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The significantly scaled back General Assistance Medical Care bill that earned legislative approval last week is raising questions and concerns at St. Joseph's Area Health Services. "Overall, it's a bad bill," St. Joseph's CEO Ben Koppelman said. "It represents significant cuts for hospitals and other providers. And as it stands now, there are a lot of unanswered questions as to how hospitals will administer this." Gov.
A band of "armed and dangerous" mystery writers took Park Rapids library patrons captive Saturday, sharing wit and wisdom on the intricacies of spinning their tales. "We should be approached with a great sense of humor," the authors cautioned their audience. Minnesota Crime Wave members, bedecked in hoodlum gear, include William Kent Krueger, who pens the Cork O'Connor series; Carl Brookins, known for the Tanner-Whitney and Sean Sean books, and Ellen Hart, who has authored the Jane Lawless mystery series, set in the Twin Cities. Hart, a former chef, told her audience she had a choice of
The mid-point of the annual Hubbard County Food Shelf drive found donations down from '09, but food shelf director Dave Long remains optimistic. Last year at this time, the food shelf received a $10,000 estate bequest and $25,000 in stimulus money. But the community is rising to the occasion. "Donations are good," Long said. "I do not anticipate deficit spending." St. Peter's youth-driven initiative has brought in $1,700 in cash, 1,300 pounds to date.
Park Rapids Schools superintendent Glenn Chiodo unveiled the proposed $510,000 in budget "adjustments" Monday, recommending five retiring employees not be replaced, at a cost savings of $371,000. Chiodo is recommending the current assistant principal at Century, Jeff Johnson, become the high school principal. Principal Al Judson is retiring at year's end. Additional retiring teachers who won't be replaced are first and fourth grade instructors and high school special education and middle school health teachers. Johnson's position will be eliminated.
The dueling dribblers - Akeley and Nevis alums - had fans on their feet as the two teams played a fast-paced thriller Saturday. Akeley claimed a 55-52 victory in the reprise performance, the Nevis Tigers battling back from a 15-point deficit at one stage of the game. Willy Wicks' three-pointer spree at game's end put the Tigers back in the running. But the Anglers' formidable line-up of talented hoopsters proved daunting. "Akeley was superior," said Bill Toft, Community Education director and event organizer. "Size won the day.
Skin is the largest organ in the human body, with millions of cells at work within a square inch. Annette Roiko, R.N., of the Essence of Thyme Wellness Spa has become a champion for the external protective membrane that defines facial appearance, now offering corrective skin care. Her original organic skin care line, while replete with antioxidants and beneficial ingredients, did not offer curative measures. "As I grew, I wanted to do more corrective.
The Nevis Council agreed to add a platform with handrails to ensure a safer entryway to the liquor store. Cost is an estimated $500.
Brian Hitchcock, returning from his tour of duty with the Minnesota Army National Guard in Iraq, has rejoined the Akeley Council. "I am ready to end my leave of absence and return to my position of council member," he wrote in a letter to the council, earning a unanimous vote for reinstatement effective April 1. Council member Jon Johnson resigned at Wednesday's meeting, effective March 31.
Park Rapids students entering school next fall will experience a new math curriculum, kindergarten through high school. School board members were introduced to the textbooks and reviewed changes proposed as a means to prepare students for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.