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Akeley residents had the opportunity to share their ideas and concerns about the proposed 2022 Highway 34 reconstruction project at Wednesday night's council meeting. District Planning Engineer Darren Laesch and Project Manager Laura Hadrava from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) discussed various options to make the stretch of highway from Hill Street to Hwy. 64 safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
Being a Kinship mentor has been an adventure that has brought much joy to David Niemela's life over the past nine years. "Sometimes it's hard to tell who's impacting who more," he said. "It really goes both ways. I definitely totally recommend being a Kinship mentor. There's so much to learn and grow into. If you are sincere and put for the effort, you will undoubtedly enjoy multiple blessings! "I have had joy in my heart because of Brennen and watching him grow."
When it comes to making cookies, RoJean Cummins has lots of experience. "With a houseful of boys, it was hard to keep cookies in the house, so I taught my six sons how to bake," she said. Cummins was born in Halma, Minn., just 30 miles south of the Canadian border. After completing her nurse's training in Grand Forks, N. D., Cummins worked as a registered nurse at Altru Hospital for 33 years, retiring in 1999 and moving to Park Rapids where she owned property on Long Lake.
A total of 110 pairs of mittens and gloves were hung on the Enterprise mitten tree by community members to help children during these cold winter months.
The community fish house has been giving anglers the opportunity to enjoy ice fishing without the expense for more than 10 years. Located at the Fish Hook Lake public access, the fish house is operated through the local chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association. Around 300 people a year use the heated facility at no charge.
Park Rapids made the national news Wednesday for having the lowest windchill temperature — 49 degrees below zero with an actual air temperature of minus 24 degrees — putting the area in a windchill warning. The National Weather Service is forecasting even colder temperatures for this weekend, with temperatures likely to remain below zero through at least Monday morning and lows dipping near 30 degrees below zero.
Itasca State Park's 22nd annual Winter Bird Count Monday was part of a much larger effort to help collect data about how climate change is threatening bird populations nationwide and how conservation groups can work together to protect their habitat.
When Ruby Pearl Schott was born to Arthur and Edith Maybary three miles west of Ponsford on Christmas Eve in 1917, Ponsford was a booming town with a bank and business district. In those days, horses were the primary mode of transportation and communication was in person or by mailing a letter with a three-cent stamp. Cars, paved roads, telephones, television, computers and the internet are just a few of the changes that have happened in Schott's lifetime.
A new playground in Nevis means new accessibility requirements are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It could cost as much as $75,000 for the Halvorson Beach area alone. The park had been grandfathered-in because it was built before ADA requirements were in effect. The city may be able to procure grant funding to help with the cost, which could be spread out over 10 years to allow the city to budget for this and other accessibility issues at Muskie Park and the Municipal Liquor Store.
A Christmas Eve flight in 1964 that was chosen to alert the world that Santa's sleigh was heading from the North Pole to the U.S. was the most memorable experience for B-52 bomber crew member Archie Henderson during his 23-year military career. Now 88 years old, Henderson of rural Osage joined the Air Force in 1947 and was called to active duty in 1951.