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The Park Rapids Classic Chorale presents its Christmas concert, entitled “One Small Savior,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the St. Johns Lutheran Church.
Menahga ranks as the 12th fastest growing school district among the Minnesota's 321 school districts. "Yours is an extremely fast-growing school district over the past 10 years," said Jeff Schiltz, a managing partner for Foster, Jacobs & Johnson Inc. (FJJ). "It's not just open enrolled kids. It's residential kids." FJJ was hired to scrutinize Menahga's school buildings for educational adequacy and maintenance needs. Schiltz presented his architectural firm's facility analysis Nov. 10 at a special Menahga School Board meeting.
A tie between Menahga City Council candidates Kim Rasmussen and Maxine (Norman) McNeece was broken Monday night with the flip of a coin. Both women received 310 votes for the two-year council position. After initially reporting that Rasmussen had 310 votes compared to McNeece's 309, the Minnesota Secretary of State updated the election results on Nov. 10, showing a tie. Rasmussen said Bower was unable to get an explanation from the county for the fluctuation in votes or where the additional vote came from.
Star Norcross and Teresita Bruner shared their Ojibwe culture through dance Saturday at the Park Rapids Area Library. They designed and constructed their own regalia with the help of Star's mother, Nicole. Together, they performed for a crowd of 45 people. "A jingle dance is a healing dance," explained Nicole. "You are doing prayers for people who are sick and lifting their spirits," added Neegonee Bruner, Teresita's mother and culture teacher at Pine Point School.
Author and conservationist Barry Babcock will present "The Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Northwoods Bank community room. Babcock learned these traditional Native beliefs through his friendship with Larry Stillday, spiritual leader of Red Lake, who taught that all life is interconnected and interdependent. Babcock will offer a different perspective on wildlife through these traditional native beliefs. He'll also have his book along, "Teachers in the Forest: Essays from the Last Wilderness in Mississippi Headwaters Country."
The Park Rapids Area Community Band is preparing for its fall concert, which is 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 20 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. They will perform...
Menahga City Council Patrick Foss will continue as mayor, winning 369 of the 752 votes cast Tuesday. Opponent Jensine Kurtti received 272 votes. It's a two-year term that expires Jan. 7, 2019. Foss has served as mayor for the past six years. Tim Ellingson and Dennis Komulainen are Menahga's newest city council members. They both ran unopposed for two open seats. Ellingson received 452 votes, Komulainen got 384 and there were 17 write-ins. They will both serve four-year terms, expiring Jan. 4, 2021. The seats were left vacant by Martin Ahlf and Kim Rasmussen.
Hunters are reminded that deer stands cannot be left overnight on state wildlife management areas (WMA). "Leaving stands overnight on these public lands is a fairly common violation," said Capt. Jon Paurus, education programs coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "The reason for this rule is to prevent hunters from pre-empting hunting spots. At the beginning of each day, all locations on these public lands are available to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis."
The Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard will be venerated at the Century Middle School's 11th annual Veterans Day program. Fifth through eighth graders will pay tribute to veterans—replete with vintage military uniforms, patriotic music, history lesson, war memorabilia and a flag-folding ceremony. They will be joined by the Park Rapids American Legion Color Guard, the Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion.
Join Audrey Osofsky, author of "Dreamcatcher," for storytime to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. The event is free. It will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Park Rapids Public Library, in partnership with the Park Rapids League of Women Voters. In addition, Neegonee Bruner, a Pine Point School cultural teacher, and some of her students will teach participants how to make Dreamcatcher necklaces. Children must be in fourth grade or older to make the necklace. Adults welcome.