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Menahga School District will construct a new, two-story high school addition. Voters approved two out of the three questions posed in a Nov. 7 bond referendum. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State, district residents approved Question 1, a $9.9 million bond issue for the construction and equipping of an addition to the high school facility, including 10 additional classrooms and shop areas, a new kitchen and lunchroom, and replacing the existing multi-purpose room with a one-station gymnasium, locker rooms and toilet facilities.
Century Middle School recognized Veterans Day with a historical wax museum and ceremony. Under the guidance of social studies teachers Ardis Johnson and Patrick Richard, seventh graders portrayed local veterans, often including a short, biographical speech. Many students represented family members who have or currently are in the military service.
Mariya Berezovets — a 16-year-old exchange student from Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine — arrived in Nevis in early September. She left behind a bustling city of 700,000. Life in a small, northern Minnesota town has been a radically different change of pace, but Mariya, who goes by "Marie," likes it. She's enjoyed star gazing on Fifth Crow Wing Lake. "I heard coyotes," Marie said. "But sometimes it's kind of cold. I bought warm clothes this weekend."
According to unofficial results from the Menahga School District, voters approved Question 1, a $9.9 million bond issue for the construction and equipping of an addition to the high school facility, including 10 additional classrooms and shop areas, a new kitchen and lunch room, and replacing the existing multi-purpose room with a one-station gymnasium, locker rooms and toilet facilities. The tax impact for $100,000 home was estimated at $17 per year. Question 1 passed with 710 "yes" votes to 503 "no."
Park Rapids Area High School choir students are set to entertain at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 in the auditorium. They are under the leadership of new choir director Wyatt Steinke. He's a 2017 graduate of Moorhead's Concordia College. This is his first year teaching. "I'm originally from Brainerd, so not too far away," he said. At Concordia, Steinke directed the vocal jazz group and managed the Concordia choir for two years each.
Penny Stras was named director of the Headwaters Intervention Center (HIC), which has offices in Park Rapids and Bagley. She officially started Oct. 10. The non-profit center serves domestic violence victims in Hubbard and Clearwater counties. Stras said her goals for HIC are very much aligned with the current board of directors. "We know that in the two counties there's a lot of unmet need," she said.
Century Middle School students are honoring Veterans Day with a new format. Under the guidance of social studies teachers Ardis Johnson and Patrick Richard, seventh graders will portray local, historical figures and present a wax museum from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. From 2:40 p.m. until 3 p.m., fifth and sixth graders will share readings about all five branches of the military. They will be joined by the Park Rapids American Legion Color Guard. Both tributes are open to the public.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Randall R. Richmond of Akeley was driving his 2006 Ford crew cab pickup eastbound on State Highway 34 when he was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Charles P. Kellner. The accident occurred a few minutes after noon on Nov. 2, near Charlie's Boats & Marine in Park Rapids. Kellner, a 63-year-old Park Rapids man, was making a U-turn on the highway when he hit Richmond's truck. Richmond, 48, was transported to CHI St. Joseph's Hospital for minor injuries and later released.
Scientists say a dog's sense of smell is anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than ours. So it should come as no surprise that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has four zebra mussel-sniffing K9s. Earlier this week, Nicole Kovar, a DNR invasive species specialist, brought a K9 team to work on Garfield, Benedict and Leech lakes. DNR Conservation Officer Larry Hanson and his K9, Reggie, arrived from Marshall, Minn. on Wednesday.