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About $220,000 in budget reductions has been proposed for Menahga School District. "This is a working document, a proposal, that will be modified as we continue to move forward," said board chairman Durwin Tomperi. The board took no action at Monday's meeting. "It really forces us to take a look at where are some places where we can become more efficient," said Superintendent Mary Klamm. The budget reductions have come in light of the state likely delaying more payments next year.
Spring is in the air and the pressure is on for seniors who will be graduating and heading to college this fall. Many students are busy finishing up scholarship applications in order to receive as much financial as possible, said Susan Rassier, counselor at Park Rapids Area High School. "Some kids do get quite a bit, up to full tuition at some institutions," she said. The best place for students to look for scholarships is the school they're going to because they can get academic scholarships, athletics, art, music or leadership, she said. Also, some schools have scholarships in specif
"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
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.
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
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 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.