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For an unprecedented second time Dallas DeWitt has been awarded Manager of the Year, achieving the distinction in 2006 and again this month in the North Central Region, which includes North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota. "No one's ever done this twice," she said, grinning. Customer service ratings and compliance in food safety standards led to the award, the restaurant evaluated on a monthly basis. Two Subway agents nominated her after evaluations. The store has consistently received Tier 2 ratings.
Akeley's wastewater treatment ponds have become the topic of conversation of late, specifically the weed growth on the perimeter. Former council member Alf Staffenhagen raised concerns that with weed proliferation the ponds could become habitat for beaver, muskrat or geese. Muskrat and beaver have been known to chew holes in the lining, which can be costly to repair, he asserts. Staffenhagen advocated additional mowing and spraying of weeds, maintenance supervisor Frank Thelin in his crosshairs.
In the age of a "gajillion" recipes, the best remain the tried and true. Recipes shared have withstood the test of time, and continue to be part of the menu. This week, we run the alphabet gamut (almost) from b (borscht) to p (pumpkin soup) to z (zucchini brownies). Enjoy! Pumpkin Stew Kathy Dennis 2 pounds beef stew meat cut in 1-inch cubes 3 tbsp. oil 1 cup water 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut in 1-inch cubes 4 carrots, diced 1 green pepper cut in 1/2-inch pieces garlic, to taste 1 chopped onion 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp.
A faltering economy, an under-utilized back room and customer requests has prompted Ann Johnson to open a consignment shop on Main. "I've been a garage 'saler' my whole life," the owner of Stan's Hallmark Card and Gift Store said. "Today, more than ever, somebody's trash is somebody's treasure." So she decided to clean out part of the back storage room and voila!
The Nevis liquor store continues to see black, reporting earnings of $1,244 in September, $15,774 year to date. This compares with negative earnings of $600 in September 2009, a net change of more than 300 percent. This may be attributed to the customer incentives that continue with a German-Fest Cuisine Night Monday, Oct. 18. Customers are invited to bring a dish "or just come and be impressed." A soup contest is on the docket in November. Oct.
Not that long ago, parents learned of their kids' academic progress via a report card, arriving at the end of a quarter of school. The C or D in math was a "done deal." Today, parents can pull up timely information on their student's grades, attendance and other info on the computer. And the program has just received an update. The Park Rapids Schools are implementing ParentVUE, replacing Parent Connect, high school principal Jeff Johnson told the board this week of the Genesis Parent Online System. "It's almost like looking at a teacher's grade book," he explained - via the computer
When diners arrive for the Living at Home rib dinner Friday night, they will be asked to consider a gift beyond the cost of the meal: Fill Our Heart. This year, 2010, marks the beginning of Baby Boomers reaching 65. And with the burgeoning aging population comes a tremendous demand for services, Living at Home administrator Susan Ramse said. But the increased need comes at a time when nonprofits are losing grant funds. Living at Home is anticipating $2,000 less in funding this year and Ramse anticipates further cuts in the years ahead.
Republican governor candidate Tom Emmer made a stop in Park Rapids Friday evening, greeted by a group at GOP headquarters who were reminded winning the November election requires "a team effort." "We do represent the average Minnesota family," he said, introducing wife Jacquie.