The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning’s fall season concluded with three local restaurant owners sharing their experiences. Molly Luther of The Good Life Café, Thom Peterson of Bella Caffé and 3rd Street Market and Robb Swanson of Zhateau Zorbaz revealed the trials and tribulations of restaurateurs. Peterson remarked that the other two panel members got into the business “because of design or purpose.” “I got into it through no fault of my own,” he quipped. In 1959, his mother owned Val Chatel, a bustling ski resort and restaurant near Lake George.
Words can hurt. And bullying can leave lasting scars. When Dana Kocka asked his 8th Hour class “Who thinks bullying is a huge problem?,” 100 percent of students raised their hands. Have they witnessed bullying within the last week? One hundred percent said “yes.” 8th Hour is a free, after-school program for fifth, sixth and seventh graders at Century Middle School. “Bullying is a huge problem within our world,” says Kocka, who teaches an anti-bullying program, called Second Step, to 8th Hour students.
The Menahga School District is seeking professional help to address space shortages, improve bus traffic flow and tackle 10-year facility maintenance needs. At Monday’s school board meeting, Interim Superintendent Allen Stoeckman reported that he invited five architectural/engineering firms to conduct a walk-through of the school campus. The companies will introduce themselves and present their recommendations at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 at the high school media center. Each company will be given 25 minutes; however, the board will not take action at this meeting.
A wing of Calvary Lutheran Church was bulldozed Tuesday, making way for a new addition. “It’s something you don’t get to see often,” said Pastor Stephen Norby of the demolition. “It’s amazing how much they got done in a day.” Vercon Inc., out of Menahga, is construction manager for the project. In September, the congregation voted and authorized the remodeling plan and financing. Total construction costs, including contingency funds, are estimated at $2,493,282. Amenities, such as a bell tower, canopy, parking lot and sidewalks, are an additional $343,000.
The Park Rapids High School drama department’s first-ever musical production is also a first-ever collaboration with Menahga High School. About 40 students, from grades 9-12, comprise the cast and crew of “Working.” Juliann Kjenaas from Park Rapids serves as director, with music director Brian Hobson from Menahga. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 24 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. The partnership is a win-win for both school districts. Kjenaas was searching for a music director in order to do a full-scale musical.
They were icons of The Roaring 1920s. F. Scott Fitzgerald is even credited with coining the phrase “The Jazz Age.” The Minnesotan author dubbed his wife, Zelda, “the first American...
Discover what day-to-day life was like for a Fort Snelling military doctor and learn about his other duties, such as keeping the first weather records in the state. A Minnesota Historical Society History Player will offer an hour-long program 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Park Rapids Library. Complete with props and costume, the doctor will “make a call” to "physic" you for such ailments as a “catarrh” and the “ague.” He'll discuss "modern medicine" of the 1820s – you'll have to decide if the cure sounds worse than the malady.
Like colorful, molten glass, bead artist Sandy Fynboh is undergoing a transformation. The owner of Blue Sky Beads – newly renamed Boho Junction, LLC – recently returned from a six-day...
By SHANNON GEISEN email@example.com Elizabeth Grace had a busy weekend in her hometown. The Park Rapids native attended her cousin’s wedding, her brother’s baby shower – and a book signing for her two newly published children’s books. Even as a young girl growing up in the Northwoods, “I always loved to write,” she recalled. “I never thought I could have a career in it.” Elizabeth Grace Becker graduated from Grace Christian Academy, formerly located in Hubbard and managed by her parents. At 16, she attended Bemidji State University through the post-secondary o
By SHANNON GEISEN firstname.lastname@example.org Sister Wolf Books will soon bid farewell to its Dorset location, ending a 20-year tie to the tiny village. The beloved shop is moving in with...