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Mothers busy working on their own holiday weekend

Kira Marlett had an assembly line of floral arrangements going Saturday at Park Rapids Floral. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

The only parking lot fuller than a bait store Saturday was Park Rapids Floral.

Outside the store was selling stunning flowering basket hangers. Inside florists were using an assembly line process to design even more stunning bouquets.

The greenhouse was also buzzing with activity.

And owner Beth Pederson, perspiration dripping from her brow, was caring for her two grandkids and simultaneously arranging flowers.

"It's really been busy," she said, an understatement to the chaos all around.

Mothers of all ages were working Saturday, which seemed appropriate for the birth of their holiday.

An Appalachian homemaker named Anna Jarvis initiated the day 150 years ago to call attention to sub-standard health conditions in her blighted community.

It was called "Mother's Work Day" in honor of the gender Jarvis best felt would champion the cause.

Anna Jarvis and daughter Anna lobbied for the holiday, which was signed into law in 1914.

Mother's Day is a national holiday.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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