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Creating a home, defining its character, has been a lifelong odyssey for Kathy and Allen Belt. Their living quarters together have ranged from an RV to slaves' quarters to an old farmhouse originating in the 1750s in Virginia to the "hovel by the swamp" they purchased 12 years ago north of Park Rapids on Boot Lake Drive. As the daughter of a military chaplain, Kathy logged 17 addresses before she met Al, the union upping her occupancies to 36 (Al's was a meager four, prior to wedlock).
Triangle Ag, a full-service crop input provider, has opened its 11th agronomy center in Park Rapids at 1605 Industry Ave. Lennie Holmer, a Park Rapids Area High School graduate who grew up on the Ponsford Prairie, serves as sales agronomist. Judd Fischer greets clientele as site manager. "Triangle has had a presence in the area," Holmer said. "Now we've opened a satellite office and warehouse. We're looking to work with local farmers." "Triangle Ag has a wealth of resources," Fischer said of the people, products and equipment available through the 11 sites.
The Park Rapids School Board approved several "new hires" this week. The teachers include Jeannie Mayer, second grade; Chelsea Pederson, third grade; Allison Spahn, third grade; Zach Holsman, elementary physical education teacher and Alicia Hillesland, a Title reading teacher. Superintendent Glenn Chiodo said this concludes hiring for the 2011-12 year, pending kindergarten numbers. If kindergarten enrollment warrants, another teacher will be added to the staff. In other action, the board: n Learned the high school food shelf challenge raised $700 and more than 300 pounds of food for
The North Country Museum of Arts has a new name, Nemeth Art Center. The decision was made to honor the man behind its inception, Gabor Nemeth, and define its role as a progressive, vibrant community center, explained director Kelly Grossman. "It's more than a museum," she said of the variety of exhibits and workshops offered each season in the former courthouse. "It's not stagnant," she said of traditional, static exhibits.
Have a camper or an RV in need of a new owner? A truck or car - collector or simply used -calling for someone else behind the wheel? Is an estate or moving sale on the horizon? A boat, dock, ATV, firearm, office or construction equipment ready for trade-in?
Questions were raised at the Akeley Council meeting this week on the amount of rent James Johnson pays for use of the wastewater irrigation acreage, used as a hayfield. Council member Troy Hegg brought the issue to the council after learning Johnson has not paid the $1,400 agreed upon annual rent. The amount was lowered to $400 per year in 2004, but no records exist as to the council's role in the agreement. Sewer fund records show "miscellaneous income," ostensibly the yearly rent for the acreage, of $700 in July 2003 and $400 in both November 2004 and September 2005.
The Nevis Council reviewed the 2010 audit this week, Don Zierke of Miller McDonald reporting the city has a "good, healthy cash balance." But he cautioned this should be maintained, given the possibility of state cuts. "Small cities did not lose Local Government Aid," he said. "But they did lose market value credit.
After a "great response last fall" Summerhill Farm is returning to downtown Park Rapids. Park Rapids developer Alan Zemek and Jeff and Eileen Reish, owners of Summerhill Farm, announce a new year-round women's clothing and accessories store will open at the Armory Square redevelopment project on Second Street. Summerhill on Second, a 1,500-square-foot store, is scheduled to open the first week of May. The merchandise will be unique to the downtown store, Eileen Reish explained of the "similar but not duplicated" line of apparel found at the Highway 71 north location.