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Be prepared for some laughs as Park Rapids Area High School students perform a murder mystery comedy Oct. 23-24. "You Have the Right to Remain Dead," by Pat Cook, is a murder mystery, audience participation comedy, said high school drama director Julie Kjenaas. "It's also a play within a play," she said. Students will have two performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids. Students began rehearsing after school in early September. "It's been nice working with the cast," said Anthony Schmid, stage manager.
For the past four Saturday mornings, Park Rapids area kids have been up and out of the house getting some physical activity. A flag football league for kids in kindergarten through fourth grade was offered for the first time this fall in Park Rapids. "Isn't this great?" Bill Hodge asked as he looked across the gymnasium at the 95 kids signed up for the league. He was instrumental in starting the football league. "My son, Charlie, was in kindergarten last year and wanted to play football," Hodge said. Football wasn't available for younger kids in Park Rapids.
The Park Rapids School Board and Education Minnesota-Park Rapids will enter mediation to work toward a resolution for the next two years of the teachers' contract. The current 2007-09 contract expired in June. Both parties met Tuesday night and discussed a variety of topics. "Unfortunately, they were unable to come to a settlement," said Superintendent Glenn Chiodo. Discussion included the salary schedule, family health care coverage and the 403(b) retirement savings match. The union's last proposal for salary was 1 percent each year, steps and lanes both years, Chiodo said. The sc
Park Rapids City Council member Michael Strodtman has submitted his resignation. Strodtman will be moving out of Park Rapids, said City Administrator Bill Smith. He was appointed to the council in March to fill the position that was vacated by Ted Godfrey. Strodtman was the former city planner. In March, the City Council received six letters of interest for the position. The City Council will discuss how to fill the vacancy at its next meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13.
A Park Rapids Area High School book club will start the year reading about the Holocaust. The first book on the docket is "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne. "It's an excellent choice," said Susan Cassidy, media center director and facilitator for the club. A few of the students were in the book club last year and they look forward to another year of conversation and reading. Melissa Rogers, a junior, said she absolutely loves this group. "It's just very entertaining for young kids like us to just sit in a room and discuss what we get out of a book," Rogers said. The bo
The Park Rapids Area High School library will be filling up with additional books this fall. Susan Cassidy, high school media specialist, shared the good news with the Park Rapids Area School Board Monday night. The school has received a $1,000 grant from Walmart to purchase books, she said. Also, Cassidy had the opportunity to attend the Midwest Booksellers Association trade show, in St.
Akeley native Kenneth Gack is headed to New Delhi, India in early November for the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships. He began powerlifting when he joined the U.S. Air Force at 18 years old. Growing up in Akeley, Gack said he didn't do much lifting but played around with weights. Gack was valedictorian of his graduating class. His parents, Fran and Myron, still live in Akeley. "When I got off active duty, I stopped lifting seriously for a few years," he said. In 2005, he came back into competition.
Park Rapids students have become motivated to read through the Accelerated Reader program. Accelerated Reader is a computer software program that helps teachers manage and monitor students' reading. Connie Fondow is the administrator of the program for Century School. "The best part is that it's fair for every student," she said. When students first start the program, they take the STAR test to determine their reading level. The student then finds a book from the media center color coded for his or her reading level.
Menahga city administrative staff filed a formal grievance to address issues with a city councilmember. In the letter, Teri Osterman, Susie Larson and Joline Floyd say the action was filed "due to the continued bullying we have been receiving from council member Maxine Norman." The City Council discussed the matter in an emergency meeting Thursday after holding a closed meeting to discuss preliminary allegations involving the city administrator, Osterman, and negotiations dealing with the Markkula property for Greenwood Connections Nursing Home. A motion was made after reopening the meet
People flocked to Seip Drug in Park Rapids Thursday afternoon for an opportunity to get a seasonal flu shot. This was one of the first flu shot clinics in the area. Several upcoming flu shot dates have been set. Lindsay Lindey, Registered Nurse with the Minnesota Visiting Nursing Agency, said she administered 90 doses of flu shots Thursday afternoon. Those seeking shots started forming a line before 2 p.m.