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Business briefs for March 31

Local authors’ work set for anthology

BEMIDJI – Scarlett River Press of Edmonton, Alberta announced the horror/urban fantasy short story “Package #900420” by Roy C. Booth and Craig Myran of Bemidji was accepted for an upcoming “Haunted Lens” anthology.

The short story is Myran’s first paid publication credit.

Booth’s short story, “Mortal Applications,” also appears in SRP’s recently released “Rigorous Mortis: A Mortician’s Tales” and is under contract to appear in three more anthologies.

St. Joseph’s named a top 100 hospital

PARK RAPIDS – St. Joseph’s Area Health Service of Park Rapids recently received accolades as one of the nation’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).

HealthStrong awards the designation to hospitals that score highest among rural hospitals nationwide based on their ability to provide a high quality “safety-net” to the communities they serve.

St. Joseph’s was among nine Minnesota hospitals to earn the Top 100 honor.

Local author chosen as award finalist

BEMIDJI – Writers AMuse Me Publishing announced author DeeJay Arens and his book, “The View from a Rusty Train Car,” has been chosen as a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, in the gay/lesbian category.

Award winners will be announced in June.

Arens’ novel is a story about a young boy realizing his love for the boy next door and contains powerful lessons about love, tolerance, hatred and life.

A graduate of Sacred Heart High School and theater student at the University of North Dakota, Arens is a supervising producer and part owner of Saarens Productions in Bemidji. He is an actor, director and filmmaker.

His debut movie, “Slip Away,” premiered in fall 2012. He is an alum of the Fire Hall Theatre in Grand Forks.

The View from a Rusty Train Car is Arens’ first published work and is available to purchase in either print or digital format.