Free Rose Ensemble Concerts in Barnesville and Crookston April 12 & 13!

The Rose Ensemble

Lake Agassiz Regional Library is proud to announce free family Rose Ensemble concerts in Barnesville and Crookston!

The Rose Ensemble will be performing on Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Hildebrand Hall located at 307 Front Street North, Barnesville, MN 56514.

The Rose Ensemble will also be performing on Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus located at 2900 University Avenue Crookston, MN 56716.

Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota and founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble creates imaginative performances of vocal music, connecting each individual to past worlds with stories of spirituality and humanity. Each presentation brings research from the world’s manuscript libraries to new audiences, illuminating centuries of rarely performed repertoire. Called “first class” (Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung), “Engaging…satisfying” (Gramophone), and “flawlessly performed and smoothly structured” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), The Rose Ensemble is the recipient of the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, and first-place winner in the sacred music category at the 2007 Tolosa International Choral Competition (Spain). With seven critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, the group has thrilled audiences across the U.S. and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and over 25 languages, including new research in Hawaiian, Swedish, Mexican and American vocal traditions.

Watch the Rose Ensemble!

For more information, please contact Charlene Hudgins, Legacy Projects Coordinator (


Programming is supported in part by the Arts & Cultural Legacy Fund (ACHF).

Poet Ray Gonzalez Residency in Crookston April 26 & 27!

Author and Poet Ray Gonzalez

Lake Agassiz Regional Library is pleased to announce the Ray Gonzalez residency in the community of Crookston April 26 and 27! All events are free and open to the public. His residency schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 26 @ 7 p.m.-In honor of National Poetry Month
“Capturing the Poetic Image” in Kiehle Auditorium @ the University of Minnesota Crookston

* Poetry composition, form, inspiration and how to get published

* Craft talk in non-fiction writing on “Landscape and the Self”

* Writing about family and the past

* All topics interspersed and tied together with Gonzalez’s own readings

Tuesday, April 27 @ 7 p.m.-Poetry Workshop and Reading @ Crookston Library

Ray will also be visiting several class visits to Crookston High School.

Ray Gonzalez is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Cool Auditor: Prose Poems (2009).  His poetry has appeared in the 1999, 2000, and 2003 editions of The Best American Poetry (Scribners) and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2000 (Pushcart Press). He was named one of ten Best Southwest Books of the Year by the Arizona Humanities Commission, named one of the Best Non-fiction Books of the Year by the Rocky Mountain News and a Minnesota Book Award Finalist in Memoir. He has written two collections of short stories, The Ghost of John Wayne and Circling the Tortilla Dragon. He has served as Poetry Editor of The Bloomsbury Review for 22 years and founded LUNA, a poetry journal, in 1998. He is Full Professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and also teaches in the Solstice low residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Boston.

Check out a few of Ray’s books before the residency from Lake Agassiz Regional Library! (see slider below)

This residency is made possible through an “Authors and Communities” grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) and Kiehle Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus.

For more information, please contact Janelle Brandon, LARL Public Information/Marketing Director ( or by calling 218-233-3757 ext. 128.

Event Sponsors:

Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).

FREE Event! "Tales of the Road"coming to Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes May 3!

Cathy Wurzer

Popular regional journalist Cathy Wurzer explores forgotten history of Highway 61 through book and TV documentary

After six years of research and writing and racking up thousands of miles on her rickety old car, Minnesota broadcast journalist Cathy Wurzer has become an expert on the history of Highway 61 and the sites, secrets and stories along it.

Join Cathy Wurzer, host of Morning Edition on Minnesota Public Radio and co-host of Almanac on Minnesota Public Television for a FREE “Tales of the Road-Highway61” best selling book and Emmy Award winning television documentary talk and Q & A at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes on Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Go on an historic road trip with Cathy Wurzer without leaving your seat!

The first-of-its-kind, beautifully filmed “Tales of the Road-Highway 61” public television documentary takes viewers on an historic 440-mile road trip from Grand Portage to La Crescent, Minnesota. Using a little known, Depression-era travel guide and driving a vintage Cadillac, Wurzer explores the secrets of places long gone along Highway 61 and spins stories about people from the past.

