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Park Rapids 

    The city of Park Rapids, population 3,450, is located approximately 200 miles northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul and 135 miles west of Duluth. 

    Park Rapids is the county seat for Hubbard County, home to School Dist. 309 and site for hospital and medical services for the area. 

    The city is governed as a statutory city under a mayor/council form of government. The city council consists of the mayor and four council members. The city administrator, appointed by the council, manages the daily operations of the city. 

    The city has a zoning ordinance; building permits are required and are available at city hall. 

    Services provided by the city include law enforcement, fire protection, sewer and water utilities, maintenance of streets and parks, and the public library, which is a member of the Kitchigami Regional Library System. For businesses wishing to expand or locate in the Park Rapids area, assistance is provided through the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Authority. The city also operates a municipal airport and liquor store. 

    The police department has a police chief, one investigator, one K-9 officer, one school liaison and six additional full-time officers while the fire department has a volunteer force of 26 and maintains a fire insurance rating of six. 

    The city administration building is located at 212 2nd St. West. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 732-3163 or e-mail The city's Website is

    The Park Rapids Area Library is located at 210 1st St. W. Call 732-4966 or go to

    Bill Smith is city administrator, Margie Vik is city clerk, Angela Brumbaugh city treasurer, Dan Walker city planner, Terry Eilers police chief and Donn Hoffman fire chief. 

    The Park Rapids Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at noon at the Park Rapids Area Library. Nancy Carroll is mayor, council members are Paul Utke, Pat Mikesh, Rod Nordberg and Sue Tomte. Council members serve as liaisons on the following committees:

Airport Commission: 

    Rod Nordberg

Arts and Cultural Advisory: 

    Nancy Carroll

Downtown Revitalization Task Force: 

    Nancy Carroll

Finance Committee: 

    Nancy Carroll, Paul Utke

Fire Relief Association board of trustees: 

    Rod Nordberg

Grievance Panel: 

    Pat Mikesh, Nancy Carroll

Heartland Transit Advisory Board: 

    Sue Tomte

Hubbard County Emergency Management Board: 

    Pat Mikesh

Housing and Redevelopment Authority: 

    Sue Tomte

Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission: 

    Nancy Carroll and Paul Utke

Library Board Representative: 

    Sue Tomte

Parks andBeautification Board: 

    Rod Nordberg

Personnel committee: 

    Paul Utke, Pat Mikesh

Planning Commission: 

    Paul Utke

Urban Forestry Committee: 

    Pat Mikesh

Wellhead Protection Committee: 

    Pat Mikesh


    The lakeside village, located on the east end of Belle Taine, is the gateway to the Paul Bunyan State Forest.

    It offers a public beach, public dock with handicapped access, park, boat ramp and public access to Belle Taine north of state Highway 34. It also is the home of Muskie Park known for its huge tiger muskie. 

    A frolf course, a Frisbee tossing golf course, is located on the west end of Main Street. 

    Nevis has a Civic and Commerce Association, Senior Citizens Center, a number of churches and many year around and seasonal businesses. 

    The city council operates a fire department, municipal liquor store and parks. Hubbard County sheriffs deputy Jeff Stacey is the citys law enforcement officer. 

    The council meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the city administration building. Carol Fridgen is city administrator; Terry Greenawalt is deputy clerk. 

    Paul Schroeder is mayor, Heidi Schmeichel is assistant mayor. Council members are Cammy Johnson, Schmeichel, Tom Haag and John Plumley. Council members serve as commissioners for various departments: 

Fire Department, Liquor Store: 

    Cammy Johnson

Law Enforcement: 

    Tom Haag

Streets, Sewer, Water: 

    John Plumley


    Paul Schroeder

Parks, Cemetery: 

    Heidi Schmeichel

Planning Commission: 

    Cammy Johnson, council liaison 

    Brent Lindow, chair 

    Palmer Larsen 

    Brian Skinness 

    Justin Isaacson 

    Jim Hawes


    The worlds tallest statue of Paul Bunyan and Pauls Cradle mark Akeley as home of the legendary woodsman. The Paul Bunyan Historical Society Museum, also located in the city park known as Pauls Patio, houses artifacts from the days when Akeley was a logging boom town. Akeley is located in eastern Hubbard County along state Highway 34.

    Community organizations include the Civic and Commerce, Akeley Lions, Garden Club, Senior Citizens Club, VFW Post 8508 and Auxiliary and Eastern Hubbard County Fire District and Auxiliary. The city has several churches, light industry and many year round and seasonal businesses. 

    The Akeley Regional Community Center is home to the Akeley Community Library, Corner Clothing and Furniture stores, an archery range, a dog training site and two gymnasiums.  Public meeting rooms are available to rent or use. For information, contact Karen Andress at 652-3082. 

