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With autumn's arrival, and temperatures dropping, come thoughts of the flu, and temperatures rising. Myra Haldorson, an RN who's the infection preventionist at St. Joseph's Area Health Services, is recommending everyone from ages 6 months and up be vaccinated for the flu. This is the first time a universal flu vaccination is being advocated, unless an individual has a valid contraindication.
Century Middle School's Student Success Initiative has received an additional financial boost, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation awarding a $25,000 grant. The program, which has also received a $50,000 Blandin Foundation grant, will address fifth grade students who are experiencing difficulties, superintendent Glenn Chiodo said, "which tend to magnify at this age. "It's an age group with so many things going on," he said. Twelve have applied to date for the student success coordinator position.
When bicyclists head out to travel hill and dale in the 30th annual Headwaters 100 Saturday, Mennonites in Tights will be among them. A dozen riders from Steinbach, Manitoba will be returning from the city located 45 miles south of Winnipeg to traverse the terrain, a draw for the riders who pedal across the prairie. "The only hill we have is wind," their "fearless and immutable leader" Jake Siemens reports.
Lemongrass Salon has emerged in the Bruhn Optical Building, "cleverly tucked on the west side of the building," entry gained via a doorway exclusive to the salon. Paula Rude Eberhardt is owner of the full service salon, named for the natural, refreshing herb. The mother of two, who owned Aveda salons in Fargo, moved back to Park Rapids after the death of her husband. He died at 40 of a heart attack. She asked daughters Kayley, now 9, and Kensie, 5, where they wanted to live.
It's nearly time to bid the garden a final farewell, but not before one last batch of salsa. Salsa is no modern invention; it originated with the Inca people. (Before football!) The combination of chilies, tomatoes and other spices can also be traced to the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas. The Spaniards first encountered tomatoes after their conquest of Mexico in 1519-1521, which marked the beginning of the history of salsa (but not tostada chips; that came later).
The Headwaters Lifelong Learners were transported across the Pacific and taken back in time more than a half century Tuesday when Dr. Ed Poitras shared insights on the politics and economics of South Korea. The Yale Divinity School graduate arrived in South Korea just after the war had ended, in 1953.
Autumn color beckons us back to the stove, to the rich, warm season of soup. The garden is still producing, but thoughts turn from salad to the blends of meat/poultry, vegetables and broth, to be enjoyed as the leaves begin to fall. About a year ago, I proclaimed an oath: No more boxed/canned chicken broth. And I've never looked back. I experimented with several. The one that has remained my staple requires an extra step, but is worth the effort. Roasting bones first darkens color and adds flavor. But it shouldn't be used with light soups, because of its robust taste.
The Nevis Council approved a 3.14 percent increase in the preliminary property tax levy Monday night, totaling $212,278.
Nevis School District bookkeeper Betsy Anderson has agreed to resign and accept a negotiated settlement, releasing all claims against the district. The school board, following a 15-minute closed session Wednesday night, unanimously approved a four-page termination agreement drafted by their attorney, Jim Wallace. Anderson will receive eight weeks of severance pay ($5,539). Anderson was placed "on leave" in late August after her son, Jon Hoffman, questioned Nevis superintendent Steve Rassier's personal use of a district vehicle in southern Minnesota.