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By Jean Ruzicka firstname.lastname@example.org Canoeists set off down the Mighty Mississippi from Itasca Monday on a “maiden voyage” for Warrior Expeditions. The “Warrior Expeditions” 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.
By JEAN RUZICKA email@example.com It was love at first bite. The, 5th annual, “best ever” Bite of Park Rapids drew eaters from across the globe, savoring superb food from local venders. A where-are-you-from survey conducted by Sue Tomte found people arriving from Argentina, Canada, England, France, Germany and Taiwan, 25 states and 37 Minnesota towns. “Almost everyone ran out of food,” Cynthia Jones of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association reports of the 12 local food vendors satisfying appetites. The crazy contests proved to be the “biggest ever,” Jones said of
The 67th annual Akeley Paul Bunyan Days was graced with grand weather, kids enjoying the festivities. Makai Brassington, 5, of Minneapolis, above, arrived as Uncle Sam for the Kiddie Parade...
Izzy Brakke of rural Nevis chuckles at her pigs’ antics. She will be arriving at the Hubbard County Fair with an estimated 50 4-H projects, including her pigs.
Former mayor endorsing little brother By Jean Ruzicka firstname.lastname@example.org The “Dorset Corridor” will be the site of a Boardwalk Art Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27. Authors, artists, a farmers market and food via restaurant - La Pasta and Dorset Café - and truck - Compañeros serving some of their notable menu items along with Dorset House turtle sundaes – will line the boulevard. The event will entertain all ages with music, games for kids and face painting. Artists in a variety of media will exhibit their works.
By Jean Ruzicka email@example.com A proposal to create a Jacob Brower Regional Trail on a railroad bed running from Sauk Centre to Park Rapids appears to have derailed before the process was put in motion. Michael Dagen, Nemeth Art Center curator and former clerk in Hewitt, had asked the Hubbard County Board to adopt a resolution in support of the proposal from the Greater Minnesota Regional Park and Trail Commission. But prior to its discussion Tuesday, Todd County, which was asked to be the lead applicant, was reported to have denied the request. The next step would ha
By Jean Ruzicka firstname.lastname@example.org Fireworks will light up the sky over Lake Belle Taine in celebration of Independence Day this summer. A permit has been granted for an outdoor fireworks display at sundown launched from the waters of Beauty Bay, Jeffrey Roehl the “supervising operator.” The display has become a bit of a tradition for the Roehl family, last year the exception due to a permit issue. But pyrotechnics, for which Roehl is licensed, will once again be launched from pontoons, buoys keeping boaters a safe distance from the launching points, Pat Roehl explained.
By Jean Ruzicka email@example.com Representatives from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office and the legislative director from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs stopped by Park Rapids Thursday morning to offer assistance and updates for veterans and families, Klobuchar making an appearance via video. “I’m the first point of contact,” Veterans Service Officer Greg Remus said of his Hubbard County constituency. “Then I use them and abuse them,” he joked of calling on the trio of veterans advocates for assistance. The Washington, D.C. office focus is on legislation.
By Jean Ruzicka firstname.lastname@example.org The Akeley Council is weighing options as to how it will repay a low interest loan for the city’s drinking water improvement project. The city was awarded a $300,000 grant through the Small Cities Development Program and has secured a low-interest $305,000 loan through the Public Facilities Authority.
With Mother Nature cooperating, the 2015 Relay for Life drew many, recognizing lives lost and celebrating victories won. “It means the world to me,” said Michelle Goodman, the event lead who lost her mother and former Relay participant Carol Nickolauson to brain cancer. “It stands for exactly what it says - a relay for life.” Cancer survivor John Schumacher and wife Bernie expressed gratitude for the support they received during his battle with cancer. “Never be afraid to reach out,” he said of realizing their responsiblity now to pay it forward.