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Menahga Mayor Pat Foss signs the St. Urho’s Day Proclamation Monday night. Those looking on include, from left, Menahga C&C President Liz Olson and council members Kim Rasmussen, Gary Parvi and Roger Henstorf. (Nick Longworth / Enterprise)

Menahga mayor proclaims St. Urho’s Day

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BY Nick longworth

St. Urho’s Day has been officially proclaimed in Menahga.

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On Monday, March 10 the Menahga City Council met to discuss issues of the community. The meeting was open for the public to attend.

In the meeting, the “St. Urho’s Day Proclamation” was signed by Mayor Pat Foss.

Foss read the proclamation saying, “A significant number of residents of Menahga are of Finnish descent; and, whereas, this distinguished group of citizens have contributed substantially in many ways to the pioneer settlement and, subsequent development of the great City of Menahga; and, whereas, this ethnic group through the years has continually honored their heritage with great fortitude and enviable sense of humour as recipients of numerous amusing and unusual tales of Finnish endeavor; and, whereas, descendants of this noteworthy nationality have adopted the renowned St. Urho, the patron Saint of the Finnish people in commemoration of this great deed of saving the grape crop in Finland by driving the grasshoppers out of the country with the now famous words: “Heinasirkka, Heinasirkka, Mene Taalta Hiteen.”

Foss then signed the document, officially proclaiming March 16 and March 16 of all years to come as St. Urho’s Day, to be celebrated accordingly by all people of Finnish descent and friends.

In other news, the council:

n Released the Menahga Police Department incidents for February 2014 were. The report showed three suspicious activity calls, three intoxicated person calls, one theft call, two juvenile trouble calls and one burglary call.  

n Approved the gambling permit application for a midsummer raffle to be held on July 13 at Spirit Lake Boat Access. The approval was made after discussion was held with Rick Pinnick from the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association.

n Approved the advertising of lifeguards and seasonal mowing positions for the City of Menahga, keeping the pay rate the same as last year.

n Heard a presentation from Greenwood Connections Administrator Clair Erickson about the state of the retirement and assisted living complex. No major plans are being considered at this moment.

n Heard a presentation by Dave Sobieski, who will be running for State House in the fall.

“I’m going to be knocking on your doors, and asking for your vote. I’m a husband, a father, a veteran and a small business owner. My wife, Amy and I own a small business in New York Mills. I’m also a veteran of the United States Air Force. I’m here to say hi and that I believe we need to invest in our rural communities. I look forward to seeing and meeting you all as the year goes on.”

n Answered questions about a possible sale of the city beach.

“A closed meeting was had with Mark Hansen who brought forth a discussion from a group, who we still don’t know, who possibly wanted to purchase the city beach,” Mayor Foss said. “That’s as far as it’s gone; we have not heard anything else from them.”

No official decisions were made at that meeting, although Foss said “the council has a responsibility to at least listen to proposals.” The council said they would not consider anything unless it would remain a public beach.

n Acknowledged receiving the written resignation of Michael Rogers, effective immediately. The resolution also includes a declaration that a vacancy exists on the council effective immediately.

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Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
(218) 732-3364
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