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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.