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The knock on the door brings a smile. "Most people are absolutely delighted to see us," said Julienne Malm, who with husband Carl, is among the volunteers that load their vehicles with lunches in "green" microwavable containers, a list of addresses and instructions in hand.
The spirit of Thanksgiving is alive and cookin' in Park Rapids. Thursday, it won't be the Mayflower docked oceanside but a mass of cars and a Heartland bus parked "Riverside." Pilgrims are expected to arrive in number for the 28th annual Thank Meal at Riverside United Methodist, many acting as volunteers for what has become tradition for many. Four single women "who were without families" initiated the event - Margaret Kimball, Marcy Roach, Joyce Peet and Sandy Drury. The first year, the culinary quartet roasted two turkeys, feeding about 20, 10 meals delivered to homes, Sandy Drury re
S. Don Singlestad, the most decorated non-commissioned officer of the 34th Division of the Red Bull Infantry, died Thursday at the age of 92 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services. Singlestad, who resided at Heritage Manor in Park Rapids, was living in Waseca when he enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard as a private in September 1940 with Company F. His initial commitment was two years; he was eyeing life as a civilian and going into business with his father. But those plans would be altered when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. His commitment was bumped up to six years.
Air Force civil engineer Dave W. Konshok is rallying troops on the home front to aid a mission in Afghanistan: Making children smile. Lt. Col. Konshok, Comander of the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (BEEF) at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan, recently arrived home on emergency leave after his mother, Irene, was hospitalized. She has since recovered and was discharged from the hospital.
Michelle Lundin has assumed the scissors at the former Carol's Shear Pleasure, Sassy and Company now welcoming clientele, original and new, at the salon on the first block of Main. "I've come full circle," said Lundin, who applied at the salon a decade ago. She was offered a position, but declined because it was part-time. "When I needed a change, this was the first place I came," she said. "It happened to be for sale." "Come on over," owner Carol Smith told her. "We'll talk about it." "She's a mini Mom," Liz Tostenson said of Lundin's first-to-arrive, last-to-leave work ethic.
The condition of Akeley's yards and structures drew fire again at this week's meeting, Bobbie Emery questioning why the burned house on Highway 34 remains standing. "The property belonging to Mark Johnson needs to be torn down," Emery wrote on a citizen complaint form. "The property is an eyesore, safety hazard and environmental issue. There are smells that come from there. I've seen kids going to snoop. "There are ordinances against your lawn being too long, junk in yards.
Park Rapids Schools' "connection to the community" is to be credited for the $1.1 million operating levy meeting voter approval, superintendent Glenn Chiodo told the school board this week. Fifty-four percent of Park Rapids School District voters approved continuing the levy of $600 per student per year for the next five years, with 2,937 voting in favor, 2,464 opposed. Statewide, few referendums gained approval, Chiodo told the board, and those that did were mostly renewals. "It's a partnership with the community," he said. "We're moving away from us and them. They see stability.