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The Park Rapids School Board gave band director Jared Larson a (figurative) standing ovation this week for the success of the Pep Band and the concert band, earning a double star, superior rating in competitions. Band president Caleb Atkins reiterated the board's sentiments. "The band program is turning around thanks to a good band director," the saxophonist told the board. Principal Al Judson agreed, noting 19 students were enrolled in band last year, 30 are tooting their horns this year, and over 40 expected next year.
Despite promotions, Nevis liquor store earnings continue in negative territory, a net income of minus $729 reported in March, a negative net of $12,440 calculated year to date. This compares with a negative net income of $4,305 for the first three months of 2009. The good news, on a monthly basis, showed the net income of minus $728 compares with last year's negative $8,786 in March, the Nevis Council learned this week. This might be attributed, in part, to the first international food buffet, in celebration of St.
The Lake Belle Taine and 11th Crow Wing Lake public fishing piers will soon be replaced, the Nevis and Akeley councils learned this week. David Schotzko, DNR area supervisor for state parks and trails, said grants will fund the replacement of the existing 20+-year-old piers, but the timeline has not yet been determined. The piers will be constructed at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater, but a backlog exists. "Ideally, this summer," Schotzko said of the timeframe. But the funding, he said, is secure.
Photographer Patti Ryan considers the great outdoors her studio - summer, winter, spring and fall. Her subjects, she explains, are more comfortable in a natural setting. And that often puts her in an unusual spot behind the lens - "in waders, on Portage, pushing a duck boat through the lilies," for example. "I had poison ivy for the first time last year," she said of another lights/action/ camera episode. "And I'm overcoming my fear of heights." Emboldened by family support, "Pikkel" is pursuing a passion since childhood.
For decades, Park Rapids Deer Town captured the imagination with the creatures that roamed the territory. Now the Smokey Hills Outdoors Store, opening its doors on or before May 1 on the Highway 71 north location, will open possibilities to adventures galore, with an extensive inventory of sporting goods. The store covers the gamut of north woods "necessities." And the Bum Steer Food Court will satisfy the appetite. The initiative began with seasonal recreational items - fish houses, Amish- built playground equipment and docks - displayed in Osage and Park Rapids. "But we were twiddli
The Akeley Council, having received the resignation of liquor store manager Bob Winner effective March 31, appointed Lacey Hitchcock to fill the position on an interim basis. Hitchcock is currently employed at the liquor store at $9.09 per hour; she will receive $12.50 per hour as manager. The council will interview applicants at 4 p.m. Monday, April 12, the interviews open to the public. The council agreed the position should be paid on an hourly basis, as opposed to salaried. A final determination on filling the position is expected at the regular April 14 meeting.
Anglers gathered on Long Lake Thursday morning to take in some fishing now that the ice is off the lake.
Republican candidate for governor Marty Seifert made a whistle stop appearance in Park Rapids Thursday evening, reminding his audience the state is at a fundamental crossroads. "I love this state too much to see it become a smaller California," he said of people exiting the Pacific state at a rate of 1,000 per day. "They are leaving behind a bureaucratic nightmare." Minnesota government is the state's largest employer, he said. "Government is too big, too expensive and has too much power.