by Travis Ryder
Thursday, Mar. 29
In honor of both Vietnam Veterans Day today and Women’s History Month, UMD’s Alworth Institute offers the Lecture, “Sisterhood of War - Minnesota Women in Vietnam,” presented by Dr. Kim Heikkila, Kay Bauer & Mary Breed. Dr. Heikkila‘s book, Sisterhood of War, documents the service of 15 Minnesota nurses who served in Vietnam. Dr. Heikkila will then facilitate a discussion with Kay Bauer and Mary Breed, military nurses who served in Vietnam. Sisterhood of War has been named a finalist for a 2012 Minnesota Book Award and the Hognander Minnesota History Award. This lecture will be held at UMD Montague Hall 70 tonight at 7:00 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.
The twelve-piece Bemidji Trombones ensemble will host their spring concert on March 29 at Bemidji State University. The concert will be held in Thompson Recital Hall on the Bemidji State campus at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The group will welcome guest artist Russ Zokaites, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He will play a solo aria from Gounod’s opera “Faust”. He arranged the piece himself for trombone choir and solo trombone.
The 24th Annual Spotlight on Books Conference starts tonight at Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge; author sessions and signings, Friday and Saturday. The conference is for adults focused on youth & young adult literature; info: www.nlln.org/spotlight.html
Friday, Mar. 30
Grand Rapids Players present the first weekend of their production of “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids starting at 7:30 Friday and Saturday, 2 on Sunday.
Community theatre presentation Friday through Sunday in Pequot Lakes: it’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the high school auditorium.
Saturday, Mar. 31
The 2012 Leech Lake Tribal College Nimi'idim (Powwow) happens Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Cass Lake-Bena High School. Grand entries at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Mesabi Range College presents a children’s musical called “The Elves and the Shoemaker” Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The shows are at the Virginia campus theater.
Tuesday, Apr. 3
Boundary Waters Choral Festival features over 100 choir students from seven schools, performing in their own choirs, and together en masse. This happens at the Northeast Range School in Babbitt starting at 7 p.m.
Minnesota History Datebook
Mar. 27, 1905 The Aerial Bridge, spanning the Duluth Ship Canal, carries its first passengers across the harbor inside a carriage suspended from the bridge's framework. The system would be replaced with a lift bridge in 1930.
Mar. 25, 1963 Karl F. Rolvaag is sworn in as governor, having beaten Elmer L. Andersen by ninety-one votes in the state's closest gubernatorial election. The recount of the election had taken four months.