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During the Oct. 17 county board meeting, County Commissioner Ed Smith inquired about skilled nursing for veterans at the Heritage campus. Heritage Administrator Kurt Hansen said Heritage could contract with the Veterans Administration to provide 24-hour-a-day care.
The Park Rapids Garden Club chose Maurice Spangler to receive a 2017 Crystal Leaf Award. Spangler and other awardees were recognized at the 12th District of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's fall meeting, held Oct. 12 in Park Rapids. Each garden club — Park Rapids, Blackduck, Cass Lake, Bemidji and Shevlin — selected a deserving person from their community.
"Urinetown the Musical" is a 2001 Broadway show and winner of three Tony Awards. A joint production by the Park Rapids and Menahga High Schools will be held Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 26-28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. at the PRAHS auditorium.
Hubbard County Commissioners evidently got an earful after agreeing to sell 11 tax-forfeited lots in Hocking's Acres to the Hubbard County Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) for $1 each earlier this month. HRA planned to develop 11 homes for low- to moderate-income families over a five-year period. "Sparked a lot of conversation, to say the least," said Board Chair Vern Massie. About half-a-dozen residents attended Tuesday's county board meeting to speak about the matter.
A lifetime wild rice harvester, Simon Zornes revealed the intricacies of traditional Ojibwe gathering methods. He spoke Tuesday with an attentive Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning audience. "In my family, nobody asks you if you can rice. They ask how well can you rice. They just assume that you know," Zornes said. He is from White Earth, where one of the richest wild rice beds in the U.S. grow — some 47 lakes and more than 500 other bodies of water.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct time of the concert. Derik Nelson & Family will perform at 7 p.m., not 7:30 p.m. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Derik Nelson & Family's signature sound features velvety three-part vocal harmonies only a family can deliver. Their concert is Monday, Oct. 23. The 7 p.m. show will be held at the Park Rapids High School auditorium. Siblings Derik, Riana, and Dalten have been performing together since childhood. They've garnered over 3 million views on YouTube and toured over 40 locations across the West Coast to raise money for music education. Derik has appeared regularly as the lead guitarist on television's "Glee," among other shows.
The U.S. Marine Corps League Star of the North Detachment presented a certificate of appreciation to the Park Rapids Enterprise on Oct. 12 "for loyalty and patriotism to our country as exemplified by publicly and proudly displaying the U.S. flag." Late last summer, Enterprise staff decided to install a flagpole in front of their building. Other businesses quickly followed suit. The local U.S. Marine Corps League assisted with consolidating costs and holding flag-raising ceremonies. The American Legion and City of Park Rapids also supported the efforts.
Adam Thompson, a senior at Nevis High School, and his crew will be stationed at Hugo's this weekend. They are hoping to "stuff a truck" with donations or cash for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. The food drive is Thompson's Eagle Scout Award project. Adam's mom, Jill, is ecstatic that he has decided to pursue Boy Scouts' highest award. "This has been a labor of love for 12 years. Let's finish up strong," she said of Adam's participation in Scouting since first grade. Thompson hopes to collect "as much as possible" over the weekend.
Three children were injured in a bonfire accident Sept. 29 on 9th Street SE in Menahga. According to the Wadena County Sheriff report, at approximately 8 p.m., the caller reported hearing a loud bang, followed by screaming. Eight-year-old Arionna Matteson sustained third degree burns over at least 75 percent of her body. Her 10-year-old brother, Drake, received second degree burns on the left side of his face and neck. Libby Havnes, a 9-year-old friend of Arionna's, suffered burns on 12 percent of her body, according to the Menahga Police Department report.
Growing up on 11th Crow Wing Lake in Akeley, Dallas Hudson spent his boyhood exploring the surrounding public lands and waters. An outdoorsman all of his life, "I've always been in the outdoors looking at everything," he said. "My escape was the woods, the lake." With the exception of 10 years spent in Michigan as a seasonal worker with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hudson, 52, has lived in Minnesota his entire life.