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Published September 02, 2009, 07:18 AM

Steam Threshers Reunion starts Friday

Friday, Sept. 4 Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion The 55th annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion continues today at the WMSTR grounds in Rollag. Gates open at 6 a.m., with ladies’ activities starting at 9 a.m. on Main Street. The morning parade and horsepower demonstration both get underway at 10 a.m., and a steam hammer plate-stamping exhibition begins at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The afternoon parade gets underway at 2 p.m. Evening activities will include live music at 7 and 8 p.m., with an Honorary Steam Queen presentation at 7:30 p.m., and a “Sparkle Show” in the Sandbox after dark. A complete schedule is available online at www.rollag.com.

Friday, Sept. 4

Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion

The 55th annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion continues today at the WMSTR grounds in Rollag. Gates open at 6 a.m., with ladies’ activities starting at 9 a.m. on Main Street. The morning parade and horsepower demonstration both get underway at 10 a.m., and a steam hammer plate-stamping exhibition begins at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The afternoon parade gets underway at 2 p.m. Evening activities will include live music at 7 and 8 p.m., with an Honorary Steam Queen presentation at 7:30 p.m., and a “Sparkle Show” in the Sandbox after dark. A complete schedule is available online at www.rollag.com.

‘Farewell to Summer’

The Lodge on Lake Detroit is hosting a special “Farewell to Summer” event on Friday, Sept. 4 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., with live music by The Funk Commission. A harvest meal will be served starting at 7:30 p.m.; reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. Call 218-847-8439 or 1-800-761-VIEW for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 5

Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion

The 55th annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion begins today at the WMSTR grounds in Rollag. Gates open at 6 a.m., with ladies’ activities starting at 9 a.m. on Main Street. The morning parade and horsepower demonstration both get underway at 10 a.m., and a steam hammer plate-stamping exhibition begins at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be steam and gas threshing, lumber sawing, baker fan and prony break demonstrations starting at 11:30 a.m., and the afternoon parade gets underway at 2 p.m. Today’s activities will include an all-faith worship service at 9 a.m., live music starting at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., and a “Sparkle Show” in the Sandbox and Prony Break after dark. A complete schedule is available online at www.rollag.com.

Laddies Loppet

Laddies Loppet returns to Maplelag Resort in rural Callaway for another round of mountain bike racing over the Labor Day weekend. The events begin today with a 10 a.m. time trial and a short course race, with classes ranging from beginner to expert. The short course races begin at 4 p.m. Minnesota pro racer Kyla Anderson will be leading a free skills clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., covering basic bike handling and skills riding on the Maplelag course. For more information, visit the website, www.maplelag.com.

Snellman Days

The fifth annual Snellman Days is coming to the small western Becker county town on Highway 34. It all begins with a breakfast at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on Saturday, Sept. 5. A full-scale flea market continues throughout the day, and live music will be on hand at various times throughout. There will be plenty of food available, with brats, burgers, hot dogs and roasted corn on the grill. Ice cream will be for sale as well. The weekend’s big event, the drawing for the new mayor of Snellman, takes place today.

Ogema Days

The city of Ogema will celebrate Ogema Days this weekend. Located 20 miles north of Detroit Lakes on Highway 59, the community has been hosting the event for nearly 30 years. Today’s events will include kids’ games in the park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the second annual 5K run, with registration at 8 a.m. and the run starting at 9 a.m.; the parade at 1:30 p.m.; and a street dance at 8:30 p.m., with music by Just for Guys.

‘End of Summer’ Luau

The IceHouse Bar & Grill will host a luau party starting with dinner and live entertainment at 5 p.m., and concluding with karaoke from 9 p.m. until closing. There will be drink specials and games for all ages. Call 218-847-2121 or 877-251-9348 for more information.

Hoverson lecture

The Fall Lecture Series at the ITOW Veterans’ Museum in Perham begins Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., with a presentation by Doug Hoverson, author of Land of Amber Waters: A History of Brewing in Minnesota. Starting with its first brewery in 1849, Doug Hoverson tells the story of the state’s beer industry. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Killer Hayseeds

The Killer Hayseeds perform at Charlie’s Bar in Height of Land from 8 p.m. until closing. Call 218-847-1480 for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 6

Laddies Loppet

Laddies Loppet returns to Maplelag Resort in rural Callaway for another round of mountain bike racing over the Labor Day weekend. A kids’ race gets underway at 9 a.m., followed by a citizens’ race at 9:30 a.m. and the main event, a cross-country mountain bike race, beginning at 11 a.m. with the sport class. Comp races begin at 1:15 p.m. and the expert races at 12:45 p.m. For more information, visit the Web site, www.maplelag.com.

Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion

The 55th annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion continues today at the WMSTR grounds in Rollag. Gates open at 6 a.m., with ladies’ activities starting at 9 a.m. on Main Street. The morning parade and horsepower demonstration both get underway at 10 a.m., and a steam hammer plate-stamping exhibition begins at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The afternoon parade gets underway at 2 p.m. Evening activities will include live music at 7 and 8 p.m., with an Honorary Steam Queen presentation at 7:30 p.m., and a “Sparkle Show” in the Sandbox after dark. A complete schedule is available online at www.rollag.com.

Snellman Days

The fifth annual Snellman Days concludes, with a full-scale flea market, live music and plenty of food, with brats, burgers, hot dogs and roasted corn on the grill. Ice cream will be for sale as well.

Ogema Days

Ogema’s annual community celebration concludes today, with a scavenger hunt at the ball diamond starting at 10:30 a.m., and a potluck dinner to follow.

‘Strange Days’ movie

Tamarac Wildlife Refuge presents the movie “Strange Days on Planet Earth: The Predators” at 2 p.m. in the visitors center. What happens when predators disappear from an ecosystem? Travel to Venezuela where the natural order has been turned inside out. Then head to Yellowstone where the wilderness is showing signs of change that some scientists trace to the depletion of natural predators.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Anat Fort concert

Israeli jazz musician and composer Anat Fort performs with her musical trio, including Gary Wang on bass and Roland Schneider on drums, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets (general admission only) are on sale at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, call 218-385-3339 or visit www.kulcher.org.

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