Tricounty News

Lake Maria State Park celebrates 50 years

Fifty years of bringing people and nature together will be celebrated at the park’s environmental center on June 8, beginning at 10 a.m. with a presentation by the Zoomobile, featuring Minnesota wildlife. At 11 a.m., the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center will present its program on Minnesota’s hawks and owls. Other highlights will include short presentations on park history, a display of wildlife artwork from local schools, ice cream and cake at noon, and plenty of chances to explore the park. Open House day is also National Get Outdoors Day, with free admission to all state parks.

Lake Maria State Park is located in Silver Creek Township on Co. Rd. 111, just north of Co. Rd. 39. For more information, call (763) 878-2325.

Auditions Scheduled for ‘Oliver’

Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre’s Summer Musical

Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre is posting an audition call for its summer musical production of “Oliver!” Randy Wilson is both Creative and Vocal Director for this production and Brian Veith is the Instrumental Director.

Cast auditions are scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m., or Thursday, May 30, 6 p.m., in the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center. Participants are welcome to come to either audition time. Those auditioning should prepare and bring a song that demonstrates their vocal range. An accompanist will be available. They should also bring their summer conflict schedule (vacations, weddings, etc.)


Information for IMPACT calendar needed

Any organizations that would like to place an announcement in the 2013-2014 IMPACT calendar, please contact Nancy or Lexi.

Nancy can be reached by phone at (320) 492-7658, or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lexi can be reached by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Twelfth Annual Studebaker Day May 18

The North Star Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club is holding its 12th Annual Studebaker Day at Pioneer Park. You will be able to view these fine classic cars from
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18. You’re invited to come out and see these vintage vehicles that were labeled in their day as “ahead of their time.” 

You will see Studebakers from pre-war through the mid 60’s. The Studebaker Company was first incorporated in 1852 in South Bend, Ind., and in time became the largest wagon manufacturer in the world. In 1902, they began selling electric runabouts and trucks. Interesting isn’t it, we make a big issue today of electric cars;
1904 was their first year to sell gasoline powered vehicles, which they continued to sell globally until December of 1966. The South Bend production plant closed in 1964, and automobile production continued in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, until 1966.


Dance auditions at the Paramount

Minnesota Dance Ensemble will hold auditions for their 2013-2014 season at 12-3 p.m., May 19, and Aug. 11, at the Paramount Theatre, 913 W. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN 56301.

Open to dancers ages 18+, the Central Minnesota non-profit’s mission is to provide opportunities for dancers in the disciplines of performance, education and advancement within the arts. The company is predominantly modern and jazz based, however dancers trained in various styles are welcome and encouraged to audition. Dancers are asked to prepare a two-minute solo, as well as a dance résumé that includes training and performance experience. Those auditioning will also learn a phrase of choreography and interview with the directors.

Questions can be directed to Executive Director Kerri Golom-becki at Director@MinnesotaDance<br< a="">> Ensemble, or (320) 493-8840.

This organization is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.