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Henning students learn business skills

Vance Doll, 17, wants to open his own diesel mechanic shop. Mason Truax, 18, wants to open a gym. Josh Wojcik, 17, just wanted to try something different.
These three Henning School seniors are part of the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program, run through the Lakes Region Service Cooperative for students in Henning, Battle Lake and Perham. They meet from 7:30-8:50 a.m. every weekday, frequently at Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail, and other days at a local business. On a recent day, they had tours planned for Goose Gang in Perham and Wadena’s Cyber Café.
“This is stuff you don’t learn in school,” Truax said. “It’s been a crash course in marketing, financing and accounting.”
Doll said, “I learned that marketing is a huge thing.”
“‘Don’t be afraid to try new things,’” Wojcik said. “That’s a big one.”
Students arrange for their own transportation to class and then head to their regular school afterward. They said many of their classmates were uninterested in joining the CEO program because they preferred to take college-preparatory classes at high school.  read entire story. . . .

Willow Creek to celebrate 10th anniversary in Henning

In the 10 years Susanne Torgerson has been at the Willow Creek senior housing complex in Henning, one of her favorite memories is when one of her tenants approached her in her office.
The lady, retired teacher Clarice Espeland, whose husband had been a local banker, was wondering about giving Willow Creek a gift.
“Could you use a bus?” she asked.
A bus was never on Torgerson’s wish list, simply because it seemed so out of reach. When the reality of what Espeland was offering hit her, emotion took over.
“I started crying and she started crying,” she said. “It was just one of those awesome moments.”
When the City of Henning opened Willow Creek in 2004, its independent living units filled immediately. Willow Creek residents are fairly able-bodied and enjoy getting out, Torgerson said. However, the 14-passenger bus has been a boon for those who use wheelchairs or walkers. Equipped with a lift, it has simplified travel for those who might not be able to climb bus steps.
Now staff members can bring residents on country drives, to appointments and even to Jasper Theater in Park Rapids––followed by dinner at A&W.  read entire story. . . .

Henning approves purchasing equipment

The Henning Utility Department will receive two new pieces of equipment in the next couple of months.
At the Henning City Council meeting last week, counselors approved the purchase of a 2014 F150 pickup truck with an eight-foot box for $27,585. This will be purchased within the month using revenue from the gas and electrical funds.
The council also approved the purchase of a 2014 skidsteer, for the cost of $11,900.
“We feel like we need to go up one size. We bog down too much when we try to trench and it (the current skidsteer) doesn’t handle a vibrating plow. A little heavier machine with a little more power will do the trick,” said Utilities Supervisor Scott Grabe. “It’s the most used equipment we have. It gets used year round. It hardly ever sits.”
Through the years, the utility department has used the skidsteer for 500 hours and then traded it in for a new model for a $2,000 fee.
Grabe said, “We run it to 500 hours, wear out the tires, and then trade in the whole thing.”  read entire story. . . .

Exchange student relocates to Vining

Desiree Fugazzola left behind one of Europe’s most populous, sprawling cities and landed in one of America’s smallest.
The Italian teenager, an exchange student at Henning School, hails from Milan, Italy, a global center of fashion and design of 5 million people, where residents dress up even for school.
Now she lives in Vining, population 78, surrounded by farms and lakes. She wears sweatshirts and yoga pants, and guess what, she likes it.
“I got a lot of yoga pants,” she said. “I never wore yoga pants before.”
Fugazzola lives with Hannah and Brian Frederick and has three American sisters, Lexi, a senior, Kylie in sixth grade and Becca in fourth grade. It’s the Fredericks’ first year hosting an exchange student. The other Henning School exchange student this year lives with the Doll family, which has welcomed exchange students in previous years.
“I know the Dolls really well and I’ve seen them have so much fun with the girls that they have,” said Lexi. “We just thought it would be fun.”  read entire story. . . .

Ottertail woman turns home into assisted living facility

Ruth Bosse, a certified nursing assistant, has turned her lakeside home in Ottertail into a business, Lake Song Adult Foster Care.
It was a business she knew, as she had worked in adult foster care in Henning and was an experienced caregiver.
Licensed for up to four adults ages 55 and up, Bosse helps her residents with day-to-day activities from the time they get up to the time they go to bed. She prepares meals, helps with medications, schedules appointments and does their laundry, depending on their needs. She was licensed in June and in September took her first two residents. She has hired a part-time employee.
About 40 homes are licensed to do adult foster care in Otter Tail County, according to the county’s website. To get a license, Bosse had to go through a background check, a home inspection and worked with the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Bosse has also run a maid service for 20 years and sells Mary Kay products as a senior consultant.
“I like to be my own boss,” she said.  read entire story. . . .