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Aaron Tippin - Saturday at Spirit Lake Casino: Singer/songwriter Aaron Tippin will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Spirit Lake Casino, St. Michael, N.D. Tippin has sung about working men and women since 1990 with his hit "You've Got To Stand For So...

Aaron Tippin

- Saturday at Spirit Lake Casino: Singer/songwriter Aaron Tippin will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Spirit Lake Casino, St. Michael, N.D. Tippin has sung about working men and women since 1990 with his hit "You've Got To Stand For Something." Since "He Believed," his exclusive album for Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, Tippin has released a collection of songs that salutes America's truck drivers. Tippin, sometimes called South Carolina's "Hillbilly Hercules," also is a pilot, farmer, winemaker, outdoorsman, competitive bodybuilder and devoted family man who runs his own record label, according to his website. Tickets: $25, $30; (800) WIN-UBET, ext 249.

Cushman Classic

- Tonight at Cushman Field: The Cushman Classic XIV football game, Central High School vs. Red River High School, will kick off at 7 tonight at Cushman Field, Grand Forks. A food court and children's carnival, free and open to the public, will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a variety of foods, kids' games, a T-shirt giveaway, face painting and more. Game traditions: Starting line-ups, 6:50 p.m.; national anthem, 6:55 p.m.; ceremonial bell ringing by former RRHS hockey coach Matt Malm, 7 p.m. About the Classic: The Cushman Classic and Cushman Field were named for Clifton E. Cushman, who helped the Central High School team win the 1955 and 1956 state track crowns. In 1960, he won a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the Rome Olympics. In 1964, a fall that disqualified him at Olympic trials inspired him to write a letter, "To the Youth of Grand Forks." A pilot in Vietnam, he was shot down in 1966 and declared dead in 1975. Classic record: Central has won nine times, Red River four times. Red River won last year, 21-10, its first victory since 2001.

Book signing


- Saturday at UND Bookstore: Brenda Conaway, Petersburg, N.D., author of "Blank Spaces: A Novel About Forgotten Memories," will sign books from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at UND Book Store. The story is about a woman trying to remember her tragic childhood and is set in Grand Forks.

Farmers Market

- Saturday in Town Square: The Town Square Farmers Market will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Grand Forks. The final Farmers Market will be Sept. 25. Entertainment: Sneaky Wild Oats. Info: (218) 779-1382.


- Saturday in Grand Forks: The Twin Cities Bronze Handbell Ensemble will present the workshop "Insights into Artistry" from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Grand Forks. The workshop, designed for ringers and directors of all abilities and experiences, will provide opportunities to learn treble bell techniques, weaving, bass bell ringing, healthy ringing and how to take your skills to the next level. Info: Mary Ann, (701) 775-3689.

Comedy Festival

- Saturday at Red Lake, Minn.: Seven Clans Casino at Red Lake will present the Native American Comedy Festival at 6 p.m. Saturday featuring Vaughn Eaglebear, Ryan McMahon, Tatanka Means, Peter "Tito" Ybarra and Jon Roberts. Info: (888) 679-2501.

Threshing Bee


- Saturday and Sunday in Strathcona, Minn.: The Northland Threshing Bee will be Saturday and Sunday at Strathcona, Minn., with two days of threshing, sawing lumber lath and shingles, tractor and horse farming, blacksmithing, flour grind and more. Other activities: A flea market, country store, children's playground, household demonstrations and antique displays, plus music and food. Self-contained camping is allowed and is free. Saturday: Flag raising, 10 a.m.; parades, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; potato dumpling supper, 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday: Pancake breakfast, 7 to 9:30 a.m.; flag raising, 9 a.m.; church service, 10 a.m.; parades, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission: $5 button, good for both days.

Harvest Festival

- Saturday in Crookston: The sixth annual Harvest Festival in Crookston will be Saturday with the harvesting of sugar beets beginning at 10:30 a.m. using vintage equipment as well as threshing wheat with steam engines. The event will be at the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum Inc., the old Crookston Implement site. This year, organizers will have people movers so visitors can ride alongside the equipment as it is running. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $5.

Pioneer machinery

- Saturday west of Cavalier, N.D.: The John Deere Company and an exhibit of Caterpillar equipment will be featured at the 17th annual Pioneer Machinery Show and Tractor Pull starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will be at the Pembina County Historical Society museum grounds 5½ miles west of Cavalier. Events: Breakfast for donation, church service; tractor pull, noon; kids pedal pull, 1 p.m.; parade, 4 p.m. Parade entrants should line up by 1 p.m. for judging. Admission: $5; 12 and younger, free. Info: (701) 265-4941, .

'Autumn Colors'

- Opening Monday at EGF library: The "Autumn Colors" art exhibit at East Grand Forks Campbell Library can be viewed during regular library hours beginning Monday through Oct. 16. Artists from Crookston and the surrounding area will exhibit work in various media. Exhibit opening and reception: 6:30 to 7:30 Monday night at the library. Exhibiting artists will be available as will local author Lois Millette and musician Sally Morris. Info: (218) 773-9121.

Book clubs


- Tuesday and Wednesday in GF: The Grand Forks Public Library is organizing two new books clubs with meetings at the library. Tuesday: This & That Book Club start-up meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday: Leaders Read Book Club start-up meeting, noon. Info: (701) 772-8116.

Swedish Pea Soup

- Thursday in Thief River Falls: Swedish pea soup with ham and entertainment by the WoodPicks are on the agenda at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for the Agassiz Swedish Heritage Society supper at the Heritage Community Center, Thief River Falls. The meal will feature homemade Swedish rye bread and rice pudding. Reservations are required for dinner, and the deadline is Monday. Make reservations with Marilyn Mattson, 615 N. Fifth St., Warren, Minn., 56762, or call (218) 745-4915. Dinner is $8 per plate. For centuries, pea soup has been the traditional Thursday night supper in Swedish homes, especially during Lent. The event is open to all.


- Opening Thursday in Bemidji: Saarens Productions will present "Side by Side by Sondheim" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sept. 17-18 at Wild Rose Theater in the downtown Masonic Theater, Bemidji. Cast: DeeJay Arens, Allison Cease, Ann Cease, Kevin Cease, Sarah Einerson, Julie Kaiser, Jeremiah Liend, Mike Lamon, Emily Quanrud, Julie Quanrud, Steve Saari, Vicki Stenerson, Vicki Wangberg. Accompanist: Wayne Hoff. Tickets: Adults, $10; 60 and older, $8; 12 and younger, $5. Reservations: (218) 616-0337.

Musical Gala

- Sept. 17 at Christus Rex: A Musical Gala Sept. 17 at Christus Rex Campus Ministries, Grand Forks, will raise money for activities under its "Serving Up Justice" theme and for the Community Violence Intervention Center. Social hour: 7 p.m.; desserts from Dakota Harvest Bakery, mocktails from ADAPT, and artwork. Concert: 8 p.m.; voice, dance and instrumental pieces, featuring Maria Williams Kennedy and students from Bel Canto Studio, Pasley Dance Studio and UND students. Emcee: Terry Dullum. Tickets: $20, reserved seating; $15, concert only; call (701) 775-5581.

Larry Gatlin


- Sept. 17 in Mahnomen, Minn.: Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. Tickets: (800) 313-7469.

Art & Wine Walk

- Sept. 18 in downtown GF, EGF: This month's Art & Wine Walk is coming up Sept. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Participants can visit venues and meet area artists and view and purchase their art work. You can purchase map of the venues at Blue Moose Bar & Grill, East Grand Forks, or Guesthouse International, Grand Forks, for $10. Sponsor: North Valley Arts Council.

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