by Travis Ryder
Thursday through Monday
Crosslake Winterfest offers a big list of activities through Saturday.
Ruby Lips Above The Water is an original play showing at the Wild Rose Theater in downtown Bemidji, 7:30 Thursday through Saturday and Monday, and 2:00 Sunday.
Friday, Feb. 3
The percussive dance and theater company Joe Chvala & the Flying Foot Forum will perform at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids Friday night.
Vocal trio Bluebird will perform starting at 7 at the Cabin Coffeehouse in Bemidji.
Saturday, Feb. 4
The Laskiainen sledding and Finnish heritage celebration happens at the Loon Lake Community Center south of Aurora.
Logging day at the Buena Vista ski area, in Bemidji. Starting at 8:30, it’s horse-drawn sleigh rides, live music, all-you-can-eat flapjack meals, lumberjack history & horse-assisted logging demonstrations.
Scorpion Snowmobile homecoming event in Crosby, starting at noon on the ice. These machines were built on the Cuyuna Range in the '60s and '70s.
The One-Lunger 100 vintage snowmobile race is happening at Craguns Resort in Brainerd.
The art work of nine Hibbing Community College students who are completing the Fine Arts Program will be presented at the First Stage Gallery in Virginia. The show will open with an Artist's Reception on Saturday, February 4th from noon until 2:30. The show will run throughout the month of February. Participants are: Becca Arnold-Sauer, Kelle Nenadich, Kourtney Kruger, Russel James, Lynn Johnson, Kathleen Rumler, Sandra Koch, Brianna Shober, and Gina Wheatman. Students have completed studio art classes in painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, art history and design and the show will be representative of works created in these classes.
Classic Cuban music from the Nachito Herrera Trio will flow at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids starting at 7:30.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
A national touring company will present Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at CLC-Brainerd, 7:30 p..m.
Minnesota History Datebook
Feb. 4, 1803 The Reverend William Boutwell is born in New Hampshire. In 1832 he went with Henry Schoolcraft on the trip that confirmed Lake Itasca as the source of the Mississippi River. Boutwell supplied the Latin words from which Schoolcraft named the lake (veritas, true, and caput, head).
Jan. 30, 1867 Ralph Waldo Emerson lectures in Winona at the courthouse. Sponsored by local library associations, Emerson's tour of the Midwest also includes stops in Faribault, St. Paul, and Minneapolis.
Feb. 2, 1996 Minnesota's coldest temperature is recorded at Tower, a minimum extreme of 60 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit) that bests by one degree the previous scientifically measured low established in 1899.