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Beagle and Wolf plays an active part in Park Rapids and the surrounding area.

Our activities include:

Hubbard County Food Shelf

Pie!“Chili Madness” was our entry in the latest Chili Challenge, an annual event held in March to benefit the Hubbard Country Food Shelf. The event raised over $16,000, and over $1,000 of that was from our chili!


Book donations to schools
We donate Advance Readers copies of books to local schools, and to schools on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.


Trick or Treat
Each Halloween, merchants invite children to trick or treat downtown. Each year, we give treats to 600 to 1,000 costumed kids!


Park Rapids Public Library
Beagle and Wolf partners with our local library to promote literacy and reading:

Jen is an active member of the Friends of the Library.
We provide support for the summer reading program and donate books to the library.

With the Friends of the Library, we sponsored the annual John Michael Lerma Pie-Baking Contest, which raised thousands of dollars for the library.

Olivia Wallace, the winner of the 2016 pie baking contest, has graciously shared her original recipe:

Strawberry Pie
(makes 2 pies)

1-8 ounce tub strawberry cream cheese
1 c. whipping cream
¼ c. powdered sugar
¾ c. granulated sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1 c. water
1 3-ounch package strawberry gelatin
2 pie shells, pre-baked

Leave cream cheese at room temperature for an hour to soften.

Whip cream and powdered sugar together until stiff.
Fold into the cream cheese.
Divide mixture between the pie shells, spreading across the bottom and up the sides to make a well.

In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and water until smooth.
Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes, until thickened.
Remove from heat.
Stir in gelatin until dissolved.
Cool for 20 minutes.

Pour over strawberries and divide between pies.
Refrigerate until set.

Reading Buddy

Jen is a Reading Buddy at Nevis through the Kinship Program.

Midwest Independent Booksellers Association

Pie!Jen serves as the Vice President of the Board of the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, our regional trade association.

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