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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.
By a vote of her peers, Century Middle School phy ed teacher Aarin Galzki has been named Teacher of the Year. Galzki introduces kindergartners, first and second graders as well middle school students to health and fitness. "I love what I do," she said. "When you let kids know you care, they return the favor. It's a pleasure to be a part of their lives and watch them grow." Now in her eighth year as a Park Rapids teacher, she serves as advisor to the Student Council and coaches volleyball and softball.
Nevis School's Wall of Champions will once again bear the names of students earning Honorable Mention status. "With an apology to the students whose names were taken down," board member Gary Stennes added. In June, the school board agreed the Wall of Champions in the Tiger Lobby would be a permanent display for students receiving All State classification in all activities, not simply sports but band, choir, theater, science fair, Envirothon, robotics, Knowledge Bowl LifeSmarts and FCCLA. The school was in the process of "realigning" the space for its centennial celebration, Heidi Wormley
Diet. Exercise. Knitting. Nevis sophomores striding into Janet Golden-Landquist's health classes are gaining an understanding of healthy stress reduction - a stitch at a time. Armed with yarn and needles, the 10th graders were introduced to the intricacies of turning yarn into blanket pieces, while learning the ancient art is a tangible means to reduce stress and increase self-esteem. It's taking a risk - mastering the craft - while gaining relaxation and peace - a positive outcome, Golden-Landquist explained of the psychology behind this bit of curriculum. "This is not for anger m
For years, the GED test has offered those without a high school diploma a low-cost, second chance. But the General Educational Development test is soon to become far more difficult, more costly and administered out of town. The clock is ticking, Community Education director Jill Dickinson reminds those who may have completed a portion of the five exams, or are considering taking them all. In January 2014, a new testing system will be implemented. Park Rapids will no longer be a testing site.
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 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.
The "voice of the nation's vacationland" debuted 50 years ago Dec. 2, chief engineer Ed DeLaHunt behind the move to bring a radio station to the Park Rapids area. The station came to life halfway into a Friday evening basketball game between Park Rapids and Sebeka, KPRM AM sportscaster Andy Lia's voice announcing Park Rapids' 57-48 win in the season opener. The long-anticipated telegram from the Federal Communication Commission had arrived at 7:30 p.m.