The five Nevis High School students that competed at the 2017 Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl Meet, sponsored by the Minnesota Service Cooperatives, held at Cragun's Resort and Hotel in Brainerd, challenged the Nevis School Board to a friendly competition at Monday night's board meeting. According to LouAnn Muhm, who is in her 18th year coaching Knowledge Bowl, Nevis had 40 participants totaling eight teams among the 90 teams competing in the region.
Rosy Hjermstad transitioned into the role of the new Executive Director for Kinship of the Park Rapids Area in February after Jennifer Therkilsen, who had served as Executive Director for 10 years, retired.
A crowd gathered at the Hubbard County Board meeting on Tuesday morning with concern about whether or not the lease between Hubbard County and the Hubbard County Historical Society would be renewed. "A great concern to many people in Hubbard County is the continued use of the historic courthouse for the history museum and the Nemeth Art Center," said Russ Brown, president of the Hubbard County Historical Society. Brown questioned the commissioners as to whether the possibility of the lease not being renewed was simply an insurance matter.
Hubbard County Auditor/Treasurer Kay Rave at Tuesday's regular board meeting presented the Hubbard County Board with information regarding the controversy surrounding the 2015 audit. Earlier in April, Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto reported that eight of 26 counties that conducted their financial audits using private auditors, including Hubbard County, needed to be redone.
Adele Strike and Anne Zingraf celebrated 206 years of combined wisdom while hosting a joint birthday party in honor of their 103rd birthdays at Heritage Living Center on Monday. Their family, friends and fellow residents sang "happy birthday, dear ladies" before enjoying 103 chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with red frosting. "I guess we're friends for a day today since we're celebrating together. Happy birthday," Anne said, looking at Adele. Adele Elenora (Petersen) Strike was born in Sebeka on April 16, 1914 to Ella (Steinkraus) and William Petersen.
In its continuing mission to educate the public, the League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area hosted a program about the LWV Upper Mississippi River Regions (LWV UMRR) mission and activities last week. The Inter League Organizations (ILO) are formal organizations recognized by the national LWV, established due to their members recognizing the need to work together at a regional level to effectively solve problems that transcend political boundaries; the issues surrounding the Upper Mississippi River Regions, for example.
The Nevis City Council at its regular meeting accepted the resignation of Fire Chief Jermey Clemen from the Nevis Fire Department. According to Chris Norton, former mayor and current member of the Nevis Fire Department, under City Ordinance No. 16, Section 2 the fire chief and the assistant chiefs shall be elected every two years by the members of the department. The election of the fire chief shall then be approved by the council, and the chief may then approve the two assistant chiefs.
On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar stopped by Nevis High School to visit the FRC Team 3102: Nevis Tech-No-Tigers Robotics Team as part of her Rural Economy Tour across Northern Minnesota, which began Tuesday. Over two days, Klobuchar joined with local leaders, businesses and education communities in 10 counties to highlight her legislation and initiatives to strengthen Minnesota's workforce.
Hospice of the Red River Valley served their first patient in 1981. Since then they have expanded and now serve, on average, 287 patients every day. In 2016, they served 1,582 patients. More than half of their patients live in a long-term care facility and more than half of them have a diagnosis other than cancer. Hospice provides end of life care with comfort and support for individuals with a terminal illness as well as their families by attending to their physical and emotional needs.
The tenants at River Heights Apartments on Riverside Avenue are hoping to expand Lucky Gardens, which they built last year, and invite the community to participate with them. "Gardening promotes good nutrition, it's good for you physically and mentally and it improves social interaction," Thomas Petschl, a member of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority said. "And a lot of the people we're trying to reach can't afford to be going to the store, we're trying to make them self sufficient."