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Olè! Compañeros and the Dorset House will reemerge in the “Restaurant Capital of the World.” Rick and Laura Kempnich, owners of the buildings in Dorset that were destroyed by fire in September 2014, announced Tuesday that Levi and Beth Durgin, who met while working at the restaurants, will recreate the structure. “We’re trying to keep as much as possible the same,” Beth Durgin said in a phone interview. The menus of the two restaurants, for the most part, will remain intact, but food will depart from a single kitchen.
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A day in the life of Bob and Char Wrobel may entail releasing a young bear back into the wild, feeding an injured bunny, caring for a hummingbird with a concussion or mitigating a duck “attack” on a fawn (later to learn the bugs on its back are mallard munchies.) Their stories are legion. The Wrobels arrived from Brainerd at the invitation of the Headwaters Animal Shelter board to share anecdotes on their volunteerism with the Wild and Free Rehabilitation Program. Wild and Free began in 1984 in Anoka, veterinarian Deb Eskedahl its founder.
By Jean Ruzicka email@example.com Compañeros and the Dorset House will be rebuilt, likely beginning this fall. Rick and Laura Kempnich, owners of the buildings that were destroyed by fire in September 2014, announced Tuesday that Levi and Beth Durgin, who met while working at the restaurant, will rebuild the structure.
The Timberland Dirt Devils ATV Club received the nod from county commissioners to continue maintenance of the east side of trails in the Round River Drive Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System, the board approving a resolution for application of grant funding. In May, a decision was made to split maintenance of the Round River Drive ATV trails between the Timberland Dirt Devils, responsible for the east side of Highway 64, and the Paul Bunyan ATV Trailriders, the west. Both clubs had applied to maintain the 100-mile ATV trails.
Nevis elementary teacher Paul Schroeder addressed the school board this week regarding the school’s burgeoning numbers, open enrollment cited as the factor. Schroeder, speaking on behalf of his co-workers, told the board, “Frustrated teachers want smaller class sizes. They are mistrusting,” he said of communication gaps. “We need to fix this. Teachers feel no one is looking at the caps,” he said of grade size maximums. “I’m hearing 90 percent of new enrollees are open enrolled,” board member Andy Lindow said of being contacted on the issue.
Nevis principal John Strom has announced he will be retiring at year’s end. “This is my fortieth year,” he said of his role in education. “It’s been quite a ride. I’ve spent the last six years as principal in Nevis. It’s easily the peak of my career,” he said. “Totally.” Strom taught phy ed, English and social studies in Winnipeg, Canada before he moved to Minnesota with wife Alice and daughter Meghan in 1995. Strom assumed the role of Park Rapids middle school counselor in 1996, where he spent a decade.
October is Farm to School Month and Park Rapids kids are being reminded where food originates – “not the grocery store.” The program fostering experiential food education for children is being implemented in Park Rapids schools for the first time this year. Food service director Tom Marcussen is working with a food vendor near Cloquet, Upper Lakes Foods, to procure fresh, locally grown food. The Minnesota-grown fresh veggies were appearing on the salad bar until the end of September. Squash, the last of the harvest, may be added to the menu.
By Jean Ruzicka firstname.lastname@example.org Nevis Council members learned the city will be drafting a Wellhead Protection Plan, groundwater specialist Mike Strodtman of the Minnesota Rural Water Association lending expertise. The year-long process is to “protect drinking water,” to prevent it from becoming polluted by managing potential sources of contamination in the area. At this point, there is no detection of potential contaminants, he told the council. The majority of the city’s water is surface water, more than 80 percent from Lake Belle Taine through the groundwater aquifer
By Jean Ruzicka email@example.com Hubbard County Commissioners have approved a preliminary levy of $13.5 million for 2016, reflecting an increase of 5.5 percent over this year’s $12.8 million. Department heads had requested a total amount of $13.7 million, approximately $900,000 over this year’s levy, to which commissioners said “no.” Commissioner Vern Massie had suggested setting the levy at $13.7 and subsequently paring it. But board chair Dan Stacey expressed opposition to this.