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Author to speak in Montevideo

MONTEVIDEO -- Odell Bjerkness, author of "The Prince and the Nanny," will speak at 7 p.m. Friday at the Montevideo-Chippewa County Public Library. He will also sign copies of the book from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday. The subtitle reads: The Life of Prince Harald, now King of Norway, as told in Historical Context and through the Journal of his Nurse, Inga Berg.

The book chronicles in great detail the early life of the prince. Bjerkness translated the document into English with commentary and built a case for the monarchy's close relationship to the people.

Bjerkness is the son of Inga's older sister, Marie, who immigrated to America in 1912. He collected data from informants both in Norway and the USA, primarily from close relatives and through his mother's correspondence with Inga.

Inga's journal provides a rare glimpse into the private lives of the royal family during a period of transition in the Norwegian monarchy from a formal, traditional lifestyle to the more familiar, unpretentious lifestyle of the modern Norwegian royals.

Prairie Winds Band concert is Sunday

WILLMAR -- The Prairie Winds Band will perform in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at WEAC in Willmar.

The program "A Concert That's Not in the Park" will feature concert marches including "An American Folk Rhapsody" by Clare Grundman and "Alleluia" by Ralph Manuel, along with other selections.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students; tickets will be available at the door.

Best-selling author Kate Jacobs to hold signing/discussion in Litchfield

LITCHFIELD -- Best-selling author Kate Jacobs of "The Friday Night Knitting Club" fame will be in Litchfield for a book signing and discussion.

Jacobs will be discussing her works from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at Cricket Meadow Tea, 113 N. Sibley Ave., in Litchfield.

"The Friday Night Knitting Club" became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller in 2007 with more than a million copies in print. It remained on the best-seller list for a year. Jacobs followed up on her the book's success with a second book in the series, "Knit Two." She's now penned a third book in the series, "Knit the Season."

Jacobs was born in British Columbia, Canada, and moved to New York. She has worked at Redbook, Working Woman and Family Life.

NL Little Theatre to honor veterans with showing of 'Canteen Spirit'

NEW LONDON -- The New London Little Theatre will be show the PBS video "The Canteen Spirit -- how the hospitality of a Nebraska Canteen touched more than 6 million soldiers during WWII" at 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free.

What started as a case of mistaken identity turned a railroad depot into a legend. For nearly five years the residents from 125 communities greeted soldiers as their trains made a 10-minute stop at the North Platte Depot. The Canteen volunteers provided sandwiches, cakes, cookies, beverages, cigarettes, magazines and other supplies. The video captures the depot's historic generosity with rare photographs and interviews with veterans and Canteen workers.

After the show participants will be offered lunch from a "canteen" -- complete with the ladies in 1940 dresses and aprons.

"The Canteen Spirit" is a production of NET Televisions. It was produced, written and directed by Annie Mumgaard.