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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Park Rapids School Board members heard the "truth in taxation" this week, the $5.3 million levy approved for 2013 up 10 percent from this year's $4.9 million. Business manager Carol Hutchinson, noting the past six years have been relatively consistent, cited two reasons for the increase.
The time has come to dig into purse and pocket and organize those Jingle Bells tickets. The 11th annual Jingle Bells Sweepstakes and community dinner festivities begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at Century School. Jingle Bells distribution ends at the close of business hours Monday with last minute ticket drop-off accepted at the Chamber through Wednesday. Due to rule changes this year, odds for winning are greater, Chamber exec (a.k.a. Santa's elf) Katie Magozzi reports. One ticket has been given for each $10 purchase, up to a maximum of 10 per transaction this year.
Elijah's Echo, a Christian ministry and resource center, truly has an "echo" - figuratively, that is. Cross & Crown has opened adjacent to the outreach site as a means to provide Christian materials through a gift shop, explained Scott Stewart, a "domestic missionary." The opportunity arose after the Bookshelf n' Office Supply closed. "People felt a void," Stewart said of the Christian book and gift store on Highway 34. No similar store existed within 90 miles, he said. "God pulled up in a car and said, 'hop in!'" Stewart said of his epiphany. "He's a better driver than I am.