Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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Area youth are encouraged to enter artwork or play music at the third annual Youth Music and Art Showcase Aug. 18-20. Art will be displayed in Park Rapids downtown businesses and will be judged by professional artists. Register and drop off artwork at the Community Education office by Monday, Aug. 8. Call 237-6606 with questions. Elizabeth Lempola, 18 of Park Rapids, has already entered three pieces of art. Her works include a painting, photo and collage. Musicians of all kinds will perform at a variety of Park Rapids downtown businesses.
Menahga School Board members utilized new technology Monday in the form of BoardBook. Each board member uses a computer to access the meeting agenda and documents while following along on a large screen. The public is also able to access the meeting agenda and documents through BoardBook. Other school districts have utilized this paperless agenda, such as Frazee. The goal is to make the meetings move along more smoothly and also save paper.
Extreme heat and humidity has settled on the area and could continue through much of the week. People have been spending time in area lakes to escape the heat. Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected Tuesday followed by a sunny and hot day with a high near 90, according to the National Weather Service. Heat index values were expected to be as high as 98. Today (Wednesday) will also be sunny and hot, with a high near 91.
Downtown Park Rapids side streets were open to traffic during the busy Fourth of July weekend. Work continues on Phase 3, with water and sewer installed on the southern portion of Main. Storm sewer installation has begun. Street grading could begin as soon as next week as soon as installation is completed. After street grading, crews will work on curb and gutter, followed by sidewalk pouring and street paving. Previously, the second layer of bituminous on Second, Third and Fourth streets and the alleys was going to be placed after Labor Day.
The city of Park Rapids has adopted a new special assessment policy, although there are few changes. The Park Rapids City Council approved the policy upon recommendation of a committee that has been working on the issue since the fall of 2010.
Construction crews have been busy cleaning up the first four blocks of downtown Park Rapids before the Fourth of July weekend arrives. Side streets between Highway 34 and Fourth Street were on schedule to be open by the weekend, said project engineer Jon Olson. The first two phases of the downtown revitalization project are nearly completed. Concrete work, including the colored concrete, is being completed. The portion of Main that was torn up to repair a water leak last week has been repaired.
Lindquist Park in Park Rapids is undergoing major improvements thanks to collaboration between several entities. Local Girl Scouts have adopted the park and installed plants Thursday night. They plan to care for the plants throughout the summer. Project history, partners In the spring of 2010, a group of interested parties came together to explore ways to improve Lindquist Park. These partners are the city of Park Rapids, the Park Board, Hubbard County, St.
A public hearing is scheduled in Menahga to discuss front yard regulations regarding solar panels and wind turbines. The meeting, held by the Menahga Planning and Zoning Commission will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 in the Menahga City Council chambers. The purpose of this hearing is to give the public an opportunity to ask questions and give comments on the proposed ordinance amending: 151.16 (E)(2)(C) - Front Yard Regulations.