Minnesota Mixdown music sessions star up-and-coming local musicians. On the first Saturday of each month, KKWE 89.9 FM Niijii Radio hosts the live musical event at a town within its listening area. Park Rapids’ Armory Square is the site of April’s concert. The performance, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 2, is free and open to the public. The concert will be broadcast live and also recorded to air at a later date.
Follow a long, dirt road through the Smoky Hills State Forest and you’ll find Bruce Engebretson’s studio tucked among hardwoods and pines. Here, he spins, dyes and weaves in the ethnic tradition, using techniques that he learned from pioneer weavers. It’s a quiet, unhurried avocation. There’s no talk of rushing. No electronic beeping or technically advanced machinery. Only patience and the creak of aged, wooden looms.
The Menahga School Board directed Superintendent Kevin Wellen to request written proposals for a facility analysis from up to five architectural/engineering firms. The district is seeking professional help to address space shortages, improve bus traffic flow and tackle 10-year facility maintenance needs.
The annual St. Urho Days to celebrate the great Finnish grasshopper hunter was held Saturday in Menahga. The Knights of St. Urho participated in the changing of the guard. Ellis and Sheila Bower were crowned 2016 St. Urho King and Queen during Friday's opening ceremonies.
The Menahga City Council will have four positions open at its next election. Council member Roger Henstorf submitted his letter of resignation, effective Dec. 31, at Monday’s council meeting. When Henstorf accepted the appointment to the council seat in 2014, he said he would only serve two years. Mayor Pat Foss noted that his term, along with Marty Ahlf and Kim Rasmussen, ends in 2016. Greenwood Connections
The Menahga School Board voted to conditionally lift a no-trespass notice against Jon Kangas. The board held a special meeting Monday night to consider the issue. Kangas brought a folding utility knife into a December school board committee meeting. The school district’s weapons policy forbids all knives and blades.
Finns have a sense of humor. If you don’t believe it, just look at this year’s outrageous line-up for Menahga’s St. Urho festivities. Human foosball? A St. Urho look-a-like contest? Viking bowling? “It’s just a weird and wacky weekend,” says Travis Floyd, president of the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association, which organizes the annual celebration.
During the Golden Age of Postcards – between 1905 and 1915 – millions of postcards were printed, imported, sold and mailed. Official U.S. Postal Office figures reveal that 700 million postcards were mailed in the country in 1908. “It’s history. Postcards were the emails of a 100 years ago,” says Russell Brown, a former postal carrier and avid postcard collector. “For a penny, they could send a postcard and it arrived quickly.”
Max patiently endures a toe-nail clipping session in the arms of Mark Orre, one of the many volunteers at Saturday’s dog wash to benefit the Headwaters Animal Shelter. Since 2012, Angie’s Groom ‘n Board has sponsored the two-day event. Friday, a record number of dogs – 67 – got spa treatment. Another 50 dogs were groomed Saturday. All canines received a bath, nail trim, ear cleaning, blow dry and light brush for a freewill offering. “Throw in some TLC and extra doggie kisses. They leave a brown tip in the tub,” said owner and certified groomer Angie Walther.
The Menahga School Board tabled the decision to schedule a building bond referendum this spring, opting instead to seek community feedback about a possible Nov. 8 voter-approved referendum. Gary Olsen...