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The Nevis Council agreed to add a platform with handrails to ensure a safer entryway to the liquor store. Cost is an estimated $500.
Brian Hitchcock, returning from his tour of duty with the Minnesota Army National Guard in Iraq, has rejoined the Akeley Council. "I am ready to end my leave of absence and return to my position of council member," he wrote in a letter to the council, earning a unanimous vote for reinstatement effective April 1. Council member Jon Johnson resigned at Wednesday's meeting, effective March 31.
Park Rapids students entering school next fall will experience a new math curriculum, kindergarten through high school. School board members were introduced to the textbooks and reviewed changes proposed as a means to prepare students for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.
In the wake of the Akeley police chief's resignation, Nevis is proposing sharing its deputy with the city of Akeley as a cost saving measure. A full time officer "is a lot of money for a small town," said Paul Schroeder, who introduced the idea at Monday night's council meeting, the measure earning mayor Dave McCurnin's endorsement. Nevis budgets approximately $75,000 for Hubbard County deputy Jeff Stacey.
An enthusiastic group of Republicans gathered Saturday in Park Rapids with a recurring theme heard from candidates and delegates alike: Take back the state and country and restore the public's trust. "Republicans are re-energized and re-involved," state outreach coordinator Victor Gomez said. "The pendulum is swinging back in our favor. What a difference a year makes... November holds great promise, here and across the country." Seventy-four arrived for the event, representing townships and cities in the county.
Friday's robbery was not the first to occur in Akeley. "Clues thin on Akeley branch bank robbery," the Park Rapids Enterprise headline declared Aug.
Orton Oil Company has purchased the former SuperAmerica station on Highway 34, with plans to reopen by Wednesday, March 10. The Orton brand station will offer a pay at the pump option and E85, according to Tim Orton. A digital price sign will also be installed. The station's interior will undergo some cosmetic upgrades and plans call for a larger deli, Orton said. The station will employ 10. A grand opening is on the agenda for mid-April or early May. "We're looking forward to this," Orton said. "It's a good location.
Hafner's Greenhouse is hoping to create a splendid first - and lasting - impression for motorists heading through the city this summer. The recently completed Highway 34 project didn't include garden areas, Darin Hafner noted. "Just steel poles and concrete, no flowerbeds." Thousands head through the city every summer; he reasoned the time had come to add some color to their journey.
As employees worked to stock shelves Monday, the Walgreens sign headed skyward. "We're excited to be here," store manager James Foehrenbacher said, noting a number of the former Snyders employees will be greeting customers. The transformation will be complete in a matter of days, he noted, as opposed to weeks. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. The pharmacy will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Akeley police chief Eric Klein resigned Tuesday just hours before an "executive meeting" was to convene "to discuss the internal investigation and possible discipline" of Klein. Klein was placed on administrative leave in January for alleged misconduct. Following Klein's resignation the council held a five-minute meeting with a single motion to accept his resignation later Tuesday. There was no further discussion or action on filling the position, according to deputy clerk Denise Rittgers.