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Come summer, Chris and Lynn Niemeyer leave the land of 10,000 lakes behind to venture north to Canadian waters. Their roles shift from assisted living facility directors to wilderness outfitters. The owners of Care-Age Country Home purchased English River Outfitters Camp near Ear Falls, Ontario in 2008, rebuilding cabins destroyed in a fire. Chris had been searching the Internet for a camp or cabin in Canada, the Niemeyers avid fisherfolk.
Food columnist Amy Thielen has received the notable 2011 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, recognizing culinary excellence. Thielen, a former food journalist for the Enterprise, learned she'd been chosen for the award in the "cooking, recipes and instruction" category Friday at a dinner in New York City.
The Akeley Council's discussion on the fire department's methods of calculating the amounts each entity pays has ignited concern in Badoura Township. The township supervisors, meeting Tuesday, are also examining Eastern Hubbard County Fire District's spending and process of calculations, "dissolution" of the contract proposed as an option. At Monday's special meeting, Akeley council member Brian Hitchcock reported the amount being charged for coverage by the EHCFD does not correspond with agreed upon formulas. The city has paid $20,100 the past three years but based on prior agreements
Electricians Lance Hansen and Randy Avenson have formed a partnership, sparking Hansen Avenson Electric. The licensed, bonded and insured electricians offer their expertise to residential, commercial, agricultural and new construction and remodeling clientele. They also work on data communication for phones and televisions. "No job is too small," the duo emphasizes. Hansen, a Wadena Tech graduate, brings 18 years' experience as a construction electrician. Avenson's interest in electronics "ignited" while in the National Guard, working on electrical systems in Iraq.
The numbers don't add up. The Akeley Council, convening in a special meeting Monday, learned the amount being charged for coverage by the Eastern Hubbard County Fire District does not correspond with agreed upon formulas. Council member Brian Hitchcock raised the question, conducting research on the matter. In 1991, an amendment agreement was reached between the city and EHCFD on "operating expenses." Sixty percent of the budget was to be assessed according to the population of each of the four units - Akeley city and Akeley, Badoura and White Oak townships.
Karl Dyer, an iconic member of the area tourism industry and former Park Rapids social studies teacher, has died of heart failure at 79. "He was a people person," said wife Kay of 56 years. "The resort was his first love," she said of Evergreen Lodge on Big Sand Lake.
The Hubbard County Food Shelf has new digs, moving into the facility on Pleasant Avenue last week, opening doors to clientele Monday. And Hubbard's enlarged cupboard is well stocked. The community has stepped up to the plate, surpassing last year's donations of food by 9,000 pounds and funds by $10,000 during the annual drive. This comes at a time when the economy continues in the doldrums. In the past, people have commented they donate because they were once recipients. "Now former donors are the recipients," director Dave Long said. Twenty-one families arrived opening day. Last
When June arrives, kids in grades K-6 will have the opportunity to continue the "adventures" they currently experience after school - but with a summer flair. Summer Adventures, coordinated by Community Education, will begin June 2, running from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Century School's 8th Hour classroom. Kids can arrive for half or full days. They may attend a full week or varied days, Community Education coordinator Jill Dickinson explained. Maximum enrollment per day is 15 children. Enrollment for the program is currently underway.