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Citizens have been invited to tour Menahga School to show the need for additional space in light of a special election April 13 to vote on the project. Thursday night, Menahga seniors Jenny Johnson and Rebecca Salmen lead a tour of the building. They have attended Menahga School since kindergarten. Menahga residents Russell and Oneita Quick decided to tour the school.
"Why do women matter?" That was the question posed to five local women with political experience Wednesday. The League of Women Voters, in collaboration with The Whitehouse Project, hosted a workshop about women running for public office Wednesday in Park Rapids. Nevada Littlewolf, a Virginia city councilwoman and Rural Leadership field organizer with The White House Project, lead the workshop. The non-partisan organization works to train and recruit women to run for office. Local elected officials were invited to attend and share their experiences of deciding to run for office, runn
A Menahga resident is worried that speeding problems on Highway 71 through town could result in a serious accident. Kurt Clark, who lives on Highway 71 in Menahga, across from Innovis Health, approached the Menahga City Council last week to express his concerns. Many vehicles don't slow down to 30 mph as they enter Menahga from the north, he said. "They have three warnings but the semis just plow through," Clark said. It also happens with vehicles heading north.
The Miss Park Rapids Pageant is returning after more than a decade. The pageant, slated for Saturday, April 10, will include four age categories so girls from kindergarten through junior year can participate. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 22.
The city of Park Rapids will need to contribute $27,311 to the Firefighter's Relief Association because of a shortfall in the retirement fund. The city is required by state statute to make a contribution in the event of a shortfall. Firefighter Mark Gossman and fire chief Donn Hoffman approached the Park Rapids City Council last week to explain the deficit. Each year, a schedule form for lump sum pension plans and maximum benefit work sheet are submitted to the Office of the State Auditor to be eligible for state fire aid. "This is the first year that I'm aware of that there's been a d
As she prepared for her "State of the Tribe" address Wednesday, White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor spoke in Park Rapids about her struggles and triumphs over the years. The program was offered through Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. Vizenor is the first woman to be elected tribal chair at White Earth. She grew up at Pine Point on the White Earth Reservation and graduated from Park Rapids High School. "I'm very proud of our tribe," she said. "It was a great honor to be elected." Over the years there have been many struggles among the American Indians, she said.
Menahga fifth-graders each picked a topic to display in the gym and talk about with other students. The interests ranged from basketball to violins to Danish cooking. Parents and other guests were also able to look at the projects and ask questions.
The Park Rapids Main Avenue street and utility construction will be phased over two years because of difficulty acquiring federal funds. At last month's City Council meeting, city engineer Jon Olson said the $730,000 in federal money allotted for the project will be funneled to the city through the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll, at left, proclaims the week of March 7 "Girl Scout Week" in the city. Attending the Park Rapids City Council meeting Tuesday for the proclamation and to lead the Pledge of Allegiance were Girl Scout troop leader Monica Clark, and Girl Scouts Sara Ballard, Kellsey Clark and Mackenzie Hensel.