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News Briefs - Sunday, Aug. 18

Trade show open to American Indian students

WALKER -- The Northern Minnesota Tribal Economic Development Summer and Trade show will be held Oct. 16-17 at Northern Lights Casino in Walker.

This year, the show is hosting the Youth Business Plan Competition, which is open to American Indian students in grades 10, 11 and 12 that have business ideas for their community.

Cash prizes up to $200 will be awarded and applications must be submitted by noon Aug. 30.

Contact a business coach in the following areas for an application packet or more information.

Leech Lake Area: Contact Kim Nagle at 335-4497.

Red Lake Area: Contact Sharon James at 679-1892.

White Earth Area: Contact Pam Keezer 983-3285 ext. 5908.

Ribbon cutting to honor connected trails

BEMIDJI -- A ribbon cutting will be held 10 a.m. Aug. 23 at the south end of the trail bridge attached to the Highways 371/200 across Shingobee Bay to honor the completion of Phase IV of the Shingobee Connection Trail.

The Paul Bunyan and Heartland state trails are now connected.

The event will begin with refreshments and then a short program and a bike ride from Walker City Park.

Champion fiddler to perform at festival

RED LAKE FALLS -- The Chautauqua and French Festival is set for Aug. 23, 24 and 25 at Old Crossing and Treaty Park near Huot, Minn. and will feature champion fiddler Michael Audette and his band.

They will be on stage at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 and at 9 p.m. they will play for a dance at The Spot in Red Lake Falls.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the festival, contact Jerry Amiot at 289-8889 or Virgil Benoit at 253-2270.