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Eric Wolff and T.J. Simon, working together as the Eric Wolff Team, have now formed a partnership, Wolff & Simon Real Estate recently opening on Highway 34 East. The agent owners bring a combined 20 years' experience to their roles, Wolff entering the world of real estate in 1996, Simon in 2004. And they see the present as a prime time for buyers. "The amount of inventory on lakes under $200,000 is the most we've seen in years," Simon said of cabins and planned unit developments. The real estate market is similar to last year, Wolff said.
Legislators, working 11 hours into a special session, arrived at a budget agreement, but Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, anticipates a difficult session ahead next year. The first year of the biennium, when the budget is determined, will require cuts, she predicts. "There are not enough shifts left" to address the anticipated $6 billion deficit. "No direct cuts were made to education, but we made shifts," she said of the 70-30 funding delays to school districts.
Froyo is about to become part of the Park Rapids vocabulary and Jack the moose will soon become synonymous with "a mix of healthy and fun." A froyo bar - self-serve frozen yogurt - opened this week on the third block of Main, Dan Goleski and Todd Olson offering infinite "yummay, yummay" (to quote a preschooler) possibilities for the tummy. Inspired by the California yogurt craze, the duo invite kids of all ages to grab a yogurt cup and create a masterpiece at the Jack Pine Café. The yogurt bar is home to eight single flavors and four mixed, with low fat, no fat and sugar free options.
The Korean War, often referred to as "the forgotten war," was in its first year when Len Beckel enlisted in basic training with the Air Force. Draft notices, much to his mother's distress, had been arriving at the Beckel's home in Austin. And to her greater distress, her son was ignoring them. But not for long. Beckel had initially considered himself, as a student, deferred. But with the sheriff threatening a summons, he and his roommate at the University of Minnesota decided to make the acquaintance of an Air Force recruiter and take the entrance exam.
Nevis School will likely be asking residents to approve an operating referendum this fall, the district currently levying $126 per student. Superintendent Steve Rassier told board members a decision must be made in the next couple of months, putting the process in motion and developing strategies to gain public approval before the November elections. A recent survey showed 60 percent of voters are in favor of the existing levy, which is far less than the state average of $847 per pupil unit.
Cousins Scott and Mark LeSage bring a background in the hospitality industry to their new roles at North Point Lodge. The owners of the former Goose Crossing are in the process of restoring the restaurant and grounds that have been dormant the past few years, each contributing unique talents to enterprise. Opening in mid-May, the eatery on Highway 34 east offers a combination of elegant dining and a full, fun sports bar, replete with six new large screen TVs. Opening at 4 p.m.
Park Rapids and Hubbard County have been awarded a $665,208 grant through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to pay for improvements in commercial property and housing rehabilitation. The grant has three components, explained David Collins, executive director of Hubbard County Regional Development Commission. Approximately $170,000 has been awarded for downtown Park Rapids commercial rehabilitation, with 35 businesses pre-applying for funds. An additional $64,400 has been earmarked for eight, possibly more, rental housing projects downtown, specifically the s