“I focused on places that tended to get ignored along the highway,” shared Ms. Wurzer. “Almost everyone in Minnesota has either heard about or driven on Highway 61. It runs through some of the most beautiful terrain in the state. The problem is, not many people know about the intriguing bits of history along almost every mile of Highway 61. We’ll bring that to life while in Detroit Lakes at the Historic Holmes Theatre,” she concluded.

Cathy will attend a “Tales of the Road” book and TV documentary discussion/luncheon at noon at Detroit Lakes Library on Monday, May 3 sponsored by the Becker County Friends of the Library and Speak Easy Restaurant. She also intends to speak to several writing and journalism classes at Detroit Lakes High School throughout the school day on Tuesday, May 4.

Ms. Wurzer’s book and TV documentary will be available for purchase at the Detroit Lakes Library and Historic Holmes Theatre events.

Be sure to join us for this FREE event!

Ms. Wurzer is coming to the community of Detroit Lakes through an artist-in-residence program supported in part by Lake Agassiz Regional Library, The Minnesota Humanities Center’s “Authors in Communities” Grant Program, the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). Media sponsorship is provided by Minnesota Public Radio.

About Cathy Wurzer:
One of the Upper Midwest’s premiere broadcast journalists, Minnesota native Cathy Wurzer is the host of Morning Edition on MPR and has won numerous Emmy Awards for her work as the co-host of Almanac on Twin Cities Public Television. “Tales of the Road-Highway 61” is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. The broadcast documentary was produced by Cathy Wurzer in conjunction with Palisade Productions and Twin Cities Public Television.

Luncheon Sponsors:
Becker County Friends of the Library

Anishinaabe Poet and Author Gerald Vizenor in Mahnomen May 10-11!

Poet and Author Gerald Vizenor

Anishinaabe poet and author Gerald Vizenor will visit the community of Mahnomen through an artist-in-residence program on Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11! All events are FREE of charge to those that attend.

Gerald will speak about the changes in historical references to Native Americans, and about the rich development of Native American literature, fiction and poetry, and especially innovate native authors.

Gerald will be honored at a spring feast at the White Earth Tribal and Community College from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 10. He will visit the college library where he’s donated a multitude of his writings as inspiration to the students. He will give a presentation to the Multicultural Studies students along with a section of College Writing students. This event is FREE and open to all in the community.

Join Mr. Vizenor at Shooting Star Casino Hotel and Entertainment for a FREE book talk on Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Mr. Vizenor will be introduced by Erma Vizenor.

Mr. Vizenor will also speak to several high school classes about his life history and inspiration for writing during his residence in Mahnomen. Be sure to join us for this event!

Familiarize  yourself with several of Mr. Vizenor’s works before his visit:

Native Storiers: Five Selections

Native Liberty: Natural Reason and Cultural Survivance

Bear Island: The War at Sugar Point

The People Named the Chippewa: Narrative Histories

Almost Ashore, poems

Mr. Vizenor’s artisit-in-residence is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and made possible through an “Authors in Communities” grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center. This event is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). Shooting Star Casino Hotel and Entertainment generously provided the space for the FREE public event on Tuesday, May 11.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Janelle Brandon, LARL Public Information/Marketing Director at 218-233-3757 x128.

Free Concerts! Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard: The Golden Age of Radio May 13-15

Prudence Johnson
Dan Chouinard

Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard share their interpretations of classic standards of the 30s and 40s in voice and piano, interspersed with period photos and memories of the era from Minnesotans of all stripes!

Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.-Christiansen Recital Hall-Concordia College, Moorhead

Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m.-Kiehle Auditorium U of M, Crookston

Saturday, May 15 at 7 p.m.-Breckenridge High School

Prudence Johnson’s career has taken her from honky-tonks to Carnegie Hall, from the theater stage to the silver screen, from the Midwest to the Middle East. She is a regular guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the country, and appears as on of the “regulars: in Robert Altman’s 2006 movie A Prairie Home Companion.

Pianist, accordionist and occasional storyteller Dan Chouinard is a Minneapolis native who plays, tours and records regularly with an ever-expanding roster if musicians and writers. He also works occasionally on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and served as rehearsal accompanist to Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Lindsay Lohan on the set of the Robert Altman A Prairie Home Companion movie.

