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By Jean Ruzicka email@example.com Army Ranger Sgt. Derek Anderson has been awarded the Silver Star Medal, the nation’s third highest military honor for valor. The 24-year-old son of Darrel and Renee Anderson and a 2008 Park Rapids alumnus, was recognized last week in Georgia for his heroics Dec.
By Jean Ruzicka firstname.lastname@example.org Ice damage has been more widespread and pronounced than in recent years, with lakeshore homeowners looking to repair Old Man Winter’s wreckage. Environmental Services officer Eric Buitenwerf advises that if the damage is from the past winter, not a permanent ice ridge, it may be repaired without a permit. He asks that before and after photos be taken and submitted to his office. “The key,” he emphasizes, “is that it can’t be a permanent ice ridge,” he said of restoration.
By Jean Ruzicka email@example.com Frank and Debra Vogeltanz of rural Laporte are once again counting sheep, and it’s not a matter of insomnia. Sammy, a Dorset Southdown ram, and Emily, a Dorset ewe, added quadruplets to the herd April 21. While this is not unusual at Sheep Haven Farm – quads having arrived four of the past five years - this is a first for both Sammy and Emily. Triplets and twins are a norm.
By Jean Ruzicka firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Kramer has assumed the role of director of the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center, replacing Ed Ranson who recently retired after more than three decades at the helm. “This DAC is running awesome,” Kramer said of Ranson and staff.
By Jean Ruzicka email@example.com This summer’s campers on 11th Crow Wing may have an opportunity to rent a pontoon, canoes, fishing boats, paddle boats or kayaks, a dock at the city campground the proposed launch site. Aaron DeRoo, owner of the Akeley Angler bait shop, approached the council on the matter this month, earning strong support. In a memo to council members, DeRoo said he saw “4,200 campers passing through our town who had many unmet needs,” boat rental among them. He anticipates the service would draw more campers, increasing city revenue. “This would cost
Hubbard County Food Shelf director Dave Long reports $63,500 was donated during this year’s drive, with 31,200 pounds of food arriving to feed the area’s people in need. This compares with last year’s figures of $64,700 in cash and 29,000 pounds of food. Long attributes the increase in pounds of food donated to R.D. Offutt’s contributions. The drive to raise funds and food continues through April, with the total amount determining the amount of the Feinstein grant. In the past, the grant has ranged from $800 to $2,000.
By Jean Ruzicka firstname.lastname@example.org Hubbard County commissioners officially proclaimed April to be National County Government Month, “encouraging county officials, employees, schools and residents to be aware of their county government and all the services provided,” presenting documentation on the assistance rendered in 2014 via a $12.2 million levy. By department, “general government” provides services for the county’s 20,248 residents, employing 243 on a full-time, part-time or seasonal basis.
By Jean Ruzicka email@example.com The Park Rapids School Board received a presentation on PEACE this week, Parents Encouraging Each Other at Century Elementary. “We were missing a piece,” Emotional Behavioral...
By Jean Ruzicka firstname.lastname@example.org Monday’s Hubbard County timber auction drew a “tremendous turnout” to bid on the 22 parcels, all of which sold in the first round of bidding, Natural Resource manager Chip Lohmeier told commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting. The auction totaled $810,268, with aspen prices up 25 percent from January, 60 percent from 2014. Birch’s weighted average price also increased commensurately, Lohmeier reported.
By Jean Ruzicka email@example.com David Frorath, 16, arriving in August from his hometown of Kleinmaischeid, Germany has been experiencing “firsts” in number. “All new sports,” the soccer player said of...