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The most important thing is to believe. That's the message Coleman Murphy shares with children when he puts on his Santa suit to spread Christmas cheer at Walmart. He calls himself one of Santa's helpers. "I tell the kids to believe in their heart that there is a Santa," he said. "There are so many Santa helpers around, so you never know where the real one is."
Hosting a gathering during the holidays is easier if it is a potluck. Here are a few recipes that are easy to make and take to a family get together or church basement dinner. This potluck favorite is from myrecipes.com. Cheesy Potato Casserole with Cornflakes 32-oz. package frozen hashbrowns or cubed potatoes 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese 16 ounces sour cream 1 can condensed cream of chicken or mushroom soup 1 cup butter, softened 1 small onion, chopped 3 cups crushed corn flakes
Confirmed cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been identified in students in several grades throughout Century Elementary and Middle School in Park Rapids, according to notification given to parents Dec. 7. On Monday, parents at Hip Hop I at Northern Lights Academy in Park Rapids received notification that a confirmed/suspected case of pertussis had been identified in a student/staff person.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are busy getting ready for Christmas in December but Santa took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer some questions about the magic of the season. 1. What is the most important thing for children to know about Christmas? "Christmas is not all about gifts and presents. These things fade and go away, but relationships are forever. It's a time for giving, a time for sharing and a time for family. Even though our lives may not be perfect, we can still find joy and happiness in each other and the season. Believe!"
During the holiday season, a crackling fire, twinkling lights and decorated trees make the season bright. They also create the potential for a house fire. The number one cause of holiday fires is cooking, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Park Rapids Fire Chief Don Hoffman, who also owns Hoffman Electric, said that is true locally as well.
Nevis was the first area school to start the season of holiday concerts. On Monday evening, the small gym quickly filled with parents, grandparents and family friends. Extra chairs even had to be brought in to set on the sidelines for latecomers. Kindergarteners kicked off the program, all smiles and waves, with songs about snow. First graders followed with "Polar Puppy," "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" and "Run, Run, Rudolph." Second graders sang songs about Santa and third graders sang "Hip Hop Elves," "Christmas Bells are Ringing-Ringing" and "Frosty's Hand Jive."
Crystal Bessler loves teaching kids the importance of being active. Her efforts were recognized by her peers who recently named her Nevis Teacher of The Year. "It's an honor to be recognized by my colleagues," she said. "I love coming to my job every day. I love the joy and energy the kids come in with. As soon as they come into the gym they're asking what game we're playing. I want them to keep that excitement."
Sen. Paul Utke (R-Park Rapids) received a perfect 100 percent ranking from the National Federation of Independent Business for his support of Minnesota's small business owners and employees. NFIB announced the rankings as part of their 2017-18 legislative scorecard, which tracks legislators' votes on a list of bills affecting small businesses, including taxes, health insurance, legal issues, and more.
Making cookie and cocoa mixes in a jar is a way to share your love of baking with family and friends. With a few simple ingredients, some jars, fabric circles, tags and ribbons you will create a personal gift that the receiver can enjoy during the holidays. Children can help measure and pour ingredients into the jars to make this a family project. Here are a few samples to get started. Search online to find many more varieties. Many recipes also have free printable tags to attach to the jars.