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A long time ago (last month, actually), in a galaxy far, far away (called Menahga), a noble science-fiction fan designed and constructed an X-wing starfighter, made famous in the "Star Wars" films. Greg Anderson utilized foam core board, plywood and barrels to craft the half-scale model. It stands 18 feet long, 10 feet high and 14 feet wide. It all began with a raft he planned to build. He looked at 15-gallon barrels "and said, 'Those are the perfect size for a turbine for an X-wing,'" Anderson recalled.
The Headwaters Radio Control (R/C) Flying Club, a local group of model aviation enthusiasts, hosted its annual Fun Fly Aug. 25-26. They welcomed more than 30 pilots from Minnesota and North Dakota.
Headwaters Radio Control (RC) Flying Club, a group of model aviation enthusiasts, hosts an annual Fun Fly the third weekend of August. About 30 pilots arrived Aug. 25-26 for this year's event. "We finally got some decent weather," said Club President Dick Reich. "This is the best weather we've had in four or five years. We saw double the number of pilots compared to last year." Fliers traveled from St. Paul, Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks, Bemidji, Lake George, Laporte, Perham and Detroit Lakes.
The Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Show ran Aug. 17-19, with daily demonstrations of old-time log handing and sawing, threshing, blacksmithing and more. A highlight of the show is its daily tractor parades, featuring a variety of vintage machines from throughout the region. The showgrounds, located near Itasca State Park, contain a rustic village complete with country school, church, blacksmith shop, post office, pioneer homes and more.
Nevis Civic & Commerce Association held its 16th annual Northwoods Triathlon on Aug. 11.
The Hubbard County Board authorized a quitclaim deed and offer to sell county land to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for the U.S. Hwy. 71 roundabout. The matter was discussed at their Tuesday meeting. "This is that very small sliver of land over by our (Public Works) office that MnDOT buys fee title for all of their right-of-way," explained said County Engineer/Public Works Coordinator Jed Nordin. "It's only .17-of-an-acre permanent easement, and there's a temporary easement across a corner that's .1 of an acre."
Hubbard County Veterans Services Officer Jerry Bjerke presented a petition to Heritage Living Center Administrator Kurt Hansen encouraging the facility to get re-certified by the Veterans Administration (VA) for veterans care. Several petitions have circulated over the last year or two, Bjerke said at Tuesday's Hubbard County Board meeting. The 50 signatures are "just a small representation," he said. "There's a lot of support from local veterans and family members to see if we can get that certification completed."
NorthStar GeoSeekers (NSGS) have embarked on what geocaching.com calls "the world's largest treasure hunt." Geocachers from across north-central Minnesota and North Dakota gathered last weekend at Menahga's Memorial Forest Campground for NSGS' sixth annual "GeoSeekin' Weekend." Local NSGS members Jeff and Raelyne Fieldsend of Menahga organized the three-day event, which is held in a different town each year. Last summer, they all met in Bagley. "Geocaching is a worldwide thing," Raelyne said. "You meet all these crazy people. It's very kid- and family-friendly."
Beltrami County Veterans Service Officer Scotty Allison spoke with the Hubbard County Board Tuesday to gauge their interest in helping fund a new veterans home in Bemidji. In May, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bonding bill that included $32 million for the construction of three new veterans homes in the state. Of that appropriation, $12.4 million was dedicated to Bemidji, $9.4 million to Montevideo and $10.2 million for Preston. The Beltrami County Board has pledged $1 million toward the project. The fundraising goal is $2.5 million, Allison said.
Jane Melby and her daughter, Cayla Melby Small, returned to old stomping grounds this month to offer a barrel racing clinic to 4-Hers. On Aug. 10, the mother-daughter duo teamed up to teach 35 riders from across Minnesota. Strait Rail Ranch in Nevis hosted the event. A graduate of Sebeka High School, Melby has won two world championship titles and is a three-time National Finals Rodeo (NFR) gold buckle winner. Small, 20, was a 2016 NFR qualifier and named Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) Rookie of the Year.