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The Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will mark its 25th year of stitching camaraderie with an open house and show from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7 at Riverside United Methodist Church. Admission is free. "It’s women who like to quilt," Shirley Tobias explained of the club that has marked a quarter century. "We share ideas, techniques and tools. It’s inspiring."
Hubbard County Board Chair Matt Dotta announced his resignation Tuesday in closed session, effective Monday, July 4. “It’s been a joy and honor to serve,” the District 2 representative told commissioners, according to coordinator Deb Thompson. Dotta, whose term expires at year’s end, suggested appointing Charlene Christenson to fill the vacancy. Christenson is the single candidate filing for the District 2 commissioner seat.
The Hubbard County Commissioners, in a relatively brief meeting Tuesday, discussed whether the county should become the administrator of portable commodes each summer, installing and maintaining restrooms at some or all of its 22 public accesses. Lake Kabekona residents had requested a county-maintained latrine, the county currently maintaining restrooms on Fish Hook and Stony Lake. Cost of this is an estimated $450 per season, per site.
Bill DonCarlos has joined Hubbard County Environmental Services as the Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator. The 2014 University of Minnesota-Duluth environmental studies graduate began duties as "point person" for AIS inspection May 31. Forty state trained and certified inspectors now check watercraft on 30-plus Hubbard County lakes. Growing up next to the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area near his hometown of Wyoming, DonCarlos developed an affinity for the great outdoors.
Robert and Frann Kuhn will celebrate their first wedding anniversary June 13. "But it feels like we’ve been together forever," Frann, 70, said of her spouse, who’s 78. The septuagenarians have reunited as a couple, after a half-century apart. Their romance began in classic ’60s style, Robert cruising into a Peoria, Ill. Steak and Shake in a 1927 Chevrolet. "She waited on me," he said. "I like your car," Frann Long told him. (He’d borrowed it from his brother.)
Turkey Kabobs with Peanut Dipping Sauce 1 skinless boneless turkey breast, 2 pounds ½ cup dry white wine ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup vegetable oil or olive oil 1 tablespoon sugar 1 large clove of garlic, minced
Jerrold Bjerke will assume the role of Hubbard County Veterans Service Officer June 12; Greg Remus, the current officer, will serve as an assistant for the next year. "He’s very, very qualified," Remus told Hubbard County Commissioners, "even though he’s Navy," the Army lieutenant colonel joked of Bjerke’s military background. Bjerke held the highest of the enlisted ranks in the Navy, Remus said.
Laura Johnson has assumed the role of interim executive director of the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center, following the recent departure of Matt Kramer. "I believe in what the DAC does," Johnson said of what has become "a shining example in the state… I’ve got big shoes to fill," she said of Ed Ranson, who pioneered the program that now has several work sites for DAC clients, as well as partnerships with businesses in the community.
"Guys on Ice," an ice-fishing musical, will resurface on the Long Lake Theater stage Wednesday, June 8. Characters engaging audiences with fishhouse banter are, from left, Bruce Bolton as Lloyd,...
As the names reflect – Wisdom Club (circa 1955), Never Grow Old Club (circa 1956) and the Community Senior Citizens Club (1970) – the Park Rapids Senior Citizens Club has evolved through the decades, membership waxing and waning. A year ago, there was talk of disbanding; the building was used once a week, just in the summer, by bridge groups. Now a renaissance is in the works. Interest in the club located in the former fire hall has reignited.