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More than a half million people participated in the Minnesota fishing opener Saturday and Sunday. Those trying their luck in this area had mixed reviews on their success, but everyone seemed happy to be out on the water after the long winter. Lynn Nelson, a summer resident of Nevis, went out before dawn on Fish Hook Lake and caught his limit of six walleye in about eight feet of water using a Lindy Rig with shiners. He said his walleye averaged about 17 inches. He said he enjoyed eating them, too.
Tony Kinkel, executive director of the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (MBSA), shared his perspective on bullying after recent media attention. "Obviously, I'm distressed and disheartened because it's my hometown, but it doesn't surprise me because I see it at my level as well," he said. "I'm a graduate of Park Rapids High School and was proud to represent that area as a state legislator for many years." Kinkel said complaints his office receives about bullying have increased statewide. "It's a discussion we all have to have," he said.
The hallway at Century School was filled with displays by students who became experts for a day on a topic of their choice. Popular choices were dogs, ocean creatures and planets. Parents and other students walked around and talked with students about their topics, asking questions and learning about a variety of subjects.
The Tiger Arena was packed Saturday evening with students and families celebrating prom. This year's theme was "Be Our Guest." As in the Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast," the setting was fanciful with twinkling lights and red roses. Dressed in their finest, students came in couples and with friends to have fun. Following the grand march, dinner and a dance were held at the Firefly Event Barn. Many community businesses and organizations sponsored the post-prom event and donated prizes.
After national news reports recently suggested adults who received their measles vaccine before 1989 may need an additional shot, many people are wondering if that includes them. According to infection control specialist Wendy Gullicksrud at CHI St. Joseph's Community Health, the answers depend on a variety of circumstances and the most up-to-date information can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Protecting vulnerable children
Hailey Becker is a seventh grader at Nevis School. Her mom, Kara Norhagel Becker, said the same group of students have been bullying her daughter since kindergarten. "It escalated to the point that Hailey took a string that she had in her backpack, put it around her neck and was trying to choke herself on the bus in November last year," Kara said. "She was suicidal." Hailey said what made her want to kill herself was that someone she thought was her friend joined in with other boys who had been bothering her for years and called her a bitch.
Competing with more than 400 teams from 14 countries on six fields, the Tech-No-Tigers robotics team — made up of students from Nevis and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley — returned this weekend from the Worlds Competition held in Detroit, Mich.
Applications are now being accepted for MAHUBE-OTWA's Head Start program. Even before a child is born, pregnant moms can enroll in the program. Services to children begin at birth and continue through age 5. An application is available online at mahube.org. Click on Head Start to complete the first step application. There is no cost, but the program is for families that are income eligible. Over-income applicants may also be accepted on a point-based system.
Three seniors at Nevis High School will be pursuing their passion for art after graduation at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Grace Watson is the daughter of Michele (Lueck) Watson of Akeley. Gracie Stevenson is the daughter of Laura Willhite of Park Rapids, and Kyrsten Sauser is the daughter of Bob and Kris Sauser of Nevis.
Due to shifts in funding at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the State Hwy. 34 project in Akeley has been pushed back a year from 2022 to 2023. Project coordinator Laura Hadrava delivered the news at the April 10 Akeley City Council meeting. "There has been a fairly recent development with our funding situation," she said. "Things have happened with budgets and having to shift projects around and Akeley's shift was one of the results of that." Mayor Brian Hitchcock asked if that would change the price of the project.