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Erik Bendl is making his way through northern Minnesota and the Headwaters of the Mississippi this week on a walk for diabetes awareness. Bendl made a stop in Lake George Thursday and planned to continue walking to Itasca State Park by the weekend. The Louisville, Ky., man plans to step in all the lower 48 states eventually. His first trip was in 2007. This summer he started in Sheboygan, Wis. July 3, headed to Iowa and north through Minnesota. He will continue walking this year until the snow comes, he said. "My motto is, if you love yourself, go for a walk," Bendl said.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program allocation has been cut by 73 percent in Hubbard County. Hubbard County will receive $3,902 in 2011, compared to $14,538.
A man who was managing a resort in northeastern Hubbard County has been charged with theft after reports of potential guests sending in deposits while the resort was in foreclosure. Christopher Dunker, 29, who had been managing Big Wolf Lake Resort, has been charged with theft in Hubbard County District Court. He was arrested Tuesday, said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne. Potential guests found the resort online and several either paid in full because the website was offering a discount or made a $150 non-refundable deposit.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken stopped in Park Rapids Monday afternoon to visit with Lamb-Weston RDO Frozen employees and take a quick tour of downtown. "I'm visiting with manufacturers all over the state," Franken said.
Hundreds gathered on a hill north of Ponsford to pay tribute to veterans and their families Saturday afternoon. The annual All Veterans Tribute at Howard Maninga's Vietnam Veterans Memorial featured a flag raising and retiring ceremony. "How blessed we are that there is no war on our soil," said Trudy Maninga, Howard's wife.
An assortment of Willys Overland vehicles have been stopping traffic at C'mon Inn in Park Rapids this week. Members of the Upper Mississippi Chapter of the Willys Overland Knight Registry are on vacation in the Park Rapids area through Sunday. The mission is to bring together people who own, admire, and are interested in the preservation of vehicles powered by sleeve valve engines or the related family of Willys Overland vehicles. Stan Maass, of Stewartville, said the Willys Overland cars were made between 1903 and 1942 before production was stopped. The Upper Mississippi Chapter trave
Drop your whisks, grab your friends, and join us for a day of fun at the Taste of Home Cooking School and Expo at Century School cafetorium in Park Rapids Saturday, Sept. 10. Limited tickets are available for the cooking school at 3 p.m. The $10 tickets can be purchased at the Park Rapids Enterprise and J&B Foods or call 732-3364. The expo is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission. During the interactive two-hour event, watch top culinary expert, Guy Klinzing demonstrate new recipes that can easily be recreated at home.
Nevis School District officials took time to listen to the public this week before making a recommendation on an operating levy. "Some of our costs have been escalating beyond our control and the state funding shift will likely require us to borrow," said superintendent Steve Rassier. The finance committee decided Thursday night to make a recommendation to the school board to ask voters for a seven-year operating levy Nov. 8. The recommended ballot will have two questions. The first question will ask voters for $252 per student, which is double the current levy of $126 per student.
The third annual Youth Music and Art Showcase will be Aug. 18-20. Art will be displayed in downtown Park Rapids businesses and will be judged by professional artists. Several artists have submitted art for the showcase. New additions are Dannon Yliniemi, 17, and Dailey Yliniemi, 15, of Osage. The siblings will show a variety of photography. Musicians of all kinds will perform at a variety of Park Rapids downtown businesses as well. The music schedule is as follows: Friday, Aug.