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A merry band of chili chefs has risen to the challenge. Twenty-one pots of chili will be ready for sampling midday (11 to 1:30) Wednesday, March 3 at the Park Rapids American Legion. The Park Rapids Enterprise is hosting the Chili Challenge as a fundraiser for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Like the Dorset democracy, a buck buys a vote for the coveted "People's Choice" award. Chili samplers will donate a dollar per dollop (small cupful) of chili. Ballot box stuffing is welcome and encouraged. The chili chefs earning top votes (dinero-wise) will gain celebrity status.
For most, hunger is a brief experience soon satisfied with a snack or meal. But there are children and adults in Hubbard County who face hunger without the funds to fill the cupboard and refrigerator, appetites unsatisfied. Statewide, almost 14 percent of Minnesota households did not have enough money to buy food, according to Minnesota FoodShare.
Century School students have become members of a global family dedicated to peace. And they are collecting pennies to fund the mission. The Century students are joining tens of thousands of school children around the world who hope to "empower communities" in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan through Pennies for Peace. The initiative is not only a gesture of philanthropy, but also offers students a glimpse into a culture far removed from what they experience, first grade teacher Beth Baker-Knuttila explained. The children are watching videos and reading the children's version of
A male entered the Akeley First National Bank with a pistol at approximately 5:25 p.m. Friday, leaving with an undisclosed amount of money, according to Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer. The incident, recorded on video, showed a male in his early to mid 50s with a light complexion wearing sunglasses, a dark colored baseball cap with white lettering in a camouflage jacket. He left in a dark blue Chevy Tahoe. Three employees were at the bank at the time of the incident. The FBI and BCA were also arriving on the scene to investigate the incident Friday night.
Susan Ramse has assumed the role of executive director of Living at Home, bringing extensive experience in medical-related administration to the position. Ramse concentrates on the financial aspects of the program that mobilizes volunteers and other community resources to enable seniors to remain living in the home. "I work behind the scenes," she said of spearheading fundraisers and grantwriting. "Beth (Waller) and Laurel (Hed) conduct the fieldwork." The aptly named Living at Home program began in 1992, Sharon Voyda answering a want ad in the Enterprise.
Park Rapids Area High School actors and actresses earned the school its 12th "starred performance" in its 25th appearance at the state one-act play festival Saturday in St. Paul. But it was fraught with a last minute, knuckle-biting calamity. A half-hour before they were to take the stage at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, the cast of "The Whole Shebang" discovered they'd left half the costumes in a box in Park Rapids. Facing what many would consider catastrophic, the cast and crew rose to the task, director Juliann Kjenaas reported.
Kids of all ages arrived on 11th Crow Wing Lake ice Saturday to raise funds for area residents battling cancer. This year's event honored its founder, Melissa "Nib" Niblick, who recently lost her battle with cancer. The first Purple Dream was orchestrated by Niblick as a fundraiser for her friend, Audrey Pidde. This is the fifth fundraising event for the public. Rita Holland of Park Rapids claimed first in fundraising with $1,826 in donations for her jump into the icy waters. Plungers raised approximately $5,000.
The hallways are deserted. The last bell rang hours ago. But inside room 162 a bustling team of high school students readies Buster II for the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition. For the second year, Nevis students will head down to the metro to compete with their For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robot. This year, it's a game of soccer, but like none witnessed on the telly. This soccer player on four wheels runs off a 12-volt battery, driven by a chain and gears. A cRIO is the "brains" of the mechanism.
A cadre of enthusiast Akeley residents arrived at this week's council meeting to provide updates on Horizons, UCAN and propose am Arts Legacy Designation for grant eligibility. Fred Rogers of Minnesota Folklore Theater, housed at the Akeley Regional Community Center, asked for the council's endorsement of the Arts Legacy Designation, requiring the city's "commitment to the arts." He pointed out the ARCC and theater are among the required elements for cities to be considered. Rogers will be working with the Region 2 Arts Council for the designation, agreeing to put together a committee.
Century Elementary students celebrated the opening of the Winter Olympics with their own rendition of the ceremony in Vancouver. Each of the classes represented a country. Alyssa LaVoie's kindergartners, representing Greece, led the way. The students were reminded the tradition of the torch began with the 1936 world games, linking the ancient to modern.