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Park Rapids couple Maggi and Tony Yerkes know a lot about life after cancer. Both are long-term cancer survivors: Maggi for 50 years and Tony for almost 16. The couple shared their story at Friday night's Relay for Life. The couple moved to Park Rapids in 1971. Maggi had a career as a nurse in the community, while Tony worked as an anesthesiologist. Maggi was diagnosed with thyroid cancer as a 23-year-old Navy nurse stationed in Jacksonville, Fla.
Summer weather is upon us. Ice cream desserts are the perfect ending to a meal at the cabin or for a cool and refreshing afternoon snack. Ice cream in a bag This 15-minute recipe is a fun way for children or kids at heart to make their own dessert. Once made, the ice cream may also be topped with hot fudge, strawberries or sprinkles or used as the filling for ice cream sandwiches (below). 1 cup half-and-half 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 cups ice 1/3 cup kosher salt
Seven more teams are needed to make the seventh annual Amazing Chase a success. The event, scheduled for June 16 in Park Rapids, raises about 15 percent of the Kinship mentoring program's annual budget. Three teams have signed up so far, but a total of 10 are needed. Similar to the nationally televised "Amazing Race," the Amazing Chase promotes having a fun adventure with family and friends while building teamwork through solving physical and mental challenges. Teams are made up of four to six people and can include children as young as first grade.
Two area men are now Tae Kwon Do masters after completing vigorous testing Friday night. Shane Kirlin and Chris Oppitz are students of Master Nick Bretz who owns Bretz Association Tae Kwon Do in Park Rapids. Both men started their instruction with Bretz in the spring of 2009. They are both instructors at his gym as well. Bretz is a sixth-degree Kukkiwon-certified Instructor with the World Tae Kwon Do Federation. He tested Kirlin and Oppitz Friday night.
Students ages 9 to 14 at Nevis School will have the opportunity to participate in a FIRST LEGO League team this fall. Tech-No-Tigers Robotics team members Sierra Wroolie and Madeline Mitchell will be student mentors for the LEGO team. They talked about the opportunities the league will provide at Tuesday night's school board meeting. They explained how the FIRST LEGO program is a gateway to STEM and robotics and teaches kids to become innovative problem-solvers as they build, program and take their robot to competition.
This year ‘s Relay for Life will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8. A new twist is that this year’s event will be held indoors at the Park Rapids Area High School. Since it began 24 years ago, the event has been held at the high school track, but weather varied from sunshine to cold, wind or rain.
Collin Huckbody is making a name for himself on the professional fight circuit. A 2013 graduate of Nevis High School, Huckbody is 23 years old. He has a 6-1-1 amateur record, a 3-2 professional fight record and is ranked No. 11 of active Minnesota Pro Middleweights. He also holds a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu. Huckbody, whose fight name is "Young Huck," will take part in his first main event fight at Northern Lights Casino in Walker June 2, where he will fight William "Arby" Brown Otter in the 205-pound weight class. He is scheduled to fight three five-minute rounds.
The omnibus liquor bill that gives Hubbard County the authority to grant an off-sale liquor license to the owners of the Red River Event Center in Akeley passed Sunday, the last day of the legislative session. "It passed by an overwhelming majority in both the House and the Senate," Senate Paul Utke told the Enterprise. "The legislation we passed just allows the county to offer the license. They still have full control. We just gave them the ability to do it."
The long-anticipated installation of new playground equipment at Halvorson Beach in Nevis could begin as soon as next week. "With any luck, the playground will be installed and ready for children to use by Memorial Day weekend," park commissioner Sue Gray said at Monday's Nevis City Council meeting. The manufacturer will install both the playground and wood fiber surfacing used to protect children from falls.
After placing second at the regional competition at Bemidji State Park May 2, the Nevis High School Envirothon team advanced to the state competition that will be held at Shetek Lutheran Ministries Camp in Slayton Monday. Their presentation was based on managing a cow/calf ranch to improve productivity and reduce its impact on the environment. The total score for the team was a combination of the presentation and scores on five written tests (forestry, aquatics, soils, wildlife and current events). The Nevis junior high division also placed second in the regional competition.