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The 35th annual Community Thanksgiving Meal served just shy of 800 people Thursday, according to co-chair Leah Bervig. This includes 350 hot meals delivered to the homebound. "It was fantastic. Our volunteers were fantastic. It's a wonderful place to be on Thanksgiving," Bervig said. Coborn's cooked 40 turkeys for the event. "I can't say enough about Bob Seiffert and Coborn's," she said. Uncooperative ovens slowed down the serving line, but Coborn's offered their ovens, Bervig said.
A renewed emphasis on food safety by the Minnesota Department of Health necessitates changes to Park Rapids Schools' concession stands. Food cannot be stored or prepared in a private home. All foods, beverages and ice must be obtained from an approved commercial source. Any food preparation or storage done off-site must be done at a licensed food establishment.
Minnesota's 87 counties are considering litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors for being complicit and complacent in the opioid addiction epidemic. Hubbard County will likely become one of them. County Attorney Jonathan Frieden shared information about the lawsuit to county commissioners at their Nov. 21 meeting.
Grace Officer, a 9-year-old student at Century Elementary School, has been named one of 52 winners in the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Super Snack Challenge. She was chosen among hundreds of children, ages 8-14, that submitted a recipe for a healthy gameday snack. Each winner has been invited to attend the Super Kids Tailgate Party to take place during the 10-day Super Bowl festival. "Both my kids concocted a recipe," explained mom RaNae Doll. "It was fun to have the kids come up with a snack. It had to be original and healthy."
Val and Terry Kimball donated a "stately spruce tree" from their property in Hubbard for this year's Christmas tree-lighting event. Kelly Kimball, a cousin, contributed his time and logging equipment to the effort. On Sunday afternoon, he and his crew felled the tree and set it up on Main. "It is stunning," said Betsy Meyer, CHI St. Joseph's Health volunteer services coordinator. The community celebration kicks off the holiday season Friday, Nov. 24 with the Yuletide Sampler at 5 p.m. and Light Up a Life for Hospice Care tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.
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.