Lorie Skarpness

staff reporter

Lorie Skarpness is responsible for the Saturday Life page, including the "Northwoods Cooks" recipe column. She especially enjoys writing for the "Northland Outdoors" section and writing in-depth feature stories.
She also covers Nevis School Board and Akeley city council meetings.

Lorie earned her degree in writing from Concordia College, Moorhead. She has worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years. Her stories have also published in several magazines, including "Lake Country Journal", "Good Old Days" and "Northwoods Woman."

Lorie also has a degree in child development and family studies from North Dakota State University. She has served as a child care center director and Head Start teacher in that field and written research articles for professional journals.

Ed Talone became the first known person to hike trails along the entire length of the Mississippi River May 18.
Nevis School theater students will perform “A Woman of No Importance” by Oscar Wilde April 28-30.
The facility, located in the old Carnegie Library in Park Rapids, is scheduled to open in late May
Breaking News
14-year-old Levi Selseth of Nevis, Minnesota, had been missing since noon Monday, Oct. 10.
Itasca State Park naturalist Connie Cox said there are a variety of colors in the park already, with peak colors expected in mid- to late September.
So far, Liam Gustafson has raised $15,000, which is about 5% of his goal.
Although special precautions need to be taken to protect skin from the more intense rays this time of year, sun protection is important all year.
Annual festival includes drum group, dancers and making dream catchers and chokers.
Black bears live in the forests throughout the Itasca State Park area and normally avoid people. But when humans leave out food sources with enticing odors, such as bird feeders, unsecured garbage cans or remnants of campfire cooking and picnics, bears will come.
Many events for family fun are planned for the 73rd annual Paul Bunyan Days on June 24-26.