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Brian Napstad

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Voyageur Press • October 18, 2016
 

Brian Napstad

Occupation: Sharon and I have owned and operated Fisherman’s Bay Restaurant located 10 miles north of McGregor since 2000. I have served as Aitkin County Commissioner since being elected in 2004. By appointment of the Governor, I am chairman of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and vice-chairman of the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. Both positions have been confirmed by the full Minnesota Senate. My previous occupational experience includes positions with General Electric and Hewlett Packard.

Family: Married to Sharon for 31 years. We have three sons, Josh, Chad, and Ryan. Our three sons are proud graduates of the McGregor School District. I am a past McGregor School District board member and am the only current commissioner or candidate living in the district.

Question: What are the positives taking place within the county?

Answer: Residents of Aitkin County enjoy many positives. We have abundant, quality natural resources. We are safe in our homes and community. We have a wide variety of services available to our seniors and veterans. Our vulnerable citizens have resources to assist them. In emergency situations, such as storms and flooding, the county ....

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STAND #23: Eighty-nine-year-old Jesse Latterell sites in her gun at her favorite stand in Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge near McGregor. Jesse is assisted by James Cook and Jim Tourville during the annual Disabled Access Deer Hunt.

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Disabled Access Deer Hunt
Voyageur Press • October 11, 2016
 

MCGREGOR, Minn. — Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge held its 10th Annual Deer Hunt by Persons with Disabilities this past weekend. This year, 11 hunters came out to enjoy a great Minnesota pastime—hunting whitetail deer.

According to Refuge Manager Walt Ford, this year was the most successful hunt ever! “Six hunters tagged deer,” said Walt. “Two of our hunters new to Rice Lake shot bucks the first day— Mike Herbst from Tamarack and Daniel Thompson from Detroit Lakes.”

Four more hunters would tag deer. Jim Gustafson, Pennock, Minn., tagged a doe on Friday and then on Saturday, three more does were taken by Briana Johnson of Little Falls, Minn., Tom Olufson of Buffalo, Minn., and John Martinson from Rio, Wis.

Among the participants this year, was local resident 89-year-old Jesse Latterell who has hunted at the refuge the past three years. Jesse shared that she missed a good opportunity a couple years ago and asked to be put in the same stand (#23) this season.

Jesse was assisted by her grandson’s close friend, James Cook, and Jim Tourville. Jim has been assisting at the deer hunt for four years. “Jesse is quite a lady,” said Jim. “Last year, she was one of the first ones in her stand and one of the last ones ....

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Old Trap House: A view of the old trap house last spring before renovations took place with help from a grant through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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MAC Birdbusters return to renovated range
By Shari Horton Contributing Writer• October 4, 2016
 

SPAULDING, Minn. —Ready. Set. PULL! The McGregor-Aitkin-Cromwell (MAC) Birdbusters clay target shooting trap team returned for the fall season on Wednesday, Sept. 21 to a newly renovated trap range.

The Minnewawa Sportsmen’s Club, which owns and operates the shooting range, applied for a grant through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources last spring. Cheryl Meld, grant coordinator for McGregor Schools, volunteered her time to assist the club and member Gary Vorlicky in writing and submitting the grant.

Funding was awarded this past summer and the successful grant provided for significant improvements to the trap house structures along with other facility repairs. Dean Masonry & Concrete, Kangas Enterprises and Horton’s Construction worked together in completing the renovations included within the scope of the project.

The majority of the work involved repairing the three trap houses. Steps and doors were replaced, drain tile was installed to create weather-secure trap houses that resist moisture and divert groundwater from the lower level of trap house in order to prevent flooding, and floors were leveled to stabilize the structures. Trap houses are now ....

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Spacious and Friendly Greeting: Patients can expect a spacious and friendly greeting from receptionist Kristina Westerberg. The warm and bright atmosphere at the Floodwood Clinic is a big improvement over the previous facility. Stop in and visit at their Grand Opening scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 1-6 p.m..

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Scenic Rivers Health Services New facility, new faces, new location
Voyageur Press• September 20, 2016
 

Floodwood, Minn. — It is official! The remodeling of the new Scenic Rivers Health Services in Floodwood has been completed. The staff at Scenic Rivers is excited to announce they have a great space in a new location (810 Poplar Street) where they continue to provide quality and compassionate care. To celebrate this wonderful new development, an open house has been scheduled for Oct. 26, 2016, from 1-4 p.m.

In addition to a new facility, the clinic in Floodwood has a few new faces along with familiar faces. Deb Tollgaard took over for Sharon Miller as the site manager in March, while Lori Pykkonen has teamed up with Aaron Heaslet as the new providers. Our friend Dawn Shafer retired in July.

Lori, a certified nurse practitioner, has been serving patients in Floodwood for about two years. Lori, a graduate of the College of St. Scholastica, admits that her passion has always been to serve in a smaller, rural community. “I’ve always wanted to make a difference and one of the things we have lost in healthcare is the personalized care,” she said. “This rural community has provided me with that opportunity.”

Case in point, Lori recently went goose hunting with the Fjeld family. “I just went out on Saturday,” Lori explained. “I love that interaction. It is a time to get to know people on a personal level.”

Lori is very outgoing and has no problem interacting with her patients. She recently helped someone bury their dog, has ....

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