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Keeping the Blackduck Theater a family friendly business has been the goal for new owner Bob Mabe of Bemidji. Mabe has a large family of his own, so trying to maintain family oriented films and lower prices has been important. "I hope to keep the people coming in so we can keep those prices down low," Mabe said. "My goal is to keep entertainment down so it's affordable for the family." Business has been going pretty well for the theater, according to Mabe, who said the most popular showing they've had was Despicable Me 2.
Karin Elhard, Blackduck city administrator, announced her resignation Nov. 4 at the Blackduck City Council meeting. Elhard began working in city government in 1998. She came to Blackduck from Northome in 2007. Working in the dynamics of a changing economy has been the most challenging aspect of her time in Blackduck, she said. "We've had to make sure that it's cost-effective to live here with property taxes and all that," Elhard said.
New water and sewer rates will go into effect for businesses, the school and multi-family housing units in Blackduck next month. The Blackduck City Council approved the change at its regular meeting Nov. 4. Commercial businesses in Blackduck will see a decrease in the newly structured rates and multi-family housing units may see a rate increase.
Some businesses in the city of Blackduck could see relief in their water bills in the future. It's likely that the cost of water and sewer will decrease for commercial users and increase for multi-family housing units. Residential users wouldn't be affected. A new rate system for city water and sewer was discussed on Oct. 24 during a budget work session meeting with the Blackduck City Council. The deliberation began about Jan. 1, 2013 to come up with a schedule that would be fair and equitable to residents and to the city.
KELLIHER — As the undefeated Northome-Kelliher football team advances, so does its support system. "It’s been electrifying ... because we’ve had huge turnouts at our last two games," said Calvin...
BLACKDUCK -- Behind the curtain is where Ben Anderson, a junior at Blackduck High School, shines. "The Wizard of Oz," put on by the Blackduck High School Theater Department, will hit the stage on Nov. 1. And keeping it all together is Anderson. Auditions for the play were held in late August, and Anderson is very familiar with the whole process needed to stage the show. "I could walk away and he could keep things running," Jennifer Parker, director and drama department advisor, said.
BLACKDUCK -- It was the spring of eighth-grade for Kristie Slindee when she, like others her age, began thinking about how she would soon be getting her driver's license. She had a slightly different mindset than her peers, however. "I want a car I can work on before I get my license," Kristie told her father, Phil Slindee, some three-plus years ago. "We had no idea what that really entailed, how much we wanted to do, or even what we wanted," said Kristie, now a senior at Blackduck High School.
The Blackduck School District is eager to begin the next step in its technology boost, and it is eager to do it without any complications along the way. "We want to learn from the mistakes other people have made and find out what they did and what worked and what didn't work," Blackduck School Principal Randy Hanson said. Many details still need to be sorted through. So far, all that is set in stone is two classes will receive laptops for one-on-one use beginning next semester. One class will be in the elementary school and one will be in the high school.
MacKenzie Degelder and Thomas Revering were named homecoming royalty on Tuesday at Bemidji High Schoo in a coronation ceremony.