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The Menahga City Council authorized the sale of tax-forfeited properties within city limits. Wadena County identified 20 parcels — ranging in estimated market value from $600 to $38,100 — with outstanding special assessments or unpaid taxes. Mayor Pat Foss recommended accepting the resolution so the parcels "can be returned to private ownership and hopefully get onto the tax rolls."
A loon pair calls to each other. A juvenile bald eagle tests its wings at the pinnacle of a white pine. They are lovely to behold — and indicators of clear, clean water. Sharon Natzel, president of Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA), and Al Kiecker, a retiree and avid angler, observe this and more as they cruise to the deepest part of Long Lake. They are citizen volunteers in an ongoing lake-monitoring program. The collection of simple water quality data is one way to quantify the physical, chemical and biological condition of lakes.
Vivid fruit and veggies burst from the Hubbard County Food Shelf — both literally and picturesquely. The new mural is the brainchild of food shelf volunteer Jean Ruzicka and the handiwork of Tori Campbell, a senior at Park Rapids Area High School. Valspar and Cwikla Ace Hardware donated bright pots of paint. Last week, Campbell drew the design on the wall in pencil first. She spent two solid days painting, starting at sunrise and working non-stop til dusk.
On your oink, get swine, wheeeeee! Nevis' running of the pigs attracted an estimated 1,800 spectators Sunday afternoon, according to organizer Dave McCurnin. A bit of early morning rain didn't dampen the piggy high jinx. "It's a pretty special event," McCurnin told the packed bleachers. A couple from Norway traveled the furthest to see the sport of pig racing. Gary Dauer once again served as ringmaster — or more accurately, pigmeister — for the day. He ventured from Leader for the International Pig Racing Federation-sanctioned event.
Using age-old blacksmithing techniques coupled with modern-day fabrication techniques, sculptor David Linder forges metal sculptures. His work is featured at the Nemeth Art Center's community gallery during July. Linder, 39, lives and works in Buffalo, Minn. He's a full-time sculptor, while also holding a day job as an insurance adjuster.
Minnesota Museum of American Art visiting Park Rapids The Minnesota Museum of American Art is hosting a "listening session" at the Nemeth Art Center to hear your experiences about how creativity fits into your day-to-day life. Anyone with a curiosity in the arts is encouraged to attend the free event Saturday, July 22 from 1-3 p.m. Is creative expression important to your community? If so, in what ways? Does American art, as you see it in museums and galleries, reflect your life and that of your friends and neighbors?
"The Lowest Pair" is set to perform at a Bagley outdoor concert series on Sunday, July 9. The 4 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. It will be held, rain or shine, at Farm By The Lake. Bring your own lawn chairs. Kendl Winter put three solo records out on Olympia, Washington's indie label, K Records, and performed in nationally-touring northwest string bands before beginning "The Lowest Pair" in 2013 with Palmer T. Lee.
A tender comedy about the realities of growing old, "A Month of Sundays" by Bob Larbey, opens Thursday, July 6 at Long Lake Theater. "We have a very strong cast for this show," says Theater Manager Bruce Bolton. "The whole team is under our veteran director, Julie Kjenaas. This play handles some of the more painful realities of growing old with humor. Our audience is going to love this show."
Nearly a dozen youthful, yet avid anglers caught Jeff Mosner's enthusiasm for fly fishing. He led a fly-tying workshop for kids at the Park Rapids Area Library last week. And Mosner divulged a secret: He can catch five times as many fish compared to someone using live bait. "I kid you not. It's not well known, but when fish are shallow, they are vulnerable to flies. They love flies," Mosner said, especially in early summer. Fly fisherfolk don't need to repeatedly bait their hook, which can be time-consuming.
By order of the Menahga School Board, a new building advisory committee is being organized. All interested people are invited to attend the initial meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 in the high school media center. The public may call the district office at 564-4141 extension 4 with any questions. Budgeting The school district concluded the 2017 fiscal year (FY) with a profit of $17,851. "We're putting money in the bank, but not much," Superintendent Kevin Wellen said.