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Park Rapids Eagles Club dissolves

Ken Kalish, standing at left, president of Eagles Aerie 870, presented checks totaling $7,000 to local service organizations including, front from left, Pat Hrubes with Kinship, Girl Scout Vanessa Hensel and Desarae Kohrs, Mary Aho with the Headwaters Animal Shelter; back row, Toby Weston with Boy Scout Troop 58, Ron Norenberg and Dennis Aanenson with Let's Go Fishing Headwaters Area Chapter, and Jessica Jenson with CHI St. Joseph's Hospice Care. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)

A local organization with 114 years of community service gave away its last funds Monday night.

Park Rapids Aerie 870 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, founded in 1904, closed the door on its clubhouse two years ago due to financial struggles. After an unsuccessful effort to stem a decline in membership, the aerie's charter ended last month.

In a ceremony Monday at the Park Rapids Library, the defunct club expended its remaining $7,000 in a gusher of generosity.

In what Aerie President Ken Kalish called a "last gasp," the organization gave $500 each to the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

It also gave $1,000 each to the Hubbard County Emergency Food Shelf, Meals on Wheels (Hubbard County Senior Nutrition), CHI St. Joseph's Hospice Care, Kinship of the Park Rapids Area, Headwaters Animal Shelter, and Let's Go Fishing Headwaters Area Chapter.

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