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Minnesota state parks will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with free admission and family fun on Saturday. The Department of Natural Resources will waive the requirement for vehicle permits and provide free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Saturday. The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to introduce first-time visitors to the fun of outdoor recreation, especially families with young children. A wide variety of special free programs will take place at parks statewide. Most parks allow visitors to check out GPS units, binoculars, fishing gear and discovery kits for kids. And the DNR says Minnesota residents don't need a license to fish at most Minnesota state parks.

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Fish'n'Fun at Turtle River State Park: Celebrate Turtle River State Park and National Trails Day with some Fish'n'Fun, Saturday, June 14. Start the day at the Kid's Fishing Derby from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the CCC Memorial Shelter. All of the necessary equipment will be provided and door prizes will be awarded at various times during thefishing derby.

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Our Rhubarb Festival at University Lutheran Church, 2122 University Avenue, Grand Forks is in its 22nd year. It will be held on Saturday, June 14th from10am-1pm. Our festival includes an all-rhubarb bake sale, luncheon, rhubarb milk shakes, and a large assortment of rhubarb desserts. The luncheon cost is $7, dessert and coffee is $3. We also have a judged cooking contest. Our contest this year is for a main dish (meat) that includes at least 2 cups of rhubarb in the preparation. Entries must include the recipe and be entered at ULC by 9:00am on the 14th. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 winning entries. The event is hosted by our Women of the ELCA group. Proceeds from the event are used to benefit local ministries and non-profit organizations.

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Fireman's Fun Motorcycle Run and Supper Feed: Saturday, June 14. Registration 11 am, Ride out at noon starts at East Grand Forks Eagles Club and stops at:

American Legion - Stephen

The Wheel - Middle River

Hobo Haus - Newfolden

Micks - Warren

Lightning - Alvarado

The Ho - Grand Forks

Eagles - East Grand Forks

Meal included with registration upon return to the Eagles $10 per bike, $5 per passenger

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Parkwood Annual Car Show: Free and open to the public. Cars, hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and lemonade. Listen to and dance to the Pecka Band, tour Parkwood Senior Living

For more info, contact Jo at 701-780-2612 or visit