Lions Clubs International celebrates a century of service this year and has grown to be the largest service organization in the world. Melvin Jones founded the club on June 7, 1917, and now 100 years later, there are over 45,000 clubs and more than 1.3 million members in 203 countries worldwide. Jones, a Chicago businessman, asked, with regards to his colleagues, "What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?"
Ice officially went out on Fish Hook Lake on Friday, April 7.
Miscellaneous: Mar. 16: A Laporte caller reported that her ex boyfriend stole her cell phone and was refusing to give it back; A Park Rapids caller reported that a party with a harassment restraining order was at his girlfriend's residence; A Bemidji caller reported an individual was out of control and had broken windows out of a vehicle when she tried to leave; A Cass Lake caller stated her son was "flipping out again;" A Bemidji caller reported her parents were stalking and harassing her;
Miscellaneous: Feb. 23: An Akeley caller asked to speak to a deputy about a situation with his daughter; A caller reported an older white four door vehicle with no front bumper was swerving into the other lane of traffic; A Park Rapids caller reported an individual was breaking things in her home; A Park Rapids caller reported a suspicious blue vehicle had gone past her residence slowly a minimum of 10 times; A Menahga caller wanted deputy assistance in getting his personal property from his ex girlfriend;
Township annual meetings will be held Tuesday, March 14 this year, and many townships also have their annual election of officers that day. In Minnesota, if you don't live in an incorporated city, you live in a township ... It's important to vote and have a say in your leadership. Like cities, each township has a unique character. Their governing structure is the same, but some of the issues they face are quite different — from water quality to gravel mining to farming to logging. Or just being a large township on the edge of a mid-sized regional center.
Miscellaneous: Mar. 6: An Akeley caller wanted to speak to an officer in reference to a male party he had been letting stay at his house; An Akeley caller reported the neighbors were driving through the reporting party's yard; A Laporte caller reported an insufficient check; A Nevis caller reported someone was making threats to run away; A Nevis caller reported a possible scam call that her mother had received;
The Enterprise published an editorial in 2003 about the "Old Logger" who was familiar with many in the Park Rapids area. That year, James Leonard Colby, known as the "Old Logger" of the Rapid River Logging Camp, passed away. He was survived by his wife Catherine, the lady behind "Old Logger." The "Old Logger" and Catherine, from 1956 to 1987, owned and developed the Logging Camp into a nationally famous restaurant. On Feb. 17, 2017 Catherine passed away in Petersburg, Illinois, at the age of 97. (Ironically, their wedding anniversary).
Local advocates join a statewide day of action to raise awareness about domestic violence on Tuesday, March 7 with a noon rally outside the Hubbard County Courthouse. Advocates to end domestic violence will join survivors, civic leaders and community members at the noon really to draw support for domestic violence services and demand elected officials make ending violence a priority.