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As autumn leaves begin to fall, Park Rapids Community Education is firing up. The largest catalog of programs to be produced in recent years offers classes ranging from beekeeping to cheese making, with the community health awareness campaign paying dividends. Sports and wellness classes - from aerobics, Pilates and yoga to basketball and volleyball - are by far the most popular, according to Community Education director Jill Dickinson. Added to the traditional this fall is cardio kick boxing, led by personal trainer and Timberwolves cheerleading coach Sarah Frieden.
A "student success coordinator" will soon be joining the Century Middle School staff, the Park Rapids School District learning a $50,000 Blandin Foundation two-year grant will be forthcoming. The coordinator will focus on a 20- to 25-student fifth grade group that has been identified based on needs, their parents invited to be a contributing component in the effort, superintendent Glenn Chiodo explained. "Parents," he told the board this week, "are a huge piece of this.
Wimpy's, Park Rapids' landmark eatery for decades, met the wrecking ball this week, owners Bernie and Robin Cunningham dismantling the building on Main. The work has stopped people on the street, the Cunninghams said of former patrons and employees sharing memories of the five-cent burgers, playing pool and then migrating down to the movie theater on a Saturday night. Many remembered the bistro remained open after the bars closed, a throng of famished folks arriving for a burger before heading home to bed. Plans call for the site to be the location of the Smoky Hills Gallery next spring,
Nevis School District bookkeeper Betsy Anderson has agreed to resign and accept a negotiated settlement, releasing all claims against the district. The school board, following a 15-minute closed session Wednesday night, unanimously approved a four-page termination agreement drafted by their attorney, Jim Wallace. Anderson will receive eight weeks of severance pay ($5,539). Anderson was placed "on leave" in late August after her son, Jon Hoffman, questioned Nevis superintendent Steve Rassier's personal use of a district vehicle in southern Minnesota.
Nevis School District bookkeeper Betsy Anderson has agreed to resign and accept a negotiated settlement, releasing all claims against the district. The school board, following a 15-minute closed session Wednesday night, unanimously approved a four-page agreement. Anderson will receive eight weeks of severance pay ($5,539). The agreement states Anderson "promises not to sue" and discharges the district from all liability. Anderson did not attend the meeting.
Certified hypnotherapist Cynthia Ekren maintains "whatever you do in life can be enhanced by hypnosis." Ekren, who recently completed her master's in transpersonal studies at Atlantic University, explains hypnotherapy can unleash the subconscious mind to effect positive change, without conscious effort.
Park Rapids firefighters were called to the home of Jason and Brinn Krabbenhoft at 15591 Deerwood Loop in Park Rapids Saturday afternoon by a fire severely damaging the structure, which includes a daycare facility. But a significant amount of personal possessions were recovered by members of the family and the emergency medical team assisting firefighters, according to fire chief Donn Hoffman. The origin of the fire was determined by state fire marshal Kevin Mahle, but the cause is still under investigation, according to Hoffman.
The Park Rapids Area Library has been on Jodi Schultz' itinerary since it opened at its second location on Highway 34. On a regular basis, she shuttled kids from her daycare in for story hour, keenly aware of how reading "wires the brain" for learning. Now, she will be the one behind the book, telling the stories. Schultz has accepted the library's branch manager position, her daycare and preschool, Imagination Station, closing. She received notice of the library's offer while vacationing on Madeline Island on Lake Superior.
School bells are ringing once again, kids bidding farewell to parents and greeting their new teachers. The PTA will convene its first meeting of the school year at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13.
Fire damaged the home of Jason and Brinn Krabbenhoft at 15591 Deerwood Loop in Park Rapids Saturday afternoon. According to assistant Park Rapids chief Terry Long, no one was home at the time of the fire. He expects the home to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire marshal.