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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.
A faulty wood stove is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed the Mike Hensel residence on Becker Co. Rd. 45 Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were able to salvage a collection of firearms, Park Rapids fire chief Donn Hoffman reported. Park Rapids and Carsonville firefighters responded.
A reduction or delay in state aid and the decrease in student numbers this year may lead to cuts in staff, Nevis superintendent Steve Rassier cautioned board members this week. "I believe we will have to trim $250,000 to $300,000" from next year's budget, Rassier told the board, noting 67 percent of the district budget is used for professional salaries - teachers and administrators. Although "still under discussion," the district is considering cutting one administrative post, a physical education teacher, a Title I reading specialist and reduce an English teaching position by half. If a
Members of a coalition seeking a state constitutional amendment for equality arrived in Park Rapids Friday, greeted by a corps of "historical suffragettes." Board chair of the Constitutional Amendment for Equality (CAFE), Elizabeth Johnson explained the group is seeking additional language in the constitution stating, "Equality under the law shall not be abridged or denied on account of sex." "It's a matter of human rights," she said.
Calling all chili chefs! The Park Rapids Enterprise is hosting a Chili Challenge as a kick-off for the Hubbard County Food Shelf food- and fundraising drive. The event will be held over the noon hour Wednesday, March 3 at the Park Rapids American Legion. Teams, individuals, businesses, civic organizations and church groups are invited to cook up a pot of chili, recruit samplers and serve the concoction. Throw down the gauntlet to your competition. Whacky works.
"This is the coldest I've ever been," Rotary foreign exchange student Armando Padillo, 18, said of the 100-degree temperature variance from home in Mexico to this week's frigid temperatures. But he was grinning, not grimacing. Arriving from Leon, a city of 1.7 million in the state of Guanajuato, Armando has embraced what life in northern Minnesota has to offer - including hockey and football, serving as a kicker for the Panther team. At home, where he plays on the soccer team, he wanted to play hockey, but the schedule conflicted with the school day.
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, it's the frozen woods, the protection of the pack and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, he experiences a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be.
Nevis School will be among the Minnesota districts in the Race to the Top. At Monday's special meeting, where teachers' contracts were ratified, the board agreed to join Minnesota school districts applying for federal grants.