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Nevis School District has scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 in the media center to hear comments and questions on the proposed operating referendum. District residents will be voting on a $252 per pupil operating levy, double the existing levy of $126, which expires at year's end. Voters also will be asked to "increase general education revenue" by an additional $225 per pupil for technology.
The classic barbershop pole on the first block of Main will disappear at month's end. After nearly a half century of trimming locks and sharing conversation with clientele, Jim Christenson is retiring the barber shears. Christenson, 73, began in the business with his father-in-law, Red Rider, who'd been providing the service since 1930, when Park Rapids was home to 12 barbers. Christenson was the eighth when he began clipping hair in 1962. "Now there are four." "The clientele has changed," he said. Fifty years ago, "people had time to sit and wait.
The Park Rapids Area High School Drama Department will present a "who done it and to whom" comedy murder mystery at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29 in the auditorium. Josiah Travers has been mysteriously killed and 13 people get together Friday the 13th for the reading of his unusual will. The audience is invited to try to solve the mystery, discover the murderer and decode where the inheritance is hidden.
Akeley residents were apprised of the background of a Level 3 Predatory Sex Offender who moved to the city in September, Joshua Joe Dexter, 30. Mark Bliven of the Department of Corrections told the dozen citizens arriving for the informational session there are currently 250 Level 3 offenders living in Minnesota, 96 under supervision, 147 who have completed their period of supervision. Dexter is no longer under supervision, Bliven explained.
Monico Lane became a movie set Saturday when film director (and Park Rapids alumna) Rachel Morgan arrived from New York with cast and crew to film a "mockumentary" on electric cars. Executive producer Zack Vex, who's worked with Morgan producing music videos, contacted her in May.
Age categorizes Neil King and Lynn Nelson as senior citizens. Action classifies King, 61, and Nelson, 70, as world class athletes. The spirited competitors will likely be heading to New Zealand next October, having qualified to compete in the 2012 world championship triathlon. King earned 11th ranking in his 60-64 age group and Nelson, 17th in the 70-74 category. Both are considered "elite" in their age groups, winning nearly all races until competing at the national level. Both competed in qualifying national races in Burlington, Vt. in August.
The spirit of the season has descended on Main Avenue; Evergreen Gifts has moved its unique holiday collection - Halloween and Christmas - into town. Evergreen Gifts and Fun Park on Highway 71 North has closed for the season, as has Athletic Leftovers on Main. Voila! Witches' hats and skeletons, Santas and nativity sets replace discount shoes - temporarily. Athletic Leftovers will return, come spring. While traffic dropped with the leaves on Highway 71 north, "we noticed traffic remained in Park Rapids," owners Tom and Barb Atwood said.
Thirty years ago, a group of literary enthusiasts met to confer on a library deficiency; the Carnegie Library had no telephone. "Librarians had to go down the street to the telephone company if there was an emergency," recalled Friends charter member JoAnn Benjamin, who hosted that meeting. Benjamin would succeed in convincing recalcitrant library board members of the need for Friends of the Library, originally thought to be "unnecessary." Eighteen members would form the non-profit advocacy group in 1981.
Minnesota Folklore Theater, currently based in Akeley, has announced plans to move to Walker, likely before winter. The decision was made by the MFT board "in order to expand to an area that is currently not home to a theater," according to MFT founder Fred Rogers. He said the move has been in the discussion phase for several months.