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World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in a free concert in Park Rapids at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 as part of a Main street grand reopening celebration. The concert will cap an afternoon of free music, entertainment and kids' activities from noon to 6 p.m. on Main Street. ACS is sponsoring the afternoon's stage entertainment. A ribbon cutting is planned at 6 p.m. before the main event. Bring your own chairs.
The chips were flying at Legends and Logging Days events over the weekend with chainsaw carvers sculpting magnificent pieces of art and sawing events taking center stage. "The East 40 grounds couldn't have been a better location," said Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Katie Magozzi about the move to the Antique Tractor & Engine Club grounds.
Administrators and faculty in Park Rapids are gearing up for school with just a few weeks until school begins Sept. 6. "Enrollment is solid," said Park Rapids Area Schools superintendent Glenn Chiodo at Monday night's School Board meeting. The numbers are looking about the same as last year, he added. "Come Aug. 1 everything goes to warp speed," he said. Sports and activities started Monday and teachers will have the opening workshop Aug. 31.
The Park Rapids City Council ordered a preliminary engineering report for improvements to Todd Township Annexation Area III. The report follows an agreement between the city and township that reads, "the city shall, within three years following May 1, 2012 commence substantial construction of the project for the provision of sanitary sewer and water services to Area III." The council heard from some residents in the area who wanted the city to consider delaying the project a few years. Jon Pratt, representing Ulteig Engineers, urged the city council to order the report and then have an i
The third annual Youth Music and Art Showcase will be Aug. 18-20. Art will be displayed in downtown Park Rapids businesses and will be judged by professional artists. Several artists have submitted art for the showcase. Alissa Berthiaume, 17, of Park Rapids, will be a senior at Park Rapids Area High School this fall. She enjoys photography and drawing. She will have several art pieces on display. Elizabeth Lempola, 18, of Park Rapids, has entered three pieces of art.
To celebrate the end of construction nearing, downtown Park Rapids will have a celebration with music. World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in a free concert in Park Rapids at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 as part of a Main street grand reopening celebration. The concert will cap an afternoon of free music, entertainment and kids' activities from noon to 6 p.m. on Main Street. ACS is sponsoring the afternoon's stage entertainment. A ribbon cutting is planned at 6 p.m. before the main event. Bring your own chairs.
Celebrate the history of Park Rapids at this year's Legends and Logging Days events. The annual event will be bigger and better, with additional events, live music and a larger venue. Park Rapids calls itself the "Loon Capital of the USA" and annually hosts the Legends and Logging Days. This year's event will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, 2011 at the East 40, Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club grounds.
The southwest Park Rapids utility and road construction project is wrapping up, with assessment costs coming in lower than estimates. A final layer of bituminous was put down earlier this summer and a few details remain. An assessment hearing was held Tuesday at the Park Rapids City Council meeting. The adjustment to the project cost was due in part to the city's adoption of a storm water utility fee, which collects money to offset storm water project costs and storm water maintenance. City engineer Jon Olson said the final cost of $1,349,000 reflects a savings of about $200,000.