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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.
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.
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
Creating a home, defining its character, has been a lifelong odyssey for Kathy and Allen Belt. Their living quarters together have ranged from an RV to slaves' quarters to an old farmhouse originating in the 1750s in Virginia to the "hovel by the swamp" they purchased 12 years ago north of Park Rapids on Boot Lake Drive. As the daughter of a military chaplain, Kathy logged 17 addresses before she met Al, the union upping her occupancies to 36 (Al's was a meager four, prior to wedlock).
Triangle Ag, a full-service crop input provider, has opened its 11th agronomy center in Park Rapids at 1605 Industry Ave. Lennie Holmer, a Park Rapids Area High School graduate who grew up on the Ponsford Prairie, serves as sales agronomist. Judd Fischer greets clientele as site manager. "Triangle has had a presence in the area," Holmer said. "Now we've opened a satellite office and warehouse. We're looking to work with local farmers." "Triangle Ag has a wealth of resources," Fischer said of the people, products and equipment available through the 11 sites.
The Park Rapids School Board approved several "new hires" this week. The teachers include Jeannie Mayer, second grade; Chelsea Pederson, third grade; Allison Spahn, third grade; Zach Holsman, elementary physical education teacher and Alicia Hillesland, a Title reading teacher. Superintendent Glenn Chiodo said this concludes hiring for the 2011-12 year, pending kindergarten numbers. If kindergarten enrollment warrants, another teacher will be added to the staff. In other action, the board: n Learned the high school food shelf challenge raised $700 and more than 300 pounds of food for