The question "Who has the fastest car in the room?" was met with a lot of confidence as each Scout raised their hand high in the air at the Park Rapids Cub Scout's Pinewood Derby held at the Century School on Saturday morning. Some of them were right, as speeds reached upwards of 199.9 mph to scale as the derby cars raced down the track, which Pack 58 Cubmaster Dustin Lof estimated was about 34 feet in length. "We've really built up the event. We make a big deal out of it," Lof said about keeping the boys engaged.
Most people have noticed the cats that always seem to be lurking about at the Hubbard County Transfer Station, which was the case with Tricia Hase, who is a veterinary assistant at The Ark Animal Hospital in Park Rapids. Hase posted a photo of the cats on a particularly cold day. The picture got the attention of Heather Samuelson from Samuelson Laney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc., who suggested making shelters for the colony of feral cats.
Hubbard County solid waste administrator Jed Nordin addressed the county commissioners at the board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17 on matters regarding the licensed waste haulers.
Fred and Karen Lundstrom of Nevis have been involved with Kinship of the Park Rapids Area for six years. This past June, they were matched with their mentee Mahala Dodge, 10, also from Nevis. In 2001, the Lundstroms retired to the area after living in Fargo, where Fred worked as a dentist and Karen worked in the office. She was also involved on the school board and the alumni association at Concordia College.
Klein Insurance was founded by Ken Klein in 1976 in Eagle Bend In 1988, the company expanded after Ken purchased an independent insurance agency, allowing them to sell insurance from multiple providers. In 1997, Chris Klein, Ken's son, joined the family business and in 2008, Chris purchased the agency from his father and became the president at Klein Insurance. The company began expanding further in 2010 by acquiring several different agencies. In 2013, they opened a second location in New York Mills and in June 2016 they acquired their location here in Park Rapids.
It's important to take care of our immune system during the winter months by getting adequate sleep, staying active and eating well. After all the holiday joy comes to a conclusion, the long winter months set in and our New Year resolutions seem unlikely to stick, it can be tempting to start eating more of those warm, comfort foods that are usually high in fat, salt and sugar. The smarter choice is to find comfort in foods such as hot soups and stews full of nourishment and flavor or winter fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Earlier in 2016, Hubbard County Commissioners had asked Environmental Services Officer Eric Buitenwerf to gather information as to what surrounding counties had been doing in regard to zoning regulations that address vacation rentals. "When I looked through most counties ordinances that would have any reason to look at regulating vacation rentals, there were a number that were similarly situated to us in terms of geography where there could be folks wanting to rent out cabins on their lakes," Buitenwerf said.
Mike Bruhn of Park Rapids has become the face people expect to see when they enter Bruhn Optical for their exams and adjustments. Now, after nearly 30 years in business Mike is passing the baton to Dr. Jamie Kueber, who officially took over ownership on Dec. 16. Bruhn graduated from Minnesota State University in 1981 with a degree in Business Administration and started working as a management trainee for Duling Optical. He was a company employee from 1981 to 1988 before opening his own franchise here in Park Rapids.
Every year Dayton and Michelle Kornkven celebrate the holidays in a big way. Glass and crystal ornaments in all shapes, colors and sizes shimmer throughout their home from the collection they have amassed over the span of 40 years.
Personally, my favorite thing to do for New Year's Eve is to sit down to an enjoyable and relaxing dinner party. I prefer spending the last few hours of the year with the people I care about the most; eating an authentic meal, sipping wine and toasting to the year to come over glasses of champagne. These recipes will serve a party of six. Happy New Year to all. Rosemary and Garlic Roast Beef