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Water main reconstruction on a three-block portion of Highway 34 in Akeley is moving forward, the council approving a bid of $333,341 from Casper Construction of Grand Rapids at a special meeting Tuesday night. The council also approved the acquisition of $430,000 in temporary revenue bonds pending anticipated grant and loan funds of $400,000 from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority for the improvement. The city is expected to receive an estimated $245,000 grant for the project. Anticipated engineering costs are $54,800 with a 5 percent "contingency" added to the amount.
Twenty-five years ago Brett Kent, working as a Highway Patrol deputy in Roseau County, was introduced to beekeeping. A chief deputy asked if he might put a couple of hives in the Kents' yard. The bee colonies' caste system, from the queen, the guards, workers, scouts, nurses and foragers - all females - to drones - the males - captured his imagination and piqued his entrepreneurial spirit. Three years ago, Brett and Brenda Kent became beekeepers - apiarists -maintaining the colonies and collecting honey, Double "B"ee Honey now available at area markets. The experience has been one of t
A 60-year-plus chapter in Akeley's history appears to be coming to an end. The council learned this week the Akeley Civic & Commerce is in the process of dissolution, declining membership and businesses moving or closing cited as the factors in the decision. Kathy Duclos, the C&C secretary and one of four remaining members, said when she and husband Mike moved to Akeley in 2007, there were 34 active members in the organization. At the time, Paul Bunyan Days committee members were part of the roster, she said. The summer celebration is now run by a committee independent of the C&C.
Nevis mayor Paul Schroeder suggested the council take a more proactive approach in managing the liquor store this week, his three-pronged proposal - calling for the formation of a committee, drafting guidelines and expectations for employees and banning alcohol on the job - earning council approval. In April, the auditor had suggested the liquor store, as a source of income for the city, should be "attractive to the customer." The Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association buoyed the advice, noting most cities have a committee addressing policies and procedures. The committee, to be compr
Akeley's streets will soon see upgrades, the council approving a $23,120 quote from Beard Excavating, Walker, this week for grading and gravel. The work to be completed and amounts include Hillside, with the road to be reshaped, back slopes cleaned and 80 yards of gravel brought in, $1,735. (370 linear feet by 24 linear feet by 2 inches thick) Chicago Avenue will be graded, ditches will be cleaned and 100 yards of gravel hauled in, $2,560.
Food columnist Amy Thielen has received the notable 2011 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, recognizing culinary excellence. Thielen, a former food journalist for the Enterprise, learned she'd been chosen for the award in the "cooking, recipes and instruction" category Friday at a dinner in New York City.
Come summer, Chris and Lynn Niemeyer leave the land of 10,000 lakes behind to venture north to Canadian waters. Their roles shift from assisted living facility directors to wilderness outfitters. The owners of Care-Age Country Home purchased English River Outfitters Camp near Ear Falls, Ontario in 2008, rebuilding cabins destroyed in a fire. Chris had been searching the Internet for a camp or cabin in Canada, the Niemeyers avid fisherfolk.