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Is Nevis School equipped to handle an event like the recent school shooter in Florida? That question was the topic of much discussion at Monday's Nevis school board meeting. Two approaches to help prevent that type of tragedy were discussed: mental health services to help students before they commit such an act (see inside story) and ways to enhance security in the school building. Armed guards and other options School board member Justin Isaacson shared concerns about some children and teachers not feeling safe in school.
Racial profiling was not involved in the traffic stop by a Park Rapids police officer that was discussed at a Feb. 15 immigration forum. The Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters forum, "Bringing It Home: Immigration in Our Area" included a public comment section where Hubbard County resident Michael Rak stated he believed his wife was stopped because she is Hispanic. Park Rapids Police Chief Jeff Appel set up a meeting with Rak and Carolyn White from the League of Women Voters at the Enterprise to share information and resolve this issue.
A resolution by the City of Akeley to "not support the passing of a bill in the Legislature authorizing the issuance of an off-sale license to the S & H Retail/Red River Event Center" narrowly passed at the special meeting Thursday night. Council member Bobbie Wosika made the motion and council member Billy Krotzer seconded it. Council members Dan Riggs and Margaret Bond-Vorel voted against the motion.
Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series about a recent immigration forum hosted by the Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters. The journey to citizenship is costly in terms of both time and money, but for two local immigrants who shared their stories it is a priceless gift to pass on to your children. Teachers of English Language Learners (ELL) in Park Rapids who were on the panel talked about what being an immigrant is like from the student's point of view while struggling with a whole new way of life.
Drug dealers are not welcome in Hubbard County. That is the message of a countywide town hall forum at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Akeley Regional Community Center gymnasium. The "Community Discussion about the War on Drugs" is an effort between the Akeley Chamber of Commerce, Akeley Police Chief Jimmy Hansen and the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.
Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part series about a recent immigration forum hosted by the Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters. In Saturday's edition, local immigrants who have become citizens and are active members of the community will share their stories. Most area residents think of Park Rapids as a welcoming community, but one audience member at last week's immigration forum shared his concerns about the treatment of area immigrants during the open-mic portion of the event.
In spite of what one spectator described as the "shaking, shivering cold" on Lake Itasca, carloads of spectators arrived to watch members of the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers group keeps the tradition of ice harvesting alive. A total of 131 people attended the demonstration, some staying for only a few minutes while others, who were more warmly dressed, remained on the ice for over an hour.
Akeley's position on the Red River Event Center's off-sale liquor store application is the hot topic of a special meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 at city hall. A license application that was signed off by the county without prior approval by the city and called "illegal" by city attorney Steve Bolton was the topic of heated discussion at Wednesday's council meeting.
The sport of hok skiing is popular in European countries as well as at mountain resorts, but is new to many Minnesotans. There will be an opportunity to try the hok ski, which provides the advantages of both a snowshoe and a cross-country ski, at a free event from noon to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at Shingobee. Hok, pronounced "hawk", is the word for "ski" in the Altai Mountains of Siberia where the inspiration for the design was born.
It's Valentine's Day, and many area couples will be doing something special to celebrate their love. Among them are two couples from Park Rapids who have been married more than 60 years. Faith that bonds Audrey and Bill Harsha of Park Rapids credit their faith in God for making their 70-year marriage a good one. They start each day by reading their Bibles and devotion books. Their first date was at the roller skating rink in a 4-H building at the county fairgrounds when they both were in high school.