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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.
The Nevis Muni will be the site of its first annual hotdish contest during Presidents' Weekend. In true Minnesota let's- liven-up-February tradition, municipal liquor store manager Mark Peterson is putting out a call for casseroles. The event, benefiting the Nevis Dollars for Scholars fund, will feature judging from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (a buck buys a ballot) with cash prizes awarded for first and second and non-cash items for third through fifth.
Ahoy, mateys, the loot's been discovered, A couple of mermaids have uncovered The Legion coin in a bird bath, you see Under the of limbs of a big old tree Detective/pirate Rachel Crandall and her accomplice, Kathie Borg, located the Park Rapids American Legion medallion about 10 Tuesday night in the birdbath located in front of the former courthouse, home to the Hubbard County Historical Society and North Country Museum of Arts. Crandall used a bit of deft analysis to decipher the clues, but not before prompting husband Dano to declare, "Give it up!
Akeley police chief Eric Klein has been placed on administrative leave after it came to light he was allegedly conducting criminal background checks on council members and spouses. Mayor Jennifer Mitchell announced the decision at the end of this week's council meeting to place Klein on paid leave. She offered no further information on what drove the decision. The council has scheduled a closed meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.