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The Emmy awards recognize the brightest stars in television, but there are many people behind the scenes who are involved in the producing award-winning shows. One of those people is Nick Thomason. A 1992 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, Thomason has been living in Brooklyn, N.Y. since 1997 working on projects in the movie industry. He is part of the production crew for the Amazon Prime show "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."
Akeley Police Chief Jimmy Hansen said work to get drugs out of the community is showing results. He shared an update on the narcotics investigation affecting the city at the Sept. 12 Akeley City Council meeting.
Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Hwy. 64 project coordinator Laura Hadrava and traffic engineer Michelle Rognerud from Bemidji updated the Akeley council on the Hwy. 34 project slated for 2021 at the Sept. 12 council meeting. While a stoplight was discussed at an earlier small group meeting about the project, that has been ruled out by MnDOT.
The All Veterans Memorial celebrated the first anniversary of the museum's opening on Sept. 11. Lunch was served and the museum was open for touring. The organization is a group of citizens striving to maintain the memorial and museum, which honors veterans from the area and the U.S. The goal is to educate the public about the military history of the area. For more information or to become involved, contact All Veterans Memorial president Jeff Siebert at 255-0489.
Cooler fall days lend themselves to baking, and pie is among the favorites. Two members of the Hubbard United Methodist Church who baked pies for the Sept. 2 pie auction that raised over $3,500 for the Meals on Wheels program their shared their recipes. Served with chili or soup and salad, pie is the perfect ending to a cozy lunch or supper. Pecan Pie Janine Merrick of Hubbard United Methodist Church used this recipe for the pecan pie she made for the auction. "It is my modified version of the recipe that won the library pie contest five years or so ago," she said.
Anyone who is interested in joining the Friends of the Library (FOL) organization is invited to attend their next meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. The group has 52 members and meets the first Thursday of each month to plan fundraisers and events. Dues are $10. The FOL helps the library in many ways. "Many things wouldn't have happened this year without the support of the Friends," Park Rapids Library Branch Manager Jodi Schultz said. "I am so thankful for the Friends and all they do."
Ten flavorful pies auctioned Sept. 2 at Hubbard United Methodist Church will help the Park Rapids Meals on Wheels program serve nutritious food to area seniors. About 200 people attended the auction. The $3,575 raised will provide almost 900 meals at the suggested donation rate of $4 per meal.
Jesse Forbes said he is enjoying his position as the new postmaster for Nevis and Akeley. "In both my mechanic work and the military, I was put in supervisory roles," he said. "I naturally want to lead people." He started working at the Nevis Post Office in January 2018, helping Chuck Tangeman clerk until he retired as postmaster at the end of February. "I was put in here by my boss as the officer in charge until the job position opened up, and after I went through the application process, he picked me for the job," he said.
The Park Rapids Lions Club recently made donations to three local organizations as part of their effort to be of service in their community. A $1,000 donation will be used by the Park Rapids to Puerto Rico group. The donation will be used to help purchase a portable water purification system that will provide 2,500 to 3,300 gallons of potable water per day.
With kids back in school, here are a few ideas for breakfasts that are easy to make ahead of time and have ready for busy mornings, providing a protein-rich start to the day. Bisquick Sausage Balls 6 cups Bisquick baking mix 2 pounds shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese 1 pound sage-flavored pork sausage at room temperature 1 pound hot pork sausage at room temperature