community Events, Fundraisers
~Usually 2 or more anglers per team
~Open to all levels

Category 2
~Leagues, Weekly Series
~1 or 2 Angler Team
~Level: Experienced
~1 Day

Category 3
~Circuit Tournaments: 4-6 or more competitions, at various locations, all under the same umbrella name, often capped off with a championship.
~2 Angler Team
~1 - 2 day event
    -NABC North American Bass Circuit
    -Full Throttle Bass
    -Bass Classic
    -Denny’s Super 30

Category 4
~ Invitationals
~Professional/Amateur (Amateur is drawn randomly to be paired up with pro.)
~Very Experienced
~Usually 2 -3 days
~Held at a National Level with a few Minnesota events
     -Bass Master Open
    -FLW Everstart

Category 5
~Top Level Pro
~Professional/Amateur (Amateur is drawn randomly to be paired up with pro.)
~Extremely Experience: Has major sponsorship. Has become his/her career
~2 – 3 Days
~Example: Bass Masters Elite & FLW Tour
~Held at a National Level

 read about walleye, northern pike and muskie tournaments