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Family owned resorts have added to the rich fabric of life in the Park Rapids area since the turn of the 20th Century. A new book, "Our Season," interprets the story of local family-owned resorts in photos and text, providing a glimpse into the lives of owners and vacationers. Students at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) stayed at three local resorts for one week in May 2011 to photograph owners preparing for the season.
Between 1973 and 2012, the United States experienced 65 cases of rabies, while the National Institutes of Health offered 89 major research grants to tackle the subject. There were 266 polio cases during that time as well, and the NIH made 129 major polio research awards. Between 1973 and 2012, the United States experienced 4 million firearm injuries.
The Arts Downtown PR series, 3rd Thursdays, continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids. Author Jim Johnson shares his affection for the old Hubbard Prairie in his new book, Heyday - 20 Upstart Years on the Hubbard Prairie 1880-1900. He will talk about and sign his books from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Beagle Books. Johnson heads the marketing and communications firm Yellow Dog North in Park Rapids. He earned a Master of Arts in English and American Studies from the University of Iowa and attended the renowned Writers' Workshop there.
Thursday, Feb. 21 Minnesota peony expert Harvey Buchite will present information on the history and role of Minnesota peonies within the state as well as across the country at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Park Rapids Area Library. The free presentation is part of the Kitchigami Regional Library System's Legacy Program Original archive materials from the Brand Peony Farm, the first nursery in Minnesota, were digitized to bring a first-hand look at our Minnesota Peony Heritage. Dr.
Thursday, Feb. 21 Park Rapids Area Library: Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Faithfully Fit Forever/Bone Builders: 9:45 to 11 a.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church. Up North Quilters: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Akeley United Methodist Church. Kitchigami Mobile Library: 10:15-11:15 a.m. at Muskie Park in Nevis. Headwaters stroke support group: 1:30-3 p.m. at St. Joseph's Area Health Services south lobby conference room. TOPS 414: 6-6:20 p.m. weigh-in, 6:30 p.m. meeting at Riverside United Methodist Church (use the northwest entrance). Laporte Book Club: 6 p.m. at the Lakeport Fire Hall.
FARGO - A Monday gathering to celebrate the life of a late artist became the unexpected scene of more tragic news. Wayne Gudmundson, a friend of Moorhead artist Timothy Ray who passed away Feb. 10 after a battle with cancer, said family members were worried when Sean Ray didn't arrived at his father's memorial service and couldn't be reached by phone. The service went on as planned at Fargo's Peace Lutheran Church.
The State Patrol has identified two people killed in blizzard-like conditions on Interstate 94 in western Minnesota. Authorities say Judith Reid and Sean Ray died in a four-vehicle crash near Barnesville on Monday. Both were 49 and from Minnetonka. The State Patrol says visibility was at or near zero when the crash happened. Investigators say Reid was trying to pass between a semi and a snowplow when her vehicle made contact with both trucks and was hit by a pickup truck. A 16-year-old passenger in the pickup is hospitalized with serious injuries. The pickup driver suffered minor injuries.