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Robbins-Henderson wedding

Desiree and Paul Henderson

Desiree Nichole Robbins, daughter of Mark Robbins of Oklahoma and Linda and Roger Hensel of Osage, and Paul Henderson, son of Wayne and Theresa Henderson of Menahga, were married Oct 14, 2011 at the Methodist Pines Chapel at Northern Pines Methodist Campground in a private family wedding.

The bride wore a satin empire dress with a sheer overlay and spaghetti straps. She made and carried a bouquet of teal and rust flowers and wore a veil with a tiara.

Her maid of honor was her sister, Danielle Potter, and bridesmaid was Amy Thorpe, sister of the groom.

Best man was Jonathon Rippentrop, friend of the groom, and groomsman was Rod Thorpe, Jr., brother-in-law of the groom.

Priscilla Thorpe, 3-year-old niece of the groom, strolled Elizabeth Potter, 6-month-old niece of the bride, down the aisle in a baby stroller decorated in teal and rust.

The wedding was performed by Steve Criswell and Pastor Art Wood. There was a small private reception following the service.

A public reception was held the next day at Faith Baptist Church. A PowerPoint presentation of the couple from childhood to adult and clips of the actual wedding were shown.

The wedding cake was made by the bride's sister, Danielle.

Desiree is a 2011 graduate of Menahga High School and is employed at Subway in Park Rapids and BP on Main. Paul is a 2008 home school graduate and is currently self-employed.


Victoria Lutz, a sophomore at Park Rapids Area High School, has been selected to represent Itasca-Mantrap on the 2008 Youth Tour when she travels to Washington, DC June 14-19.

She is the daughter of Roberta and John Lutz of Park Rapids.

During her visit to Washington, DC, Victoria will travel with other high school students from Minnesota and across the nation. She will meet with state representatives and senators, attend educational seminars to learn more about the nation's government and electric cooperatives, and tour historical monuments and museums.

Sophomores and juniors were eligible to participate in the annual contest, which was promoted through Park Rapids, Nevis and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley high schools as well as through the local media.

Students qualified by submitting applications and answering three short-answer questions relating to electric co-ops, energy efficiency and government. Interviews were held at the Itasca-Mantrap office in Park Rapids March 26 and 27 to select the winner, who was chosen based on the student's personality, poise, leadership qualities, achievements and their application.

Victoria Lutz


Air Force Airman William W. Paulson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of William Paulson of Menahga.

Paulson is a 2007 graduate of Menahga High School.