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Williams Lake residents Bruce and Susan Anderson headed out for a swim with family in mid-July, dropping an anchor. When attempts to retrieve the anchor proved futile, a family member jumped in to discover the device was hooked on a 40-foot tower, the top just three feet below the lake's surface. The Andersons contacted the Hubbard County sheriff's office and learned the tower had been placed in the lake several years ago as part of a U.S. Geological Survey study on land-locked vs. spring-fed lakes. Monitoring equipment was mounted on the structure.
Metal or wood, on site or at the shop, Josh Weiss will tackle any fabrication or welding challenge - with manifold other talents thrown in for good measure. "No job is too big or too small," he said. "If anything needs to be done, I can probably do it - or I know someone who can." The Park Rapids native is a "hands-on learner." Logging with his uncle, Ron Weiss, since the age 8, he is self-taught. "I've been working with mechanical equipment all my life." Weiss returned home this summer to start the business after working more than two years in North Dakota oil fields.
Huck Finn's and Abraham Lincoln's maritime escapades on the Mighty Mississippi have inspired a North Carolinian to head downriver via canoe. Ryan Emerson, who earned a bachelor's in economics from the University of North Carolina this spring, learned about 10 days ago he'd been accepted to pursue his master's degree in the same field, the classes to begin in January. Emerson made a "last minute decision" to pursue the journey he'd been considering since he was 16.
Dr. Sandra Lara is now saying "open wide" at the dentistry office of Dr. Guy Reich, who retired in mid-August. After 31 years of practice, Reich retired to enjoy a "more leisurely lifestyle and share more activities with my family." Reich's choice as his successor graduated from El Bosque University of Dentistry in Bogota, Columbia. She furthered her education by completing a general practice residency and a two-year post-graduate program in oral medicine at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry.
"If you fly for pleasure or business, Sky Manor is meant for you!" a brochure advertising the "four season paradise" on Island Lake declared in 1966. Forty-five years later, the president of Sky Manor's Flying Club, Sandy Berg, agrees. The sector manager for Delta was, by necessity, headed back to Atlanta to assume duties as "conductor of the orchestra in the day-to-day operation of the airline." But he and wife Carol make frequent flights to their cabin overlooking Island Lake - and the hangar housing his Beechcraft.
Long ago, a seasoned gardener offered a bit of wisdom to Donna Holmes: "Whatever you do, don't make gardens so big that it becomes work, especially flowers." "I forgot to heed her advice," Holmes said, grinning. Holmes' gardens are a grand mix of experience, whimsy and compost. "Making compost is the first lesson in gardening," the Park Rapids Garden Club's horticulturalist of the month asserts.
Nevis drew a crowd of Scandinavia fans this weekend at the 8th annual Uff Da! Days. The event is a celebration of heritage, with Cookie's Day Care kids claiming the top detective crown in the Krone Hunt for the fourth year. The "secret spies" headed out twice a day on the hunt - wearing sunglasses and speaking to no one, Krissy Krotzer said of their devotion to task. This year's krone was found at the senior center. The kids plan to spend the $100 prize on a pizza party.
Shawn and Michele Mahowald will be heading to Mille Lacs Lake this Labor Day weekend in their new Coachman Freelander RV, compliments of Reader's Digest's "We Hear You, America" contest. Earlier this year, Park Rapids area residents were encouraged to e-mail votes to "cheer" for the city in the national competition.
Licensed civil engineer and land surveyor Ben Anderson has joined the Land Design Consultants staff as project manager, the firm having recently acquired Arro of Park Rapids. Anderson and wife Mindi returned to home turf from Maine, 11-month-old daughter Samantha prompting the move "to be closer to family." Anderson is licensed as an engineer in Minnesota and as a surveyor in Maine. He plans to acquire surveying licensure in Minnesota. "Modern technology has changed surveying," he said of GPS. "But the basics remain." Snowshoes, a chain and ax are still employed, as necessary.
Nevis School District voters will be heading to the polls in November to determine the fate of a proposed operating levy. After a public hearing earlier this month, the board decided to ask voters to approve $252 per pupil, double the existing levy of $126, which expires at year's end. Voters will also be asked to "increase general education revenue" by an additional $225 per pupil for technology.