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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.
Dr. Gretchen Pearson has relocated from Colorado to purchase Town and Country Animal Clinic from retired veterinarian Dr. Paul Fredrick. The Pleasant Avenue clinic, she said, will have the same diagnostics as human medical facilities. She's updating lab equipment for in-house blood panels and X-rays. And the animal hospital will carry a full line of alternative therapies and nutritional medication - from joint supplements to prescription foods.
Hubbard County Housing and Redevelopment Authority will be requesting the continuation of the $198,000 levy, Hubbard County Commissioners to be updated on the program's countywide impact next week. Single-family housing rehabilitation may be the HRA's foremost achievement, according to Tim Flathers, community development director for the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, which provides financial management for the HRA. In the past, housing resources were targeted to cities, Flathers said. "Now the funding is having a countywide impact.
The Nevis School District will be asking voters to approve a referendum of $475 per resident pupil unit over a 10-year period, replacing the $126 per pupil operating levy, which expires in 2012. The levy, if approved in November, will generate approximately $146,500 each year (based on 308.47 resident pupil units), compared with the existing levy, which adds $39,000. The decision, school board chair Ed Becker said, is based on anticipated reductions in state aid to schools. "The reality is, the state is broke," he said. "And it won't be repaired next year.
Four Seas on Main is satisfying an appetite for Chinese food, the opening day earlier this summer an indication of the area's craving for oriental. "We thank people for their patience and understanding," Heidi Gonzalez-Quevedo said. "Especially the first day," when customer numbers far exceeded expectations. Owners Sunny Li, wife Heidi Gonzalez-Quevedo (her step-father's surname) and Yan Lin, all born in China, opened their fourth restaurant this summer in Park Rapids. Sunny and Heidi's restaurants in Montana (opening in 2005) and Missouri (2006) were sold.
She arrived as a mom, babe in arms, a toddler at her side, for story time. She leaves as branch manager, children and adults enriched by her penchant for the entertainment and information a library holds. "I've loved every minute here. It will be hard to say goodbye," said Becky Walpole, who, after 12 years as a volunteer and employee, will bid farewell to the Park Rapids Area Library in August. Husband Gary, former pastor of Hubbard United Methodist, now serves the Peace United Methodist congregation in North Oaks, a Twin Cities suburb.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Entenza's wife, Lois Quam, was on the campaign trail this week, making a stop in Park Rapids to promote her husband's political aspiration. "I expect Matt to win," she said candidly and confidently. "I find him to be the right candidate at the right time." The attorney who's logged six terms in the state House is facing a three-way primary race, Mark Dayton and Margaret Anderson Kelliher also vying for the spot on the ballot. Primary elections will be Tuesday, Aug.
John Strom has been chosen to assume the position of Nevis School K-12 principal. "I'm excited," Strom said. "It's an honor and a privilege. This is a great school." His wife, Alice, a notable wood carver, and daughter Meghan, an attorney, are Nevis alumna. The former Park Rapids middle school counselor has been in the education profession since 1974, "except for the year we moved" to the family home he designed on 2nd Crow Wing Lake.