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MCGA offers free

admission to Viking Speedway

There will be free admission to the Viking Speedway races on July 27 thanks to a Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Jam the Stands promotion.

The MCGA and other local sponsors are helping to offer free admission at nine tracks around the state, including the Viking Speedway on July 27. Fans will also have an opportunity to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards throughout the evening and learn more about ethanol and renewable fuels by stepping inside the Biofuels Mobile Education Center.

Racing starts at 6 p.m. that night.

Twilight Run 5K

The Osakis Chamber of Commerce will host its first ever Chamber Fest August 9-10 and the first event to jump-start the celebration is the Twilight Run. The first Twilight Run 5K is set for Friday, August 9 at 7 p.m. in Osakis.

Registration runs from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and awards will be presented around 8:15 p.m. Twilight Run 5K registration forms are available in Osakis or The entry fee is $20 before August 2 and $25 the day of the race. Children 10 and younger can enter free of charge.

LAR offers lacrosse

Lakes Area Recreation will offer a new lacrosse program for kids in grades 3 through 8.

The eight-session program starts July 30 and runs through August 22 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Voyager Elementary School. The program will give kids the chance to participate in different drills, skills and scrimmages with their teammates.

The cost is $40 and those interested can register or get more information by calling LAR at (320) 762-2868.

Harvest Duathlon race

The third annual Harvest Duathlon will take place August 31 at 9 a.m. at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria.

The race consists of a 2.5-mile run, a 13-mile bike ride followed by another 2.3-mile run. There are a maximum of 200 entries for the race. There will also be a kids' duathlon on Friday, August 30 at 6 p.m. for kids ages 2-10.

For more information or to register, visit

PEAK Performance program registration open

Registration is open for the Heartland Orthopedic Specialist's 2013 PEAK Performance, a growth and development program aimed at helping young athletes acquire skill, maximize athletic potential and reduce the risk of injury.

For more information about PEAK Performance, contact Heartland Orthopedic Specialists at (320) 335-6078 or register at

Brandon 5K for Jordan Nohre

Brandon-Evansville coaches are hosting a 5K run/walk and a free kids' 1K run to benefit Jordan Nohre and her family.

Nohre, a 7th grader from Evansville, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. She will be receiving three rounds of chemotherapy through the summer months.

The race to raise money and honor her family will be held August 3 during Brandon Summerfest and will start behind Gardonville at 8 a.m. Registration will be from 7:15-7:55. The cost for the 5K is $20 per person and $10 for those younger than 10. Registration also includes a T-shirt. A free kid's 1K will follow the 5K at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Registration forms can be found at or For more information, call or e-mail Jennifer Froemming at (320) 760-1643 or

Swing for kids

The Alexandria Area YMCA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a golf scramble at the Alexandria Golf Club as a fundraiser for the YMCA financial assistance program and the FCA camp scholarships.

Cost is $125 per individual and $500 per team. Registration includes golf, cart, dinner and program.

For more information or to register, visit or call (320) 834-9622.

Fall dance team program

Lakes Area Recreation will hold dance team training for girls in grades 7-12 with no tryouts necessary.

The program will serve as a starting point and training for dancers who are either interested in or part of the winter competitive Cardinal dance team.

Basic jazz and kick techniques as well as endurance and stretching will be part of the practices, which will culminate in a performance at a Cardinal football game this fall.

For more information or to register, call (320) 762-2868.

Softball tournament in Little Falls

The second annual Michael "Lody" Lodermeier Memorial softball tournament, set for Saturday, July 27 in Little Falls, is looking for teams.

The double-elimination tournament will be at the Lindbergh Lions Recreational Complex softball fields at 8th Street and 2nd Avenue Southwest. Games begin at 9 a.m.

Cost is $150 per team with the prize money determined by the number of entrants.

For more information, call Steve Durham at (320) 360-0395 or Lisa Maslowski at (320) 296-0472.