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The U.S. Marine Corps League Star of the North Detachment presented a certificate of appreciation to the Park Rapids Enterprise on Oct. 12 "for loyalty and patriotism to our country as exemplified by publicly and proudly displaying the U.S. flag." Late last summer, Enterprise staff decided to install a flagpole in front of their building. Other businesses quickly followed suit. The local U.S. Marine Corps League assisted with consolidating costs and holding flag-raising ceremonies. The American Legion and City of Park Rapids also supported the efforts.
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Derik Nelson & Family's signature sound features velvety three-part vocal harmonies only a family can deliver. Their concert is Monday, Oct. 23. The 7:30 p.m. show will be held at the Park Rapids High School auditorium. Siblings Derik, Riana, and Dalten have been performing together since childhood. They've garnered over 3 million views on YouTube and toured over 40 locations across the West Coast to raise money for music education. Derik has appeared regularly as the lead guitarist on television's "Glee," among other shows.
Adam Thompson, a senior at Nevis High School, and his crew will be stationed at Hugo's this weekend. They are hoping to "stuff a truck" with donations or cash for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. The food drive is Thompson's Eagle Scout Award project. Adam's mom, Jill, is ecstatic that he has decided to pursue Boy Scouts' highest award. "This has been a labor of love for 12 years. Let's finish up strong," she said of Adam's participation in Scouting since first grade. Thompson hopes to collect "as much as possible" over the weekend.
Three children were injured in a bonfire accident Sept. 29 on 9th Street SE in Menahga. According to the Wadena County Sheriff report, at approximately 8 p.m., the caller reported hearing a loud bang, followed by screaming. Eight-year-old Arionna Matteson sustained third degree burns over at least 75 percent of her body. Her 10-year-old brother, Drake, received second degree burns on the left side of his face and neck. Libby Havnes, a 9-year-old friend of Arionna's, suffered burns on 12 percent of her body, according to the Menahga Police Department report.
Growing up on 11th Crow Wing Lake in Akeley, Dallas Hudson spent his boyhood exploring the surrounding public lands and waters. An outdoorsman all of his life, "I've always been in the outdoors looking at everything," he said. "My escape was the woods, the lake." With the exception of 10 years spent in Michigan as a seasonal worker with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hudson, 52, has lived in Minnesota his entire life.
Hubbard County has agreed to participate in the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA). This is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and update the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list prior to the 2020 Census. LUCA is a voluntary, once-a-decade procedure and ensures an accurate count for each participating jurisdiction.
A man, alone in the woods, finds a kidnapped woman in an abandoned car. For three days, he and the woman — and the two kidnappers — wordlessly follow clues to a puzzle out what's actually happening deep in the wilderness. That is the "log line" for an independent film recently shot northwest of Park Rapids, near Two Inlets. "We love Park Rapids," said Megan Huber, producer of "3 Day Weekend." "We are fans of Park Rapids," agreed writer and director Wyatt McDill. McDill didn't have a particular place in mind while writing the script.
Seven days after Hurricane Irma tore through his winter home, Mark Hewitt arrived to assess the damage. "Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest hurricanes ever, made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sept. 10," said Hewitt, CEO of Northwoods Bank and a Park Rapids Rotary Club member. "Video shows damage to my home, my neighborhood and surrounding area. Winds in our area were clocked at over 110 miles an hour with five- to six-foot storm surge." Hewitt's neighbor, Chris, stayed throughout the storm and shot footage as it swept by.
After some debate, the Hubbard County Board agreed to sell 11 tax-forfeited lots in Hocking's Acres to the Hubbard County Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) for $1 each. Commissioners discussed HRA's proposal at last week's meeting. Originally, the lots were going to be included in the county's Oct. 13 land sale. HRA plans to develop 11 homes for low- to moderate-income families over a five-year period. They will construct two homes per year, unless the market dictates increased production.
Hubbard County now has the authority to deny the recording of documents that create illegal subdivisions or inaccurate land transfers. "It doesn't happen often, but it does happen a few times per year," said Eric Buitenwerf, Hubbard County environmental services officer (ESO). A new Minnesota Statute (272.162) gives counties the same authority already afforded to municipalities and townships to review land transfers and divisions before they are recorded. Buitenwerf informed the Hubbard County Board of the new legislation at last week's meeting.