The Park Rapids Area Library hosted a visioning/planning retreat Saturday. Participants ranged from teenagers to seniors, representing a variety of library users. The retreat is part of the library’s comprehensive facility/space needs assessment as it explores options for expanding or rebuilding. A comprehensive study is required to qualify for state funding. Library Strategies, a consulting group of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, led the large and small group discussion.
The interactive, 45-minute show aims to “bring young children and books together,” said Jodi Schulz, head librarian for the Park Rapids Area Library, which sponsored the Legacy-funded event. “Once Upon a Reader” is a statewide program designed to promote literacy among preschoolers. LaRochelle and Wohnoutka’s performance included an enthusiastic reading of “Moo!,” a puppet show starring Cow (at right) and writing a story together as a group. They author/illustrator team began traveling one year ago and will visit 59 libraries across Minnesota.
Barb Martin doesn’t sell her stained glass artwork. She doesn’t have a studio, instead commandeering her husband’s shop. She just does it for fun. And Martin is happy to teach others her stained glass techniques – just as her mother did before her. “My mother used to teach stained glass in Arizona in the winters,” explained Martin, who retired from Mahube-Otwa Head Start in 2013. Martin’s community education class, “Discovering Stained Glass,” was first offered last year. The class has taken off like wildfire.
The Menahga School Board proposed a 3.25 percent – or $38,541 – levy increase for payable 2016. The district’s general fund levy experiences the greatest increase – 13.86 percent or $93,602 – rising from $675,259 to $768,861. It is offset by the 11.82 percent decrease in the general debt service levy, which falls from $468,169 to $412,843. The total preliminary levy is $1,223,440 after including $41,735 for the community service fund. Last year’s final levy was $1,184,899.
Stephen Halonen, chief executive officer of Vercon Inc., attended the Menahga School Board’s work session Thursday to clarify its contractual relationship with the district and answer questions about its current remodeling project at the school. Halonen was joined by Vice President of Commercial Construction Nick Ylitalo and Project Manager Justin Maaninga. They were responding to criticism in a letter from Menahga resident Jon Kangas to the school board.
Park Rapids High School’s 45-year-old baby grand piano is on its last pedals. Partners for Pianos, a newly formed nonprofit group, hopes to raise the pitch for a new one...
A sentient, time-traveling space ship has landed in Lindquist Park. The blue, British-style police box is a TARDIS, or Time and Relative Dimension in Space. Inspired by the science-fiction TV show “Doctor Who,” this particular time capsule was delivered by the local Pinecones 4-H Club rather than a rogue Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. Visitors truly will be able travel through space and time…via old-fashioned books. This TARDIS is a free, not-so-little library.
Initial improvements to the Menahga’s existing water treatment plant are underway. The city’s loan application to the state’s Clean Water Revolving Fund was accepted as of Aug. 3. The Minnesota Public Authority approved $1,654,100 in financing for improvements to the drinking water system. The bulk of the amount – $1,323,280 – is in the form of a principal forgiveness grant, and the remaining $330,820 is a 20-year loan with a 1 percent interest rate. DI-MAR Construction Inc. is contracted to perform the rehabilitation work for $1,279,000.
A 14-month-old girl drowned Saturday, Aug. 8 in a small pond near her Menahga home. Camri Bella Aho is the daughter of Max and Ashley Aho. At approximately 7:18 p.m., the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a child that was found unresponsive in a pool of water on 139th Avenue in Blueberry Township. Camri’s father, a Menahga High School 2010 graduate, was the one who discovered her.
Sleeping Fawn Resort and Campground is hosting its 2nd annual lakeside concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16. The show is a public fundraiser for the aquatic invasive species fund...