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Park Rapids Schools have received unofficial approval to hire a "student success coordinator," whose role will be to increase graduation rates by focusing on at-risk middle school students, superintendent Glenn Chiodo reported at this week's board meeting. The anticipated two grants from Blandin Foundation ($50,000) and Northwest Minnesota Foundation ($25,000) will fund the two-year, part-time position.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Entenza's wife, Lois Quam, was on the campaign trail this week, making a stop in Park Rapids to promote her husband's political aspiration. "I expect Matt to win," she said candidly and confidently. "I find him to be the right candidate at the right time." The attorney who's logged six terms in the state House is facing a three-way primary race, Mark Dayton and Margaret Anderson Kelliher also vying for the spot on the ballot. Primary elections will be Tuesday, Aug.
Gabor Nemeth, who now resides near San Francisco, returned to Park Rapids Saturday to honor his protégé, the late Ross Zirkle, whose artwork is featured at the North Country Museum of Arts in July. Zirkle's father, Clyde, credits Nemeth's influence for his son's career as a notable printmaker. Zirkle was in his first year of college when he became acquainted with the art restorer, researcher and curator who'd emigrated from Europe after World War II. The pair became friends, Clyde Zirkle recalled.
Nevis summertime festivities - the pig races, this weekend's Muskie Days and the upcoming Uffda Days, are proving, and anticipated, to boost liquor store revenues. The liquor store reported a net income of $4,051 in June, $3,797 in May. But profits remain in negative territory, by approximately, $4,000. "This is a pivotal year," mayor Dave McCurnin said of the liquor store.
The Park Rapids Schools "late buses" will be on the road again, come fall. Three buses will run, transporting not just athletes but all students in the district involved in co-curricular activities. Buses will depart from Century School at 5:15 p.m. and the high school at 5:30 p.m. The Park Rapids Education and Activities Foundation and St.
The condition of Akeley's Crow Wing Lake Drive continues to surface at council meetings, Donald Sabinske arriving Wednesday to elaborate on a four-page complaint he'd filed with the city. "All concerns are in the process of being addressed, mayor Jennifer Mitchell assured him. (The council approved spending $6,314 for roadwork on Crow Wing Lake Drive in June.) Sabinske acknowledged work had begun, "therefore I will be withholding most of those concerns until a later date." But he voiced aggravation with the road's washouts after heavy rains. "There will be lawsuits," he predicted.
Four generations of Johnsons and friends will set toes tappin', fingers snappin' and tickle funny bones again this summer, Jasper's Theater now open for its sixth season. "Those were the days..." is this year's theme for the show. The audience is taken back to the black and white television era to revisit Mr.
Post-secondary education options in Park Rapids have become a reality. Minnesota State Community and Technical College, working in collaboration with the Hubbard County Rural Economic Development Commission, announced the official opening of M State's Park Rapids office in the Frank White Education Center Monday. "Our intent is to deliver what the residents want," M State provost Cris Valdez said. "We are excited about the possibilities." A two-year associate of arts degree will be offered, with options expected to grow, said David Collins, executive director of the HCREDC.
It was a great day at the races - pig races, that is. People arrived from far and wide to view the event and meet politicians stepping on the soapbox. "This is fabulous," Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner said. His porker claimed victory by a whisker over pigs representing Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher. That was after smooching his racer, to the delight of the audience. An estimated 1,200 arrived for the event, Mother Nature smiling weather-wise. "Minnesota doesn't lack for smart, creative ideas," Horner said.