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Chris Norton is the new fire chief in Nevis following council approval at the Jan. 14 meeting. He will be attending the New Chiefs Conference in February. Norton has been on the department since 2005. He replaces Mike Marchell, who was appointed first assistant chief. Josh Winter is the second assistant chief. "I plan to tap their expertise," he said. "There is a lot of experience on the department and we're working on getting re-energized. It's hard to find volunteers."
There are a variety of meals and desserts that can be made with just a few ingredients and a coffee mug. The first recipe is one I got from a friend. The others are from allrecipes.com. Omelette in a Mug 1 teaspoon butter 2 large eggs Toppings (cheese, cooked ham, bacon crumbles, mushrooms, chopped bell pepper, veggies)
There is no age requirement for heroes. Jayla Pedersen is a second grader at Century Elementary in Park Rapids. She woke her grandma, Janelle Pedersen, when she smelled smoke early in the morning on Sept. 2, 2018. Janelle looked outside and saw her neighbor's house was on fire. A story on the front page of the Enterprise that told how Jayla's actions resulted in two elderly neighbors being rescued from the fire was submitted by the American Legion Auxiliary for the National Youth Hero Award this fall.
The Nevis Tech-No-Tigers hosted the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) kickoff Saturday. This year's challenge is "Deep Space," and the 18 teams attending were excited to watch the video. "Everyone in the world finds out the challenge at the same time through the broadcast video," team mentor Andrew Dahlby said. "There are 3,800 teams worldwide." FIRST stands For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen, the goal of the nonprofit is to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.
Winter nights are perfect for enjoying a warm meal or dessert made in a Crock-Pot or slow cooker. According to thekitchn.com, you can use either. Crock-Pot is a brand name slow cooker that came out in the 1970s, but there are also many other types of slow cookers, including Crock-Pot-style slow cookers. "Across brands and styles of slow cookers, they all have one thing in common: they cook low and slow, and do the work while you're away," the article states.
Here are two recipes for the chocolate lover who wants to eat healthier. Both recipes are also gluten-free. Kathy Dennis, who works in special projects, selected this recipe from sweetashoney.com to share because it has only a few simple ingredients and is gluten-free, sugar-free and low carb. Chocolate Avocado Cookies 1 ripe avocado (about 1/2 cup mashed avocado) 1/4 cup regular or sugar-free maple syrup 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter 1 egg or chia egg if vegan 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder Optional:
The Nevis School District certified the maximum levy of $1,180,735 for the payable 2019 levy following its truth-in-taxation hearing Dec. 17. This is a 5.7 percent increase ($63,705) from the 2018 property tax levy of $1,117,030. These taxes will be collected in 2019 to fund the 2020 school year. For a residential homestead property with an estimated market value of $100,000, the tax increase from 2018 to 2019 as a result of the school's portion of the taxes will be $44. For a $500,000 home it will be a $193 increase.
Christmas goodies are part of what makes the season special. Here are favorites from a few of the staff members at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Please share your family's favorites for recipe columns in the new year! This recipe from Better Homes and Gardens is a favorite of Jayne Merila, who works in special projects, and her family. Chocolate Crinkles 4 eggs 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly 1/2 cup cooking oil 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons vanilla
The 35th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count at Itasca State Park Dec. 17 had the highest numbers of species seen in the count's history, according to park naturalist Connie Cox. There were 32 different species reported, including some rare sightings. A total of 64 different species of birds have been reported over the 35 years of counting.
More firefighters are needed in Nevis. Assistant Fire Chief Brent Nicklason told the council at the Dec. 10 meeting that there are currently 18 active and seven inactive members of the fire department. Inactive members are those who have worked for 10 years, but haven't reached the age of 50 for payout or have requested a leave of absence. Council member Jeanne Thompson questioned how many of the 18 active members are really active. "How many show up for fires and meetings?" she asked.