    The city owns and operates an on- and off-sale municipal liquor store and a public beach and campground on 11th Crow Wing Lake. City administration and police headquarters are located in the Senior Citizens Center. 

    The senior meeting place and kitchen are available for public use for a nominal fee and deposit. 

    Jennifer Mitchell is mayor. Council members are Troy Hegg, Brian Hitchcock and Heather Moore. The council meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. 

    Denise Rittgers is clerk-treasurer, Susan Larson-Walter is clerk assistant and Lee Johnson is chief of the Eastern Hubbard County Fire District. For information on the city, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses for city officials, call city hall at 652-2465 or go to the Website at

    The following serve as liaisons/commissioners for the city:

Acting Mayor: 

    Troy Hegg

Fire Board: 

Brian Hitchcock and Heather Moore, alternate

 Public Works and Safety: 

    Troy Hegg

Personnel, Finance, Administration: 

    Jennifer Mitchell


    Terry Chalich

Economic Development: 

    Jennifer Mitchell

Parks and Recreation: 

    Brian Hitchcock

Public Streets: 

    Troy Hegg

Public Events: 

    Heather Moore    


    Entire Council Advisory


    Dorset probably has more restaurants per capita than any town in Minnesota if not the USA. Several other businesses welcome visitors in the community. Dorset is also the home of First English Lutheran Church. The Heartland Trail is an attraction with horse stalls for public use, a park with a picnic area and shelter and a nature walk hiking trail. Dorset is located about a mile north of Highway 34 between Park Rapids and Nevis. For the Taste of Dorset in August the population swells from 22 (the winter count) to more than a thousand and voters elect a mayor, happily paying to mark ballots for their favorite candidates (no qualifications necessary).


    Emmaville, with a booming population in single digits, is once again welcoming clientele at the Emmaville Store. Emmaville is in Clay Township and is located on CSAH 4 northeast of Park Rapids.

Lake George 

    Lake George is in a natural outdoor recreation area with two lakes on its doorstep. Unique seasonal and year round businesses make up this active community, which has its own senior citizens group and garden club. Lake George has a Post Office (possibly the smallest on the planet), Senior Citizens Center, fire hall and a township hall. Many acres of state-owned forest land make Lake George a prime blueberry picking spot. In July the Lake George Area Association organizes the Blueberry Festival in honor of the favorite berry.  Lake George is located on state Highway 71/200, east of Itasca State Park.


    Service organizations in Laporte include the Laporte-Benedict Lions Club, Laporte Book Club, Northwoods Writers and Laporte Comets 4-H Club.

    The 4th of July will be celebrated with a parade and fireworks Saturday, July 2 this summer. Laporte Days, with kiddie and grand parades, horse-drawn wagon rides, a firemens pig roast and a three-day flea market will be held Aug. 12-14. 

    Laporte is home to the Lakeport Fire Department and First Responders. The council meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the schools community room in the winter and Lakeport Town Hall in the summer. 

    John Stefan is city clerk and may be reached at 547-4147 or laportecityclerk@ Barb Benson is city treasurer and may be reached at 224-2884. Mayor is Craig Mackey (224-2202),  and council members are Joe Shuster (224-3480), Joe Sawyer (224-3874), Amy LaRose (224-3707) and Audrey Johnson (224-2596). 

    Laporte is located on Garfield Lake on state Highway 200.


    The community of Hubbard is mostly residential, except for a fine eating establishment where those attendng a play at the Long Lake Theater can dine before taking in a play. Long Lake Theater draws in summer visitors from miles around. The community is home to Hubbard United Methodist Church. Hubbard is located at the south end of Long Lake on state Highway 87.


    In Becida, the deer are so plentiful in the fall it is a favorite place for hunters. The Becida Bar &Grill is located here as well as the nearby Fern Township Hall. The Becida Community Church is only about three miles away. The small community is located in the northwestern part of the county at the junction of CSAHs 9 and 3.


    Benedict is a small community with several local businesses, including a hardware store and plumbing shop, carpet store, post office and convenience store, all open year round. In summer, a farmers market and craft store are open as well. The Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Trail skirts Benedict bringing winter business. Benedict is located on state Highway 200 southeast of Laporte.


    Kabekona is located at the junction of state Highways 71 and 200 along the Kabekona River. It has a service station and antique store. Two churches bear the name of the town: the Kabekona Community Church and Kabekona Free Methodist Church.


    Narys pride and joy is its community center, an old school complete with the original stage. The Helga Town Board renovated the building for residents to use, but the center has its own board in charge of scheduling and raising money to maintain the facility. It has kitchen facilities and houses a library. Local groups meet there regularly, residents rent the center for parties, anniversaries, birthdays and other events and a craft fair is held there every fall. Nary is located in northeastern Hubbard County on CSAH 9.