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Century Middle School students are beating the cold with exercise. Century physical education teacher Aarin Galski started an indoor walking club this fall to give students another option during recess. The club is for seventh- and eight-graders. "We opened it up to the fifth- and sixth-graders but they still have an interest in going outside no matter how cold it is," Galski said. She and other teachers saw the older students dragging their feet on the way outside. "It's been going great," she said.
Future funding for the Energy Assistance Program is in limbo. The program helps low-income households pay home heating bills. Payments are made directly to the household's fuel dealer. Nancy Cummings, Energy Programs Coordinator for Mahube, said her office has processed about 2,500 applications so far and is working on about 500 more. "It has been very busy," she said. All qualified households that submitted applications before Dec. 1 will receive funding. However, applications taken after Dec.
Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll was the featured mayor of the week for Reader's Digest as part of the ongoing "We Hear You America" campaign, which officially launched Nov. 16. Each week during the Reader's Digest campaign, ReadersDigest.com will feature an interview with a mayor who strongly reflects the "We Hear You America" spirit.
Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll has been named mayor of the week by Reader's Digest as part of the ongoing "We Hear You America" campaign, which officially launched Nov. 16. Each week during the Reader's Digest campaign, ReadersDigest.com will fea-ture an interview with a mayor who strongly re-flects the "We Hear You America" spirit.
The annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse is a way to raise funds for the Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council. The radiothon is from noon Thursday, Dec. 1 through noon Friday, Dec. 2. Katrina Carrier, Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council director, said the money will be used for the SAFE Parks Program operated in Park Rapids, Nevis and Akeley. The objective of SAFE Parks is to provide a "Safe and Fun Environment" for all the children who participate. Other funds have been used for Kinship, a mentoring program for children in the area.
Families gathered this week to pack boxes of support for soldiers. The Northwoods Chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., come together to support each other along with families who have loved ones in the military. The holiday packages include snacks, socks, spoons and forks, hats and toiletries. They were packed by mothers, fathers and friends. Connie Carmichael, president of the Northwoods Chapter of Blue Star Mothers, organized the box packing event. One of the large donations this year was from the Ride for the Troops committee and RP Broadcasting, Inc.
The Menahga School building renovations are completed and have come in at about the estimated cost. "The final walk-through was Nov. 17," said Menahga Superintendent Mary Klamm. " ...
Street and utility projects continue to dominate Park Rapids city business. The City Council heard a preliminary engineering report for sanitary sewer and water main improvements for Todd Township Annexation Area III. The annexation agreement shows that plans and specifications must be ordered prior to 2012. The project is listed on the city's Capital Improvement Plan for 2014. Area III, which is approximately 104 acres, is located on the south side of Fish Hook Lake.
Students in Park Rapids, Nevis and Laporte are working to make the roads a safer place this holiday season. The Park Rapids Area High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group, working with the Minnesota chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will launch the "Tie One on for Safety" campaign Friday, Nov. 25 during the annual tree lighting ceremony in downtown Park Rapids. The "Tie One on for Safety" campaign is an annual awareness event from Nov. 25 through Jan. 2.