Author Visit with Annelee Woodstrom April 29 in Breckenridge High School!

Join us for a FREE book talk with regional author (from Ada) Annelee Woodstrom on Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in Breckenridge High School’s Small Auditorium. Ms. Wooodstrom will discuss “War Child” and her early years as a young person growing up in Nazi Germany.

Questions, discsussion, book sales and refreshments will follow.

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) and the Wilkin County Historical Society.

Preserving Family History: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation Workshop with Bob Herskovitz at Breckenridge Library April 27

Quick Facts

Event: “Preserving Family History: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation” with Bob Herskovitz

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Breckenridge Library, 205 N. 7th St.

Cost: Free

Call for more information: (218) 643-2113

Preserving Family History: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation Workshop with Bob Herskovitz at Breckenridge Library April 27

The majority of our nation’s treasures are not found in museums; they are tucked away in our attics, garages and basements, according to Bob Herskovitz, outreach conservator at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). On April 27, Herskovitz will show area residents how to care for and preserve these beloved family heirlooms for future generations to learn from and enjoy. The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. at the Breckenridge Library, 205 N. 7th St., Breckenridge.

“Preserving Family History: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation” will teach participants how to preserve and care for different types of memorabilia, give tips on how to organize family papers, photos and other family treasures, and hints on creating a successful oral family history. Participants are encouraged to bring in items that can be safely transported for Herskovitz to answer specific preservation questions.

This event is co-sponsored by MHS, Lake Agassiz Regional Library and the Wilkin County Historical Society. For more information, call the Breckenridge Library at (218) 643-2113 or visit

A Great Generation, A One-of-a-Kind Project

The workshop is presented as part of MHS’s Minnesota’s Greatest Generation project. The members of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation grew up during the Depression, came of age during World War II, participated in the post-war boom and created a lasting legacy that has shaped all of us. The Minnesota’s Greatest Generation project was established to collect, preserve and share the legacy of this remarkable generation for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

The capstone of the project is an interactive, large-scale exhibit that opened at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul on May 23, 2009, and is currently on view. “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, the War, the Boom” features more than 6,000 square feet of artifacts, displays and hands-on elements using multimedia interpretive techniques to reveal the experiences of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation. For more information, visit

The MHS calendar of events is available at The web site also features information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites. To request a free guide to museums and historic sites, call 1-800-657-3773.

About Lake Agassiz Regional Library

LARL serves the residents of Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk and Wilkin counties, with branch libraries in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead and LINK sites in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Shelly, Twin Valley and Ulen.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to illuminate the past to light the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. For more information, visit

Partnership between Minnesota Regional Public Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society. Made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.

FREE Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Concerts April 8-10!

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will perform five FREE concerts April 8 through 10. All Minneapolis Guitar Quartet concerts are open to the public. Their performance schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Fosston Library Theatre

Friday, April 9 at 10 a.m. in the Valley Pines Senior Center in Twin Valley

Friday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in the Ulen Senior Citizens Center

Saturday, April 10 at 11 a.m. in Detroit Lakes Library

Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cormorant Community Center

With the passion, style, and musical sophistication borrowing from the best chamber music and string quartet traditions, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has successfully made its case as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles since its founding in 1986. “Flawless, musical and witty” (Classical Guitar Magazine, England), the MGQ has performed throughout the United States both in recital and with orchestra, balancing a dizzying array of first-rate repertoire ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to Spanish, Latin American and Romantic, to highly imaginative existing and newly commissioned contemporary works.

Maria Kalaniemi Two Finnish Pieces (Hermannin Riili, 3:07)

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

Attention Dog Sledding Enthusiasts! Alone Across the Arctic with Author Pam Flowers April 6-8

Pam Flowers

“You are never too young to have a dream and never too old to make it come true.” -Pam Flowers

Author and adventurer Pam Flowers will tell tales of her dog sledding adventures in the Arctic and Minnesota April 6 through 8.

The following Pam Flowers presentations are FREE and open to the public!

Tuesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.-Detroit Lakes Library

Wednesday, April 7 at 1 p.m.-Breckenridge Elementary/Middle School

Thursday, April 8 at 1 p.m.-Atkinson Elementary School (Barnesville)

Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m.-Moorhead Library

Pam Flowers is a registered respiratory therapist who currently earns her living by public speaking and writing. In 1996, Pam became the 14th recipient of the “Gold Medal from the Society of Woman Geographers,” following in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, and Jane Goodall. In 1991, Pam was named an “Outsider of the Year” by Outside magazine. She has participated in nine Arctic expeditions, seven by dog team, two by snow machine. Pam has completed the 1049-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race, reached the Magnetic North Pole three times, traveled north over the frozen Arctic Ocean farther than any other solo woman and completed the longest solo dog sled journey on record by a woman.

Pam is the author of Douggie, Big Enough Anna: The Little Sled Dog Who Braved the Arctic and the co-author of Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman’s Epic Journey. She has written many magazine articles including articles for Fur-Fish-Game and Dog World magazines. She also has produced two documentary videos and publishes the Polar Expedition Newsletter.

Pam has spoken to more than 400,000 students at over 650 schools and has spoken at the Smithsonian and the St. Louis Science Center.

Her next goal is to hike the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail.

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

"Minnesota's Ordinarily Unsung Concert" Elisa Korenne to perform five FREE concerts April 5-9!

Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung Concert

Elisa Korenne

Folk indie-rock singer, Elisa Korenne will perform five FREE concerts for the public April 5 through 9! Her schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 5 @ 6 p.m.-Shelly Senior Center (Shelly LINK Site)

Tuesday, April 6 @ 6 p.m.-Mahnomen Library

Wednesday, April 7 @ 6 p.m.-Crookston Library

Thursday, April 8 @ 8 p.m.-Gonvick Senior Center (Gonvick LINK Site)

Friday, April 9 @ 7 p.m.-Hawley Library

Listen to Elisa Korenne!
Find My Strength

Along with her rich voice, smoldering live performances, and elegant songcraft, Elisa Korenne brings a rare authenticity to her music. After cutting her teeth in the high-caliber New York City music scene, the preeminent independent music retailer CD Baby hailed Elisa as “one of the best we’ve ever heard” and Singer & Musician magazine said she “belongs on anyone’s must-play list.”

Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung Concert

Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung Concert is an award-winning concert series about unsung, unique, and unusual people in Minnesota history. Based on stories of real Minnesotans collected by nationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter and educator Elisa Korenne, Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung concerts celebrate Minnesota’s 150+ years as a state. There’s sure to be a song or monologue about someone near you written in honor of Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial.

Ms. Korenne is gaining a reputation for her songs about characters and events that aren’t talked about in history class, and she has mastered the art of telling those untold stories from the stage. Since moving to Minnesota from New York City last year, Ms. Korenne has focused her sharp musical storytelling on characters from Minnesota’s past. Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung project is the Minnesota version of the national Ordinarily Unsung project createby Ms. Korenne, which has received support from the Jerome Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, the Hedgebrook Foundation, the New York Mills Cultural Center, the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission, and others.

Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung concerts are feasts for the ears and the soul. They inspire audiences with musical character studies and narratives that feature Elisa’s warm, rich voice, and they are interspersed with Elisa’s characteristic humor and love for audience participation.

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

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.