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In an Enterprise tradition, readers are encouraged to take part in our annual Christmas story contest. It can be fiction, memoir, personal essay, poem. All we ask is the story has something to do with Christmas.
Marc Moir, Josie Skobik and Matt Lichter salute the funeral flag of Vietnam War veteran Jan Hubertus Bastian after performing a solemn flag folding ceremony on Nov. 12 at Century Middle School in Park Rapids.
Bakers are being called into action this Thanksgiving. Leah Bervig and Krista Johnson, co-chairs of the 36th annual Community Thank Meal, invite community members to contribute scrumptious holiday pies. "We definitely need pies," Bervig said. An assortment is welcome — from classic pumpkin pie to a chocolate, pecan, apple and more. They may be brought to Riverside United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The Community Thank Meal will be held Thursday, Nov. 22.
Sebeka, Menahga, Verndale and Park Rapids Fire Departments worked together on Wednesday to extinguish a house fire in Meadow Township. The home at 30931 189th Street belongs to 85-year-old Myrtle Pickar. Her sons, Clarence and Chuck, said that the home was vacant at the time of the fire, but it was a total loss. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a report of a structure fire at approximately 1:50 p.m. Pickar's granddaughter, Rebekah Pickar, who lives in a neighboring home, reported the fire.
Electric vehicle owners brought their enthusiasm to World Science Day. The day-long event was held Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church and included five other guest speakers. Topics included recycling, sustainability projects, home energy-efficiency and northern Minnesota's changing forests.
Hubbard County is hosting a Minnesota GreenCorps member. Laura Wessberg is serving with the Hubbard County Solid Waste Department until August 2019, with the goal of improving the environment while gaining professional experience. Originally from a St. Paul suburb, Wessberg has lived in Minnesota her whole life except while she attended college. Last spring, she graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor of Science in sustainability.
The Menahga School gymnasium brimmed with red, white and blue Monday morning. American flags and "Welcome home, veterans" signs greeted guests, as did Little Miss Menahga Alivia Niemela and Miss Menahga Madi Marjamaa. Menahga FCCLA members crafted more than 100 boutonnieres for all veterans attending the program. The Menahga VFW Post 6206 color guard and Park Rapids Area Marine Corps League presented the nation's colors.
Two years ago, Colleen Ronnei lost her 20-year-old son, Luke, to a drug overdose. The family lives in Chanhassen, but spends their summers on Hinds Lake. On Nov. 7, Ronnei brought her story to Menahga High School students. Ronnei founded Change the Outcome in July 2017 "with the goal of developing educational initiatives for young people," according to the website (changetheoutcome.org). Since November 2017, Ronnei and several young adults in recovery have spoken with more than 10,000 students across Minnesota.
The Park Rapids Volunteer Network has attracted more than 100 volunteers seeking opportunities to lend a helping hand. The website aims to connect do-gooders with area organizations that need their help. A small task force from ACTION Park Rapids created the customized web page ( https://volunteerparkrapids.galaxydigital.com ), which went live in May 2018. Currently, there are 109 volunteers registered on the site, reported task force member Kim Donahue at ACTION Park Rapids meeting on Nov. 1.