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If the Hubbard County Food Shelf operated as a conventional business, Standard and Poor's would be lauding its progress. In the past 10 years, usage of the food shelf has increased annually by 10 to 15 percent. Last year, the food shelf distributed 182 tons of food, a 36 percent increase from 2009. "A good share of it is because of a change in government regulations," director Dave Long explained. Beginning in October 2010, food shelves were required to distribute food to families and individuals a minimum of once a month if they received government surplus food.
Park Rapids parents are tardy/absent. ParentVue, an online program allowing parents/guardians access to information on students' grades and assignments, is generally not being used, high school principal Jeff Johnson reported at this week's board meeting. Of the students' 2,000 parents, just 200 are checking via the site, he said.
A school/community garden will sprout on Century School grounds when summer arrives, a committee having formed to propagate the plan. Master Gardeners Dr. Maurice Spangler and Sally Shearer presented the concept to the school board this week, gaining a nod of approval. The mission, Spangler explained, is to improve students' health by encouraging families to grow and eat healthier food. Community Education intends to contribute to the initiative by offering a healthy eating class in conjunction, Jill Dickinson reported.
Trainer/educator/advocate Jerry Snow has initiated Life Force Energy and Fitness, offering physical training, bodywork and lifestyle counseling. His mission: "To facilitate with training, nutrition and education the tools to reach a state of complete fitness that transcends the past, exceeds the present and expedites the future for long life, health and vitality." Snow headed back to college in 2004 to complete his education, graduating in 2009 with a degree in science education. Meanwhile, he'd been studying bodywork, including reflexology and massage therapy.
After a career in education spanning 36 years, Century School principal Bruce Gravalin announced plans to retire at Monday night's school board meeting. "I've done it all," Gravalin said of his work with students from kindergarten through senior high. "It's been a good ride." Gravalin entered the classroom in Moorhead as a physical education, science and health teacher, instructing from 1975-78. He worked as a guidance counselor at Park Rapids Area High School from 1978-84 and Moorhead High School's director of guidance from 1984-87.
A quartet of diligent detectives have unearthed (unsnowed) the Legion's Community Fishing Contest medallion and will claim more than $1,000 in loot during the event's award presentation Feb. 5. The win is a reprise for Emily and Jesse Munson and Matt Munson who deciphered the clues two years ago and found the medallion by the public works building. Kevin Hegtvedt, the fourth cohort, was in Texas at the time. "We work as one brain," Matt Munson said.
Park Rapids Area High School actors will perform the one-act play, "Property Rites," during sub-section 24-A competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 in the high school auditorium. The plot involves Kyle Macmanus who's invested in a high tech work of art - a sculpture of human like figures programmed to perform movements, monologues and much more. But just when Kyle is about to make a sale, the sculpture "malfunctions" and thus begins the figures' fatal race against their owner's final destructive solution.
An "average, everyday house dog" of dubious heritage has claimed distinction on a national level. Sadie, a 4-year-old adopted Australian shepherd cross, with Laporte resident Nancy Pierce at her side, claimed second in obedience in the recent American Kennel Club dog show. It was a momentous moment. Nearly 2,000 hounds arrived from 42 states to compete in the Land o' Lakes Kennel Club show in St. Paul. All of them but one - Sadie - have AKC papers documenting purebred status. Sadie was classified as All-American. "I prefer mixed breeds.
Jonisa Isola is now offering massage therapy at Headwaters Chiropractic Clinic, a "symbiotic relationship" between the two practices benefiting clientele. Massage, she explained, will retain the effects of a chiropractic adjustment longer, she said of Mike Erickson's practice. Conversely, a massage prepares clients for chiropractic treatment. Isola, a Menahga High School graduate, grew up in a family with a history in nursing. She began work as a certified nursing assistant at 16 and was accepted in a registered nursing program.
The Akeley Council has learned notification on grant funding for replacement of the city's water main, in conjunction with the Highway 34 improvements next summer, will be down to the wire. The city applied for a $257,000 grant through Small Cities Development Program to fund infrastructure improvements on a three-block portion of Highway 34. A $125,000 to $130,00 loan would be needed to fund the estimated $376,000 project. But at this week's meeting, Dick Grabko of Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. reported the SCDP public facility grant awards won't be announced until May or June.