Seven years ago, Myron Hohnstadt watched Leonard LaBonte, a fellow veteran and Park Rapids Antique Tractor Club member, hand-knit booties for overseas troops. He asked LaBonte for a lesson. LaBonte deftly obliged. “My wife died, so it was something for me to do. Leonard got me started,” said Myron, now 84. LaBonte also gave Myron a bundle of yarn. “I spent an hour unraveling all that stuff,” Myron recalled.
The Menahga City Council held a special public hearing Monday to discuss possible amendments to the Greenwood Connections’ portion of the city ordinance and to receive public input. About 20 citizens attended to voice their support for keeping the GWC Board intact. Due to the difficulty in finding volunteers to serve on the GWC board, the city council initially considered two options last month: transfer authority to hire a nursing home administrator to the council, or turn over all GWC board duties to the council.
Next week, 16-year-old Chelsea Swenson hopes to wear a crown. She’s competing in the 2016 Miss Teen Minnesota United States Pageant. The contest will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 at St. Paul’s Landmark Center. “We’d love it if she could get support from Park Rapids,” said mom Kathy Bristol. “She’ll be representing Park Rapids at the pageant.” Hometown folks are invited to vote for Swenson online ( www.missminnesotaunitedstates.com/peoples-choice.html ). It costs one dollar per vote.
The first time Mark Bethel carved a fishing decoy, he didn’t like it. His father, Rod, was a third-generation wood carver. “I told my dad I didn’t like it. I hated it,” Mark recalled. Mark carved three decoys – one for each of his children – then quit. “I’d sit and watch my dad carve all those years,” he said.
Karen Babine, author of “Water and What We Know,” is a finalist for the 2016 Minnesota Book Awards in the memoir and creative nonfiction category. Friends of the St. Paul Public Library announced the finalists in all eight categories Jan. 30 for the 28th annual awards. “I don’t think I’ve stopped dancing since Saturday,” Babine said. A 1997 Nevis High School graduate, Babine wrote about places and experiences familiar to Hubbard County residents in a series of personal essays. The book, her first, was published by the University of Minnesota Press last year.
The Walker Art Center announced it will acquire 16 new artworks for its Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Sculptor and printmaker Aaron Spangler, based in Park Rapids, was among the selected artists. “I’m excited for the project,” he said. For his first permanent outdoor commission, Spangler will carve the original sculpture in basswood, then cast it in bronze. Bronze casting is a labor-intensive process essentially the same as it was in 2,000 B.C.E. Spangler will oversee the bronze casting at a New York foundry he’s worked with previously.
Sticky Wicky, Whimple Snivel and Pladdahpelephant – the fanciful characters of “Faraway Woods” – are sparking imaginations and social skills of local preschoolers. In partnership with MAHUBE-OTWA Head Start, CLIMB...
Acting on a recommendation from legal counsel, the Menahga School Board voted to sustain a no-trespassing order against Jon Kangas for one year. Kangas, a former school board member, violated the district’s weapons policy by carrying a folding utility knife into a Dec. 10 school board committee meeting. It was the second occasion where Kangas was told to remove a knife from school property. Menahga has a Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) weapons policy in place, forbidding all knives and blades by students or visitors.
While sorting through donations Tuesday, Friends of the Park Rapids Library volunteers found family documents tucked into one of the books. The World War II-era paperwork included a Western Union telegram notifying a family member of a serviceman’s death, a military photograph and a letter from the U.S. War Department announcing that a Purple Heart had been awarded.
Strolling through property in Akeley Township last month, partially surrounded by the Paul Bunyan State Forest, John Weber noticed a dragonfly aloft. It landed about 10 feet away on a humongous oak. A butterfly and dragonfly enthusiast for three decades, he investigated. For an unprecedented six minutes, while the dragonfly warmed himself in the sun, Weber took photos. He snapped 14 images. Thanks to his expertise, reaped from a long history of observation, Weber knew he was seeing something special.