After months of planning by justice system and tribal officials, a proposal to establish a joint White Earth Nation-Mahnomen County drug court program has received final approval from the Minnesota Judicial Council, the policy-making body of the Minnesota Judicial Branch. This new drug court program represents a partnership between state, local and tribal governments aimed at reducing drug abuse throughout Mahnomen County and the greater White Earth Nation tribal lands.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) presents Mark Bridge, "Papa's Cookies," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 27 at Park Theater. As part of a National Park Service project, culinary historian Bridge has been researching Victorian-era delicacies and recreating handwritten recipes by Augusta Kohrs, wife of "Montana's Cattle King." The cookbook featuring these sweet treats is due to be published in May, but attendees to the HCLL program will get an advance look at some of the baking equipment and techniques as well as an opportunity to sample the cookies.
Minnesotan musician Robin Anders will present a program at the Park Rapids Area Library Friday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. Anders has toured in Africa, North and South America, Asia, India, and the Middle East performing, teaching and providing workshops for over 45 years. His experiences on five continents, with people of many cultures, have given him stories and anecdotes that are both entertaining and educational.
Three area students competed in the Regional Spelling Bee, held Feb. 7 at Northland Technical and Community College in Thief River Falls.
Tim Schmid, founder of Walking on Water's ice-fishing event for veterans, recently accepted a check for $1,500 from Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 38 Commander Jeff Siebert to help defray costs for the popular, and growing, event. "This is another opportunity to help support our veterans," Siebert said, adding that he was excited about the large numbers of them who have signed up for the activity. The 2018 event is Saturday, Feb. 17.
Small businesses are the heart of Minnesota's economy. This Valentine's Day, the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Minnesota District is sending this valentine with its top 10 reasons to love small businesses. Whether sharing the day with another or spending it honoring yourself, spread the sweetness by remembering to shop and dine small for unique Valentine's Day gifts, services and meal reservations. Consider this about small businesses in Minnesota:
To show their appreciation and affection for veterans throughout Minnesota, kids from the Nevis, Menahga, Park Rapids and Wadena schools recently made over 1,500 Valentine's Day cards. As they have done for over 25 years, women from Unit 38 of the Park Rapids Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) collected and organized those cards, boxing them up for mailing to the state's five veterans homes at Fergus Falls, Silver Bay, Luverne, Hastings and Minneapolis. In addition, cards will be given to veterans at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids and at the Fargo VA.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) announced its spring 2018 program schedule, set to begin 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at Park Theater with local authors Jill and Deane Johnson giving a look into their newest book. Programs typically run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. They are free of charge, open to the public and handicap accessible. Water and refreshments are provided. HCLL is a nonprofit organization funded by donations and dedicated to providing quality educational programming on a variety of historical and cultural topics.
Local chef and author Amy Thielen has been named a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in the memoir and creative nonfiction category for her work "Give a Girl a Knife." The Minnesota Book Awards is a program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and is sponsored this year by Education Minnesota. The announcement came Jan. 27 after judges from around the state — writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community — selected 36 finalists for nine categories.
Speed limits on several highways in northwest Minnesota will increase from 55 to 60 miles per hour, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). The new speed limits take effect when the new signs are posted. Highways that will receive new speed limits signs include the following: • Highway 34: Detroit Lakes to Park Rapids • Highway 64: Highway 200 to Highway 87 • Highway 172: Baudette to Wheeler's Point • Highway 310: Roseau to Canadian Border