The Brainerd and Little Falls High School One Act teams will move to sections for the One Act Play competition.

The Little Falls Flyers One Act team took first place in the 8AA subdivision and Brainerd Warriors took second place.

The Brainerd High School One Act team poses for a picture. The team advances to sections. Submitted photo

The BHS One Act team played the drama “Tracks” by Peter Tarsi. The show is about a group of people in a subway station who discover that they are all in different places because they are all dead. That year, all One Acts were recorded and sent electronically to the judges. All actors and tech crew members must wear face masks throughout the performance to protect all cast and crew members, according to a press release.

Brainerd will record her piece by section on Friday at the Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd and it will be submitted by February 2nd. As part of state competition, there are several rules that every school must follow, such as: B. 20 students or less involved in the production and staying under 35 minutes for the performance. Rehearsals began on January 4th.

“This year we haven’t been able to see the other high school’s One Act performances live, which is difficult because it is always a great experience to see what other schools are doing,” said Karla Johnson, director of the BHS theater. in an email press release. “We also had no verbal criticism from a judge immediately after the performance. Another difference this year due to COVID-19 is that the set was not timed and dismantled. Typically schools need 10 minutes to set up and 10 minutes down, so this year it will take some stress off. We also had a very shortened rehearsal schedule as the governor allowed rehearsals and extracurricular activities to continue on January 4th and we had to submit our record by January 21st. “

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the natives of the lakes, Wendy DeGeest and Gary Hirsch, present their new book “Perpetual Courtship: A Guide to the Perfect Relationship”.

The book cover by local authors Wendy DeGeest and Gary Hirsch, new book

The book cover by local authors Wendy DeGeest and Gary Hirsch, new book “Perpetual Courtship: A Guide to the Perfect Relationship”. Submitted photo

DeGeest and Hirsch, an unmarried couple, have been very happy together for more than 30 years. The couple shares their story about what worked for them, highlighting factors that keep their relationship loving and fun. The book offers insights to all couples, married or not, together or separated, according to a press release.

The book is available for a limited time from Cat Tales Books and Gifts in Brainerd for $ 10.

The Brainerd Community Theater calls on all singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, poets, jugglers, magicians, dog trainers, yodellers and everyone else with a special talent to “Show Off!” Talent Show Series.

This friendship competition gives people the opportunity to show their talents in a positive atmosphere and compete for a prize, according to a press release. Participants record their performances – a maximum of five minutes – either at home or in Brainerd’s theater. An expert jury makes some heartfelt comments and when the show airs people can watch other artists and vote with the rest of the audience on who did the most impressive job.

The theater group plans that the talent show will be a four-part series that will include three competitions in the spring and then a special performance this summer with the winners of each show. Those who want to participate or learn more can go online at or email George Marsolek at

The Brainerd Community Theater is hosting auditions for the upcoming performance title “Talking With” by Jane Martin.

This piece is a series of monologues in which idiosyncratic characters amuse, move and terrify, always speaking from the depths of their souls. That includes a baton roll, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex-rodeo driver, and an actress willing to do anything to get a job. The performances are recorded and streamed to a virtual audience. Depending on the existing COVID-19 protocols, there is the possibility of a live performance in front of an audience of limited size, according to a press release.

The auditions are only carried out by appointment via Zoom and take place from Monday to Tuesday from February 1st to 2nd. Those interested in audition should email Patrick Spradlin, the director, at

Author and journalist Maya Dusenbery

Author and journalist Maya Dusenbery

Author and journalist Maya Dusenbery will speak about her award-winning book on Monday February 1st at the Brainerd Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch Author Visits.

Dusenbery will publish her book “Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Dismiss, Misdiagnose, and Make Women Sick” as a live event on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s Facebook page on Facebook from 12pm to 1pm .com present / Friendsofthebrainerdpubliclibrary.

In the book, Dusenbery weaves together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine is harming women today, a press release said. It examines the deep systemic problems that underlie women’s experiences of feeling discharged from the medical system. Women were discharged from the emergency room for heart attacks with prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs, while others with autoimmune diseases were classified as “chronic complaints” for years before they were properly diagnosed.

The book cover of Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science dismiss, misdiagnose, and make women sick.

The book cover of “Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science dismiss, misdiagnose, and make women sick.” Submitted photo

“Doing Harm,” a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the National Public Radio and Library Journal. It was the 2019 Minnesota Book Award winner for general non-fiction.

Dusenbery is a journalist, editor, and author. She has been interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, Good Morning America and countless radio shows and podcasts about gender bias in medicine. She regularly lectures on the subject to students, healthcare providers, patient advocates, researchers, and biomedical industry workers. Before Dusenbery became a full-time writer, he worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Carleton College in 2008. The Minnesota native currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library as part of their volunteer and fundraising campaigns.

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library group is celebrating season 21 of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series with a number of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota authors.

For more information, visit the library at 218-829-5574 or the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s Facebook page.

Mary Aalgaard

Mary Aalgaard

Mary Aalgaard of Baxter received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide creative assistance to individuals.

Aalgaard received the grant to create theater workshops for young people and older adults in the Brainerd region.

Aalgaard is a playwright who works with both children and adults to create original dramas. She teaches writing, leads youth theater workshops and develops intergenerational programs to improve quality of life and build a community in the Brainerd Lakes region, according to a press release.

Aalgaard is also a piano teacher and freelance writer. Her words reach the world through her articles in regional magazines and her blog, Play off the Page, where she discusses local, regional and national theaters and the arts in general.

Through the scholarship, Aalgaard will develop programs through various partnerships, including the theater department of Central Lakes College, to offer in-person or possibly virtual summer theater workshops. Grants also support various audio, visual, and technical devices to enhance the in-person or virtual offering.

“I am grateful for the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board to improve my studio and my own artistic endeavors,” said Aalgaard. “I am grateful for the partnership I have formed with the Theater Department of Central Lakes College that has been a great success in the past and has given students the opportunity to create their own show and develop their theater and work skills together . I am also grateful for the continued opportunities to work with older adults at Northern Lakes Senior Living and their activity director, Sandy Hudak. “

The Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artists Initiative Scholarship Program is designed to encourage and support professional Minnesota artists at various stages of their careers by promoting artistic development, promoting artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the Minnesota state’s creative environment. Aalgaard’s grant was made possible by Minnesota voters through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative allocation from the Arts and Heritage Fund.

Learn more about Aalgaard and their upcoming courses, reviews, workshops and offers on