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Constituents gathered for a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack Monday night in Park Rapids. Cravaack gave a brief presentation about the federal budget and deficit at Century School. "In 2010, the budget was $3.5 trillion," he said.
The future of tourism and broadband in Hubbard County and the larger region took center stage during a visit by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar this week. Klobuchar visited several businesses in northern Minnesota communities this week as part of her ongoing "Made in America" economic tour. On Wednesday she was in Park Rapids to participate in a roundtable meeting on tourism and broadband communications. She took a brief tour of Main Avenue and was asked if she would fulfill a promise she made in August during a phone call at the Main Avenue grand opening. Sen.
The Park Rapids outdoor community skating rink is seeing increased use this winter. The Park Rapids outdoor community skating rink, located at Depot Park between the tennis courts and J&B Foods, has developed due to the efforts of several volunteers. Lights and hockey boards were added this fall. Paul Larson is a member of the Park Rapids Park Board and spearheaded the initiative. "I was out there cleaning it off the other day and a family was waiting for me to finish so they could use it," Larson said.
The following stories received the most page views on www.parkrapidsenterprise.com in 2011. n Murder suicide claims two lives in Park Rapids, March 23, 2011. n Teenager dies when snowmobile plunges through ice; second teen rescued, Dec.
The past year has been filled with ups and downs and the Enterprise has been there to cover the good and bad, the triumphs and tragedies. The Park Rapids lakes area is showing promise for growth in 2012. Here's a few of 2011's highlights. We saw growth despite an economy that continues to struggle. The Main Avenue reconstruction and revitalization project, which started in 2010, was completed this fall. It's been a tough couple years for downtown business owners but the result is a stunning shopping district in the heart of Park Rapids.
Century School fourth-graders took time to assemble meals for those in need before Christmas break. Students in Val Burton's class packaged meals for the Park Rapids area Kids Against Hunger satellite group. Malcolm Maxwell is on the Kids Against Hunger board of directors and helped students with an assembly line to package the meals. He is passionate about the mission to help feed those who are hungry. The meal includes a fortified rice-soy mixture with dehydrated vegetables and 21 essential vitamins and minerals.
Calling all students! M State is gearing up for its second semester in Park Rapids with several classes available. The first semester ended last week and students had good things to say about their experience. Kayla Dahn, of Park Rapids, said she had a great first semester at M State and is signing up for spring semester classes in Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes. "M State is a really good college," she said.
Hundreds of kids headed to the Park Rapids Eagles Club kids Christmas party with their parents Sunday.
Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer? Tickets are available for the 14th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4 on Fish Hook Lake.
The Park Rapids Area School Board approved the 2012 levy at $4,855,159, a .98 percent increase from 2011. "We have been holding the line," said Business Manager Carol Hutchinson. The breakdown of the levy is 63.26 percent debt service ($3,071,431) and 36.74 percent for other levies including general and Community Service ($1,783,728). Looking at the past year's budget Hutchinson noted great improvement to the Community Service budget, which includes Community Education and early childhood programs.