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June 2013                                         Come Explore Minnesota's Nature in Grand Rapids


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Calendar of Events Highlights

Every Tuesday
              Summer Concert Series
Every Wed & Sat -
             Grand Rapids Farmers
Every Wed
            Jazz at VFW
Every Thursday Night -
           Old Car Cruisers Night

Starting June 18 - Tuesdays 
            Indies Film

7-9       Reif Center Dance
8           Visit Grand Rapids
             30th Anniversary
8           First Friday Art Walk
8           Get Fit Gala
8           Bigfork Wilderness Days
13-15  Judy Garland Festival
14-16  Bluegrass Festival
15        Walleye Classic
20-23  Highlifter Quadna
             Mountain Nationals
21-23  Waa Wiye Gaa Maag
            Traditional Pow Wow
21        Be a Lumberjack Children's
22        MN Mounted Shooters
22        Petting Zoo
29        Great Northern Radio Show
29        Bisch Bash IV

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Duerr and Sandowske Capture Title in Grand Rapids  
Hosted by: Visit Grand Rapids and Sugar Lake Lodge

Cabela's NABC Bass Tournament on Pokegama LakeWisconsin’s Mark Duerr and Tim Sadowske bagged a 20-pound, 6-ounce, 5-fish limit to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Lake Pokegama team tournament June 1.  It’s about time!” grinned Sadowske, of Waukesha, alluding to the fact that he and Duerr have fished every NABC tournament except one since the Circuit launched in 2011. The victory earned the team the $11,800 first-place purse, plus the $500 Cabela’s Angler Cash contingency.  It’s a great feeling,” added Duerr, of Milwaukee. He explained that their top tactic was fishing jerkbaits along a rocky breakline in five to six feet of water. Their limit included four smallmouths and one largemouth, which was taken on a jig.

Minnesotans Mark Raveling, of Longville, and Shane Raveling, of Jordan, finished a close second with 20 pounds, 4 ounces, worth $4,200. In all, the top 20 percent of teams shared more than $30,000 in payout plus Big Fish Pot and sponsor contingencies. In 13th place, Minnesotans Bob Perkins, of Crosslake, and Chuck Fields, of Brainerd, claimed the $500 Ranger Cup contingency.

Lake Pokegama yielded 327 bass weighing a total of 1,046 pounds, 6 ounces in the Circuit’s catch-and-release format. Big bass of the tournament was a 6-pound beauty brought in by Minnesotans Jim Merthan, of Woodbury, and Dave Skallet, of Andover. Sixty-five of the 72 teams competing brought limits to the stage despite the day’s strong winds, rain and cool water temperatures.

The team-format tournament, offered one day of competition on the 6,700-acre Mississippi River impoundment’s world-class large and smallmouth fishery.  The weigh-in was held at the Pokegama Golf Course in Grand Rapids.

Visit Grand Rapids and Sugar Lake Lodge hosted the Cabela's North America Bass Circuit Bass Tournament on Pokegama Lake, Saturday, June 1st.  "Grand fishing is definitely in Minnesota's nature", shares Megan Christianson, Executive Director of Visit Grand Rapids, "we are proud to have the angling resources here in Grand Rapids."  Visit Grand Rapids is the destination marketing organization of the Grand Rapids, MN area.   
For more information regarding lakes and fishing in the Grand Rapids, MN area check out our website.

Judy Garland Festival

Events in Grand RapidsThe 38th Annual Judy Garland Festival is set to take place on June 13-15 in Grand Rapids, MN.  This annual festival is to celebrate the life of Judy Garland, and highlight her most notable performance, Wizard of Oz.  The festival starts with a "No Place Like Home" homeless awareness event on Thursday, June 13th.  

The fun continues on Friday, June 14th for a Judy Jeopardy where participants can win prizes, a Made in America Part I highlighting author Michelle  Russell, and then following will be the Festival Banquet at the Sawmill Inn.   The final day, Saturday, June 15th with free Wizard of Oz showing at the Judy Garland Museum, Made in America Part II with author Michelle Russell and then the big finale up at the Reif Center for the Beyond the Rainbow, Garland at Carnegie Hall performance by Judy Briskey.  Check out more information about Judy Garland.

High Lifter Quadna Mud Nationals 2013

High Lifter Quadna Mud NationalsHigh Lifter Products, based in Shreveport, Louisiana, created the ATV Mud Nationals to provide an event in which ATVs and UTVs could demonstrate their prowess over the 4x4’s competition.  High Lifter products decided to bring the Mud Nationals to Hill City.  The High Lifter Quadna Mud Nationals is a four action-packed days for you to experience everything All Terrain Vehicles and Off Highway Vehicles! From the moment you get here, you'll be able to ride the trails 24/7, visit and shop with vendors, eat delicious food, and watch or participant in exciting events!  Whether you just come to ride the trails or shop with our vendors or see our events, there's something for everyone!  The highlights of the events are: Bad 2 'da Bone Show and Shine, Polaris Obstacle Course, Poker Run, EPI Mud Bog, and for the finale: Johnny Holm Band takes the stage!  You can skip the lines and pre-register.

There is primitive camping available at Quadna Park in Hill City.  You can contact Quadna to reserve camping at  
800-422-6649.  You can find a wide variety of Grand Rapids lodging that is 30 mile drive of Quadna Park.  
Check out the High Lifter Quadna Mud Nationals for more information.

New Bed & Breakfast Opens on Pokegama Lake

Grand Rapids LodgingJust minutes from Grand Rapids, the Green Heron Bed and Breakfast is looking forward to welcoming you to the shores of Pokegama Lake and the North Woods of Minnesota.  They're a cozy inn, open year round, with an old European country feel and modern American amenities.  When you come down the drive you’ll find it hard to believe you were just in town, and are only minutes away from bike and ski trails, golf courses, fishing or paddling, hiking and shopping. 

They have two very comfortable guest rooms, each with private baths, views of the lake and easy access to our fantastic sandy beach.  Included during your stay is a full breakfast, use of kayaks, canoe and fire pit on the beach.  There’s mooring available if you rent a boat from town or have your own, and a grill if you’d like to cook your catch.  Inside there’s a beautiful library with a variety of music, books, movies and games for you to enjoy, or just to escape to for  work (if you must). Gardens surround the house and provide for lots of bird watching.

Innkeepers, Chris and Johnnie Fulton, look forward to meeting you and helping you have that perfect vacation that you’ll want to make a tradition.  For more information check out their website.
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