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Hundreds arrived for holiday merriment at the eighth annual Jingle Bells drawing Thursday evening, but there were no shouts of jubilation as the numbers for the winning tickets were drawn. And Friday morning no one had yet stepped up to claim the $10,000 in cash prizes.
Hundreds arrived for holiday merriment at the eighth annual Jingle Bells drawing Thursday, but there were no shouts of joy as the numbers for the winning tickets were drawn. No one stepped up to claim the major prizes in the event that's "taken on a life of its own." An estimated 800,000 tickets were in the bin this year, 62 area merchants participating. The first ticket drawn for the $5,000 prize was (unofficial) 7341452 and the five $1,000 prize (unofficial) numbers were one - 7258437, two - 7118075, three - 7246216, four - 7221313 and five - 7359983. Ten tickets were drawn for e
Move it; lose it. That's the credo being conveyed at St.
The Akeley Council, as has become standard in recent years, kept the property tax levy amount in check, the $202,343 levy for 2011 down slightly from this year's. The levy, by fund, includes $35,664 in the general fund, $750 for the cemetery, $21,600 for fire protection by the Eastern Hubbard County Fire District, $4,700 for the fire pumper payment, $81,695 for maintenance, $33,434 for police, $13,000 for special projects, including Highway 34 improvements and the water tower, and $11,500 for the city hall's building payment. In a work session in November, the council agreed to raise polic
Wear a lot. Wash often. Pass on. That's the credo greeting clientele at Wears Like New, the consignment store opening on Highway 34 just east of the Fish Hook River Bridge. Eighteen totes of clothing stored in a pole barn and a newly arrived assistant/consultant were the impetus behind Amanda Fletcher's decision to open the "gently used" consignment store. "I wanted something where I could bring Jaxen," Fletcher explained of her 10-month-old son. And husband Robert told her she was "clogging his snowmobile space." The Park Rapids native conducted research on the idea.
The Park Rapids School District is in "very positive" financial territory, the board learned Monday night. The district has nearly doubled its general fund balance, Derek Flanagan of Eide Bailly, certified public accountants, reported. He assured the board the "district is headed in the right direction." The general fund balance, reserved and unreserved, at the end of the fiscal year totaled $2,016,272; this compares with $1,085,758 in 2009.
Lights! Action! Camera! Park Theatre, undergoing renovations and technological upgrades since September, will be re-opening Friday, Dec. 10. "Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will entertain audiences in the two "secondary" theaters. The main theater is expected to open sometime in January, when theatergoers will experience one of the most expansive screens in the area, while relaxing in comfortable, body-conforming chairs. The exterior retains a classic ambience.
A grandmother's fervor for fishing has spawned a community fish house, affording seniors, handicapped and others the opportunity to head out on the frozen waters this winter in pursuit of a lunker. Park Rapids resident Pat Munson, 77, has been an avid darkhouse angler since she and her late husband, Dean, purchased Storyland Resort on Long Lake, moving from Austin in 1962. "Every day," granddaughter Sheila Heide recalls of her penchant. "From dawn 'til dusk.
The "Growing Erbs" series, comedic and insightful tales of spending childhood days on a family farm, is now available in book form. Seven books, including a cookbook, provide a "snapshot of life" on a farm outside of Park Rapids in the 1960s. Sheila Erb Caza, who penned the majority of the books, was 6 when her family realized every child's dream, moving to a farm, replete with cows, horses and a pony, chickens and pigs, with a dog and cat thrown in for good measure. The Erbs had been living in Park Rapids when the father of six, Paul, decided to move the family three miles west of Park