Applications are being accepted for the title of Miss Crow Wing County.
In addition to being ambassador of the county, Miss Crow Wing County will compete at the Miss Minnesota Pageant March 12-13 at the Ritsche Auditorium in St. Cloud, with a prize package worth $5,000 and a chance to represent Minnesota at the 2005 Miss International Pageant. Competitions in the pageant include personal interview, fitness wear, fun fashion wear and evening gown.
Entrants must have never been married, be between the ages of 20 and 26, have lived in the state for six months and be a United States citizen.
For more information and to obtain a bio form, write to Miss Minnesota international Pageant, P.O. Box 11447, St. Paul, MN 55111-0447, or call (952) 432-6758, or fax (952) 953-3896.
Children's program on animal tracking offered in Staples
STAPLES -- Children ages 3-12 are invited to the Staples Public Library 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 for a free program titled "Track These Animals."
Three stations will be set up offering chances to become familiar with three different animals. A moose station will offer moose stories and moose facts by Jack and Dean Nelsen. Projects will include making antlers, making drinking straws for moose juice and chocolate moose.
A bear station will offer bear stories, bear hunting, gummy bears and bear facts from a Staples hunter. A beaver station will feature beaver stories, beaver facts from local trapper Warren Nelson, and a chance to make a roly-poly beaver and an edible beaver lodge.
Pre-registration is required and ends Aug. 23. For more information contact the Staples Public Library at (218) 894-1401.
Defensive driving course slated in Staples
STAPLES -- The Minnesota Safety Council will sponsor a defensive driving course 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Aug. 18 at Staples Motley High School.
The eight-hour course fulfills insurance discount requirements.
Cost is $15. Call Staples Motley Community Education at (218) 894-2497 to register.
Smokey Bear's birthday to be celebrated at Itasca State Park
Itasca State Park will celebrate the 60th birthday of Smokey Bear with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Meet at the Visitor Center and learn about Smokey's past 60 years, meet forestry experts and get a close-up look at firefighting engines and equipment. Smokey Bear will pose for photographs at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Birthday cake and kids' activities are planned.
For more information call Itasca State Park at (218) 266-2100 or Park Rapids Area Forestry at (218) 732-3309.
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