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A quartet of diligent detectives have unearthed (unsnowed) the Legion's Community Fishing Contest medallion and will claim more than $1,000 in loot during the event's award presentation Feb. 5. The win is a reprise for Emily and Jesse Munson and Matt Munson who deciphered the clues two years ago and found the medallion by the public works building. Kevin Hegtvedt, the fourth cohort, was in Texas at the time. "We work as one brain," Matt Munson said.
Park Rapids Area High School actors will perform the one-act play, "Property Rites," during sub-section 24-A competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 in the high school auditorium. The plot involves Kyle Macmanus who's invested in a high tech work of art - a sculpture of human like figures programmed to perform movements, monologues and much more. But just when Kyle is about to make a sale, the sculpture "malfunctions" and thus begins the figures' fatal race against their owner's final destructive solution.
Jonisa Isola is now offering massage therapy at Headwaters Chiropractic Clinic, a "symbiotic relationship" between the two practices benefiting clientele. Massage, she explained, will retain the effects of a chiropractic adjustment longer, she said of Mike Erickson's practice. Conversely, a massage prepares clients for chiropractic treatment. Isola, a Menahga High School graduate, grew up in a family with a history in nursing. She began work as a certified nursing assistant at 16 and was accepted in a registered nursing program.
An "average, everyday house dog" of dubious heritage has claimed distinction on a national level. Sadie, a 4-year-old adopted Australian shepherd cross, with Laporte resident Nancy Pierce at her side, claimed second in obedience in the recent American Kennel Club dog show. It was a momentous moment. Nearly 2,000 hounds arrived from 42 states to compete in the Land o' Lakes Kennel Club show in St. Paul. All of them but one - Sadie - have AKC papers documenting purebred status. Sadie was classified as All-American. "I prefer mixed breeds.
John Plumley, Tom Haag and mayor Paul Schroeder took the oath of office in Nevis Monday, Schroeder welcoming the new council members on board. In announcing appointments to commissions, Schroeder urged council members to look for changes and improvements, advocating open communication. Plumley, serving as streets, sewer and water commissioner, will investigate the possibility of increasing rates to assure the city's infrastructure can be replaced as needed, Schroeder said. "Our rates are low compared with other cities," Schroeder said.
The Akeley Council has learned notification on grant funding for replacement of the city's water main, in conjunction with the Highway 34 improvements next summer, will be down to the wire. The city applied for a $257,000 grant through Small Cities Development Program to fund infrastructure improvements on a three-block portion of Highway 34. A $125,000 to $130,00 loan would be needed to fund the estimated $376,000 project. But at this week's meeting, Dick Grabko of Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. reported the SCDP public facility grant awards won't be announced until May or June.
At a young age, Mike Whiteside developed a penchant for Minnesota's woods and waters. He arrived from Illinois with parents and siblings to spend summers at his grandparents', Bill and Ada Iles, resort on Lower Bottle Lake, assisting with chores and dropping a line at every opportunity. The retired military aircraft mechanic, who spent several years in Japan, began experimenting with taxidermy 20 years ago, completing projects for friends. When he and his family returned to the area, Whiteside went to work as an aircraft mechanic at the Park Rapids airport.
After five years as a member of the Nevis Council, Paul Schroeder will assume the gavel Monday, having been elected mayor in November. "It's a sickness," he joked of the lure of officialdom. "We'll see how long before I'm in trouble," he said of being in the forefront of council decision-making. Ray Melander initially recruited Schroeder for the council post, and he soon found the role of decision making to be enjoyable. "But I still have just one vote," he said of his role as mayor.
"Really good things are happening beyond the academic day," Century School principal Bruce Gravalin recently told the school board. The kids would undoubtedly agree. Programs, both new and existing, are gaining momentum. Students are arriving before the first bell to get a "jump start" on their day with "structured activities" (a.k.a. play) and remaining after school to complete homework - with assistance - and then moving on to "enrichment opportunities" (a.k.a.