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A 1951 Cougar F9F-6 has been restored by Randy Schave and Dan Flath, painters with Northwoods Aircraft Painting/Park Rapids Aviation. The plane had been mounted on a post at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, Schave said. "This is probably one of the best planes we've worked on. It will be very impressive looking."
Hubbard County is continuing its discussion to change the way it delivers services to taxpayers. At Wednesday's board meeting, commissioners passed a resolution stating its goals in updating its organizational structure. "Our goal is to create an organization that will best serve the public and is efficient and cost effective for the taxpayers of the county. The goal is not to lay off employees to make cost cuts.
The old trestle bridge across the Fish Hook River is in poor condition and the Department of Natural Resources is considering options to repair the bridge or move the Heartland Trail route to the Red Bridge. Park Rapids, Hubbard County and DNR representatives met in October to discuss a report on the structural status of the old trestle bridge and to discuss possible options, said Park Rapids City Planner Dan Walker.
Cassidy Haggard is following in her father's footsteps and has taken the steering wheel of his 2001 Camaro SS for drag racing. The 16-year-old Park Rapids Area High School junior said it's her dad, Dave's, fault that she fell in love with speed and racing. "It all started when I went to the track with my dad when I was 12, 13," she said. Cassidy kept saying she was going to race her dad's car. All along she was asking questions and watching other racers and learning everything she could.
Downtown Park Rapids construction assessments were approved by the City Council after hearing feedback from the public Tuesday afternoon. Several people gave feedback on the project and said they thought the assessments were too high and would be difficult to pay. The majority were homeowners rather than business owners. City engineer Jon Olson gave a presentation followed by comments and questions from the public.
Pioneer Park will be further developed and public comment will be taken to make the space community-oriented. The Park Rapids City Council approved the Park Board recommendation to further develop the park while working with the Sanquist family, who want to see the space became a memorial for Dawn Anderson, who died in March. The Sanquist family has raised about $20,000 already in a memorial fund for Anderson, who owned a daycare in Park Rapids and loved working with children. Sue Cutler, Park Board chair, gave some background on Pioneer Park.
Northern Light Opera Company had "An Evening with our Stars," Thursday night at North Point Lodge. The soiree including music from several operas, hors d'oeuvres and socializing. The evening was also a kick off to the 2012 Northern Light Opera Company fundraising campaign. The mission of the non-profit organization is "To enrich musical life in Northern Minnesota through light opera, engaging the community as audience and participant." For more information about NLOC and donating go to www.northernlightopera.org .
Park Rapids will continue pairing with Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, Menahga and Nevis for boys hockey. The Park Rapids Area School Board voted 5-1 Monday night in favor of continuing the boys hockey co-op for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years with Gary Gauldin voting against the pairing.
The public is invited to attend a special assessment hearing for the downtown Park Rapids utility and street reconstruction project. The public hearing is at noon Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Park Rapids Area Library lower level meeting room. City engineer Jon Olson will give a presentation and then time will be given for comments.
A proposal to develop Pioneer Park in downtown Park Rapids into a toddler park will be presented to the City Council at an upcoming meeting. The idea was brought to the Park Board Monday night by Sheri, Todd and Melissa Sanquist, who have raised money for park development in memory of Dawn Anderson, who was murdered in March. The Sanquist family has raised about $20,000 already in a memorial fund for Anderson. The preliminary design includes a cement circular patio on the east side, along with some open space.