T&M Express in Park Rapids had its official ribbon cutting on Monday afternoon, after completing its first remodel since the store was built in 1991. Originally, the location was franchised as a Food 'N Fuel. "When that franchise went away we had to decide if we wanted to do another franchise or do our own thing," co-owner Nancy Lewis said of the family owned business that underwent some rebranding but no remodeling since it was built.
Casey Daugherty, a 2006 Park Rapids Area High School graduate, was raised around horses and she says this upbringing has helped her develop what she calls a "horse sense." "Horses are incredible creatures," she said. Her love of horses is what drove her to seek out a career that allows her to work with the animals. Originally, she wanted to do chiropractic work on horses and her advisor informed her that if she did, she would be looking at going to vet school. Daugherty decided that was not the path she wanted to pursue and shifted her direction.
During his presentation to the Park Rapids School Board Monday night, Eric Hillesland said,"The World's Best Workforce is our report card to the state on how our district is doing. There's five things that they want us to report on called the five cornerstones." Hillesland presented the district's plan for the current school year to the board members. According to Hillesland, the five cornerstones are the following:
County Auditor Kay Rave informed the Hubbard County Commissioners at last week's county board meeting that in 2012, during the last Presidential Election, there were 1,483 absentee and mail-in ballots issued. In this 2016 election, Hubbard County saw 2,689 absentee and mail-in ballots. "I don't ever see this going down. We did not have the staff to adequately handle it and I think most of the 87 counties probably saw the same thing," Rave said. "We knew we'd have increased numbers but the extent we saw was unreal. How do you prepare for something that is unknown?
Ron Holzworth was recognized last week by the United Blood Service for having donated 10 gallons of blood. Holzworth can't recall how long it's taken him to achieve his goal, but in looking back at his collection of donor cards, the oldest one he could find was from 1997 and, at that time, he had already donated 26 units of blood.
The Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) serves individuals who are developmentally disabled to help place them in jobs in order to learn new skills and further improve their quality of life. In addition to their facility on Pleasant Avenue, the DAC owns three retail stores located throughout Park Rapids; The Bearly Used Thrift Store, The Salvage Depot and The Tin Ceiling and they also manage the Hubbard County Recycling Center, all of which provide jobs to the clients.
I've already established that I love fall and one of the many reasons is because it provides the perfect weather conditions to provide an excuse to make delicious soups. Creamy Potato Soup 1 head of garlic, roasted 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped 5 large russet potatoes; peeled, cubed and boiled 4 cups chicken broth or stock ¼ cup salted butter 1 cup milk ¼ cup cream ½ teaspoon thyme Olive oil Coarse Salt and ground pepper to taste