Arnie Johnson, entrepreneur and former owner of Universal Pensions, Inc., in Brainerd, will speak at noon Monday at the Brainerd Public Library as the final speaker in the Brown Bag Lunch Summer Speaker Series. Admission is free.
Johnson, a successful businessman, will discuss "things in life that have worked for me and that may possibly be of benefit to others." He is the founder of Universal Pensions, Inc., a nationally recognized retirement services company, which he started in 1975 and sold in 2001.
A graduate of Greenway High School on Minnesota's Iron Range, Johnson began as a lumberjack and iron miner. Working together with his wife and partner, JoAnn, they were able to build the company, balancing family and professional lives.
Johnson is the author of "Got a Problem? Get a Duck," a guide to getting where you want to be. It is a story of sacrifice, tenacity and one man's commitment to enthusiasm. Johnson is now president of Johnson's Enterprises, which includes the Johnson Center Office Building in Baxter.
Charlie Roth to perform Sunday in the park
LITTLE FALLS -- St. Cloud folk musician Charlie Roth will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Maple Island Park in Little Falls.
Roth, who is known for playing in the band Jack Tango, recently recorded his first solo release, "Past Lives."
Roth likes to sing and write songs that tell a good story and make his audience members feel like they are sitting around his kitchen table sharing a laugh and a song.
He performs a mix of country, rock, blues and reggae.
'Grease' auditions set Aug. 19-20 in Brainerd
Auditions for the OnStage Community Theatre production of "Grease" will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19-20 at Mississippi Horizons School.
"Grease" will be presented Oct. 9-12 and 16-19 at Franklin Junior High School.
People wishing to audition are asked to bring an upbeat song with sheet music. OnStage also is looking for orchestra members to fill positions at lead guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and saxophone. People interested in technical help also should attend the auditions.
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