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Outstanding senior Frank Lamb heading to state fair

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Frank Lamb received recognition for being the outstanding senior in Hubbard County from Connie Carmichael, executive director of Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area , at left, and Lisa Lipari, community engagement manager of MAHUBE-OTWA, which sponsors the award.

Known by many in his hometown as “Mr. Akeley,” Frank Lamb, Sr. will be representing Hubbard County at the state fair later this month.

His community service earned him the honor of “Outstanding Senior” in the county, an honor his mother Frances Lamb, received in 2001.

Lamb was nominated for the award by the Akeley Senior Center for his contributions to the community.

Owner of the Akeley grocery store from 1966 to 1996, Lamb kept busy with many volunteer projects both while working and in his retirement years.

One of Lamb’s biggest accomplishments was working with his mother to organize and build the Paul Bunyan Historical Museum in 1987. As the museum’s president, Lamb volunteers many hours to preserve and share his hometown’s history with visitors. He is also on the museum’s planning committee that is working on plans to build a new, larger museum in the future.

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Lamb helped organize the 11th Crow Wing Lake Association and chaired its first meeting. He has been an active member of Akeley’s Chamber of Commerce for over 50 years and was a charter member of the Akeley Lions Club in 1975, where he volunteers for many club activities. Lamb also was instrumental in getting the first Akeley All Class Reunion started and continues to work on the ongoing reunions held every five years, with the next one planned for 2020.

In addition to his volunteer activities in Akeley, Lamb’s musical talents have been shared far and wide in the surrounding community. Every year, he entertains at senior day at the Hubbard County Fair. He also plays for senior dances and plays and sings at area nursing homes. In addition to the piano, Frank also plays guitar and accordion.

“It gives him great pleasure to see the older ones singing and tapping their toes with the beat,” Akeley Senior Citizens president Marie Crosby said.

Lamb is also an active member of the Akeley Methodist Church, serving as co-chair for the building committee and starting the group “Jolly Jammers,” held at the church monthly for anyone who wants to come and play or listen to music. Lamb’s past accomplishments include serving on the Akeley School Board and Akeley City Council.

“We always count on Frank to play the piano and sing for all of our birthdays and special occasions at the senior center,” Crosby said. “He also plays ‘name that tune,’ and it is always a fun and lively activity.”

When Paul Bunyan Days rolls around, Lamb is there organizing the parade and entertaining visitors at Paul’s Patio.

“We call Frank the reporter of Akeley, because if you need to know something about Akeley’s past or present, you can always call him,” Crosby said. “He is also known for getting things done!”

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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