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Denese Jokela's passion for cooking began at a tender age, her father an ardent traveler and restaurant fancier, her mom a gourmet chef. "And both grandmas were great cooks," Jokela said. "I'm a huge foodie. I've always had a dream to have a restaurant," she said. That dream sent Jokela to Italy two years ago to Toscana Soporita, where she studied cooking under renowned chef Sandra Lotti, while staying in a 15th century hilltop estate. "It was a life changing experience," she said. "Not just the food, but the conviviality. A wonderful mix of art, music, sun and flowers.
In coming years, Nevis may become renowned as home to a unique music festival. This week, the Nevis Council gave Terrapin Station owner Brian Skinness a green light on future events in conjunction with Muskie Days - decreeing a beer garden will be set up in the park and no band will be playing in the liquor store during the music fest. This summer's event saw an impressive line-up of blues, jazz, reggae, bluegrass, folk and more, engaging imaginations with unique names - Flea Bitten Tramps, Two Many Banjos and Enchanted Ape among them. The council, however, took exception to liquor store
Homeless in Hollywood? The idea seemed ludicrous to the Calvary Lutheran youth poised for a mission trip to the city known for its "glitz and glamour." And some of the parishioners were reluctant to support the endeavor. "But there are a lot of hurting people there," Megan Norby said of what she and her cohorts discovered in July.
The lodge at Northern Pines Camp and Retreat Center has undergone major renovation and remodeling and area residents are invited to view the upgrades from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Saturday), Aug. 13. The first year-round building at the United Methodist Conference Camp, constructed in 1970, was gutted last fall, director Rev. Bob Ford said of the lodge. The exterior remains basically unchanged, but both floors of the lodge have been upgraded with new plumbing and electrical fixtures. A new game room entertains kids.
A "brainstorming barbecue" has led to the renaissance of the Akeley C&C, Kristin Fake told the Akeley Council this week. About 50 area residents arrived for a group discussion, brainstorming on the region's resources, the role of the C&C and the part non-profits play in the area, Fake said. From the comments, a survey is being sent to meeting participants to prioritize goals, determining a "top five." Contributors at the meeting said ideas are plentiful; follow-through is lacking. The prioritization will set the wheels in motion. The next C&C meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m.
The lodge at Northern Pines Camp and Retreat Center has undergone major renovation and remodeling and area residents are invited to view the upgrades from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The first year-round building at the United Methodist Conference Camp, constructed in 1970, was gutted last fall, director Rev. Bob Ford said of the lodge. The exterior remains basically unchanged, but both floors of the lodge have been upgraded with new plumbing and electrical fixtures. A new game room entertains kids.
Dorset saw record numbers of food fanciers Sunday, despite road construction. Voters elected Kari Anderson, above, left, the new mayor, the Compañeros employee's platform demanding "more mudballs!" and raising funds for Dorset Park. Former mayor (1999) Deb Ahl congratulated her (after soliciting votes, right). Ahl and her husband built a cabin in the area after she was "elected" mayor on a single vote. Her mission: "Clean up the butts," ridding the city of cigar and cigarette stubs.
More than a half century ago, a little red wagon rolled into Park Rapids with fresh fruits and veggies aboard. Park Rapids' vitamin and mineral intake has been elevated ever since. Saturday, Aug. 13 the second and third generations of Carter's Red Wagon originators Russell and Maxine Carter will host a Founders' Day. They will be serving cake and punch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For nearly four decades, classic music drifts across the waters of Hoot Owl Lake, come August. Musicians arrive by invitation only to rehearse throughout the week for a Friday performance, this year's concert slated for 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Hoot Owl Resort. The Borderline Philharmonic Orchestra is a collaboration of 40-plus musicians. The group formed 46 years ago, originally staging performances on the Minnesota-Canada border, hence the name. Performer and director Bill Arimond has been arriving since 1978.
Nevis School District will be hosting a meeting to gather public opinion on an operating referendum. The meeting, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 in the school's media center, will gauge the amount residents will accept as well as the period of years the referendum will be in place. "We are going in with a blank sheet," superintendent Steve Rassier said of the meeting. "We'll talk to them first," he said of making decisions on what will go before voters in November. The finance committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug.