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The Nevis School Board approved a proposed 2011 property tax levy of $599,001, nearly an 18 percent reduction over this year's levy of $705,076. But what residents see on tax statements will depend on what district voters decide in November. The district is proposing revoking the current operating levy of $126 per resident pupil and asking voters to authorize a $475 per resident pupil amount.
Those in need of assistance in completing daily activities can turn to Many Lakes Home Care, Heidi Neuer and her staff now providing in-home personal care services. Neuer, a registered nurse, said the 12-hour shifts she was experiencing at the hospital were leading to "burn out." She went to work in home care "and loved it." Before long, she decided to strike out on her own. "I prayed," she said. "And I guess I heard him. Loudly. "This is above and beyond my wildest dreams," Neuer said of the "helping hand" she now extends to promote independence via PCS.
The Nevis School Board suspended use of all district motor vehicles for personal use by employees Monday evening and will draft a "letter of deficiency" to be placed in superintendent Steve Rassier's file. Board chair Ed Becker, in making the motion, cited the deficiency as "lack of an up-to-date policy specific to 902." The existing policy allows community use of school facilities and equipment as long as it doesn't interfere with use for school purposes. But attorney John Valen reported this does not include automobiles.
With autumn's arrival, and temperatures dropping, come thoughts of the flu, and temperatures rising. Myra Haldorson, an RN who's the infection preventionist at St. Joseph's Area Health Services, is recommending everyone from ages 6 months and up be vaccinated for the flu. This is the first time a universal flu vaccination is being advocated, unless an individual has a valid contraindication.
Century Middle School's Student Success Initiative has received an additional financial boost, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation awarding a $25,000 grant. The program, which has also received a $50,000 Blandin Foundation grant, will address fifth grade students who are experiencing difficulties, superintendent Glenn Chiodo said, "which tend to magnify at this age. "It's an age group with so many things going on," he said. Twelve have applied to date for the student success coordinator position.
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.
When bicyclists head out to travel hill and dale in the 30th annual Headwaters 100 Saturday, Mennonites in Tights will be among them. A dozen riders from Steinbach, Manitoba will be returning from the city located 45 miles south of Winnipeg to traverse the terrain, a draw for the riders who pedal across the prairie. "The only hill we have is wind," their "fearless and immutable leader" Jake Siemens reports.
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).
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.