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Those attending the 68th Annual Muskie Days/Music Festival in Nevis enjoyed mostly favorable weather and a variety of options for entertainment, fun and food. The festival kicked off Friday night, with a crowd enjoying the Lions' "sold-out" fish fry. Saturday featured sunny skies and a cool breeze as young anglers headed to the pier for the fishing contest. There were lots of games for the kids at Muskie Park and on main street, along with vendors selling popcorn, donuts, corn on the cob, walleye, sandwiches, snow cones, lemonade and much more.
This year's Hubbard County 4-H Family of the Year award went to Jennifer Booge and her children Amber, Nolan and Ethan. They have participated in 4-H for 14 years and are members of the Hubbard County 4-H Riders Club. While the club focuses on horses, it is open to everyone.
The 68th annual Nevis Muskie Days kicks off Friday, and area residents Susan Kozel and Wendy Holsapple are proud of the role their family played in creating the giant muskie statue in the center of town. "Great-grandpa Warren P. Ballard and my uncle Ben Ballard started building the Nevis Muskie in 1932," Holsapple said. "Ben was his only son, and his only daughter was my mother, Marie Ballard-Kelsey."
The July 21 Enterprise article about Akeley's city campground talked about the city being plagued by website issues and a company they were working with last year filing bankruptcy without telling the city. To clarify, those issues had nothing to do with akeleymn.com, which is owned and operated solely by Larry Stiffler. Although the City of Akeley posts links and other information there, it is not the city's website and Stiffler's was not the company discussed at the July council meeting.
Campers who spoke at the July 11 Akeley City Council meeting say the city's campground should be left for family campers to enjoy by the week instead of having seasonal rentals. Camping on the shores of 11th Crow Wing Lake has become a family tradition for the Gary and Emily Gutenkauf family of Brainerd.
A free program featuring stories from area residents who served in World War II and the women who tended victory gardens at home will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at First Lutheran Church located at 10 Pleasant Avenue in Akeley. Deane and Jill Johnson, authors of "Little Minnesota of World War II," recently returned from a tour that traced the steps of "Easy Company" from England to Normandy and on through France and Germany and will share their experiences.
The City of Akeley will be getting a better truck for plowing before the snow flies. The council approved spending up to $34,900 for the purchase at their July 11 meeting. New trucks start at $180,000, so buying a used truck saves the city a considerable amount of money. City Maintenance Supervisor Kelly Vanden Eykel brought specifications on two different options.The first is a 2001 model for $32,900 and the second a 2003 model for $34,900. Both trucks were traded in by the city of Delano and are made by Boyer International Sterling.
Salads are a refreshing side dish at the cabin or a potluck on a hot summer day. They can also be made ahead of time served as a main course at lunch or dinner. Fresh Veggie Salad 1 head cauliflower 1 bunch broccoli 1 large green pepper, chopped 1 sweet red onion separated into rings or chopped 1 box cherry tomatoes 1 can sliced water chestnuts 1 can pitted ripe olives 2 envelopes Good Seasons or other Italian salad dressing mix
Nine area residents visited Africa in May to see how the $862,465 in donations the Park Rapids Area Wellspring group raised since 2011 is creating health, jobs and hope. Those journeying to Africa through the brush over rocky roads were Pastor Laurie Kantonen of Hubbard Methodist Church, Pastor Lee Kantonen of Joyful Spirit Church in Wadena and Deer Creek, Steve Steinborn who was accompanied by daughter Trisha Christianson of Fargo, Tony and Dorothy Platz, Mark Larsen and Fred and Lois Madsen.