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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
A free "Wine to Water" celebration will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Bella Caffè on Third Street in Park Rapids. The Park Rapids chapter of Wellspring for the World has raised more than $873,565 since 2010 to bring clean water to people in Africa. This event is also a 'thank you' to everyone in the community who has donated to the project over the years. Wine, non-alcoholic fruit drinks and appetizers will be served. Everyone is welcome. The food and wine are provided by the 11 Wellspring board members.
While summer lingers, fall colors are beginning to appear in the area. Trees at Itasca State Park have a smattering of color, and on Hwy. 34 to Detroit Lakes there are bursts of red in sumac and maples here and there. According to Park Rapid City Forester Stephanie Pazdernik, signs point to this year's colors being good, but short-lived. Her advice: Get out and enjoy the fall colors while you can. Yet she also admits that prediction isn't set in stone.
Having fun at a Red Hawks game in Fargo with some of the funds raised by the Knights of Columbus tootsie roll campaign, the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) said they are thankful to the Knights of Columbus for their $3,290 donation to the DAC that will be used for similar fun projects and activities.
"The 2018 Minnesota State Fair has wrapped up and once again, Hubbard County 4-Hers represented us well," Hubbard County 4-H Program Coordinator Mari Jo Lohmeier said. "The following Hubbard County 4-Hers participated at the Great Minnesota Get Together. Many of them talk about the wonderful time that they had and the learning opportunities that they were given. It is always so fun to see our kids trying new things, new projects, new state fair events, such as Chef for a Day, Minnesota Meats contest, Livestock Judging Contest or even just staying in the 4-H Hilton for the first time.
This year's state fair was a memorable event for sisters Allison and Megan Offerdahl. Allison, a ninth grader at Park Rapids Area High School, won a grand champion ribbon with her Hampshire gilt, Kason. Megan, an 11th grader, took reserve shampion with her Spot gilt, Henli. Interestingly, both of the swine were born on the same day, Jan. 16, to different mothers and purchased at a 4-H auction in Owatonna last spring.
It often only takes a word or two to turn someone's day around. Two of the most powerful words are "Thank you!" According to a quote on the website GratitudeHabit.com, "A simple thank you has magic...It warms the heart and creates a moment of connection and peace between two people." The website was developed as "a place to embrace, inspire and bring to life the numerous blessing and opportunities available to each of us." Its message is that the practice of gratitude daily opens our hearts in appreciation, contributing to a happier, more abundant life.
If you have extra room in your home and your heart, kittens at the Headwaters Animal Shelter need you. Shelter board member Sam O'Hern said she needs the community's help launching a foster kitten program. She will be coordinating the new program using what she learned rescuing and fostering dogs. "My husband, Zach, was in the Air Force and we were stationed in Tucson, Ariz." she said. "We worked down by the border, and there were a lot of abandoned animals. We fostered dogs, but this kitten thing is a whole new realm for me."
Local law enforcement officers who are certified ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) trainers brought information to Park Rapids Area High School staff this week and hope to extend the training to Nevis and Laporte schools. "A couple of officers who are trainers were at the school to give a presentation to the teachers and we're going to do that in the other schools in the county and for the officers as well," Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said. "We did the orientation part this week. Later on, we're going to be doing more of the hands-on stuff."