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Nevis superintendent Steve Rassier's personal use of a school vehicle continues to stir controversy, former superintendent Dick Magaard arriving at this week's school board meeting to take exception to a letter to the editor written by board chair Ed Becker. The letter, which appeared in the Northwoods Press, states there was a change in statute prohibiting the use of personal vehicles in 1993. "Unfortunately, our policy has not been in compliance through several boards and administrations for the past 17 years," Becker wrote.
Nevis School District residents arriving for this week's information session on the proposed operating referendum questioned the need for a levy, given the district's solvency, and expressed opposition, due to the current state of the economy. 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. This would be applicable for 10 years. If the proposed levy is approved Nov. 2, property taxes will remain basically unchanged, at least initially.
October is the 12th annual Domestic Violence Prevention Month, the designation a means to raise awareness, break the silence and prevent abuse. More than two million Americans - women and men - are victims of domestic violence each year. An estimated 10 to 20 percent of all families experience some form of it. While the majority of cases are considered mild, they can have lasting effects. Here in Hubbard County, 255 females and 55 males reported some form of domestic violence in 2009. Domestic violence comes in a variety of forms - physical, sexual and psychological.
For an unprecedented second time Dallas DeWitt has been awarded Manager of the Year, achieving the distinction in 2006 and again this month in the North Central Region, which includes North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota. "No one's ever done this twice," she said, grinning. Customer service ratings and compliance in food safety standards led to the award, the restaurant evaluated on a monthly basis. Two Subway agents nominated her after evaluations. The store has consistently received Tier 2 ratings.
Akeley's wastewater treatment ponds have become the topic of conversation of late, specifically the weed growth on the perimeter. Former council member Alf Staffenhagen raised concerns that with weed proliferation the ponds could become habitat for beaver, muskrat or geese. Muskrat and beaver have been known to chew holes in the lining, which can be costly to repair, he asserts. Staffenhagen advocated additional mowing and spraying of weeds, maintenance supervisor Frank Thelin in his crosshairs.
A faltering economy, an under-utilized back room and customer requests has prompted Ann Johnson to open a consignment shop on Main. "I've been a garage 'saler' my whole life," the owner of Stan's Hallmark Card and Gift Store said. "Today, more than ever, somebody's trash is somebody's treasure." So she decided to clean out part of the back storage room and voila!
In the age of a "gajillion" recipes, the best remain the tried and true. Recipes shared have withstood the test of time, and continue to be part of the menu. This week, we run the alphabet gamut (almost) from b (borscht) to p (pumpkin soup) to z (zucchini brownies). Enjoy! Pumpkin Stew Kathy Dennis 2 pounds beef stew meat cut in 1-inch cubes 3 tbsp. oil 1 cup water 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut in 1-inch cubes 4 carrots, diced 1 green pepper cut in 1/2-inch pieces garlic, to taste 1 chopped onion 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp.
The Nevis liquor store continues to see black, reporting earnings of $1,244 in September, $15,774 year to date. This compares with negative earnings of $600 in September 2009, a net change of more than 300 percent. This may be attributed to the customer incentives that continue with a German-Fest Cuisine Night Monday, Oct. 18. Customers are invited to bring a dish "or just come and be impressed." A soup contest is on the docket in November. Oct.