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Take a brief bypass off the main thoroughfare to discover "The simple truth: Great coffee." Espresso 34 has opened on Highway 34 east, offering something for all ages and tastes, hot or cold, espresso or Smoothies...the possibilities are endless. Brian and Kathy Gray, in partnership with son and daughter-in-law Shawn and Carmen, have opened the "coffee shop." Espresso takes the classic cup of java to new heights. By definition, espresso is a concentrated beverage brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee.
Pine Point School students will be heading back to the classroom Monday, Aug. 1 this year and continuing their education routine until mid-June 2012. The small, rural K-8 school is implementing a Flexible Learning Program, calling for 45 days in school followed by a 15-day "vacation" schedule to boost academic success. The school learned of the Minnesota Department of Education's approval earlier this month.
Akeley's water main reconstruction project on Highway 34 is ahead of schedule, with a hoped for completion date of July 4, according to Short Elliot Hendrickson project engineer Greg Kimman. The contractual completion date is July 15. But Kimman urged patience. "Mother nature can cause havoc." Meanwhile, Highway 34 from Pleasant to Hulet will be closed to through traffic, with parking allowed on side streets only.
When Brian and Sarah Halik's home was destroyed by fire in February, the owners of Nevis' Northwind Grocery were besieged with offers to help. They came despite assurances from the Haliks that they were fully insured and suggestions that donations be directed to a charity. The recommendations fell on deaf ears.
"Artisans wanted." Robin Cunningham tacked a notice on the front door of her soon-to-be gallery on the third block of Main April 1. By May's arrival, 40 artisans had responded. "It showed me, 'build it and they will come,'" Cunningham, the "sole juror," said of her studio. Cunningham, a silversmith jeweler and teacher; Bernie Cunningham, husband and a cabinetmaker, and Gerry Galster, her brother and woodcraftsman, collaborated on the construction of Smoky Hills Art studio. The studio transcends the ordinary. Sublime, unique pieces capture the eye and imagination.
This year, umbrellas were offered as prizes as a means to ward off drizzles, as has been the case for the first two events. The day held adventures for all ages, four- and two-legged, including Peanut, above, competing in the Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association's fly ball demo. The miniature dachshund rose to new heights for the occasion. Other dog competitors were greater in stature, but the 2-year-old male, rescued by Angie Walther, flew over the obstacles, with a ball in jaws. The 46 registered walkers turned in $3,014 in pledges.
A year ago, Kristi Goochey bid farewell to the Mayo Clinic and arrived home in Park Rapids to take a lap around the track in the Relay for Life's Survivor Victory Walk. She spotted her name on a luminary bag, a poignant reminder. "It makes it more real than you think it is," she said. This year, the member of Team Goochey will be carrying the survivor's torch with John Schumacher. "I'll blubber like an idiot," she predicts.
The Heartland Trail extension plan for the route from Park Rapids to Moorhead has been completed and approved by Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr. Now the work begins on the precise alignment of the trail, explained Tony Walzer, DNR acquisition and development specialist.
Akeley's water main reconstruction project began this week, with detours sending vehicles - including semis - through the city neighborhoods. Three blocks of Highway 34 - from Pleasant to Hulet - are now blocked from traffic, which is raising business owners' concerns. The detour for the water main project is expected to span four to six weeks, which will be followed by Highway 34 road construction. Casper Construction of Grand Rapids is the water main reconstruction contractor. The project sent residents to this week's council meeting, Cleo Lanning stating the trucks "can't make the s