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Regional Roundup: Donor gives $5 million for new Baudette arena

Donor gives $5 million for new Baudette arena Baudette, Minn., is looking to build a new arena, thanks to an anonymous $5 million donation. The Lake of the Woods Community Arena Board explained the project in a recent open house event, according ...

Donor gives $5 million for new Baudette arena

Baudette, Minn., is looking to build a new arena, thanks to an anonymous $5 million donation.

The Lake of the Woods Community Arena Board explained the project in a recent open house event, according to a report in the Northern Light, Baudette's weekly newspaper.

The board hopes to raise an additional $1.5 million for the project.

While the arena will be used for hockey, it also would be rented for other functions.

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Operational expenses are expected to be covered by fees, facility rental, tournament and advertising revenue, and other operational sources. In addition, board member Mike Schulz told the group the donor's trust includes funding to cover any financial shortfalls.

Park River clearing project underway

Heavy equipment is working along the Park River in Walsh County these days.

The Walsh County Water Resource District began the first phase of a 14-mile debris removal project in early February, according to a report in the Walsh County Record.

Agencies participating in the project include the Red River Regional Council, the Red River Riparian Program/North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund and the State Water Commission.

Grafton, N.D., officials also are proposing a similar project in the city limits.

Together, the two projects would encompass about 32 miles of the Park River.

Worker shortage threatens Red Lake Falls pool

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Red Lake Falls, Minn., is struggling to find staff to operate its outdoor pool this summer.

The city needs a manager and additional lifeguards, according to a report in the Red Lake Falls Gazette.

If the city fails to find enough help, the pool could remain closed this summer, officials said.

City officials are urging parents to encourage their teenage children to become lifeguards.

Warren hospital has new CEO

North Valley Health Center in Warren, Minn., officially has a new CEO.

Jon Linnell had been serving as interim CEO since December, according to a report in the Warren Sheaf. He has been in the health care industry since 1971.

A meet-and-greet event is set for 3 p.m. March 15.

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Natural food store opens in Fertile

Fertile, Minn., has a new natural food store.

Wendie Hasler opened Heart and Soul Foods after being diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, according to a report in the Fertile Journal.

The store offers food, beverages and nutritional supplements.

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