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Area businesses, churches and families are needed to "adopt" area families in need by purchasing gifts to put under their Christmas trees. Around 150 families signed up for the Toys for Girls and Boys and Tiny Tots program this year. Foster children in Hubbard County also receive toys through the program. Sponsors receive a suggestion list from the families, along with the child's age and gender. Tanja Zentz and her dad, John, took over as program coordinators last year. She said the time between families signing up and receiving the gifts is very busy, but rewarding.
Pumpkin desserts are good all autumn, but especially at Thanksgiving! In addition to the traditional pumpkin pie, here are some variations to serve at family gatherings or with leftovers. Pumpkin Dump Cake With only three ingredients, this moist cake is from spendwithpennies.com. 1 box spice cake mix 15 ounces canned pumpkin 2 eggs
Nevis School honored veterans from all branches of the military and all wars at its Veterans Day program Monday afternoon. The event began with a gathering of kindergarten students and veterans for conversation over milk and snacks. "I know why you're a Marine because you go in a submarine," one kindergarten boy said to the Marine he was sitting next to. After visiting with the veterans, students headed down to Tiger Arena for the program.
George and Jan Sayer of Menahga submitted these recipes, which they said are easy to prepare and very tasty. All recipes are relatively inexpensive per serving. Asian Beef and Noodles 2 tablespoons butter 1 lb. ground beef 2 packages (3 oz. each) ramen beef noodle soup crumbled 2-1/2 cups water 2 cups frozen broccoli stir-fry vegetable blend 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 2 tablespoons green onions thinly sliced
Everyone is welcome at the Park Rapids Senior Center. Just ask Dorothy Eckhoff of Long Lost Lake, south of Bagley. "I had a dentist appointment on Halloween, saw the senior citizen building and went in to see if they had crafts," she said. "They were so wonderful. I had a delicious bowl of chili and a great bar and everyone was so friendly. I'm going to make a point to come back and see them when I'm in town again." The coffee is always on, and sometimes members bring treats.
Akeley's new clerk/treasurer is on the job and looking forward to making a difference in the community and reconnecting with family. Kristi (Booge) Kath was born and raised in the area. A 1984 graduate of Nevis High School, she married her high school sweetheart, Jason Kath, and moved to Washington in 1985. Kath comes to her new position with 24 years of administrative experience. For the past 16 years, she has worked as an office/facilities manager at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Wash.
Knowing you're not alone can help a lot when you are going through hard times. When second grader Phoenix Hunter lost his hair as the result of the chemotherapy he has been undergoing for leukemia, Century Elementary School interventionist Casey Swenson wanted to help him feel strong and confident.
Remi Sconce of Laporte is facing a fight against neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that occurs most often in infants in young children. At 9 months old, he has spent much of the last four months at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. "He's definitely a fighter," his mom Rasche said. "He's very strong and stays happy in spite of all of the pokes and awful things he goes through."
The Headwaters Animal Shelter in Park Rapids has two cookbooks available: "Cooking for Your Dog" and "Cooking for Your Cat." Proceeds benefit animals at the shelter. Rover's Rewards 3/4 cup hot water or meat juices 1/3 cup margarine 1/2 cup powdered milk 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional) 1 egg, beaten 3 cups whole wheat flour
Menahga candidates for school board answered questions from voters at candidate forum in the Tuesday night, with about a dozen people attending. The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area (LWV). Topics discussed included open enrollment, state test scores, strengths and challenges in the district and communication between the board and community and attracting and retaining quality staff. Candidates for the three seats on the board are incumbents Andrea Haverinen, Katie Howard and Durwin Tomperi and challenger Bob Smith.