Friday’s ice cream social, appropriately staged before the historical museum, was a merry old trip down memory lane - literally and figuratively. Many of the alums arriving to sample the scrumptious fare boarded the bus departing for a tour of their old stomping grounds, alumna Sally Shearer their guide. “Growing up in Park Rapids in the ’50s was the best thing ever,” Nancy Helten Pierson, Class of ’55, said.
Ruth Bakken celebrated her 80th birthday Thursday by bicycling down the Heartland Trail, bound for Laporte via Walker and returning, a notable 80-mile, age-defying journey. “We plan to do this every 80 years,” husband Curt joked. Ruth considers the ride a victory over diabetes, a condition she’s endured since 1961, the onset occurring during her first pregnancy. The baby was 11.5 pounds, but her physician initially dispelled the prognosis. Ruth researched physician Curt’s medical journals and realized she was exhibiting 11 out of 12 symptoms.
Hubbard County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne is appealing the county board’s decision in December to deny adding an additional assistant county attorney and a clerk, as he’d requested in his 2015 proposed budget. The civil matter is scheduled to be heard before District Court Judge David Ten Eyke Aug. 27 and 28 in Park Rapids. Dearstyne, the appellant, is alleging the county board “acted in an arbitrary, capricious, oppressive and unreasonable manner inconsistent with Minnesota Statutes” in making the decision to deny the additional staff.
It’s official. Hubbard County will once again be a designated passport agent location, county assessor Ginger Woodrum showing commissioners the “Certificate of Designation” received from the Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. The commissioners urged moving implementation forward as quickly as possible, Woodrum anticipating opening by Aug. 31 with a fully trained staff. In other action, county commissioners: n Held an hour-long closed session to discuss county attorney Don Dearstyne’s appeal of his office’s 2015 budget.
The Taste of Dorset crowd waited in rapt anticipation as former mayor Bobby Tufts dropped his hand into the ballot box, pulling up his little brother James' name. A cheering crowd with cameras poised was there to document the moment.
The Borderline Philharmonic, a masterful group of musicians arriving from all walks of life and all points on the map, will present their 50th annual concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 at Hoot Owl Resort, north of Park Rapids. The public is cordially invited to attend, Bill and Shirley Fritz the hosts. What began a half-century ago on Star Island near Cass Lake remains a strong summer tradition, some of the members of the orchestra logging three or four decades of the summertime experience.
Area guide Jason Durham is hosting Kids Fishing Days, Wednesday Aug. 19 on Fish Hook Lake and Thursday, Aug. 20 on Lake Belle Taine. There is no charge for event geared to kids 9 to 16 years old. Rods, reels, bait and tackle will be provided, Delaney’s a sponsor.
Lynn Spilman of Park Rapids has been sworn in as president of the American Legion Auxiliary’s 6th District, earning the presidential pin at the recent state convention in Redwood Falls. The district, which runs from Baudette to Elk River, has more than 6,000 members, she said. Cities within the district include Brainerd, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Wadena and Sauk Centre. Her concentration will be on women’s health issues, she reports. This includes sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and an outreach program based in Fargo.
It’s destination Dorset Sunday, Aug. 2 when cafés, Compañeros food trailer, First English Lutheran Church and businesses roll out the food carpet for sampling of the village’s unique fare and the new mayor proclaimed. Taste of Dorset runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with music, games, wagon rides, a silent auction and other activities available free of charge. The culmination of the event, a drawing for the next mayor of Dorset, is at 2 p.m. The polls are open at Dorset businesses. A buck buys a vote, the name on the ballot thrown into the hat.
Canoeists set off down the Mighty Mississippi from Itasca Monday on a “maiden voyage” for Warrior Paddle. The “Walk Off the War” program, initiated in 2012 by former Marine Sean Gobin of Charlottesville, Va., is designed to support combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America’s National Scenic Trails. This is the first river excursion. “We’re the guinea pigs,” said Abby Kaeser, arriving from Indiana. She will chronicle the veterans’ 2,300-mile kayaking journey, which is expected to end in November.