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In a nation-leading effort to reduce chronic disease, the Minnesota Department of Health has awarded 18 grants to Minnesota communities to help lower the number of Minnesotans who use tobacco or who are obese or overweight. Hubbard County is among the recipients. The Statewide Health Improvement Program, also known as SHIP, will cover 51 counties, four cities and one tribal government over the next 18 months.
A community skating rink has a few more amenities this year with the addition of lights and hockey boards. 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. Paul Larson is a member of the Park Rapids Park Board and spearheaded the initiative. He gave an update on the progress of the rink at Monday night's Park Board meeting. Last winter, the skating area was simply a sheet of ice.
Future funding for the Energy Assistance Program is in limbo. The program helps low-income households pay home heating bills. Payments are made directly to the household's fuel dealer. Nancy Cummings, Energy Programs Coordinator for Mahube, said her office has processed about 2,500 applications so far and is working on about 500 more. "It has been very busy," she said. All qualified households that submitted applications before Dec. 1 will receive funding. However, applications taken after Dec.
Century Middle School students are beating the cold with exercise. Century physical education teacher Aarin Galski started an indoor walking club this fall to give students another option during recess. The club is for seventh- and eight-graders. "We opened it up to the fifth- and sixth-graders but they still have an interest in going outside no matter how cold it is," Galski said. She and other teachers saw the older students dragging their feet on the way outside. "It's been going great," she said.
Actors from CLIMB Theatre performed a show at Frank White Education Center Tuesday afternoon for early childhood students. Victor Albaum and Amanda Pintore performed "The Elves and the Shoemaker." It is a 30-minute script for pre-kindergarten students. The skit teaches students the importance of not boasting and bragging and how to afraid to ask someone for help if they need it. CLIMB Theatre, located in the Twin Cities, is a nationally recognized non-profit company that has provided programming to K-12 schools for 35 years.
Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll was the featured mayor of the week for Reader's Digest as part of the ongoing "We Hear You America" campaign, which officially launched Nov. 16. Each week during the Reader's Digest campaign, ReadersDigest.com will feature an interview with a mayor who strongly reflects the "We Hear You America" spirit.
Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll has been named mayor of the week by Reader's Digest as part of the ongoing "We Hear You America" campaign, which officially launched Nov. 16. Each week during the Reader's Digest campaign, ReadersDigest.com will fea-ture an interview with a mayor who strongly re-flects the "We Hear You America" spirit.
Families gathered this week to pack boxes of support for soldiers. The Northwoods Chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., come together to support each other along with families who have loved ones in the military. The holiday packages include snacks, socks, spoons and forks, hats and toiletries. They were packed by mothers, fathers and friends. Connie Carmichael, president of the Northwoods Chapter of Blue Star Mothers, organized the box packing event. One of the large donations this year was from the Ride for the Troops committee and RP Broadcasting, Inc.
The annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse is a way to raise funds for the Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council. The radiothon is from noon Thursday, Dec. 1 through noon Friday, Dec. 2. Katrina Carrier, Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council director, said the money will be used for the SAFE Parks Program operated in Park Rapids, Nevis and Akeley. The objective of SAFE Parks is to provide a "Safe and Fun Environment" for all the children who participate. Other funds have been used for Kinship, a mentoring program for children in the area.