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Poet laureate - Sept. 23 in Moorhead: Billy Collins, the U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, will present his award-winning poetry at 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Roland Dille Center for the Arts, Minnesota State University Moorhead. The occasion is ...

Poet laureate

- Sept. 23 in Moorhead: Billy Collins, the U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, will present his award-winning poetry at 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Roland Dille Center for the Arts, Minnesota State University Moorhead. The occasion is the 25th anniversary reading of the Tom McGrath Visiting Writers Series. Collins will answer questions and sign books at a reception following the reading. Admission: Free. Info: Thom Tammaro, (218) 477-2199; .

Stories and more

- This fall at EGF library: Fall activities are under way at East Grand Forks Campbell Library. Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m. Thursdays, for preschool to primary age children and their caregivers. Sack Lunch Book Club: 11:30 p.m., second Tuesday of the month beginning Sept. 14. For reading list, stop at library or go to Hora de Libros: A bilingual reading hour Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., for third- to fifth-grade students to introduce Spanish. E-mail . Readers Theatre: Read with a small group from radio scripts, short play, and poetry. Read for the library's Dial-a-Story program. Meetings begin 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Writers Groups: Will resume from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 16. Young Writers (middle school) and Campbell Writers (high school) meet (twice monthly) to write and to discuss and share theirs and others' creative writing. Both groups meet twice monthly. Info: Go to or call (218) 773-9121.

Health lecture


- Thursday at UND: UND Associate Professor of Biology Jefferson Vaughn, an expert on how bugs such as mosquitoes spread virulent diseases, will deliver the first UND Faculty Lecture Series presentation on Thursday at the North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks. A reception at 4 p.m. will be followed by lecture at 4:30 p.m. Admission: Free, public welcome. About Vaughn: Vaughan spent four years at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases -- one of the world's leading research centers on infectious viruses -- where he investigated the transmission of mosquito-borne viruses, including dengue and Rift Valley fever viruses. At UND, Vaughan has investigated vector transmission of pathogens in faraway lands such as Thailand and Trinidad and right here in Grand Forks, where he has conducted various studies of the West Nile virus. He recently received a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation award to test an innovative idea to combat malaria by developing an anti-mosquito vaccine for cattle.

Art exhibit

- At Cando, N.D., through Sept. 17: The Cando Art Center/Gallery will host the North Dakota Traveling Student Art show through Sept. 17. The show features work from students in Leeds, Rugby, Cando, Rock Lake and Rolette, N.D. Open: 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; or call for an appointment, (701) 968-3655.

'Cows and more'

- Sunday near Grand Forks: Grand Forks artist Adam Kemp will have an art show and sale, "Cows and more," from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Frank Matejcek barn, 4150 N. Columbia Road, Grand Forks. The show will feature Kemp's paintings of Matacjek's Angus cows and other recent paintings by Kemp. Kemp spent his spare time during the winter of 2008-2009 painting at the farm. After a while, a group of cows would come out to greet him when he arrived. The cow with the No. 127 ear tag enjoyed being his model and would stay with him for hours. For directions to Matejceks: (701) 739-4237.

Artisan show

- Sept. 18 in Grand Rapids, Minn.: Goods from the Woods, an arts and crafts marketplace and green living celebration offering products made from Minnesota's north woods, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in the IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids. More than 60 artists and craftspeople will sell high-quality products. Info:

String Bands


- Sept. 25 in Grand Forks: North Country Fiddle and Dance will present "A Grand Night for String Bands," three concerts and a dance, at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks. Musicians: O'Neil Family, East Grand Forks; Far Shore String Band, Duluth and Port Wing, Wis.; North River Ramblers, Grand Forks. A dance on stage will follow the concerts for all audience members who wish to take part. Tickets: Adults, $8; teens, $5; younger than 12, free; available at the door. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the city of Grand Forks through North Valley Arts Council. October dance: North Country Fiddle and Dance will have a dance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Grand Forks Senior Center with guest musicians Rick Exner on guitar and Merle Hall on banjo. They are members of the Porch Stompers from central Iowa.


- Beginning Sept. 30 at MSU: The musical comedy "Nunsense" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at Old Main Theatre, Mayville (N.D.) State University, as a benefit for theater scholarships and theater improvements. Cast: Teresa Agnes, Doreen Cerkowniak, Greta Kyllo, Joan Osland. Tickets: $10; available at MSU bookstore. Encore performance: 8:15 p.m. Oct. 9.


- Opening Oct. 14 in New Rockford, N.D.: The Opera House in New Rockford will open its next show, "We've Gotta Bingo," on Oct. 14 with performances through Nov. 14. Show times: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 16; 1 p.m. Oct. 17; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22; 1 p.m. Oct. 24; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28; 1 p.m. Oct. 31; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5; 1 p.m. Nov. 7; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11; 1 p.m. Nov. 14. About the show: It will be presented at the New Rockford Eagles Club and will include an Italian dinner. Tickets: For dinner and show, $30; call (701) 947-2174;

MPMA award

- "Ace in the Hole" video: The State Historical Society of North Dakota has received an award from the Mountain-Plains Museum Association for SHSND's in-house production of the video "America's Ace in the Hole: The Cold War and North Dakota." The 22-minute video was developed for visitors to the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site near Cooperstown, N.D. Film staff: Michael Frohlich, producer/director; Mark Sundlov, writer; narrators, Rick Collin and Erik Holland; designer of maps and diagrams, Brian Austin. About the award: MPMA is a 10-state regional museum association that provides services to Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. The MPMA Technology Competition Award recognizes museums for innovative and effective use of technology to serve the needs of their audience. The award will be presented at the MPMA conference Sept. 13-17 in Rapid City, S.D. To view the video:



Pageant titles

- North Dakota titles: The Mrs., Miss and Miss Teen North Dakota International Pageant is accepting applications for the 2011 state pageant set for Dec. 4 in Fargo. Info: ; call (701) 232-3196 or (701) 866-0334.

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