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The Park Rapids School District is in "very positive" financial territory, the board learned Monday night. The district has nearly doubled its general fund balance, Derek Flanagan of Eide Bailly, certified public accountants, reported. He assured the board the "district is headed in the right direction." The general fund balance, reserved and unreserved, at the end of the fiscal year totaled $2,016,272; this compares with $1,085,758 in 2009.
Lights! Action! Camera! Park Theatre, undergoing renovations and technological upgrades since September, will be re-opening Friday, Dec. 10. "Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will entertain audiences in the two "secondary" theaters. The main theater is expected to open sometime in January, when theatergoers will experience one of the most expansive screens in the area, while relaxing in comfortable, body-conforming chairs. The exterior retains a classic ambience.
A grandmother's fervor for fishing has spawned a community fish house, affording seniors, handicapped and others the opportunity to head out on the frozen waters this winter in pursuit of a lunker. Park Rapids resident Pat Munson, 77, has been an avid darkhouse angler since she and her late husband, Dean, purchased Storyland Resort on Long Lake, moving from Austin in 1962. "Every day," granddaughter Sheila Heide recalls of her penchant. "From dawn 'til dusk.
The "Growing Erbs" series, comedic and insightful tales of spending childhood days on a family farm, is now available in book form. Seven books, including a cookbook, provide a "snapshot of life" on a farm outside of Park Rapids in the 1960s. Sheila Erb Caza, who penned the majority of the books, was 6 when her family realized every child's dream, moving to a farm, replete with cows, horses and a pony, chickens and pigs, with a dog and cat thrown in for good measure. The Erbs had been living in Park Rapids when the father of six, Paul, decided to move the family three miles west of Park
Park Rapids Schools' energy efficiency projects are paying dividends. This week, the school board accepted a rebate check of $32,124 from Minnesota Power, recognizing the lights upgrade and high efficiency motors and mechanical equipment installed, and a $15,000 rebate check from Ann Carlon of Minnesota Energy Resources Corp.
The knock on the door brings a smile. "Most people are absolutely delighted to see us," said Julienne Malm, who with husband Carl, is among the volunteers that load their vehicles with lunches in "green" microwavable containers, a list of addresses and instructions in hand.
The spirit of Thanksgiving is alive and cookin' in Park Rapids. Thursday, it won't be the Mayflower docked oceanside but a mass of cars and a Heartland bus parked "Riverside." Pilgrims are expected to arrive in number for the 28th annual Thank Meal at Riverside United Methodist, many acting as volunteers for what has become tradition for many. Four single women "who were without families" initiated the event - Margaret Kimball, Marcy Roach, Joyce Peet and Sandy Drury. The first year, the culinary quartet roasted two turkeys, feeding about 20, 10 meals delivered to homes, Sandy Drury re
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.
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.