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A "polarized" group of parents, coaches and Park Rapids Hockey Association board members voiced opinions on pairing with the Leech Lake Varsity Hockey program at Monday night's school board fact-finding meeting, the final decision on the matter to be made May 17. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley is reportedly strongly in favor of the move.
Nevis School has agreed to review policy on staff's use of school facilities after receiving a complaint last week and an allegation posted on the Enterprise Web site. The comment posted on the Enterprise site alleged school board members are allowed to use the bus garage "as their personal workshop. "As a taxpayer," the anonymous person wrote, "I find this 'perk' very unfair.
The DAC Salvage Depot, a work-in-progress for several months, is now open for business at 320 Career Path, the former TeamWorks site on Park Rapids' eastern perimeter. The Depot is a stopping point for those looking for building materials, furniture and appliances and those willing to donate items for the ever-changing inventory. Whatever is donated must be useable, explained Ed Ranson, director of Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center. "We're not in the scrap business.
Nevis School Board members, encouraged by staff, agreed the time is now to recruit students. The district saw a significant drop in student numbers this year, 505 compared with 540 a year ago. "We need to take action to draw students," said Shelly Mahowald, a Title I Reading Recovery teacher in the primary grades. Activities director Bryan Wormley agreed, noting this is the time of year when parents may be weighing their options. He suggested an open enrollment round-up for students in grades beyond kindergarten. "Students are leaving this district. The time is now," Mahowald said.
Erik Ludwinski, who succumbed to a rare pediatric cancer in February at the age of 24, will be awarded two degrees with highest honors posthumously May 7 at Bemidji State University. His parents, Paul and Donna, will accept his summa cum laude Bachelor of Science diploma, his majors in computer science and computer information systems. And this, his "proud mom" notes, was after Erik missed six weeks of school last fall while undergoing "internal" radiation, tests and chemo. His tenacity and good humor endeared him to hundreds in the course of his disease. The day he died, Feb.
Duo gives subline new purpose to household artifacts>/B> Dawn Penning and Chris Nason have added a new R to the reduce, reuse, recycle credo. "We repurpose," Penning explains. "It's a sickness," the duo laments, grinning. "We're on a first name basis with the guys at the dump." Three years ago, the "rummage sale friends" who are co-workers at Century School, decided their inventory of goods had reached a crisis point. "You can only buy so much stuff," Nason said. Meanwhile, they had met their mentor, Iva Thielges, a.k.a. the Nashua Trader.