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More than 70 constituents jammed into the Northwoods Bank community room Saturday to voice their concerns to their Minnesota legislators. They traveled from Becker, Mahnomen, Clearwater, Beltrami and Hubbard counties. State Senator Paul Utke, District 2B Rep. Steve Green and District 2A Rep. Matt Grossell faced intense questioning from a vocal crowd.
"You can tell the age of a deer by its teeth. Isn't that interesting?" avid hunter Karl May asks Tina Ridlon's fourth grade class. For eight years, May has volunteered his time to discuss deer habitat, species, anatomy, feeding, communication and other characteristics with the youngsters. After his PowerPoint presentation, the fourth graders dissect deer hearts. Each fall, Ridlon asks hunters to save and freeze deer hearts just for this purpose.
Delivering 85-pound calves, huge litters of piglets, plus lambs, goats, ducklings and chicks at the Minnesota State Fair has earned a local veterinarian praise from his peers. The Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) is awarding the 2016 Distinguished Veterinary Service Award to Dr. Kevin Haroldson, owner of Back Roads Vet Clinic in Park Rapids. He'll be honored at the 120th annual MVMA convention in Minneapolis this weekend. "My wife will dress me up," joked Haroldson, who prefers the quietude and isolation of northern Minnesota.
The city of Menahga hopes to revive its planning commission. The city council announced two vacancies on the planning commission at their Feb. 13 meeting. The planning commission's responsibilities include reviewing and updating the city's comprehensive plan, reviewing all amendments to the zoning chapter, taking part in public hearings involving zoning and making recommendations to the council. The commission also provides input on the city's capital improvement program. It hasn't met in six years, according to Mayor Pat Foss. It's supposed to meet monthly.
Hubbard County's historic courthouse was built 117 years ago. Russell Brown, president of the Hubbard County Historical Society, met with the Hubbard County Board last week to address the building's electrical and fire safety issues. It does not, for instance, currently have a fire alarm system. Furthermore, some of its existing electrical components appear to be original. Constructed in 1900, the old courthouse remained county headquarters until about 1975.
An Olympic-sized dream thrums in Tyler Shepersky's heart. He wants to be on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Yes, sled hockey. The 12-year-old from Menahga was born without muscles in his legs. Diagnosed with Arthrogryposis, a constriction of the joints, Tyler's hips, knees and ankles have limited use. He has been bound to a wheelchair full-time, but none of that prevents this seventh grader from playing his all-time favorite winter sport.
Following a nearly three-hour discussion, the Menahga School Board authorized the district to proceed with a building bond referendum. The resolution passed 5-1, with board member Jon Kangas opposed, at a strategic planning meeting Monday night. The school board called for a public vote on Tuesday, May 9 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling places will be determined at a later date.
America's veterans did everything asked of them in their mission to serve the country. We Honor Veterans believes it's never too late to give them a hero's welcome. Three local veterans receiving hospice care were recently thanked for their military service.
Following a nearly three-hour discussion, the Menahga School Board authorized the district to proceed with a building bond referendum. The resolution passed 5-1, with Jon Kangas opposed, at a strategic planning meeting Monday night. The school board called for a public vote on Tuesday, May 9 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling places will be determined at a later date.
Influenza activity is increasing across Minnesota. And Park Rapids is not immune. "We have seen influenza," reports Wendy Gullicksrud, infection prevention and employee health coordinator at CHI St. Joseph's Health. Within the past month, the hospital treated 21 patients who laboratory-tested positive for influenza. Three cases were so severe the patients required hospitalization, Gullicksrud said.