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The Park Rapids Economic Development Authority (EDA) resoundingly rejected a Park Rapids Community Development Corporation (PRCDC) proposal that the City of Park Rapids assume the costs of capital maintenance, insurance, taxes and water/sewer for Armory Square. PRCDC members met Nov. 14 with the EDA, which consists of the full city council.
Park Rapids Education Minnesota has named Shelli Walsh the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. A high school social studies teacher, Walsh started working in District 309 in 1985. "She loves teaching, and she loves kids. She makes an effort to get to know the students on a personal level, and many students go to her for emotional support," wrote Tanya Miller in her nomination letter. "She listens to them without judging, offering advice as needed. The students feel safe around her, and she provides a good role model for them."
Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays from Nov. 25 through Dec. 23 at Bella Caffé in Park Rapids By a remarkable twist of fate, Jolly Ol' Saint Nicholas is currently residing in Nevis. Santa (a.k.a. Bud Gates) and the Mrs. (a.k.a. Deb Gates) recently retired as a mechanical engineer and graphic designer, respectively. Last summer, they left sunny California to move closer to the North Pole.
Pie chefs are, once again, being called into action this Thanksgiving. Leah Bervig and Krista Johnson, co-chairs of the 35th annual Community Thank Meal, invite community members to contribute scrumptious holiday pies. "We're always looking for pie donations, definitely," Bervig said. An assortment is welcome — from classic pumpkin pie to a chocolate, pecan, apple and more. Hosted by the Riverside Methodist Church, the Community Thank Meal will be held Thursday, Nov. 23.
Nevis School hosted a Veterans Day program on Nov. 10. A packed Tigers Arena listened to guest speakers Trudy Maninga and Command Sergeant Major Mitch Hellkamp. Star of the North U.S. Marine Corps League Honor Guard posted the colors while Adeline and Lydia Bjorklund sang the national anthem.
The Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) proposed an increase in the monthly fee it receives for staffing the county's recycling center. "We would like to stay involved, but due to funding for the types of services that we do, the DAC is running at a deficit. It's really important that all parts of our business are, at least, covering their own costs," said DAC Executive Director Laura Johnson. She met with the Hubbard County Board during their Nov. 7 meeting.
North Country EMS Education and the Park Rapids School District are collaborating to offer an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course, also known as First Responders, to high school students. Based in Bemidji, North Country EMS Education offers a number of classes, like First Aid, CPR, EMR and emergency medical technician (EMT) classes, explained owner Tom Johnson.
The Park Rapids School District received a "clean" 2017 audit report from CliftonLarsonAllen LLP of Alexandria. The fiscal year ended on June 30, 2017. District Auditor Miranda Wendlandt presented a summary of the audit at Tuesday's board meeting. CliftonLarsonAllen LLP conducted a one-week, onsite audit during the first week of September, reviewing district policies and procedures and performing compliance testing. They determined the school district's financial statements follow generally accepted auditing standards.
Boozhoo! That's Ojibwe for "greetings or welcome." On Tuesday, Michael Meuers spoke about the bilingual signage program initiated in Bemidji, called the Ojibwe Language Project. The League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area (LWVPRA), in partnership with the Park Rapids Area Library, invited Meuers to discuss the ongoing project, now in its seventh year, and its possible introduction to the Park Rapids area.
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.