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Beth Heltunen has been named the alcohol prevention coordinator to head up a five-year state Planning and Implementation grant. She had been serving as support staff for the grant activity when Bill Dent resigned from the coordinator position and has been actively involved in the grant activities. Hubbard County received a five-year $1 million grant through the Minnesota Department of Human Services to address alcohol consumption by youth. St. Joseph's Area Health Services is the fiscal agent.
Park Rapids relies on its municipal liquor store to help purchase items and keep taxes lower for residents. Since 1996, when Rapids Spirits opened on Highway 34, transfers of $3,645,567 have been made for city purchases. The airport has received $1,077,282 of that money. "The operation supports itself, from the equipment to the building," said Rapids Spirits manager Scott Olson. It's important for taxpayers to know that it is self-sustaining and no tax dollars are used for the operation, he said.
Arriving at the scene of a car accident can be chaotic.
Crews have begun cleaning and developing sections of the North Country National Scenic Trail in the area. Legacy funding has allowed the Laurentian Lakes volunteer organization for Becker and Clearwater counties to hire crews from the Conservation Corps of Minnesota/Iowa. Jake Lehner, a Conservation Corps field specialist out of Brainerd, said the weather was good for working Monday afternoon. "It's a perfect day to be out here," he said. "No mosquitoes. Well, not many." A crew started work west of Ponsford last week on a stretch of trail that wasn't developed.
Park Rapids is running out of options for finding clean water from wells in the city and is looking into water treatment facilities. City engineer Jon Olson and colleague Bala Vairavan, with Ulteig Engineers in Fargo, N.D., presented a draft study to the Park Rapids City Council Tuesday night.
Armory Square development is moving into Phase II. RDG Planning and Design has been selected to work on a plan for the Armory. The same firm worked on the original downtown Park Rapids plan that was completed in 2008. "In that plan the Armory was singled out as being unique in its size and proximity and should be developed," said Alan Zemek, owner of Echopoint Design and Development, LLC. He began working toward development of Armory Square shortly after the original downtown plan was presented.
Future kindergartners and their parents are invited to Century School's Round-Up Day Friday, March 30. Children with a last name beginning with the letter A-K are invited to the morning session at 9 a.m. and children with a last name beginning with the letter L-Z are invited to the afternoon session at 1 p.m.
Century Middle School students celebrated a successful Hoops for Heart event Monday by turning Dean of Students Shelli Walsh into a human sundae, above, and watching Principal Joleen De La Hunt, right, kiss a pig. The administrators promised to go through with the human sundae and pig kissing if they earned more than $3,000. Teacher Aarin Galzki also dyed her hair orange and black. In total, middle school students earned $3,179. Elementary students earned $3,859.53 for the similar Jump Rope for Heart event,each benefiting the American Heart Association.
The Hubbard County Historical Society is inviting the community to be a part of history with new events in 2012. Members of the society presented a program about upcoming events and plans for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning Tuesday. The history museum is also in need of funding and volunteers to accomplish some upcoming projects. Connie Henderson, director of the Hubbard County Historical Museum, told a story about a young boy named Jimmy, 8, who she met last summer at the museum.