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Initially, the idea of an animal shelter opening in Park Rapids was considered a whimsical notion, not grounded in financial reality. Now, nearly a decade after the Headwaters Animal Shelter opened its doors, it's considered by many cities and counties to be a prototypical model, with countless happy endings. Just ask the guests. Since the animal shelter's inception in April 2003, nearly 1,400 dogs have arrived at the shelter, 1,300 cats. In 2012, 174 cats found shelter at the site, as did 176 dogs. Soon answering to new masters were 146 dogs and 122 cats found homes.
The Nevis School Board approved the sale of $2.445 million in construction bonds this week, hiring the firm of Contegrity Group of Little Falls to provide construction management services for the ECFE addition, high school classrooms, band room, custodial area and boys locker rooms. Work is expected to begin in April, with clean up and landscaping finalizing the project in September. Betsy Knoche of Ehlers presented the bond pre-sale report, noting interest rates are at the lowest in 40 years.
Nevis School principal John Strom addressed safety in the school in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy at Monday night's board meeting, noting, "generally, school safety is the most difficult topic." Student safety is paramount on his agenda, he said.
Attorney Trent Wilcox has joined the law firm of Thomason, Swanson and Zahn, PLLC, practicing in the areas of family law, guardianship, personal injury, employment disputes and general civil litigation. "I never left here, in my heart," said Wilcox, who grew up in Park Rapids, his father, Russell, born here in 1919. Wilcox, who's had a cabin on Big Stony since 2005, made the move north in 2011 with son Riley, 15.
75 years ago "Hand signals in winter needed for road safety," the Enterprise advised readers. "Because car windows are usually kept closed in cold weather, a high percentage of drivers abandon the use of hand signals. But the effort of rolling down a window and giving the proper signal may save a life or prevent a costly and painful accident," a highway department engineer cautioned.
As has become a Park Rapids tradition, hundreds came dashing through the snow (paltry though it may be) to ring in the holiday season with the Jingle Bells gala drawing Thursday evening. Eleven winners will claim Jingle Bell prizes - one $5,000 grand prize with 10 ticket holders winning $500. Also this year, a $500 cash prize will be awarded to the business that gave out the $5,000 winning ticket. Ticket holders have until Friday, Jan. 4 to claim prizes. Area merchants provided abundant door prizes for the event. And Girl Scouts sold cookies by the dozen as a fundraiser.
Gary Holk will be heading to Alaska on a moose hunt with his son next fall, thanks to a lucky number. The fulfillment of a "lifetime dream" comes via a $5 Holiday Winnings lottery ticket, the Park Rapids resident purchasing the ticket Friday, Nov.
Akeley residents witnessed a contentious council meeting Wednesday night as mayor Jennifer Mitchell and Terry Chalich bid farewell to their roles. A consent agenda proposal to increase clerk-treasurer Sebrina Hegg's hours from 24 to 36 per week drew criticism from council member Trygve Karl. Hegg was not present at the meeting. He cited changes needed in the original levy due to an oversight on her part and time spent away from the office. "She was hired over someone more well qualified," Karl said.