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Forum Focus: Shrimp farm, Mail life, Hockey Day, Bio-pic

• Blomkest farm's 'Simply Shrimp' to get bigger

Paul Damhof of Simply Shrimp LLC, right, speaks with State Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen at the Simply Shrimp facility in rural Blomkest. Damhof said his facility is planning to expand to produce more stock and become more bio-secure. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

A major expansion at a rural Kandiyohi County farm that raises salt-water shrimp is tentatively scheduled to take place this year.

Plans by Simply Shrimp, LLC, for a high-tech, bio-secure facility will “substantially” increase production of the popular seafood grown at the rural Blomkest farm, said owner Paul Damhof.

Once the facility is running at full speed, Damhof said he expects to produce enough shrimp to not only meet the high local demand but also allow the company to sell to restaurants and wholesale commercial outlets.


Currently, most of the shrimp is sold to local customers who drive to the farm, located south of Willmar on U.S. Highway 71. Usually, the Simply Shrimp sign at the end of the driveway says “sold out.”

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• A day in the life of a mail carrier

Full-time city letter carrier Josh Fisher walks his route Jan. 2 along Main Ave. N. in Park Rapids, pulling his mail truck ahead a couple blocks at a time before circling up and down both sides of the street. Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

These words, written by a Greek historian in 440 B.C., aren’t actually the motto of the U.S. Postal Service. Nevertheless, an aspiring postal worker job-shadowing a city letter carrier should prepare for a long walk and dress for all weather.

Josh Fisher has worked at the U.S. Post Office in Park Rapids for about 13 years. He has been a full-time letter carrier on the City 1 route for the past year-and-a-half. This covers parts of the city from Fair Ave. to Park Ave., and from 3rd St. W. north to where Main Ave. meets Park. It encompasses public schools, government buildings, businesses and apartment complexes as well as front-door home delivery.

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• Second Annual Hockey Day ND Returns to Jamestown

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The outdoor rink walls are set in place on Allen Field as seen Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, for the upcoming Hockey Day North Dakota scheduled for Jan. 17-19 on the University of Jamestown campus. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

The second annual Hockey Day North Dakota is coming back to the University of Jamestown this Jan. 17-19 for a weekend of outdoor hockey played by all levels from around the state.

This event will pack the campus with hockey players, families and fans alike in celebration of sport and community. University of Jamestown will kick off the 2020 event by taking on rival Minot State University on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. UJ's American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II team will then take on the University of North Dakota’s Club team on Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

“We are delighted that Hockey Day North Dakota is returning to our campus for this exceptional weekend,” said Dr. Polly Peterson, President of UJ. “Last year’s inaugural event was beautifully and professionally executed, and the committee has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for sports fans statewide to enjoy a one-of-a-kind hockey experience.

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• Timothee Chalamet to play Duluth-born music icon in upcoming bio-pic

LEFT: Timothee Chalamet arrives at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2019. Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / TNS RIGHT: Bob Dylan onstage during the Critics' Choice Movie Awards in 2012. Christopher Polk / Getty Images / TNS


Bob Dylan’s likeness has been captured, in film, by actors ranging from Richard Gere to Cate Blanchett.

The next to ape the great’s tousled tresses: Timothee Chalamet, who most recently played Laurie in Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.”

Deadline first reported Monday that the young actor — who is also in Netflix’s “The King” and stars in “Dune” later this year — will play the Duluth-born musician in a movie directed by James Mangold (“Ford v Ferrari,” “Walk the Line”). There is no title or timeline for the project yet — though it’s referred to as “Going Electric” by those in the biz, Deadline reported.

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