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Grace Officer, a 9-year-old student at Century Elementary School, has been named one of 52 winners in the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Super Snack Challenge. She was chosen among hundreds of children, ages 8-14, that submitted a recipe for a healthy gameday snack. Each winner has been invited to attend the Super Kids Tailgate Party to take place during the 10-day Super Bowl festival. "Both my kids concocted a recipe," explained mom RaNae Doll. "It was fun to have the kids come up with a snack. It had to be original and healthy."
Val and Terry Kimball donated a "stately spruce tree" from their property in Hubbard for this year's Christmas tree-lighting event. Kelly Kimball, a cousin, contributed his time and logging equipment to the effort. On Sunday afternoon, he and his crew felled the tree and set it up on Main. "It is stunning," said Betsy Meyer, CHI St. Joseph's Health volunteer services coordinator. The community celebration kicks off the holiday season Friday, Nov. 24 with the Yuletide Sampler at 5 p.m. and Light Up a Life for Hospice Care tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.
The Park Rapids Economic Development Authority (EDA) resoundingly rejected a Park Rapids Community Development Corporation (PRCDC) proposal that the City of Park Rapids assume the costs of capital maintenance, insurance, taxes and water/sewer for Armory Square. PRCDC members met Nov. 14 with the EDA, which consists of the full city council.
Park Rapids Education Minnesota has named Shelli Walsh the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. A high school social studies teacher, Walsh started working in District 309 in 1985. "She loves teaching, and she loves kids. She makes an effort to get to know the students on a personal level, and many students go to her for emotional support," wrote Tanya Miller in her nomination letter. "She listens to them without judging, offering advice as needed. The students feel safe around her, and she provides a good role model for them."
Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays from Nov. 25 through Dec. 23 at Bella Caffé in Park Rapids By a remarkable twist of fate, Jolly Ol' Saint Nicholas is currently residing in Nevis. Santa (a.k.a. Bud Gates) and the Mrs. (a.k.a. Deb Gates) recently retired as a mechanical engineer and graphic designer, respectively. Last summer, they left sunny California to move closer to the North Pole.
Pie chefs are, once again, being called into action this Thanksgiving. Leah Bervig and Krista Johnson, co-chairs of the 35th annual Community Thank Meal, invite community members to contribute scrumptious holiday pies. "We're always looking for pie donations, definitely," Bervig said. An assortment is welcome — from classic pumpkin pie to a chocolate, pecan, apple and more. Hosted by the Riverside Methodist Church, the Community Thank Meal will be held Thursday, Nov. 23.
Nevis School hosted a Veterans Day program on Nov. 10. A packed Tigers Arena listened to guest speakers Trudy Maninga and Command Sergeant Major Mitch Hellkamp. Star of the North U.S. Marine Corps League Honor Guard posted the colors while Adeline and Lydia Bjorklund sang the national anthem.
The Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) proposed an increase in the monthly fee it receives for staffing the county's recycling center. "We would like to stay involved, but due to funding for the types of services that we do, the DAC is running at a deficit. It's really important that all parts of our business are, at least, covering their own costs," said DAC Executive Director Laura Johnson. She met with the Hubbard County Board during their Nov. 7 meeting.
North Country EMS Education and the Park Rapids School District are collaborating to offer an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course, also known as First Responders, to high school students. Based in Bemidji, North Country EMS Education offers a number of classes, like First Aid, CPR, EMR and emergency medical technician (EMT) classes, explained owner Tom Johnson.
The Park Rapids School District received a "clean" 2017 audit report from CliftonLarsonAllen LLP of Alexandria. The fiscal year ended on June 30, 2017. District Auditor Miranda Wendlandt presented a summary of the audit at Tuesday's board meeting. CliftonLarsonAllen LLP conducted a one-week, onsite audit during the first week of September, reviewing district policies and procedures and performing compliance testing. They determined the school district's financial statements follow generally accepted auditing standards.