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BY JEAN RUZICKA email@example.com Closets and drawers in a Century School storage room resemble that of a mini department store. Boots and mittens and coats and hats, underwear and socks...
Meteorological spring kicked in Friday, as did the Hubbard County Food Shelf food- and fundraising drive. Temperatures and food shelf usage are on the rise. Food shelf coordinator Dave Long reports total pounds of food distributed in 2012 were up 10 percent.
Gear up your appetite; fire up the taste buds. Once again, a creative band of chili chefs has stepped up to satisfy appetites and raise money for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. An estimated 18 pots of chili will be burbling when samplers arrive for the fourth annual Chili Challenge, hosted by the Park Rapids Enterprise. The epicurean event, seasoned with humor and music, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteers for the 2013 Governor's Fishing Opener in Park Rapids are being recruited, on land and on sea. Saturday morning, May 11, a battalion of media members and dignitaries will set sail on area lakes to experience the opener. Aquatic ambassadors, those with boats who are familiar with Park Rapids area lakes, are being sought to take guests out on the Fish Hook Chain. Fishing hosts need not be avid anglers, simply someone willing to host members of the media, showcase area lakes and (optional) regale them with a bit of north woods trivia.
Environmental contractors were excavating contaminated soil this week at Wonewok on Big Mantrap Lake following a 76-gallon gasoline spill earlier this month. Doug Bellefeuille, who handles Minnesota Pollution Control Agency emergency response issues, said the gas spill occurred Feb. 5, 3M hiring the contractor for clean up.
Plans for the Governor's Fishing Opener in May are moving toward launch, the cadre of organizers finalizing plans. "This is our chance to tell our story to the world," Chamber director Katie Magozzi reminded GFO committee members of media arriving from around the state and beyond. An estimated 200 radio, newspaper, television and Internet representatives are expected to descend on Park Rapids, searching for unique morsels to engage their audience's imaginations. A GFO website has been established to promote the event.
The legacy of Clancy the cop continues, this one a bewhiskered, tail-wagging rambunctious fellow who thwarts burglars. Agnes Larsen, who resides on Como Street, woke up to a growl about 4 a.m. a few weeks ago. Her 7-year-old, 65-pound soft-coated Wheaten Terrier that shares the bed then proceeded to stand up and bark. An intruder was standing outside her bedroom door, armed with an iron club with a burr on the end. She would later discover the weapon on the floor of her home.
The clock is ticking... Time to assemble peppers and beans, a few tomatoes, perhaps, and the other magic ingredients for the fourth annual Chili Challenge, a kick-off for the Hubbard County Food Shelf food and fundraising drive. The event will be held over the noon hour Wednesday, March 6 at the Park Rapids American Legion. Teams, individuals, businesses, civic organizations and church groups are invited to cook up a pot of chili, recruit samplers and serve the concoction. Like the Dorset democracy, a buck buys a vote for the coveted "People's Choice" award.
The snowfall has created a venue for sculptors to create massive works for the Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival, to be held Sunday, Feb. 24 in Hubbard. "Artists"are invited to sign up to create a marvel next week, with the works to be judged by Brita Sailer, who will also form a frosty piece. To sign up, call Marie Helfrich at 732-7708 or go to Hubbard Prairie Sleigh on Facebook. The festival, to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include sleigh rides, dog sled rides, a grand parade, music and a play. A trapper encampment will lend to the aura of wintry fun in days gone by.