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Chase Johnson, 4, and Jaelynn Schmidt, 2, dressed up in their best Uncle Sam(antha) attire for the children's parade, always a hit with the crowd. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)
Chase Johnson, 4, and Jaelynn Schmidt, 2, dressed up in their best Uncle Sam(antha) attire for the children's parade, always a hit with the crowd. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Tiny towns offer monster entertainment: Laporte

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entertainment Park Rapids, 56470

Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Laporte's annual Fourth celebration came with the town's signature mainstay - meat - lots of it. The Lakeport Fire Department hosted a pig roast Saturday at the fire station. Above left Chase Johnson, 4, and Jaelynn Schmidt, 2, dressed up in their best Uncle Sam(antha) attire for the children's parade, always a hit with the crowd. Center, Gavin Adelman, 6, puts all his concentration into the soap box derby. The adult division of the contest was canceled after last year when a man suffered a serious ankle injury when he plowed into a parked car. Flea market tents lined the city park as vendors sold hand-crafted wares. At right, Wes Westrum turns the brats on a grill set up outside the grocery store. Mayor Craig Mackey donates prime cuts of beef, pork and his home made brats to fund the town's fireworks display at a tent called "Mack's Food Booth." The high school's Spanish Club served dozens of root beer floats in the hot sun to fund next year's trip to Belize.

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