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Park Rapids area merchants arrived in number to gain and share insights on apprehending and preventing shoplifters at a recent workshop held on the subject. The forum was at the suggestion of Park Ace Hardware storeowner Brad Dahn, who strongly advocated drafting a store policy. "If you don't, you could get in more trouble than the shoplifter." He suggested merchants compare notes. "We're dealing with the same people," he said of shoplifters.
In the wake of the storm that hit the city at 10:40 p.m. Monday, the Park Rapids Council convened an emergency meeting Tuesday morning to discuss steps in what is expected to be a "long term" clean-up. Police and maintenance crews headed out after the "microburst" to assess damage, working through the night. As of Tuesday morning, no storm-related injuries had been reported. Parts of the city experienced extensive damage, city administrator Bill Smith said of the storm that made its arrival at the south end of town.
Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll is headed for the White House, not via political aspiration but by invitation. The president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities will join three other Minnesota mayors in welcoming German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel Tuesday morning, June 7 on the south lawn of the White House. Her invitation comes at the suggestion of Minneapolis Mayor R. T.
Ernie and Harriet Malmskog look back on the World War II era with a sense of reverence and revelry. The war would send them across the world and across the nation, respectively, both serving in the military. And thanks to matchmaker Aunt Marie who resided in Long Beach, Calif., their deployment would send them down the aisle. "We lived 14 miles apart in Minnesota, but we met in California," Ernie reminisced. Harriet Danielson, 91, grew up in Twin Valley; Ernie Malmskog, 93, called Ulen home. Three days after their formal introduction, Harriet had accepted Ernie's marriage proposal.
The days are getting longer and the mercury is climbing. It's time to pop the kickstand and put the bikes - and muscles - to work. Thursday, June 9 has been declared Bike to Work Day in Park Rapids and Prize Police will be on the prowl. Registration begins Thursday, June 2 at Northern Cycle and Third Street Market. There is no charge. Simply head in to a registration station and fill out the form. The first 112 registrants will be given a signature red bandana. The day of the race, Prize Police will be patrolling, awarding prizes to those wearing the handkerchief.
When Pomp and Circumstance sends Park Rapids Area High School seniors on the path to claim diplomas, Alex Berthelsen will be among them. But the odds were against it. The "second year senior" entered the high school hallway in September needing 31 credits to graduate. Traditional students accrue 21 per year, seven credits a trimester. "Looking back, I don't know how I did it," Alex admits. "I never thought it was possible. I had lost hope for everything... until this year." Alex's home life was far from typical.
Park Rapids students continue to "star" in academic competitions. Math teacher Amie Westberg reported 22 students competed in the Trig Star contest this year (compared with four the year before) and three of the competitors were winners. The contest, hosted by the National Society of Professional Surveyors, gives students four questions with an hour to complete. Victor French earned a score of 97 out of a possible 100 points and a $200 prize. Levi Stevenson had a score of 84 and claimed $75.
Water main reconstruction on a three-block portion of Highway 34 in Akeley is moving forward, the council approving a bid of $333,341 from Casper Construction of Grand Rapids at a special meeting Tuesday night. The council also approved the acquisition of $430,000 in temporary revenue bonds pending anticipated grant and loan funds of $400,000 from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority for the improvement. The city is expected to receive an estimated $245,000 grant for the project. Anticipated engineering costs are $54,800 with a 5 percent "contingency" added to the amount.
Twenty-five years ago Brett Kent, working as a Highway Patrol deputy in Roseau County, was introduced to beekeeping. A chief deputy asked if he might put a couple of hives in the Kents' yard. The bee colonies' caste system, from the queen, the guards, workers, scouts, nurses and foragers - all females - to drones - the males - captured his imagination and piqued his entrepreneurial spirit. Three years ago, Brett and Brenda Kent became beekeepers - apiarists -maintaining the colonies and collecting honey, Double "B"ee Honey now available at area markets. The experience has been one of t