Programming is supported in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Free Nirmala Rajasekar Concerts May 15-21!

Nirmala Rajasekar

Nirmala Rajasekar is one of the most recognized performers in the world of South Indian Classical (Carnatic) music. She began her training in this art form at age 6 and debuted as a solo performer at age 13 in Bangalore, India. She is a disciple of veteran veena Guru octogenarian Prof. Swaminathan and has had vocal mentoring under Prof.Sitarama Sarma and Prof. T. R Subramaniam.

Since then for three decades now she has become one of its best practitioners taking the music of her veena to many parts of the world with utmost dedication, passion and a deep love for the art. Nirmala’s music is marked by a repertoire which reflects her adherence to rich patanthra (lineage and heritage) of her Gurus. As a fine vocalist Nirmala has performed concerts and has been featured as the lead soloist in many musical productions. She has also showcased the two thousand year old tradition of Carnatic music and performed in collaborative setting playing and singing alongside other forms of music including western classical music and jazz. Nirmala teaches at the ‘Naadha Rasa Center for Music’ and is its artistic director. She serves as an educator on many National and State teaching rosters in the country and abroad.

Ms. Rajasekar is the first Indian classical musician to receive the Bush Artistic Fellowship.

This week, Nirmala received a $25,000 McKnight Artistic Fellowship from the MacPhail Center for Music.

Join us for a FREE concert in your area!

May 15 at 7:30 p.m.-Fosston Library Theatre

May 16 at 2 p.m.-Gonvick Community Center (Gonvick LINK Site)

May 17 at 7:30 p.m.-Fertile Library

May 18 at 7 p.m.-Ada Library

May 19 at 10 a.m.-Twin Valley Senior Center (Twin Valley LINK Site)

May 19 at 1 p.m.-Ulen Senior Center (Ulen LINK Site)

May 20 at 7:30 p.m.-Historic Holmes Theatre Detroit Lakes

May 21 at 7 p.m.-Moorhead Library

For more information about Nirmala, please visit

Programming is supported in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Author and Musician Douglas Wood Giving 3 FREE Concerts May 8!

Author and Musician Douglas Wood

Author and musician Douglas Wood will give three FREE concerts on Saturday, May 8. His performance schedule is as follows:

Mahnomen Library-10:30 a.m.

Ada Library-1:30 p.m.

Cormorant Community Center-7:30 p.m.

Douglas Wood has been called Minnesota’s “renaissance man” — author, artist, musician, naturalist, wilderness guide. As a writer of books for children and adults he has almost two million copies in print, including the classics “Old Turtle” and “Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth.” Among his many honors and awards have been the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, International Reading Association Book of the Year, Minnesota Book Award, Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year, Parent’s Choice Award, Barnes and Noble Star of the North, and Story Telling World Award.

This program is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).

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Lise Lunge-Larsen: Storyteller & Dragonslayer at Moorhead Library February 2!

Come to Moorhead Library on Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Norwegian storyteller Lise Lunge-Larsen tell stories about trolls, fairies, elves, gnomes and other magical creatures!

Born and raised in Norway, Lise Lunge-Larsen came to the US on a scholarship to attend college. She planned to return to Norway but fell in love, married and remained in the US where, in addition to teaching at the college level, she has become a well-known storyteller and award-winning author. She and her husband have three children and live in Duluth, MN where she is known as “The Troll Lady.”

Lunge-Larsen is the author of “The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings” and “The Troll with No Heart in His Body.” Programming is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Truth in Historical Fiction Program March 29 in Moorhead with Author William Durbin!

Author William Durbin will share the craft of writing historical fiction at the Moorhead Library on Monday, March 29 at 7 p.m. He will share how to use people and events from your personal and community history as the basis for writing creative fiction. Durbin will share a collection of archival photos and discuss how he wrote and researched his novels, most of which are set in the Midwest and deal with familiar subjects such as immigration, homesteading, logging, mining, the Great Depression, and war.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF), which provided support for this program, was created by Minnesotans who approved a constitutional amendment in November 2008 which increased the state sales tax to support Minnesota’s arts history and cultural heritage.

For more information on this and other programs, please call 233-7594 or visit your library at 118 S. 5th St. Information is also available online at Moorhead Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.