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At a time when many people are worried about "fake news," "alternative facts" and conspiracies to brainwash the masses, author Jeff Nygaard will be talking about the media as a system and how that system functions to produce propaganda, often inadvertently. Nygaard will present his program, "21st Century Propaganda: Understanding Today's Media System," for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning series from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Park Theater. Nygaard is the author of "Nygaard Notes," an online newsletter, and is a Star Tribune contributor.
The Heartland Trail takes center stage in this year's Headwaters 100. Road construction on Highway 71 between Itasca State Park and Lake George necessitated an alternate route. Hosted by the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club, the biking event celebrates its 37th anniversary when kickstands go up Saturday, Sept. 23. Organizers say the one-time change will "serve the majority of our riders, while introducing them to our backyard trails: the Heartland Trail and Mi-Gi-Zi Trail, true gems in Hubbard and Cass counties."
Small town, Minnesota farm boys were highly sought after by the U.S. military during World War II. Drawing from photos, military reports, newspapers, journal excerpts, letters and family memories, local authors Jill and Deane Johnson have crafted a unique and moving portrait of the men who gave their lives. "Little Minnesota in World War II" allows readers to experience the war and "feel prouder than ever to be Minnesotan." A hometown book launch will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 23 at Beagle and Wolf Books.
Stormwater runoff has been wreaking havoc at Pine Haven Christian Assembly. Thanks to two grants, the camp was able to complete a conservation project this month. "We want to be good stewards of this lake and good neighbors," said Joe Cachiaras, chairman of the property and grounds committee and vice chairman of the board of directors. "We wanted to fix a problem that's been a problem here for a long, long, long time." Pine Haven Christian Assembly is a bustling Christian camp from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.
The Friends of the Park Rapids Library nominated Sandy Drury for a 2017 Stand Up for Standout Friends Award. The special honor recognizes Drury for going above and beyond in her efforts to supplement what the Park Rapids Area Library can do for its community. "It really humbling," Drury said, a charter member of the Park Rapids Friends of the Library. Drury and other Friends volunteer at the library in many capacities. Each Monday, Drury helps with odd jobs at the library.
Alicia Heath, a freshman at Park Rapids Area High School, is the most recent recipient of a Medici Project scholarship, a program through the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC). Heath, 14, was awarded one year's worth of piano tutelage. She's been taking weekly piano lessons since she was 10.
Eight counties, including Hubbard, are submitting a joint letter to Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto, encouraging her to work with them to find "a mutually agreeable solution." In April, Otto deemed fiscal year 2015 audit results by Hoffman, Philipp & Knutson "substandard" and grounds for her office to re-audit the eight counties that hired the Thief River Falls-based, private auditing firm. Otto notified counties she intends to re-audit their fiscal year 2016 audits as well — even though those haven't been completed yet.
Local do-gooders held a garage sale and bake sale over two weekends to help Park Theater repair its historic marquee, which caught fire on July 24. "It's a landmark, especially for me since I've been here since 1973," said Eric Olson, adding that his church preaches the importance of community service. Presenting the $306 check to theater owners Pam and Scott Wilson were, from left, Will and Edna Kako, Eric Olson and Charlene Koons. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)
Community members have an opportunity to vote for their favorite vegetable. The winning edible plant will become the featured produce for Park Rapids' 2018 "One Vegetable, One Community" (OVOC) initiative. OVOC is a community-wide, gardening campaign that encourages gardeners of all levels to grow and prepare a single vegetable. Other towns in Minnesota have launched OVOC, but this summer was the first time for the Park Rapids area. The free, family-friendly OVOC event is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 at Century Elementary School.
Fewer lock-downs. Fewer fights. Fewer incidences of disrespect or behavioral issues. "There's a whole paradigm shift here in the environment," said Christina Day, Hubbard County Jail Programs Coordinator. "Our inmates behave better. They don't want to lose their program privileges."