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It's nearly time to bid the garden a final farewell, but not before one last batch of salsa. Salsa is no modern invention; it originated with the Inca people. (Before football!) The combination of chilies, tomatoes and other spices can also be traced to the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas. The Spaniards first encountered tomatoes after their conquest of Mexico in 1519-1521, which marked the beginning of the history of salsa (but not tostada chips; that came later).
Lemongrass Salon has emerged in the Bruhn Optical Building, "cleverly tucked on the west side of the building," entry gained via a doorway exclusive to the salon. Paula Rude Eberhardt is owner of the full service salon, named for the natural, refreshing herb. The mother of two, who owned Aveda salons in Fargo, moved back to Park Rapids after the death of her husband. He died at 40 of a heart attack. She asked daughters Kayley, now 9, and Kensie, 5, where they wanted to live.
The Headwaters Lifelong Learners were transported across the Pacific and taken back in time more than a half century Tuesday when Dr. Ed Poitras shared insights on the politics and economics of South Korea. The Yale Divinity School graduate arrived in South Korea just after the war had ended, in 1953.
The Nevis Council approved a 3.14 percent increase in the preliminary property tax levy Monday night, totaling $212,278.
Autumn color beckons us back to the stove, to the rich, warm season of soup. The garden is still producing, but thoughts turn from salad to the blends of meat/poultry, vegetables and broth, to be enjoyed as the leaves begin to fall. About a year ago, I proclaimed an oath: No more boxed/canned chicken broth. And I've never looked back. I experimented with several. The one that has remained my staple requires an extra step, but is worth the effort. Roasting bones first darkens color and adds flavor. But it shouldn't be used with light soups, because of its robust taste.
Nevis School District bookkeeper Betsy Anderson has agreed to resign and accept a negotiated settlement, releasing all claims against the district. The school board, following a 15-minute closed session Wednesday night, unanimously approved a four-page termination agreement drafted by their attorney, Jim Wallace. Anderson will receive eight weeks of severance pay ($5,539). Anderson was placed "on leave" in late August after her son, Jon Hoffman, questioned Nevis superintendent Steve Rassier's personal use of a district vehicle in southern Minnesota.
Wimpy's, Park Rapids' landmark eatery for decades, met the wrecking ball this week, owners Bernie and Robin Cunningham dismantling the building on Main. The work has stopped people on the street, the Cunninghams said of former patrons and employees sharing memories of the five-cent burgers, playing pool and then migrating down to the movie theater on a Saturday night. Many remembered the bistro remained open after the bars closed, a throng of famished folks arriving for a burger before heading home to bed. Plans call for the site to be the location of the Smoky Hills Gallery next spring,
A "student success coordinator" will soon be joining the Century Middle School staff, the Park Rapids School District learning a $50,000 Blandin Foundation two-year grant will be forthcoming. The coordinator will focus on a 20- to 25-student fifth grade group that has been identified based on needs, their parents invited to be a contributing component in the effort, superintendent Glenn Chiodo explained. "Parents," he told the board this week, "are a huge piece of this.
As autumn leaves begin to fall, Park Rapids Community Education is firing up. The largest catalog of programs to be produced in recent years offers classes ranging from beekeeping to cheese making, with the community health awareness campaign paying dividends. Sports and wellness classes - from aerobics, Pilates and yoga to basketball and volleyball - are by far the most popular, according to Community Education director Jill Dickinson. Added to the traditional this fall is cardio kick boxing, led by personal trainer and Timberwolves cheerleading coach Sarah Frieden.