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This week

This weekend n Guitar concert tonight: Michael Whisler of Valley City, N.D., will perform at 7:30 tonight in the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks as part of the Masters of Guitar Concert Series. Tickets: $10. n Country star: Country singer Lee A...

This weekend

n Guitar concert tonight: Michael Whisler of Valley City, N.D., will perform at 7:30 tonight in the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks as part of the Masters of Guitar Concert Series. Tickets: $10.

n Country star: Country singer Lee Ann Womack, whose biggest hit single was "I Hope You Dance," will be at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, Minn., at 8 tonight. Tickets: (800) 313-7469.

n Potato Bowl: A week of Potato Bowl USA festivities will wrap up Saturday with a 9:30 a.m. parade on DeMers Avenue through downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks and the 43rd annual Potato Bowl football game, UND vs. University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, at 1 p.m. in the Alerus Center. Details: www.potatobowlusa.org .

n The Midnights: The Grand Forks band called The Midnights will play at Town Square Farmers Market in Grand Forks on Saturday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday night in the Hub Bar and Grill.

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n Bighorn forensic files: Scientist and author P. Willey of the anthropology department at California State University-Chico will present "They Died With Custer: Soldiers' Remains from the Battle of the Little Bighorn" at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Fosston (Minn.) Library Community Arts Center.

n More country music: Country singer John Anderson will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Spirit Lake Casino seven miles south of Devils Lake on Highway 57. Tickets: (800) 946-8238, ext. 249.

n Steve Saari play: "Ruby Lips Above The Water," a play by former Grand Forks resident Steve Saari, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Chief Theater, Bemidji. Tickets: $10.

Craft fairs

n The Big One: The 36th annual East Grand Forks Craft Fair, one of the biggest in the area, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 in the East Grand Forks Civic Center and Veterans of Foreign Wars Arena. There will be free bus service between the two locations.

Writing workshop

n Journaling for Women: The UND Women's Center will host a six-session journaling group for women on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 19 and continuing on several Fridays through Nov. 14. Workshop facilitator will be Kathy Coudle-King, UND senior lecturer in English and Women's Studies. Coudle-King has run community workshops for six years. Bring your lunch, a journal and pen. Space is limited; to reserve a space, e-mail Kathleen_king@und.nodak.edu . Info: (701) 777-2787. Location: UND Women's Center, 305 Hamline St.; there is limited off-street parking. Dates: Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14. Admission: Free.

History and heritage

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n New book: The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection based at North Dakota State University in Fargo has published a new book, "The Gluckstalers in New Russia, the Soviet Union and North America," a 760-page volume that features a DVD with genealogical and historical information. Cost: $68, plus shipping and handling. Download order form: www.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu/grhc .

Guitar virtuoso

n Doyle Dykes: Guitarist and Grand Ole Opry favorite Doyle Dykes will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks. Kenny and the Classics will open the show with an acoustic performance. Tickets: $5, reservations recommended; call (701) 772-8670. Presented by: Kenny's Music, Taylor Guitars.

-- Herald Staff Report

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