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A terrier-beagle named Buffy is grand marshal for this year's Tails on the Trail. And he rules Gert and Bob Buckley's hearts and household. Buffy is one of the Headwaters Animal Shelter's many success stories. The 9th annual Tails on the Trail takes place this Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heartland Park. The two-mile walk-a-thon and pet expo helps raise money for animals in need of "forever homes" at the Headwaters Animal Shelter. One hundred percent of proceeds go toward the 400 to 500 animals cared for at the sanctuary each year.
Northern Lights Dance Academy presented its summer recital, "Heart of the Matter" on Sunday. The show featured dancers from three years old to teens. In this number, Elizabeth Hallaway and Kaeden Berg tap dance to Michael Buble's, "Haven't Met You Yet."
Job seekers have a new ally. Scott Piepkorn, an employment counselor with Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (CEP), will offer free assistance two days a week. As of May 30, he has set up "a mobile workforce site" at the Park Rapids Area Library. Rural Minnesota CEP is a private, non-profit corporation that provides job development services in north-central and west-central Minnesota. Its mission is to help individuals find, get and keep jobs and grow in their careers. The agency also help employers find and keep workers.
"Genealogy is the fastest growing and second most popular hobby in the United States," says Rob Flanagan Stieglitz, 67, a retired chemistry professor. With the advancement in DNA testing, amateur genealogists have a new, powerful tool, he says. Stieglitz recently taught a Park Rapids community education class to share advice and resources gleaned from his scientific background and 20 years of family history research.
Donna Anderson, a nutritionist for Hubbard and Becker County's University of Minnesota Extension offices, recently received the 2017 Dean's Distinguished Staff Award for Nutrition Educator. She was the only SNAP-Ed educator in the state to receive the award. "It was a surprise to me!," Anderson said. A colleague from Crow Wing County made sure that Anderson arrived at a May 18 staff development meeting where the award was revealed. Even her husband had been sworn to secrecy.
A shiny, brand-spanking-new, walk-in freezer sits at the Hubbard County Food Shelf. The much-needed equipment and two new, commercial refrigerators arrived Wednesday. The food shelf closed for the day for installation. "This is really exciting. This really increases our capacity for all our foods," said Denny Ulmer, the food shelf's unofficial assistant director. "Big day for us."
Rising Hope Foundation is building the first of three "freedom ranches" for victims of human trafficking. The faith-based, non-profit organization was founded by Park Rapids residents David and Vicki Leckie. On May 11, they broke ground in Brainerd for their very first safe house. Each ranch is intended to be centers of healing and restoration for rescued girls, ranging in age from 12 to 17.
Mark Bridge's twin passions — baking and history — are happily melding together. His latest project involves translating Victorian-era recipes into recognizable dishes for today's cook. A folk singer and historical reenactor, Bridge now may add "culinary historian" to his list of vocations. The National Park Service asked Bridge for his historical interpretation of handwritten recipes by Augusta Kohrs, wife of "Montana's Cattle King."
The Menahga School board certified the special mail ballot election results at Monday's meeting. Wadena County Auditor/Treasurer Judy Taves and County Elections Coordinator Rosalie Miller made a special appearance. "We came tonight to answer questions about the election process," Taves said. "Overall, I thought the election went well," Miller said. "I know that you have not dealt with this type of election before so it was very overwhelming."
One could say that Amy Thielen found foodie heaven. Her new memoir, "Give a Girl a Knife," essentially reads like a love story about rural Midwestern home cooking and haute cuisine. And her culinary journey begins and ends in Park Rapids. The chef and author will read from her latest book at a hometown launch on Saturday, May 27 at the Nemeth Art Center. The event begins at 2 p.m. 'My kitchen affliction'