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The Park Rapids School Board approved several "new hires" this week. The teachers include Jeannie Mayer, second grade; Chelsea Pederson, third grade; Allison Spahn, third grade; Zach Holsman, elementary physical education teacher and Alicia Hillesland, a Title reading teacher. Superintendent Glenn Chiodo said this concludes hiring for the 2011-12 year, pending kindergarten numbers. If kindergarten enrollment warrants, another teacher will be added to the staff. In other action, the board: n Learned the high school food shelf challenge raised $700 and more than 300 pounds of food for
The North Country Museum of Arts has a new name, Nemeth Art Center. The decision was made to honor the man behind its inception, Gabor Nemeth, and define its role as a progressive, vibrant community center, explained director Kelly Grossman. "It's more than a museum," she said of the variety of exhibits and workshops offered each season in the former courthouse. "It's not stagnant," she said of traditional, static exhibits.
Have a camper or an RV in need of a new owner? A truck or car - collector or simply used -calling for someone else behind the wheel? Is an estate or moving sale on the horizon? A boat, dock, ATV, firearm, office or construction equipment ready for trade-in?
Questions were raised at the Akeley Council meeting this week on the amount of rent James Johnson pays for use of the wastewater irrigation acreage, used as a hayfield. Council member Troy Hegg brought the issue to the council after learning Johnson has not paid the $1,400 agreed upon annual rent. The amount was lowered to $400 per year in 2004, but no records exist as to the council's role in the agreement. Sewer fund records show "miscellaneous income," ostensibly the yearly rent for the acreage, of $700 in July 2003 and $400 in both November 2004 and September 2005.
The Nevis Council reviewed the 2010 audit this week, Don Zierke of Miller McDonald reporting the city has a "good, healthy cash balance." But he cautioned this should be maintained, given the possibility of state cuts. "Small cities did not lose Local Government Aid," he said. "But they did lose market value credit.
After a "great response last fall" Summerhill Farm is returning to downtown Park Rapids. Park Rapids developer Alan Zemek and Jeff and Eileen Reish, owners of Summerhill Farm, announce a new year-round women's clothing and accessories store will open at the Armory Square redevelopment project on Second Street. Summerhill on Second, a 1,500-square-foot store, is scheduled to open the first week of May. The merchandise will be unique to the downtown store, Eileen Reish explained of the "similar but not duplicated" line of apparel found at the Highway 71 north location.
The year was 1912. The Titanic rammed into an iceberg, shattering the hull, sliding to the bottom of the Atlantic. Robert Scott had reached the South Pole. Arizona became the 48th state. Mack Sennett released the first Keystone Cops movie. And the Nevis School District formed, welcoming students at the Pleasant Avenue location in the fall of 1913. Now planning is underway for a celebration of the district's centennial, which will be held in conjunction with Muskie Days, Friday through Sunday, July 20-22, 2012. According to Jodi Sandmeyer, who's been conducting research on the sch
Park Rapids assistant high school principal and activities director John Schumacher has been awarded the Minnesota Class A Athletic Administrator of the Year. Schumacher received the Section 8A designation and advanced to receive the Class A state administrator award. "This is a nice representation for Park Rapids," superintendent Glenn Chiodo told the board this week. But the recent awards ceremony in St.
Movie buffs, prepare to be captivated when the new 37-foot screen comes alive at Park Theater Friday, April 15. "Rio," the animated adventure comedy of Blu, a domesticated Macaw from Moose Lake, Minn. that is bound for Brazil, will be the premiere in the new "gold, theater one," boasting state-of-the-art Dolby digital 3-D and 7.1 sound, the highest grade available. Viewers will be provided 3-D glasses and swept into dazzling cinematography, enhanced by the state-of-the-art screen, viewed from 24-inch, high-back, body-conforming rockers.