Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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Menahga fifth-graders each picked a topic to display in the gym and talk about with other students. The interests ranged from basketball to violins to Danish cooking. Parents and other guests were also able to look at the projects and ask questions.
Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll, at left, proclaims the week of March 7 "Girl Scout Week" in the city. Attending the Park Rapids City Council meeting Tuesday for the proclamation and to lead the Pledge of Allegiance were Girl Scout troop leader Monica Clark, and Girl Scouts Sara Ballard, Kellsey Clark and Mackenzie Hensel.
As she prepared for her "State of the Tribe" address Wednesday, White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor spoke in Park Rapids about her struggles and triumphs over the years. The program was offered through Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. Vizenor is the first woman to be elected tribal chair at White Earth. She grew up at Pine Point on the White Earth Reservation and graduated from Park Rapids High School. "I'm very proud of our tribe," she said. "It was a great honor to be elected." Over the years there have been many struggles among the American Indians, she said.
The feedback was clear. Residents want state legislators to make cuts in order to fix Minnesota's budget mess. State Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, and state Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, had a series of town hall meetings Saturday, including a stop in Park Rapids to listen to constituents. Skoe said there are three large issues facing lawmakers this session. First is the General Assistance Medical Care fix.
Lisa Fuchs, student dietician with St. Joseph's Area Health Services, at right, shares information about healthy food choices with Jerry and Diane Cole at J&B Foods. The tour was in place of the monthly St. Joseph's Diabetes Support Group, which meets from 9 to 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the Lower Level Room A at the hospital.
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.
Park Rapids area residents are trying to make healthier choices through "Power Up 2010." The wellness challenge began in January and has been a hit, said Jill Dickinson, Park Rapids Community Education director. She reported 185 people are registered. The eight-week challenge is sponsored by the Center for Weight Management, a service of St. Joseph's Area Health Services and Innovis Health, along with Community Education. "I've gotten very positive feedback," Dickinson said. Each week, participants set personal goals centered on POWER tools.
A majority of townships in Hubbard and eastern Becker counties have decided their elections will coincide with the General Election in November, but some will have elections Tuesday, March 9. Townships will still have their annual meetings March 9 when the town business is discussed and residents set the preliminary property tax levy. Those with elections Tuesday are listed below.
Denise Pederson wants to get the word out about Multiple Sclerosis. MS Awareness Week is March 8-14 and Pederson, who has MS, said she enjoys sharing information about MS with her helper dog Mac by her side. "It's is a disease that affects the nervous system," she said. "It's frustrating at times but it's not the end of the world." She has been instrumental in starting a monthly MS support group in Park Rapids and now about six people regularly attend. Pederson was diagnosed with MS 20 years ago and now uses a wheelchair.