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Menahga School Board members Durwin Tomperi and Jon Kangas, co-chairs of the new building advisory committee, recapped its first meeting. They reported to the full school board on July 17. About 25 to 30 people attended the initial building committee meeting, held the week prior. "My impression of the first hour was pretty much a town hall meeting. Probably the hot topic of that phase was open enrollment issues," Tomperi said.
Smokey Bear, along with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources firefighters, reminded Itasca State Park visitors about the importance of preventing wildfires. Itasca's Smokey Bear Day, an annual family-friendly event, was held July 20 both inside and outside of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Participants learned how firefighters get into a fire shelter, discussed campfire safety, made a variety of forest crafts, explored fire trucks and equipment and much more. Children eagerly lined up for a photo with the famous bear.
Park Rapids Crazy Days not only offers bargains for parents but also entertainment for children. The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Friends of the Library is sponsoring a free kids show with Minnesota folk singer Dennis Warner at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 27. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy Warner's smooth vocals, accompanied by his six- and 12-string guitars on the 2nd Street main stage.
Louis Schultz and J. Edward Dvorak were nominated for 2017 Outstanding Hubbard County Senior Citizen. Both men were recognized for their community service during "Senior Day" festivities at the county fair. At Friday's ceremony, Karen Lenius, representing the Hubbard County Council on Aging, explained that nominations are solicited from individuals, agencies and organizations. Judging is based on the number and diversity of volunteer contributions. The nominee must be age 70 by June 1. No women were nominated for the accolade this year.
Weeds are overlooked or disdained, yet these "despicable" plants provide medicine, food or dyes. They also are nectar sources for several native species of bees and butterflies. Just ask Kathy Belt, a self-taught herbalist and "weed explorer." "I don't have the traditional herbs. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme — they're Mediterranean, so they don't grow in this part of the world. I've been finding what grows up here and how they would've been used," she said. "I'm still learning."
The Hubbard County Fair opened Wednesday with motocross by Motocity Raceway and Recreation. The fair continues through Sunday with daily grandstand events including a demo Derby Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
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.