Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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Local churches are hosting the second annual Rush of Fools event for youth in grades seven through 12 Wednesday, April 28. This year, the event is at Calvary Lutheran Church.
The Park Rapids City Council will approve bids for the southwest road construction project Tuesday. The utility and road work will begin later this spring or early this summer.
Menahga City Administrator Teri Osterman announced Tuesday she is resigning to take another job. Osterman took a job with the Minnesota Rural Water Association out of Elbow Lake. She will be the management finance circuit rider for northern Minnesota. She will provide support to utilities in northern Minnesota, working on management and finance concerns, loan applications and utility rate studies. "I'm excited," Osterman said. "I'll be helping other cities and will work for a great group of people." Osterman has been with the city for eight years.
The Park Rapids city website has undergone major changes thanks to Century School eighth graders. "It's a lot easier to get into and for people to get the information they need," said city planner Dan Walker, who worked with the students. For his department, having permit applications available online makes it much easier to help people. He can direct people to the city's website at ci.parkrapids.mn.us. The city was approached by eighth grade teacher Ardis Johnson about updating the website and having her geography students work on those updates.
The Henrietta Township board has repealed the resolution it passed in January requiring all temporary liquor licenses be for 3:2 beer. The board met Wednesday with its lawyer, Troy Gilchrist, to discuss concerns brought up at its regular meeting earlier this month.
The Menahga School District is encouraging public input through new monthly round table discussions. The first round table was Monday night before the regular school board meeting. Participants discussed the school board's goals for 2009-10. Of the five goals, only the first two were discussed before time ran out. The participants said they would like to meet monthly to continue the round table talks. The first goal was for staff to examine data and set an achievement benchmark that will show a 10 percent improvement on MCA tests for reading and math.
Miniature dollhouse making has always been a hobby for Paulette Von Behren and recently she has added making miniature building replicas to her repertoire. Von Behren belonged to a miniature club in the 1980s and continued with her projects long after that group met. "Each of the granddaughters got a dollhouse," Von Behren said. "They got bigger as I went along." She has four granddaughters and one grandson. Her grandson got a barn instead of a dollhouse. The only limiting factor for Von Behren's hobby is space.
A community ice skating rink is being proposed for Depot Park in Park Rapids. Paul Larson, newly appointed to the Park Rapids Park Board, presented a proposal to the Park Rapids City Council last week. "I'm looking at a possible leisure rink for kids instead of the hockey rink," he said. "They have a tough time with ice time.
Menahga School district voters said "no" again to a referendum to expand the school with 549 yes votes and 586 no votes. This time the project was scaled down by about $3 million. An $8.5 million referendum was voted down in November by about 56 percent of voters. "It was disappointing, that's for sure," said Superintendent Mary Klamm.