REGIONAL ROUNDUP: Thief River Falls Area Food Shelf seeking new home
The Thief River Falls Area Food Shelf is looking for a new, permanent home. The organization has been homeless -- at least officially -- since July 2012, when it moved out of a Thief River Falls location. Since then, semi-monthly food distributio...
The Thief River Falls Area Food Shelf is looking for a new, permanent home.
The organization has been homeless - at least officially - since July 2012, when it moved out of a Thief River Falls location. Since then, semi-monthly food distributions have been made at the National Guard Armory in town, according to a report in the Thief River Falls Times.
However, that is not considered a permanent location.
Last year, the organization was preapproved for a $200,000 USDA Rural Development loan that officials had hoped would be used to purchase the former D&J Radio Sales building on Atlantic Avenue. However, officials now believe the cost of necessary building improvements likely would surpass $500,000, according to Kiki Anderson, outgoing executive director.
So, the organization is looking for another potential site. It has up to four years to use the 40-year loan, which has a 3.5-percent interest rate.
Mayville to keep traffic lights
The City Council has decided to keep the traffic lights that operate at the intersection of Main Street and Center Avenue.
City officials had considered discontinuing the use of the lights, to save an estimated $60 in monthly utility bill, according to a report in the Traill County Tribune.
However, they learned that if the lights are removed, the North Dakota Department of Transportation would discontinue its practice of offering driver’s license exams in the Traill County city of 1,800. The lights are part of the exam.
Mayor Don Moen said the driver’s license exams are a service that brings people to town, and that the service is worth the expense.
Drayton newspaper rolls on
The Valley News and Views, a weekly newspaper published in Drayton, N.D., will continue to be published.
Lyle and Lesa VanCamp bought the newspaper last month.
The newspaper’s future had been in doubt in recent weeks, after the unexpected death Aug. 21 of Larry Ritzo, the publication’s owner/publisher.
However, the VanCamps agreed to keep it going.
The newspaper had been in the VanCamp family for 25 years, from April 1982 until it was sold in 2007 to Ritzo.
Lesa will serve as editor and be in charge of day-to-day operations. Lyle, who works for the U.S. Postal Service in Drayton, is the publisher.
‘Bake Talk’ planned in Kennedy
Kennedy, Minn., will host a unique event on Oct. 11.
A “Bake Talk’ is planned between 9 a.m. 10 a.m. at the Kennedy Center.
So, what’s a Bake Talk?
It’s an event organized by the Baking Brigade, a group of experienced bakers from the area, according to a report in the North Star News. Those attending will have a chance to learn some baking lessons from professionally trained bakers as they enjoy free coffee, breakfast pastries and informal discussion about baking.
Homemade baked goods also will be on sale at the event.
Park River reviving school newspaper
The Aggie Chronicle, the school newspaper at Park River (N.D.) Area High School, could be published again, more than 25 years after it was discontinued.
School counselor Kevin Skavhaug is spearheading the campaign.
“It was a favorite of all,” he told the Walsh County Press. “It was a paper by students, for students.”
While he didn’t know just when it stopped publishing, he said it hasn’t existed at least since 1987, when he began teaching in Park River.
He currently is seeking students interested in the project. A date has not been set for the first publication.