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A summer spent on Big Mantrap as a watercraft inspector triggered a return to an original career for Julie Kingsley. "I miss this!" she determined as she was examining boats for Aquatic Invasive Species this past summer. Kingsley, who's spent the last 12 years as an educational assistant at Nevis School, assumed the role of district manager of the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District and Local Water Plan coordinator in October. She replaces Mark Sommer, who was hired by the U.S.
A new mercantile establishment, based in the Park Rapids Community Education office, is open for business. The store features Panther-related clothes, toys and jewelry for all ages - from kids to adults - with many handmade by members of the ECFE Advisory Council. A variety of price point items are available and special orders are accepted. The store's merchandise "will evolve based on customer request." Proceeds benefit the district's youth and adult enrichment programs. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
A three-hour search Tuesday for a missing 87-year-old Nevis woman ended when students on the athletic field spotted her in a baseball dugout. Elizabeth VonBank, 87, was reported missing about 10 a.m. after her daughter, Pat Edwards, attempted to contact her via phone at her residence on Pleasant Street. When she received no answer, she called a neighbor, Marge Wagenaar. Wagenaar found the inside door open and her cane outside, but no sign of VonBank. Law enforcement was contacted and the sheriff's department sent an alert via telephone to city residents.
Vallartas Mexican Grill, opening this week in Armory Square, is satisfying a yearning for south of the border cuisine. Distinctive, handmade furniture from Guadalajara greets clientele arriving to sample the classic Mexican menu. Co-owners Pedro Unzueta and Sergio Barajas, who both grew up in Mexico, stress "fresh" as a key component. "Fresh food is best for the customer. Everything is made here," Unzueta explained - from the chips, to refried beans to rice. "It's all made here." And that includes their signature Tequila Burrito.
The Park Rapids School District received a commendable "report card" from the auditor this week. The district saw a $943,610 positive change in the general fund in 2012, ending the year with a $4.25 million fund balance. This compares with a $1.1 million general fund balance in 2008, with the district facing statutory operating debt a few years previously. Board chair Sherry Safratowich expressed gratitude to "everyone for their work" on regaining positive financial status.
Hugo's is about to become a household name in Park Rapids and the smiling blond mascot, Seemore Savings, an icon. Longtime local grocers Jeff and Bob Hensel have sold J&B Foods to a family-owned chain of supermarket grocery stores, Hugo's. Headquartered in Grand Forks, this is the family's 10th store, four in Minnesota and six in North Dakota. Third generation grocer Kristi Magnuson-Nelson is CEO. There will be no changes in staff or operation, she said of the store opening in 2009 on Highway 71 south.
The Nevis School Board, convening a special meeting Tuesday to review the audit, learned the general fund balance to be close to what was forecast, a negative $82,000 change attributed to the construction of the concession stand. Overall, the ending general fund balance of $1.5 million as of June 30 is close to what was anticipated, Justin Burchill of Brady Martz told the board.
Calling all volunteers! Park Rapids is about to become the site of another Habitat for Humanity home with helpers needed in all phases of construction - including baking treats. The foundation was poured this week for the residence that will become home to Jamey Haataja and Adam Seimon and three children. The three-bedroom, 1,104-square-foot "patio home" will be constructed at 1010 Spruce Lane, with work scheduled to begin Monday, Nov.