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The Lake Agassiz Regional Library Sugarbeet Series is about
the story of us.

Each exciting event brings us closer as a region by celebrating who we are and how we
got here. These events showcase our culture, and our ties to agriculture.

Our valley has rich soil and a rich history. The marriage of land and those

who work it dates back as far as our first settlers. From humble roots, the Red River
Valley has grown into a region characterized by its quirks and kindness.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library proudly supports our rural Minnesota communities.
Our libraries and LINK Sites serve as gathering spaces where anyone can pick up
a book and discover new worlds, or where neighbors can immerse themselves in
the stories of their own back yard.

Each Sugarbeet Series Event is free and open to the public. Bring your family, your
friends, your elders and your children. Experience our legendary region through music,
history, writing, poetry, photography, comedy and magic.

Like the sugarbeets that tie us all together, we hope you emerge with new knowledge,
grow with new experiences and harvest the sweet rewards the arts and our Minnesota
cultural heritage provide.

Be sure to pick up an entire Sugarbeet Series Event Booklet at any of Lake Agassiz Regional Library's 23 locations!

Thank you,

Lake Agassiz Regional Library

The Beat Goes On, So On with the Series!
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Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported
in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.
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Kevin Strauss Kevin Strauss,
Nature Storyteller

Every culture around the world has many stories to tell. Storytelling is an art form that everyone can take part in, either as a teller, listener or both.


Strauss' environmental stories teach ecological lessons and reveal nuances about the natural world in an entertaining, thoughtful way.


Strauss' storytelling is appropriate for all ages, especially kids and the kid in all of us!


10 a.m. - Moorhead Library

2:30 p.m. - Rothsay LINK Site  

5 p.m. - Barnesville Library


10:30 a.m. - Frazee LINK Site 
2 p.m. - Detroit Lakes Library
4:30 p.m. - Mahnomen Library

10:30 a.m. - Crookston Library
2 p.m. - Climax Library
4:30 p.m. - Fertile Library

Latin Dance Music


Salsabrosa Led by Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist/vocalist Viviana Pintado and international Cuban conga player Frank Rivery, SALSABROSA leaves a "Havana hot" buzz wherever it plays.


The band has an extensive repertoire of Latin styles including Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Merengue, Salsa and Salsa-Hip Hop., making them one of the premier Salsa acts in the Midwest.


SALSABROSA's explosive Afro-Cuban rhythms, mesmerizing vocal harmonies and riveting horn solos make even the shiest audiences want to get up and dance.


SALSABROSA is appropriate for all ages!


2 p.m. - Bagley Library
(Salsa Dancing Workshop)

7 p.m. - Detroit Lakes Library

12:30 p.m. - Mahnomen Library
(Salsa Dancing Workshop)

4 p.m. - Moorhead Library
(Cinco de Mayo Outdoor Concert) 

Dr. Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er) is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University.


He is Editor of the Shkaabewis (pronounced o-shkaah-bay-wis) Native Journal-the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language-and the author of eight books.


Dr. Treuer was also featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary film First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language.


His interactive program on Ojibwe history and culture includes information about treaties with the US government and the effects of immigration on the Ojibwe people.

7 p.m. - Moorhead Library

10:30 a.m. - Mahnomen School (Roy Johnson Room)
2:30 p.m. - Hawley Library
7 p.m. - Detroit Lakes Library 
LARL Staff Picks

Learn what LARL staff are reading! 


Undiscovered Country by Lin Enger-Liz
The book is set  in Minnesota. It was wonderful. I'll read anything set in familiar territory! 


Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson-Lois
It is a whimsical, traveling around the world tale and a beautiful coming of age story.  


Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick-Sr. Eileen
Hazel is a white woman who had heckled Elizabeth (one of the Little Rock Nine) on the first day of trying to integrate into an all-white school. Eventually Hazel had a change of attitude and sought reconciliation with Elizabeth.  This was quite inspiring.  I gained a better understanding of what it was like to go through the experience of integration.

 The New New Rules by Bill Maher-Megan
The New New Rules is hilarious!  Maher pokes fun at more than just politics -  nothing is off limits for him!

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay-Shelly
I listened to this book and the nattator's English and French were impeccable. I then watched the movie and discussed it at book club within the same week. I'd recommend listening to this book, you won't regret it!

Just My Type: A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield-Megan
This book is so nerdy I wasn't sure whether I should have been reading it in public, especially since it made me smile so much.  The book was packed full of interesting facts about the people who created the fonts we're surrounded by, as well as quirky stories of how some came to be so well loved, or hated (Comic Sans).  My favorite parts were the "Font Breaks" in between chapters telling the story of a particular font. Long story short, I wanted to hug this book. 

Huck Runs Amuck by Sean Taylor-Joy
This is a hilarious story of a hungry mountain goat has great illustrations - best read aloud! 

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