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• Akeley Township: George Lueck and LeRoy Miller are running for re-election unopposed. Donn Sorenson seeks a third township supervisor seat. This is a mail ballot precinct: Hubbard County Auditor's Office, 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids from 8 a.m.- 8p.m. • Arago Township: Michael Wilson, Clark Smith and Jason (Bucky) Johnson all seek re-election. They are unopposed. No candidates have filed for town clerk. Polls are open from 7a.m. to 8 p.m. at Arago Town Hall, 10244 County 41, Park Rapids,
Water and sewer rates may have to increase so the City of Menahga can pay its operational expenses. Utility revenue is currently down—for unknown reasons—and not generating enough income. The Menahga City Council is waiting for calculations from the city's financial advisory firm, Ehler's & Associates, before discussing possible causes and remedies. "It's not going to be an easy fix, but it's gotta get fixed. We can't keep going on at this rate," said Mayor Patrick Foss at Tuesday's council meeting.
Mike Sheeran, 57, was diagnosed with prostate cancer the same week as his 35th wedding anniversary. "It was a little heart-stopping," says the longtime Park Rapids resident and Menahga High School graduate who co-owns Superior Sewing with wife Helen. "It's the aggressive form that follows through the genes. It's definitely family-oriented," Mike explained. "It's not if, but when you'll get it."
A decrepit mansion in Central Park. A zombie butler. Dead ancestors emerging from their graves. Park Rapids and Menahga High School drama students are joining forces to perform the new musical comedy "The Addams Family"—just in time for Halloween. "It's just a very funny take on the TV series," explained director Juliann Kjenaas. "Wednesday's grown up and has a boyfriend." The kooky family comes to life in this magnificently macabre Broadway musical. Brian Hobson, a Menahga teacher, serves as musical director.
October is the month for magic. The Park Rapids Area Library will host a special draft tournament of "Magic: The Gathering," using the newly released "Kaladesh" set at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. A card game of strategy filled with other worlds, magic and chance, "Magic: The Gathering" has been around since 1993 and now boasts over 20 million players worldwide.
Armory Square in downtown Park Rapids will receive a Quality of Place Award from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation at their annual state of the foundation luncheon on Friday, Oct. 21.
Nothing is more Minnesotan than wild rice and hotdish. Local chefs are challenged to combine the two for prizes—and glory—on Saturday, Oct. 22. A wild rice hotdish contest will be part of Park Rapids' first-ever celebration of the official state grain. The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the White Earth Nation, Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, is organizing the "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" Wild Rice Festival.
Sixteen charter members founded Friends of the Park Rapids Library in 1980. The volunteer, nonprofit organization not only raises money for additional library programming, new equipment and books, but also supports adult and children's reading programs, story hour, youth writing contests and other special events.
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared war on Germany in a radio broadcast to his nation on Sept. 3, 1939. While listening to that announcement, an 18-year-old Edric Clarke and his friend turned to each other and said, "Royal Air Force, tomorrow morning." Clarke, now 95, recounted his military service at a recent Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program.
The North Country Food Bank is one of only five food banks in the state. Executive Director Susie Novak and Development Director Anthony Hebert met with Park Rapids community members last week to explain how food banks are the backbone of the domestic hunger relief system, working in tandem with local charitable organizations. Since 1983, North Country Food bank has been sourcing and distributing food from its Crookston facility. It serves the largest geographic area—21 counties in northwest and west-central Minnesota, including Hubbard County.