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Department of Natural Resources officials report plans for the Heartland Trail Extension from Park Rapids to Moorhead are moving forward. Suzanne Rhees, principal planner for the project, said she's looking to receive approval of the master plan by year's end. "It's a collaborative process," she said of the proposed 85- to 100-mile trail, depending on the routes. "We're excited about this," DNR regional manager Mike Kovacovich told the 40-plus who arrived to review the plans last week. He acknowledged the plan has been a long time in coming.
Nevis School District residents - parents, specifically - will likely see a second mailing on the proposed operating referendum, spearheaded by members of the PTA. The district is proposing revoking the current operating levy of $126 per resident pupil and asking voters to authorize a $475 per resident pupil amount.
Auditors presented the Nevis School Board with good news this week. The school's unreserved, undesignated general fund balance has reached $956,017, up significantly from the $528,162 amount in 2006. The amount has returned to totals seen in 2003, when the fund balance totaled $974,067. "We're financially stable," superintendent Steve Rassier commented after the meeting. The good news - a fund balance representing 20 percent of the overall budget - comes after four years of strategic planning, he said. "We're there now.
Nevis superintendent Steve Rassier's personal use of a school vehicle continues to stir controversy, former superintendent Dick Magaard arriving at this week's school board meeting to take exception to a letter to the editor written by board chair Ed Becker. The letter, which appeared in the Northwoods Press, states there was a change in statute prohibiting the use of personal vehicles in 1993. "Unfortunately, our policy has not been in compliance through several boards and administrations for the past 17 years," Becker wrote.
Prepare to laugh. Prepare to scream. Critics are calling it a ghostly performance. The Park Rapids Area High School Drama Department will present their fall production, "Halloween Screams," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct.
Judy Merritt is now lending a hand - hands, that is - to the healing of body, mind and spirit via massage at Brigid's House. Merritt, who began the study of massage in 1982 in Massachusetts, offers Imani essential oil massage, integrative massage and Reiki, a healing practice that promotes a balance through a painless, non-invasive practice. The client makes the choices, she said.
Nevis School District residents arriving for this week's information session on the proposed operating referendum questioned the need for a levy, given the district's solvency, and expressed opposition, due to the current state of the economy. The district is proposing revoking the current operating levy of $126 per resident pupil and asking voters to authorize a $475 per resident pupil amount. This would be applicable for 10 years. If the proposed levy is approved Nov. 2, property taxes will remain basically unchanged, at least initially.
October is the 12th annual Domestic Violence Prevention Month, the designation a means to raise awareness, break the silence and prevent abuse. More than two million Americans - women and men - are victims of domestic violence each year. An estimated 10 to 20 percent of all families experience some form of it. While the majority of cases are considered mild, they can have lasting effects. Here in Hubbard County, 255 females and 55 males reported some form of domestic violence in 2009. Domestic violence comes in a variety of forms - physical, sexual and psychological.