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Menahga high school science teacher Ramsey Miller slides into Spirit Lake Friday afternoon. He and four other teachers took a plunge into the lake after students exceeded a fund-raising goal for Haiti. The coin drive, organized by the Menahga Student Council, was called "Jumpin' in for Haiti." Students raised $1,400.10. The goal was $800.
Who stole Mrs. Fairfax's necklace? That's the question characters in the play "Mystery at Shady Acres" try to answer throughout the play. The Park Rapids Area Home School Association presented the play, through iPlay Productions, last weekend at Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. Audra Hill directed the 37 students in the production. Grace Steward, playing Mrs. Fairfax, said she really liked being in the play. "I love the character," she said. "It's fun to be a different person." "Mystery at Shady Acres," by Michelle R.
Energy and health: The Green Park Rapids Energy Fair and Health Expo was Saturday, Feb. 27 at Century School, with many people in attendance.
The "Threads of Love" quilters from Hubbard United Methodist Church wanted to give some dignity to families of loved ones who have passed away. They accomplished this by creating and donating two dignity quilts to Cease Family Funeral Home and Jones-Pearson Funeral Home. The quilts will be used to cover the cart carrying a deceased person from a hospital, nursing home or other location. RoJean Cummins and Kathie Cole were instrumental in the making of the quilts.
Rapids Spirits employees will now be able to sample new alcoholic products while working, to give them a better understanding of the products to assist customers. Scott Olson, Rapids Spirits manager, presented a resolution to the Park Rapids City Council Tuesday to amend a personnel policy regarding alcohol use for city employees. The employee personnel policy did not allow the use of any alcohol on city property by any city employee unless authorized by the city administrator.
Two new holistic health groups have been formed in Park Rapids. Nicole Guida and Jill Tate are working to get a Holistic Moms Network up and running.
Jay Kinkel, with Kinkel Laundry, will receive a 5 percent reduction to the sewer part of the laundromat's water bill. He asked the Park Rapids City Council for a water evaporation allowance Tuesday night as he presented facts and data supporting the request. The water evaporation allowance is to account for the water that stays in clothes after washing and does not go down the sewer. Kinkel provided information from the Coin Laundry Association, a national non-profit organization.
Park Rapids non-union employees are not in favor of a proposal to switch their vacation and sick leave to a Paid Time Off (PTO) system without increasing the accrual. City administrator Bill Smith made a proposal for the PTO system at the Feb. 9 Park Rapids City Council meeting. The resolution was tabled to have further discussion with staff. Non-union employees offered a counter proposal at Tuesday's meeting. Currently, non-union employees can accrue 800 hours of sick leave and 80 hours of vacation at the end of the year.
The overall theme was clear at the Hubbard County DFL Convention Sunday afternoon: A DFLer needs to be elected to the governor position this fall. Fifty-five registered delegates attended the convention at the Laporte School. Several guests spoke to the delegates about why they should be elected governor or why their candidate should be elected governor. Having health care available for everyone was a priority for most candidates. Gubernatorial candidates Tom Rukavina, Matt Entenza and John Marty attended the convention to speak with delegates. Paul Thissen, R.T.
Menahga School teachers are using SMART boards to enhance their classrooms and improve learning. The school will have 34 SMART boards in classrooms throughout the school when installation is complete. The SMART boards were purchased with a nearly $200,000 Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) grant. "Teachers can take anything off the computer and make it interactive for students," said superintendent Mary Klamm. Teachers will also continue to receive training for the SMART boards each month from now through the fall.