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Nevis School bookkeeper Betsy Anderson was placed "on leave" last week after her son, Jon Hoffman, questioned superintendent Steve Rassier's personal use of a district vehicle in southern Minnesota Saturday, Aug. 21. Anderson said she was asked to meet with Rassier and school board chair Ed Becker Wednesday, Aug. 25 after her son's questioning of the matter was brought to their attention. But due to the nature of prior meetings, Anderson said she told them she would not meet without an attorney present.
School bells are soon to ring and students will head back into the classroom, teachers greeting them face-to-face. While computers have become integral components in the classroom, they have not served as a primary educational medium. Until now. BlueSky Online School is Minnesota's first virtual school, the statewide public school serving approximately 700 students in grades 7-12. And that number is likely to swell to 900 as the year moves forward; enrollees are accepted throughout the year.
Illnesses of at least seven additional people in Minnesota have been connected with an expanded multi-state recall of eggs from an Iowa producer due to contamination with Salmonella. This brings the total number of cases in Minnesota linked to the recall to 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. While there have been no outbreaks in Hubbard County, according to Chris Broeker, St. Joseph's Community Health manager, the additional Salmonella Enteriditis cases were identified as part of a restaurant outbreak in Bemidji.
No changes were found Monday in the recount of Menahga School District ballots, the $4.35 million building referendum failing by a three-vote margin. The recount found 695 no votes cast, 692 yes votes. A recount was requested by Mel Lockhart, who submitted a petition with 29 names, per statutory requirement. The district qualified for 0 percent interest financing through federal stimulus funds but the opportunity expires in September, superintendent Mary Klamm said. The stimulus funding deadline had been extended to accommodate the Aug.
Zula on Main (Israeli slang for a gathering place to have fun) offers "a wardrobe not to be matched in a traditional department store." The store is home to unique women's clothing, including the six- and eight-way dresses that afford styles from classic to casual, and the Kariza, a single piece of apparel that has 100 style options. A pamphlet accompanies to demonstrate the styles. "Or come to the store and we'll show you," said owner Uzi Monka who has opened the second store on Main after response to the Wild Loon. "It's best to be your own competition," he said.
A Park Rapids kindergarten class that's grown to 133 students will greet a sixth teacher in the pod, come September. Superintendent Glenn Chiodo told the board the class is the second largest in the district, sophomores numbering 138. It's the first time in at least 10 years that kindergarten enrollment has been at this level. And the numbers may rise before school starts, Chiodo told the board of anticipated enrollment. "It's the first experience for the little folks. We need to make it positive," he said.
The Park Rapids Enterprise is seeking recipes from readers for a new food column about to be launched. "Home on the Range" will appear in the Wednesday edition on the People page and will feature recipes suitable to the season. For example, the Enterprise is now seeking recipes for using and/or preserving garden bounty. These may be time-honored family formulas or a recent find that has drawn ooohs and ahhhs from taste buds. A postscript will continually advise readers as to what's being sought for future publications.
Fishing and dogs and cats have been Paul Fredrick's consummate pastime/passion since the age of 3. "I think I was the one who got hooked," he said of sending fishing lures into the depths in northeast Iowa. And from an early age his fondness for critters eclipsed his affection for people. "Since the age of 3, I've liked dogs and cats better than most people I know," the affable veterinarian joked. Dr. Fredrick bid farewell after more than 32 years of practice in Park Rapids this summer, Dr.
Ruth Bakken defies traditional aging. Facing the three-quarters of a century milestone has not slowed this pedal pusher, but inspired her. She will celebrate her 75th birthday aboard a bike - riding 75 miles - while raising funds for diabetes, a condition she's battled for half a century. The idea that it be a fundraiser originated with Ruth's brother.