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A self-described "gadget guy" entertained nearly 700 food fans Saturday afternoon in Park Rapids as he whipped up pumpkin whoopee pies, pizza and a garlic-stuffed pork roast. Taste of Home Cooking School culinary specialist Guy Klinzing even got in a few ribald jokes and a country western song during his nearly three-hour presentation. But the professional chef offered common sense techniques as he showed his audience the "scoop and sweep" method of sifting flour, a crucial key to cooking, he maintained. Nearly 2,000 people attended the cooking school and expo at Century School, most to
A safety feature on area highways is causing bicyclists some concerns, even though they are among the intended groups being protected. Rumble strips were placed along Highway 71 north of Park Rapids this past summer and now grace the shoulders and centerline strip of the newly renovated Highway 34 between Park Rapids and Walker. According to Department of Transportation traffic engineer Bill Pirkl, the 4-foot wide paved shoulders now have an 8-inch wide rumble strip 2 inches off the fog line. That leaves a good 3 feet of bicycling room on the shoulder and warns motorists they are encroac
The Red Bridge's reflection was even shinier Saturday after St. Johns Lutheran Church parishoners gave it a fresh coat of paint. Dozens of parishoners fanned out throughout Park Rapids in a day of community service. "Blitz Park Rapids" volunteers re-painted the bridge, the playground equipment at several parks, visited residents at Heritage Living Center, picked up garbage at the transfer station and spruced the town up. At right, from left, Matt Kaufenberg, Jerry Eischens and Dustin Bethel applied their paintbrushes to the playground equipment at Deane Point.
A Park Rapids man was seriously injured in a weekend attack on a coalition base in Afghanistan. Andy Boos, 20, a 2009 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, suffered a lacerated spleen, broken tailbone, a broken pelvis and numerous shrapnel wounds when the building he was in collapsed, his mother Jolene said.
Another foreclosed development could become Hubbard County's latest Aquatic Management Area after county commissioners approved the DNR moving forward with its purchase. The 29 acres on Spider and Crow Wing Lakes in a defunct development now owned by Citizen's National Bank in Park Rapids would theoretically be purchased with Legacy funds and converted to public lands with access for shore fishing once an appraisal is completed. DNR Fisheries chief Doug Kingsley said taxpayers might be better off once the property is removed from tax rolls. "The PILT would be two times as much as the tax
Hubbard County employees, by enrolling in high deductible health plans and living healthier lifestyles, gave taxpayers a break when their health insurance premiums decreased by 1.8 percent for next year. That amounts to a total $227,953 reduction, with $119,812 in reductions to the county's revenue fund. "That's huge," said Hubbard County Auditor Pam Heeren. But as the county budgets for 2012 and embarks on another lean and mean year, those employees will be asked to do more. In fact, they will be asked for suggestions to help erase a projected $786,063 shortfall in the revenue fund an
Richard Hamilton Smith's life path hung a looie in 1971 when his college roommate couldn't come up with the rent. The pre-med student took his roommate's camera in trade for the rent money. A career was born the minute he picked up the gear. Medicine didn't challenge Smith's artistic side, he admitted. Photography did. In October the U.S.
Gourmet cheeses, pulled pork and exotic cole slaws greeted guests at Park Rapids' Taste of Home Cooking Show and Expo Saturday at Century School. A steady line of guests began filling the expo halls at the school just after the doors opened at 10. They were rewarded with free samples, coupons, entertainment and 42 show booths. The expo runs until 3 today, Saturday.
Work has begun on both ends of County Road 37 in northern Hubbard County after a petition for eminent domain was dismissed. County Attorney Don Dearstyne said he filed to withdraw the complaint against opponents to the project that widens and straightens a natural environment road. About two-dozen holdouts had initially refused to sell their land for the roadway, but all settled. Most were paid an average of $1,000 per strip of land adjacent to the road.