Park Rapids Area High School was among 282 schools in the state to participate in Minnesota's first ever statewide mock election for high school students on Tuesday. As part of this year's curriculum, students in Sandy Aldrich's Current Events class and Mike Cool's American Government class conducted a mock election by giving all students in grades 9 through 12, as well as members of the faculty, the opportunity to register to vote.
Halloween is a good time to get the creative juices flowing from a culinary standpoint; taking ordinary dishes and giving them a fun and spooky twist to share with the kids or at Halloween parties as potluck contributions, such as shaping meatloaf into feet you can create "feetloaf."
The Hubbard County Child Support Unit was recognized at Tuesday's county board meeting for receiving the state award for Outstanding Customer Service during the annual Child Support Conference on Oct. 2. "They have worked very hard for this," Social Services Director Deb Vizecky said. Currently Hubbard County has approximately 1,063 open child support cases. As of Sept. 30, they had collected $1,502,209.22. Since 2013, their percentages have increased from 64.46 percent to 73.16 percent.
Now is the time of year that we all have an abundance of goodies coming out of the garden. Beautiful, delicious and hearty is how I would describe the fall harvest. The flavors of fall are both savory and sweet with extremely fragrant aromas. What to do with all those homegrown treasures? Slow Cooked Chicken with Veggies 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs 16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved 16 ounces baby carrots 16 ounces green beans, trimmed 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped ½ cup low sodium soy sauce ½ cup honey
At Nevis' regular City Council meeting on Tuesday night Planning and Zoning Administrator Edy Asell presented the council with the findings of the Planning Commission regarding the new state law allowing temporary family health care dwellings. At its last meeting the council had directed the Planning Commission to consider the new law and determine whether it would be in the best interest of the city to either opt out or adopt the law.
Three chefs from the Good Life Cafe in Park Rapids will compete next week at the Third Annual Harvest Festival and Regional Master Chef Challenge hosted by Harmony Natural Foods Co-op in Bemidji. The event is Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Good Life Cafe chefs - Ally Tschida, Matt Vik and Joel London - will take on the Leach Brothers, Brett and Derek, the 2015 Bemidji Master Chef Champions and owners of Bar 209 and Turtle River Chophouse, both located in Bemidji.
At Monday evening's Nevis School Board meeting, Shawn Klimek spoke to the board about his new position as Elementary Dean of Students. Klimek has taught second grade for 13 years and in that time his job became predictable and he knew exactly how his day was going to go. For him, changing jobs has been a good thing. "With this new position things aren't always exactly the same every day and that's kind of the challenge for me. I don't always know what my day is going to present," he said.
Hubbard County 4-H will celebrate National 4-H Week the first week of October. Kids in 4-H get the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs and activities, getting hands-on experience with essential skills that they will use throughout their lives. Kids also get the opportunity to be involved in civic engagement and community service. They learn about healthy living and are given the chance to polish their leadership and communication skills.
"Making Memories" was the theme for Itasca's 9th Annual Autumn Harvest Lantern Lit Hike. Groups of hikers were guided by kerosene lanterns along a path as they walked through the photo album from Itasca State Park's past. Characters shared their stories from Itasca, helping their photos come to life with skits involving era-appropriate attire and props. Participants learned about Itasca memories from characters on the Jefferson Highway "cruising" along at 8 miles per hour in a 1927 Model T owned by Gary Johannessohn from the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers.
Ross and Lynne Thompson of Stonewall, Manitoba have been volunteering as campground hosts in Itasca State Park for the last four years. The Thompsons had asked about campground hosting back in Canada before they first started hosting at Icelandic State Park west of Cavalier, North Dakota. They talked to one of the existing hosts there and then went online to do some research.