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For the past decade, someone has been leaving icons on Trinity Church's doorstep. The mysterious donor has bestowed more than a dozen to the Park Rapids church—the most recent one left hanging on the door in July. "It is interesting. But it is a mystery," said Trinity's senior warden Rosemary Moody. Considered an ancient form of prayer, Christian icons are usually associated with Eastern Orthodoxy. The traditional icon is a sacred image painted on a simple, wooden panel in egg tempera. They may depict the Virgin Mary, Christ, saints or biblical events.
Seven-year-old Rozlyn Krech is welcoming her third year of piano lessons. Her budding musical talent is supported by the Medici Project, a scholarship program through the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC). The project is named after the Medici family, devoted patrons of the arts who commissioned work by Donatello, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, da Vinci and Michelangelo. Their support made Florence, Italy the cradle of the Renaissance. Piano teacher Jodi Ziemann informed all of her students of the Medici Project.
As northern Minnesota received its first significant snowfall last week, many snowmobile enthusiasts are rushing to take their first ride of the season. Snowmobile riders are reminded that despite the early snow, most of the state's snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota's snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1 each year, and several conditions must be met before trails are open and ready for travel: • The ground must be frozen to allow for crossing wet areas.
Menahga School Board Chairperson Ernest Huhta Jr. announced his resignation at Monday's meeting, citing both personal and business reasons. Huhta and his family are moving to be closer to a daughter with developmental disabilities. She resides at an adult women's group home in Monticello. Huhta said he'll be restructuring his business, but maintaining his residency in Menahga. He expressed frustration at the "mud-slinging" during the recent election. "It hurts me that we can't get beyond all that baloney and move on," he said.
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.
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...
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."