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Park Rapids Web site gets facelift from students

Park Rapids Century Middle School students Bailey Moore, Cassidy Haggard, Kaitlin Olson and Nick Schulz present a redesign of the city's Web site to city staff. The Web site launched earlier this week. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

A new Park Rapids city Web site launched earlier this week.

The Web site,, is the result of several months of work from Century Middle School eighth grade geography students.

Ardis Johnson's eighth grade class met with city staff to get information for the site and in the process learned how city government works. Part of geography is learning about how human activity affects the places people live.

The Web site previously had outdated information and wasn't receiving timely updates.

Students presented the new Web site to city staff in March but it took a while for the site to be switched over.

The school will be the host for the Web site and updates will be made by submitting information to the school.

At the March meeting, Century Middle School principal Bruce Gravalin said while the school isn't in the business of hosting, "it fits in naturally with the curriculum."

This fall, a new eighth grade class will continue to work on the Web site.

"From my perspective, this is a great collaboration between city officials and students," said Mayor Nancy Carroll at the March meeting. "It's a win-win."

The redesigned Web site is located at