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Movie buffs, prepare to be captivated when the new 37-foot screen comes alive at Park Theater Friday, April 15. "Rio," the animated adventure comedy of Blu, a domesticated Macaw from Moose Lake, Minn. that is bound for Brazil, will be the premiere in the new "gold, theater one," boasting state-of-the-art Dolby digital 3-D and 7.1 sound, the highest grade available. Viewers will be provided 3-D glasses and swept into dazzling cinematography, enhanced by the state-of-the-art screen, viewed from 24-inch, high-back, body-conforming rockers.
A "school within a school" is in the evolutionary stage in Nevis and plans for a new early childhood building have gained "priority" status. Nevis School Board members reviewed strategic plans drafted by superintendent Steve Rassier and principal John Strom addressing curriculum, staff development, building and maintenance, technology, public relations and a middle "school within a school" concept. The revised plans are in the "infant stage," Rassier said Monday night.
The Hubbard County Food Shelf is facing a double-edged sword this year - the economy. While unemployment, home foreclosures and other issues are pushing up usage, the stagnant economy has donations heading downward. In comparison with the same point last year - four weeks into the drive - food donations are down 3,000 pounds and monetary gifts are $22,000 shy of 2010's amount. The drive runs through Friday, April 8.
Attorney Jim Wallace has been named president of Citizens National Bank, his law office on Highway 34 east now closed. Wallace is well versed in the banking industry, having served on the bank's board of directors since 1997, and as the bank's attorney. The board approached him on assuming the role following the retirement of Bob Gack in December. Wallace holds an undergraduate degree in business from the Carlson School of Management, majoring in management and earning a minor in economics, with honors.
The Park Rapids Area High School one-act play cast and crew earned another "standing ovation" this week. The school board extended kudos to the theatrical performers who have "starred" in state performances for the third year in a row. "We are very proud," activities director John Schumacher said, noting accomplishments are generally touted on the football field and basketball court. "They take their talent onto the stage, and did an outstanding job at competitions.
Joleen DeLaHunt will occupy the Century School principal's office come July, and welcome students, come September. DeLaHunt, who currently serves as Menahga School's elementary principal, has accepted the kindergarten through eighth grade principal position at Century. "She brings a wealth of experience in a variety of areas," superintendent Glenn Chiodo said of the decision reached Tuesday night. A field of 30 applicants was narrowed to six.
As the name Avant Garde implies, Leah Pike and daughter Riley, 6, will be adding refreshing new spirit to wardrobes - children's and women's. Avant Garde on Main will begin welcoming customers Tuesday, March 15. The former Merry Bee's owner, Mary Beth Anderson, provided the foundation for Leah Pike's venture. In 2004, the member of Business Professionals of America asked if she might become part of the clothing store crew. Pike's role, at 17, was to steam clothing arrivals. "It felt like a second home," she said of the warm tutelage she received from Anderson and the staff.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury to Minnesota children 14 and under. But fatalities among children are declining notably in the 34-county area served by the Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Resource Center. CPS trainer Jennifer Booge, who contracts with Mahube, is behind the wheel. Hubbard County is her base of operations. "Park Rapids is the hub," she said of child passenger safety information.