Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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Hubbard in Prevention, a group striving to reduce the use of alcohol among youth, is seeking more members to help with the initiative. HIP coalition volunteers have completed interviews with members of the community to evaluate attitudes about youth alcohol use.
Two bills have been introduced at the state level for the Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts at the Park Rapids Armory. Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearwater and Rep.
With a whopping 9 inches of new snow this week, Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails are now in excellent condition for skiers. Itascatur Ski/Bike/Run club will be hosting two open houses in the next few weeks to give the public an opportunity to check out equipment and be introduced to skiing. The open houses will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Club members invite people to come out and enjoy the beautiful ski trails and have a cup of hot chocolate in the warming house.
Headwaters Intervention Center has a new executive director who is working to continue serving victims of domestic violence. Chris Swenson will work half-time at the HIC, which serves clients in Hubbard and Clearwater counties. She also works half-time for the Family Safety Network, which serves Cass County. "We're talking about combining HIC and FSN for cost savings and will continue to be proactive and offer the services needed," she said. Swenson brings a wealth of experience to the job.
Erika Randall will join the Park Rapids City Council to fill a two-year term. Randall has been a Hubbard County Assistant County Attorney since 2003.
Park Rapids continues to show gains in project valuations. Year-end building reports and planning department reports were recently completed and presented to the Park Rapids City Council. Ron Dick, building official, reported an increased valuation for permits in 2012 compared to 2011. In 2012, 172 permits were issued in Park Rapids with a total building valuation of $4,637,763.
2013 Park Rapids Area High School SnoDaze Royalty dress up for coronation Monday. Front, from left, are Heather Kniss (senior), Jill Simpson (senior), little attendant Olivia Davis, queen Caitlan Isaacson (senior), king Fred Stinar (king), little attendant Hunter Harrison, Christina Mackley (junior), Sarena Kinkel (sophomore) and Alyza Edevold (freshman). Back, from left, are Mason Long (senior), Aaron Hamblin (senior), Noah MacPherson (junior), Jordan McCollum (sophomore) and Matt Bode (freshman).
The stone bathhouse at Red Bridge Park in Park Rapids is eligible for nomination to the National Register, according to a recently completed evaluation of the structure. The evaluation, prepared by Stephanie K. Atwood and Charlene K. Roise, with Hess, Roise and Company, Minneapolis, was the next step in determining whether the structure could be eligible for the National Register.