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Three of the four candidates vying for a position on the Nevis School Board received a nomination this week; Jeannette Dudley earned the nod. Board member Marv Vredenburg nominated Justin Isaacson, a Nevis alum. Gary Stennes, citing his experience as a board member and teacher, proposed Jim Lien for the position. Ed Becker nominated Dudley, citing her familiarity with the school and her experience as a manager. "There is no bad pick," Becker said. "Everyone was great," he said of interviews held prior to the meeting.
Father Doyle Turner will be installed Sunday as a quarter-time priest-in-charge/vicar of Trinity Church in Park Rapids. The appointment ends a decade with no resident priest, the church using supply clergy, explained church warden Ellis Jones. Fr. Turner's preliminary schedule calls for arriving Wednesdays for pastoral care and other church functions. He will continue his current schedule of delivering sermons the first and third Sundays of the month. Until now, Turner held no status other than guest preacher, Jones explained.
Craig and Missy Rossman have added spirits to their roles as "distributors." With a goal of business diversification, the owners of Rossman Distributing and the Park Rapids BP station have purchased Dorset Corner Liquor. The Rossman family has been in the petroleum industry in the Park Rapids area for 40 years, Craig 21 of those years. Changes in the petroleum industry sparked the decision to begin a new chapter in the family business, Craig explained. "The world has changed; the business has changed.
An estimated 4,000 homes and businesses in the Park Rapids telephone exchange will soon have state-of-the-art, underground fiber optic cable installed, affording high- speed Internet to all. Paul Bunyan Communications has been granted a $17 million loan through the USDA's Rural Utility Service broadband loan program. "As a cooperative, our mission is to provide services to members," explained Paul Bunyan Communications chief operating officer Gary Johnson. "Our model shows a demand for services," he said of the Park Rapids exchange. "It's sorely needed.
If early forecasts are correct, Mother Nature will be smiling on this year's Headwaters 100 Bike Ride - and tappin' her toes to music. Weather forecasters are predicting sunny skies and temperatures climbing into the 70s Saturday. And - new this year - cyclists will experience live music at two of the food stops. Tony Wilsen and friends will perform folk music from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club. Dancing Light will entertain with psychedelic folk from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Nevis stop.
Inestimable tons of potatoes have made their way from storage to the R.D. Offutt Park Rapids plant, thanks to Ed Maninga. At 71, Maninga, has logged more than 1.1 million accident-free miles carrying spuds across Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. "Always with music," he said of his solitary journeys. "And if there's nothing good on, I sing to myself." Joining the RD Offutt Trucking division in 1994, he at one time went into the field to retrieve corn and potatoes, when RDO planted rotational crops.
Nevis School experienced "technology at its worst" Tuesday, triggering some parental pandemonium. At approximately 10 a.m., a computer glitch or operator error triggered an automated system that called Nevis students' parents to inform them their child was not in school. School phones began ringing, e-mails began arriving and some parents headed directly to the school.
For the first time since 2004, Nevis has "stopped the bleeding," reducing its proposed property tax levy, although minimally. "We pushed every button we could," mayor Paul Schroeder said in making the announcement at this week's meeting. The council approved a $211,962 tax levy for 2012, which compares with $212,278 in 2011. Nevis' tax levy moved from $110,237 in 2003 to $98,563 in 2004 but then it slowly moved upward in succeeding years, by nearly $30,000 from 2007 to '08.
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.