Time is marching on for the Hubbard County Food Shelf food and funds drive. Friday, April 7 is the deadline for reporting donations that are the basis for Minnesota FoodShare funding. "The need is definitely there," reports food shelf director Bob Hansen. The cost of food and maintenance was up by approximately $7,000 in 2016. But cash donations decreased by approximately the same amount. "If this continues, we will need to cut the amount of food we purchase" and distribute, he said.
Sixty-four years after departing Korea, Army veteran Jake Yliniemi received a heartfelt “welcome home.” Sunday, Jake and son Jody boarded the WDAY Honor Flight from Fargo to Washington, D.C., members of the National Guard, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the State Patrol bidding them farewell. A band played patriotic tunes as they departed. Arriving at Dulles International, they were again met by a band performing in their honor, Jake greeted with a kiss on the cheek from a young woman, expressing gratitude for his military service.
Jamie Krautkremer sends soldiers into fierce combat – jumping, shooting and rolling toward victory. Humans straddling dinosaurs, ramble across the horizon of a mysterious island on a survival quest... “I’ve been busy,” the video game animator said of putting characters in motion for the recently-released Mean Greens, digitizing green and tan army men in “fierce warfare” – the Bathtub Bash, Barnyard Ball and Fish Tank Frenzy, to name a few. “I bring them to life, and make them move.
“As gardeners, you can make up for some of the habitat loss,” Master Gardener Rhonda Fleming Hayes advised the audience. “There are changes you can make in your own backyard,” said the author of the recently-published “Pollinator Friendly Gardening.” “I’ve been gardening my entire life,” Hayes said of homes across the U.S. and in England for a time.
The audience arriving to learn about “Bees: What’s All the Buzz About?” departed the League of Women Voters’ forum Saturday with a wealth of information on bees and butterflies – and the challenges the winged pollinators face. Department of Natural Resources entomologist Crystal Boyd shared her expertise on her specialty – bees. Author and photographer Rhonda Fleming Hayes imparted down-to-earth wit and wisdom on her studies of all things garden and its inhabitants.
The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department will soon engage the abilities of a second investigator to tackle the growing number of incidents in the area. In setting the 2016 levy, commissioners approved hiring a second detective, which at one point in recent budget talks had appeared unlikely. “I’m very proud the board has made this commitment,” Sheriff Cory Aukes said last week, noting township boards have shown strong support for this.
Anyone who heard wedding bells in the 1970s, likely had a Crock Pot in the cupboard after nuptials. An inventor named Irving Naxon is to be credited for the device, inspired by his mother’s stories about a bean-based stew she concocted in her village bakery at home in Lithuania. He acquired a patent for the Naxon Beanery in 1940, subsequently selling his design to Rival Manufacturing in the early ’70s. Sales died down a little in the ‘80s, perhaps coinciding with the rise of the microwave, but today, an estimated 83 percent of families own the slow cooker, according to Consumer Reports.
A new door is opening in the Park Rapids Area High School commons area, squawks and giggles greeting those entering. As a result of a federal grant through Head Start, students enrolled in the Alternative Learning Center and/or the high school who are parents now have daycare available for infants and toddlers on site, at no cost. Mahube-Otwa is the administrator of a $1 million expansion grant for the five-county area. A component of this, the Park Rapids school daycare, is licensed to serve up to eight infants and eight toddlers, on a four-to-one teacher-child ratio.
In early October, Eric and Jen Bervig and their nine children, ages 8 weeks to 14 years, will board a plane bound for Haiti. Upon arriving they will join a mission, Intercession Haiti (I:M), “through God’s calling” to work with Haitian children in a small boarding school in Jérémie. The Bervig family, who’s made a three-year commitment to I:M, will take up residence in a large home where 10 students and staff will also reside. The impetus for this began with the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, Eric explains.
An estimated 500-plus cyclists are expected to arrive for the 35th annual Headwaters 100 biking event Saturday, hosted by Itascatur. Sunny, 70 degree weather is forecast with autumn leaves in radiant color. The non-competitive rides are 100, 75 and 45 miles in length, heading out from Century School in Park Rapids following registration, which is held 7-9 a.m. Traditionally, bicyclists have arrived from Winnipeg, Fargo, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Grand Forks and points beyond, said Itascatur ride organizer Sandy Perez.