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The year was 1966, a station wagon full of kids and dogs - gear tied to the roof - was motoring up from Minneapolis to spend time on the lake. "It was the classic 'are we there yet?'" Alan Zemek recalled of the journey. Zemek, economist, area real estate developer and attorney, recalls strolling down to a neighbor's cabin on July 20, 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon.
The Lakes Area Dive Team and area law enforcement officials gathered at the 11th Crow Wing Lake pier in Akeley to view what's likely to become an additional component in search missions when a drowning has occurred. Dogs. Canines are an integral player in ground searches, explained Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer, but not for cadavers in a body of water. But after Thursday night's joint training exercise with Central Lakes Search and Rescue and the Lakes Area Dive Team - serving Hubbard, Cass and Beltrami counties - that's likely to change. Members of the Central Lakes SAR team arr
A trio of Ukrainian students arrived in Park Rapids this spring to gain an understanding of U.S. horticultural practices, each of them pursuing an agricultural-related degree back on their home turf. They head to work at Bergen's Greenhouse west of town where "every day holds something different," according to Sergii Melnyk, also a Ukrainian, who serves as their supervisor. "We're getting an international experience in agriculture," said Serhiy Nikolenko, who is pursuing a degree in farm engineering. "We're seeing a new country, meeting new people.
Friday's American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be a time "to imagine a life with more birthdays." It's a celebration of victory while honoring those who are battling cancer and remembering those who've succumbed to cancer. When this year's poignant survivors' lap begins, Lou Eischens will be making her first appearance at the Relay for Life event, as a torchbearer. Diagnosed a year ago in May with breast cancer, it became "the worst and best year of my life," she said of learning of the malignancy nearly concurrently with a new role she was about to assume - grandma. The sympto
A suggestion to revamp the procedure for selecting the Park Rapids Area High School student of the month met disagreement from the school board and administration this week, the board concurring the "subjective" process will continue.
Like the burgeoning rhubarb patch - now spanning two acres - Forestedge Winery has expanded the retail and production areas, both doubling in size. But unlike the rhubarb patch - the original plants dating back to the Depression era - the winery is home to state-of-the-art equipment.
The music from the keyboard belies the pig-tailed, incisors-yet-to-arrive grin from the pianist. Her tiny fingers dance across the ivories, delivering a rhapsody of Bach, Chopin, Schumann and more. Classical pianist 7-year-old Emma Taggart will be heading to Italy in mid-July to take part in the Varallo International Music Festival, joining top pianists from the U.S., Mexico, Italy and Japan. She will receive intense, one-on-one instruction from some of the top master pianists in the world. "I'll be back just before my birthday," she reports of her Aug.
The Akeley Council, convening a special meeting Tuesday, agreed to advertise for a part-time law enforcement officer through October, the issue to be revisited in September. Brian Hitchcock had asked the council to consider the measure at last week's meeting, noting the city had budgeted for the position. Mayor Jennifer Mitchell said the need for law enforcement increases in the summer with additional traffic and children out of school. "We need to be clear on the council's expectations" regarding the amount of time spent in the office, Troy Hegg said. "Eric's was 40 hours a week," Den
In a record-setting 10-minute meeting, the Nevis Council learned the Fire Relief Association is solvent, approved the liquor store serving drinks Sunday, July 11, for the pig races and Halvorson Beach signs will soon be erected, acknowledging the donation of the property to the city. The previous brevity record was held by former assistant mayor Bev Romer, who conducted city business within a 13-minute timeframe. Firefighter Don Umthun reported the fire department to be self-sufficient, with assets of $214,030 at the end of 2009, accrued liability of $164,410 leaving a surplus of $49,620.