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The 8th annual Audrey's Purple Dream - Akeley's answer to cancer - will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 on 11th Crow Wing Lake. Proceeds from the event, that includes a fishing tourney and a plunge by daring divers into 11th Crow Wing Lake, benefit area residents whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Audrey's Purple Dream is dedicated to the memory of Audrey Faye Pidde, a lifelong resident of Akeley who died in March 2005 after a battle with cancer. The event's founder, Melissa 'Nib' Niblick, organized the community fundraiser in honor of her friend.
"Community partners" are invited to submit project proposals to restore, protect or enhance water quality in Hubbard County's lakes, streams and rivers. Lake associations, nonprofits, student groups, faith organizations, schools and neighborhood groups are invited to submit ideas on solutions to reducing storm water runoff. "Anything to do with reducing storm water infiltration in the soil will be considered," explained Julie Kingsley, district manager of the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District and Local Water Plan coordinator. Legacy Clean Water Fund grants totaling $100
The young dancers move with a graceful elegance, their faces a study in concentration. Before them stands their instructor, of gentle voice and regal posture, her decades of experience on the dance floor evident... Denise DeCeault Gulbranson, instructor at Northland Studio of Dance in Park Rapids, began dancing at the age of 4 in Chicago.
The new year has arrived and the Governor's Fishing Opener committee is moving full steam ahead for the May 9-13 event on the Fish Hook chain of lakes. Approximately 200 members of the press - radio, television, magazine, Internet and newspaper - are expected to descend on Park Rapids lakes country - along with the governor, lieutenant governor and other dignitaries.
100 YEARS AGO: Inebriated lumberjack rescued, button factory opens in Hubbard 100 years ago "Frost and booze do business," an Enterprise headline stated, "A bad combination for January weather in northern Minnesota." "The past week was an unfortunate one for several in this part of the state, and the victims are to be found among those of hazardous occupations (an accident claiming the life of a watchman at the Red River Lumber Company Mill in Akeley) and those making free use of booze (a lumberjack falling out of the back seat of a sleigh)." The lumberjack, "well filled with booze" was
Century Elementary, named a Celebration School by the Minnesota Department of Education, was officially recognized for the achievement this week at the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation (MAEF) conference. The designation is based on the Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) for schools. Under the state's MMR system, most of Minnesota's 2,000 public schools received an overall numerical ranking, but only about a quarter - those schools receiving federal poverty aid - got one of five designations: Reward, Celebration, Continuous Improvement, Focus and Priority. "More than 100 Celebrati
A Park Rapids Area High School alum is gaining fame - and chuckles - as a "beer drinking redneck," via Country Music Television's "Chainsaw Gang." Matt Clementson, 48, is a cast member in the rowdy comedic reality show that debuted Nov. 10 on CMT, his childhood friends contacting him with congratulations. Classmate Becky Rutherford Maninga didn't initially recognize her former high school buddy as part of the Deadwood Chainsaw Gang on the TV screen.
Newly-elected Nevis city officials took the oath of office Monday, Paul Schroeder resuming his role as mayor, Heidi Schmeichel returning to the council seat and Tom Frank joining the ranks. The council agreed to begin meeting at 6 p.m.
Cindy Morgan's "hobby" in assistance dog training has now become a profession - and a passion. The Park Rapids resident who has an assistance dog herself, Jake, headed to college in California last year where she earned an associate degree in assistance dog education.
Citizens arrived in number for the changing of the guard in Akeley this week, the newly elected officials grappling with contentious employee issues and other matters. "Bear with me; I'm new at this," mayor Jerry Tatro told his 30-plus constituents who attended. Tatro and Dan Riggs assumed office Wednesday, as well as Trygve Karl, who was elected subsequent to his appointment, and Troy Hegg, who was re-elected in November. A closed work session for city employee evaluation was to be held after the meeting but four of the six chose to keep the meeting open during their evaluations.