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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.
The 10th annual Nevis Pig Races escaped the rain and brought over a thousand people to town in spite of the heat and humidity. Fans came from far and wide. Those coming the greatest distance for the event were from Germany, with folks from Florida, Texas and Alaska coming the farthest in the continental U.S. "We had a great, enthusiastic crowd," event organizer Dave McCurnin said. "Must have been 1,400 at the first race and 500 at the second."
Whether hanging out at the cabin or with friends at home, making slime is a popular activity. The first five recipes were submitted by 11-year old Nora Bolton, whose favorite is cloud slime. The first four recipes are suitable for older children. For younger children, edible gummy bear slime and edible marshmallow slime are safe alternatives. Kool Aid playdough is another fun recipe. It stays soft for a long time if kept in a sealed container and can also be used to make a fun volcano. Clear Slime 1 bottle clear glue
Loons are an integral part of life in northern Minnesota. Their excited tremolo calls in spring signal the ice is off the lake at last, and their haunting wails late at night through an open window are part of the magic of summer. Itasca State Park Naturalist Sandra Lichter shared a wealth of information about our state bird at a recent presentation at the Park Rapids Area Library. "A lot of people love to come here to northern Minnesota and see the loons because they are such a fascinating bird," she said.
Brad Neyens will continue as head girls basketball coach at Nevis School following school board approval at the June 25 meeting. It is a position he has held for two years, but that was in jeopardy when an item calling for the non-renewal of Nye's coaching contract was placed on the agenda. Seven audience members sat with Neyens, who asked to address the board, as did Nevis resident Don DeLisi who has two granddaughters in the program. "I'd like to thank my supporters who are here tonight," Neyens said. "I appreciate that."
Big crowds were on hand to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Paul Bunyan Days in Akeley last weekend, and the big lumberjack on Hwy. 34 was at the center of it all. "We're very fortunate to be able to have it right there at Paul's Bunyan's Patio," Paul Bunyan Days chair Peg Davies said. "Paul Bunyan represents Akeley to many people passing through town. The statue is definitely a positive draw. People stop and have their picture taken many times a day all year long. It makes me proud to be part of this community and help carry on this history."
This weekend marks the 70th year the Akeley community has celebrated its logging heritage and claim as the birthplace of the written legends of Paul Bunyan. Paul Bunyan Days will be held June 22-24. Long-time resident Frank Lamb said he wants to emphasize that the 1949 was truly the first Paul Bunyan Days, and he knows because he was there. "It wasn't in 1955 like some people believe and the Bloods didn't start it like an article I read said," Lamb said. "Most of the ones that started it were in the Commercial Club. They did it to have fun and promote the area."
A park ordinance in Nevis City was approved at Monday night's council meeting. Previously, there was no ordinance regulating the use of city parks. Signs outlining the policies will be posted soon. The ordinances will take effect as soon as it is signed by mayor Jarod Senger. Park hours and regulations Hours at all city parks (not including the Nevis public landing) will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday is Father's Day, and while many families take Dad out to eat on his special day, here are some easy recipes kids can help make and serve dad at home. Those looking for additional recipes can go to the "Best Five Father's Day Favorites" on the Food Network to check out baked French toast with maple syrup, the Baltimore beef "bad boy," crisp chicken wings with chili-lime butter, sweet-and-spicy barbecue ribs and banana pudding. Beer Muffins 2 cups Bisquick 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup beer
This year's Relay for Life was held indoors the first time in the event's 24-year history in Park Rapids. "Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back" was the theme of the Relay, which started out with a community picnic. The highlight was the "Evening of Hope" program held in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.