Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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The Osage Sportsman's Club will hold the annual Dorothy Noeske Memorial Fishing Derby from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 on the Straight Lake Mill Pond in Osage. "We're figuring out how to get all the snow pushed off the ice," said Club President Allen Belt. Belt and his wife, Kathy, are organizers of the event and members of the Osage Sportsman's Club. This year, they're hoping the weather cooperates so the event can happen on the ice. Last year, a snowstorm caused the event not to happen on the ice.
Park Rapids council members are looking at several major projects in the next few years that could lead to a significant increase in the levy. A public hearing has been scheduled for March 12 to review the 2013-17 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for city projects and equipment. A draft copy is available to the public at City Hall to look at before the hearing. Several of the projects outlined in the CIP can't be put off much longer, city staff and council members agreed. For 2013, Park Rapids is looking to construct a water treatment facility.
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.
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.
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.