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Katie Howard, Bob Smith and Anna Faye Skaro have filed an affidavit of candidacy to fill a Menahga School Board member vacancy. The Menahga School Board has called for a special election to elect the new board member and to seek voter approval for building bonds. Howard's appointment to the school board expires in January 2018. The board is required to hold a special election to fill the remaining year of the term. The candidate elected on Tuesday, Nov. 7 will serve from Jan. 2018 through Jan. 2019.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Hubbard County's first case of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, in Bad Axe Lake. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed Eurasian watermilfoil around the resort access to the lake. They reported it did not appear to be widespread into other areas of the lake.
The Menahga School Board revisited a debate about a school weapons policy violation two years ago. Board Chair Andrea Haverinen said she was allowing the presence of former Board Chair Ernst Huhta, former Superintendent Allen Stoeckman and former board member Curtis Hasbargen at the board's Aug. 21 meeting for a public discussion about the matter. "I want it to be productive and polite from everybody," Haverinen said. "This will be a board question-and-answer and I'd request that everybody else observe."
A small task force hopes to connect community service volunteers with organizations that need their help. They are considering a centralized website to list volunteer opportunities in Hubbard County. "We've got a lot of volunteers in Park Rapids. We've got a lot of organizations that want volunteers. Sometimes they connect, sometimes they don't," said Carolyn White, one of the task force members. "Where do you go if you've got time to volunteer?"
Grey clouds thinned just enough for local sky gazers to watch the most anticipated celestial event of the year. The Park Rapids Area Library hosted an "eclipse extravaganza" in its parking lot, drawing about 40 people. Prior to Aug. 21, library staff distributed 1,100 solar viewing glasses. They set aside another 50 for those who arrived for Monday's phenomenon.
A win at a national competition is the latest in a string of plaudits for woodworker Joe Morgan. His "Labyrinth Table" earned praise at the 2017 Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge, the 13th annual competition recognizing excellence in veneer woodwork design. The panel of judges involved experts from the fields of woodworking, education and manufacturing.
Every imaginable engine, tractor and equipment snorted, huffed and belched at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers (LIRPF) show. The non-profit organization invites visitors to "reach into rural America's past" during the three-day festival. All of the members are volunteers with the common aim of preserving historic, rural agriculture and logging. Daily demonstrations included threshing, sawmill action, blacksmithing and logging. Incorporated in 1976, LIRPF has been located by Itasca State Park since 1990.
A resolution to pay $13,500 in engineering services for a proposed bike path was kiboshed at Monday's Menahga City Council meeting. "I have an issue with this one. A major issue. We've had very little discussion in this room on this particular issue," said Mayor Patrick Foss. In April, the council agreed to apply for a Minnesota Transportation Alternatives Program Grant to establish a walking/biking trail between the city campground and city beach.
Spectators are welcome to enjoy aerial acrobatics — even combat. The Headwaters Radio Control (R/C) Flying Club, a local group of model aviation enthusiasts, is hosting its annual Fun Fly Saturday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 27. Admission is free. Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership is required for those who wish to fly their model aircraft. The landing fee is $20 per pilot. The Fun Fly is an AMA-sanctioned competition, offering RC-related items as prizes.
Local Girl Scouts traveled to the Apostle Islands over the weekend, camping, hiking and seakayaking in the national park on Lake Superior's southern shore