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Green Park Rapids Energy Fair and Health Expo is Feb. 27

This year energy and health are coming together for a joint Green Park Rapids event Feb. 27.

This is an expansion of last year's energy fair, which more than 500 people attended. Organizers for this year's combined expo are expecting an even greater turnout this year.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Park Rapids Century School.

Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, will speak at the event and she has summarized what she will speak about.

"We have long associated energy with turning on the lights, keeping warm and getting down the road. While those are still at the forefront of the meaning of the word 'energy' we are now looking seriously at the broader picture - how energy production and use impacts our health, economy and way of life for the long term."

Sharon Voyda, director of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Park Rapids, said one of the big components of this year's Green Park Rapids Energy Fair and Health Expo will be the low cost, no cost energy saving workshops offered by the Center for Energy and Environment.

The workshops are only for homeowners within the city limits of Park Rapids. Those who are interested in participating in the workshops are asked to call the HRA at 732-4158 to register.

"These workshops will provide people with the basics and user-friendly info on how to save energy and money," Voyda said.

Although residents outside of Park Rapids can't participate in the energy saving workshops, statewide funds will be available as an incentive for buying energy-efficient appliances.

The program begins at 8 a.m. March 1 and ends when the funding runs out.

About $5 million is available, which will provide only 25,400 rebates. (One per household).

For details go to or call 877-230-9119 starting March 1.

There will also be a community health piece.

"We hope to have a broader reach by incorporating both energy and health," said Community Education director Jill Dickinson.

Presenters at the Feb. 27 event include information about solar power, the adolescent brain, how to create optimal health in children and making healthy food choices.

An expanded kid's corner will be available this year.

More than 45 exhibitors and 10 presenters will be at the educational workshops. Door prizes and concessions will also be available.

The Park Rapids Boys Tennis team will be selling concessions.

"We've been really pleased with the community response," said Sari Mabbett, an organizer who works with HRA. "People are starting to make energy savings and healthy living priorities."

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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