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Scott and Linda Elmore bid farewell to their occupations in the metro, but concluded, "55 was too young to retire." They shared this quandary with friends who suggested they consider raising alpacas. They were initially incredulous. "Alpacas?" But after hours of research, schooling, farm tours and interviews with alpaca aficionados, the couple agreed. Now they are on a first- name basis with 27 of the affable critters on their Foothills Alpaca Farm. Northern Minnesota, they'd determined decades earlier, would one day become their stomping grounds.
The bandannas have arrived and registration is underway at Third Street Market and Northern Cycle for Bike to Work Day. Thursday, June 9 has been declared a day to pedal into Park Rapids. There is no charge to participate. Simply head in to a registration station and fill out the form. The first 112 registrants will be given a signature red bandanna. The day of the race, Prize Police will be patrolling, awarding prizes to those wearing the handkerchief.
In the wake of the storm that hit the city at 10:40 p.m. Monday, the Park Rapids Council convened an emergency meeting Tuesday morning to discuss steps in what is expected to be a "long term" clean-up. Police and maintenance crews headed out after the "microburst" to assess damage, working through the night. As of Tuesday morning, no storm-related injuries had been reported. Parts of the city experienced extensive damage, city administrator Bill Smith said of the storm that made its arrival at the south end of town.
Park Rapids area merchants arrived in number to gain and share insights on apprehending and preventing shoplifters at a recent workshop held on the subject. The forum was at the suggestion of Park Ace Hardware storeowner Brad Dahn, who strongly advocated drafting a store policy. "If you don't, you could get in more trouble than the shoplifter." He suggested merchants compare notes. "We're dealing with the same people," he said of shoplifters.
Ernie and Harriet Malmskog look back on the World War II era with a sense of reverence and revelry. The war would send them across the world and across the nation, respectively, both serving in the military. And thanks to matchmaker Aunt Marie who resided in Long Beach, Calif., their deployment would send them down the aisle. "We lived 14 miles apart in Minnesota, but we met in California," Ernie reminisced. Harriet Danielson, 91, grew up in Twin Valley; Ernie Malmskog, 93, called Ulen home. Three days after their formal introduction, Harriet had accepted Ernie's marriage proposal.
Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll is headed for the White House, not via political aspiration but by invitation. The president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities will join three other Minnesota mayors in welcoming German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel Tuesday morning, June 7 on the south lawn of the White House. Her invitation comes at the suggestion of Minneapolis Mayor R. T.
The days are getting longer and the mercury is climbing. It's time to pop the kickstand and put the bikes - and muscles - to work. Thursday, June 9 has been declared Bike to Work Day in Park Rapids and Prize Police will be on the prowl. Registration begins Thursday, June 2 at Northern Cycle and Third Street Market. There is no charge. Simply head in to a registration station and fill out the form. The first 112 registrants will be given a signature red bandana. The day of the race, Prize Police will be patrolling, awarding prizes to those wearing the handkerchief.
When Pomp and Circumstance sends Park Rapids Area High School seniors on the path to claim diplomas, Alex Berthelsen will be among them. But the odds were against it. The "second year senior" entered the high school hallway in September needing 31 credits to graduate. Traditional students accrue 21 per year, seven credits a trimester. "Looking back, I don't know how I did it," Alex admits. "I never thought it was possible. I had lost hope for everything... until this year." Alex's home life was far from typical.
Park Rapids students continue to "star" in academic competitions. Math teacher Amie Westberg reported 22 students competed in the Trig Star contest this year (compared with four the year before) and three of the competitors were winners. The contest, hosted by the National Society of Professional Surveyors, gives students four questions with an hour to complete. Victor French earned a score of 97 out of a possible 100 points and a $200 prize. Levi Stevenson had a score of 84 and claimed $75.