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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.
The toe tappin,' memory-stirrin' lively music Akeley's Woodtick Theater is known for returns for a 20th year. The returning cast of country, bluegrass, folk and gospel musicians includes, from left, Hank Reitan on mandolin, fiddle and harmonica; Paul Nye on keyboard, harmonica, guitar and accordion; Jan Lundsten on bass guitar, Greg Gaston on drums and Diane Sauer on guitar and banjo. Carol Winters, not pictured, is the balladeer. Summer showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with 3 p.m. matinees Wednesday and Thursday.
Century School principal Bruce Gravalin bid farewell this week at his "last official school board meeting," closing a 37-year career in education. "I've enjoyed the last three years as much as any, despite the added workload," he said of assuming the leadership role for both the elementary and middle schools. "It's a credit to the staff. "I always enjoyed coming to work," he said, noting daily incidents always prompted chuckles.
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
Scott and Linda Elmore bid farewell to their occupations in the metro, but concluded, "55 was too young to retire." They shared this quandary with friends who suggested they consider raising alpacas. They were initially incredulous. "Alpacas?" But after hours of research, schooling, farm tours and interviews with alpaca aficionados, the couple agreed. Now they are on a first- name basis with 27 of the affable critters on their Foothills Alpaca Farm. Northern Minnesota, they'd determined decades earlier, would one day become their stomping grounds.