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S. Don Singlestad, the most decorated non-commissioned officer of the 34th Division of the Red Bull Infantry, died Thursday at the age of 92 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services. Singlestad, who resided at Heritage Manor in Park Rapids, was living in Waseca when he enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard as a private in September 1940 with Company F. His initial commitment was two years; he was eyeing life as a civilian and going into business with his father. But those plans would be altered when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. His commitment was bumped up to six years.
Air Force civil engineer Dave W. Konshok is rallying troops on the home front to aid a mission in Afghanistan: Making children smile. Lt. Col. Konshok, Comander of the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (BEEF) at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan, recently arrived home on emergency leave after his mother, Irene, was hospitalized. She has since recovered and was discharged from the hospital.
Michelle Lundin has assumed the scissors at the former Carol's Shear Pleasure, Sassy and Company now welcoming clientele, original and new, at the salon on the first block of Main. "I've come full circle," said Lundin, who applied at the salon a decade ago. She was offered a position, but declined because it was part-time. "When I needed a change, this was the first place I came," she said. "It happened to be for sale." "Come on over," owner Carol Smith told her. "We'll talk about it." "She's a mini Mom," Liz Tostenson said of Lundin's first-to-arrive, last-to-leave work ethic.
The condition of Akeley's yards and structures drew fire again at this week's meeting, Bobbie Emery questioning why the burned house on Highway 34 remains standing. "The property belonging to Mark Johnson needs to be torn down," Emery wrote on a citizen complaint form. "The property is an eyesore, safety hazard and environmental issue. There are smells that come from there. I've seen kids going to snoop. "There are ordinances against your lawn being too long, junk in yards.
Park Rapids Schools' "connection to the community" is to be credited for the $1.1 million operating levy meeting voter approval, superintendent Glenn Chiodo told the school board this week. Fifty-four percent of Park Rapids School District voters approved continuing the levy of $600 per student per year for the next five years, with 2,937 voting in favor, 2,464 opposed. Statewide, few referendums gained approval, Chiodo told the board, and those that did were mostly renewals. "It's a partnership with the community," he said. "We're moving away from us and them. They see stability.
All gave some. Some gave all. The inscription at the All Veterans Memorial is a succinct reminder of soldiers' sacrifice. Thursday, the nation will honor military veterans. Approximately 12 percent of Hubbard County residents, slightly above the national average, have served in the Armed Forces. "It's a privilege to serve," said Dave Free, Vietnam vet and Commandant of the Marine Corps League in Park Rapids. "Veterans are an elite minority." Free joined the Marine Corps at 18, "a very impressionable time of life.
Nevis will begin the search for a new liquor store manager, come December. Mark Peterson has resigned, accepting a position with Wirtz Beverage. But he will remain in the area, having developed an affinity for the rural lifestyle. Cammy Johnson will act as interim liquor store manager. The council agreed to advertise the position in mid-December and interview and hire prior to the Minnesota Beverage Association informational "camp" in February. Peterson initiated several activities to buoy sales, including a monthly themed potluck and bingo.
Akeley's election did not result in Terry Chalich claiming a seat on the council due to Cliff Johnson's decision to withdraw. Johnson's name was on the ballot and he received 64 votes; Chalich earned 58. According to statute, Johnson must officially decline the position in January. At that time, the council may appoint, at their discretion. The council is not mandated to appoint the candidate who appeared on the ballot receiving the next highest number of votes.