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Sparky and Rhonda Rucker to play Nisswa April 17

NISSWA – Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will perform in the Grassroots Concerts series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 17 in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church, next to the school in Nisswa.

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker travel throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition.

Throughout their 40 years of performing, the couple has played for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. They have appeared on National Public Radio’s “On Point,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage,” and “Morning Edition.”

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Looney Lutherans Arrive April 18th on the stage of the Pequot Lakes Theater

Who are the Looney Lutherans? They are a trio of wacky gals on tour promoting their new cookbook and “lifestyle guide” entitled: Use Your Food: A Guide to Healthy Living Inside and out, From Our Kitchen to Yours, Eat Like a Lutheran! Using music, comedy and some help from the audience these gals share some age old wisdom for living a long and healthy life ….. the Lutheran way.

The performance of the Looney Lutherans includes a variety of segments on healthy living, a discussion of the Lutheran Food Wheel – all roads lead to hotdish, a performance of the Lutheran Food Rap – “Eat like a Lutheran” and a demonstration of exercising the Lutheran Way  - using products from your pantry to create a healthy body. The Looney Lutherans use all original material that is comedic, family friendly and interactive.

Meet the Looney Lutheran characters:
Ginger Johnson is the resident food expert and mastermind of the Lutheran Food Wheel. Ginger loves food so much she married a man named Herb and named her kids Cinnamon and Sugar.

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Local author featured in groundbreaking anthology on mental illness

Local writer, Carin Ekre Anderson, is a contributing author in a new anthology that examines both the highs and lows of living with a mental illness called “Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor”.

Living with a mental illness is a journey that one in four Americans will travel at some  point in their lifetimes. The stigma and misinformation surrounding the public perception of mental illness is appalling and unfounded. Those with symptoms fear judgment and being ostracized, leaving many to suffer in silence. Awareness and understanding are crucial in eradicating negative attitudes about those with mental illness. By creating an honest dialogue about the highs and lows of mental illness, the non-suffering public will gain a better understanding, and those suffering may be more likely to seek the support they need.

In discussing their own personal experiences with mental illness, popular bloggers and creators of the anthology Alyson Herzig and Jessica Azar envisioned a book that would squash stigma and support readers that are facing their illnesses alone, Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor was born.

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Cuyuna Lakes Crusher mountain bike race set for June 27-28

The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber is partnering with the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series Race this year to host the fifth race in their series, the Cuyuna Lakes Crusher, on June 27-28.

On Saturday, June 27 there will be Time Trial and Short Track events at the Yawkey unit of the Cuyuna Country State Rec Area from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The publisa is then invited to the Cuyuna Lakes Crusher happy hour at the City of Crosby’s Main Street Plaza, located at 2 West Main St, Crosby, MN from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for an awards from the days events, food, craft beer vendors and live music provided by Jackson and the Roosters.

On Sunday, June 28 the MN Series Race Program takes place in the Mahnomen Unit of the CCSRA. The 6-ish mile Cuyuna race course will start at the new parking lot trailhead at the Pennington location with a good climb to the top of over-look road where riders will then turn and head into the Cuyuna single track hitting all the great fast flow trails.

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