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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.
Park Rapids Area High School claimed first in the Section 6A one-act play competition Saturday and will be heading to St. Paul to perform "The Whole Shebang" at the state level Friday. Jake Grimes and Nathan Gebhard received Actor of Merit awards and Grimes was chosen as one of four "outstanding performers" at the section competition. They will perform at approximately 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium on the campus of St. Catherine's University. The Park Rapids students will leave Wednesday to view AA school competitions Thursday.
Lake Emma Township is partnering with the Coalition of Lake Associations to promote healthy lakes via a pioneer Healthy Lakes Partnership Grant Program. The program was inspired, in part, by the Blueberry Township Conservation Fund that was initiated to battle aquatic invasive species (AIS) on Blueberry Lake and Twin Lakes in Wadena County, COLA president Dan Kittilson explained. But the Hubbard County initiative is proactive, not reactive, Kittilson explained.
Susan Bowland has two sets of students in her classroom - dogs and owners. Bowland's canine students are introduced to basic obedience, socialization and behavior modification at the classes meeting Saturday mornings at Kathy Monico's Northwoods Arabians site on Albert Avenue. And canine owners gain education and socialization. "We modify dogs' and owners' behaviors - and have a really good time. "It works for spouses, kids, dogs and horses," Bowland jokes of her methodology. Most dog courses have a goal to teach dogs rigid behaviors seen in dog shows, Bowland said.