Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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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.
The Menahga School building renovations are completed and have come in at about the estimated cost. "The final walk-through was Nov. 17," said Menahga Superintendent Mary Klamm. " ...
Street and utility projects continue to dominate Park Rapids city business. The City Council heard a preliminary engineering report for sanitary sewer and water main improvements for Todd Township Annexation Area III. The annexation agreement shows that plans and specifications must be ordered prior to 2012. The project is listed on the city's Capital Improvement Plan for 2014. Area III, which is approximately 104 acres, is located on the south side of Fish Hook Lake.
Students in Park Rapids, Nevis and Laporte are working to make the roads a safer place this holiday season. The Park Rapids Area High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group, working with the Minnesota chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will launch the "Tie One on for Safety" campaign Friday, Nov. 25 during the annual tree lighting ceremony in downtown Park Rapids. The "Tie One on for Safety" campaign is an annual awareness event from Nov. 25 through Jan. 2.
Downtown Park Rapids is looking festive after a Christmas tree was placed on Main over the weekend. Volunteers decorated the tree Monday morning. Wreaths on each street light were also spruced up by downtown volunteers. Those who helped with the tree decoration included Duane Trosdahl, Paul Nagel, Jeff Johnson and Mike Wagner from Minnesota Power and Pete Young (Y Steak House), Travis Little and Pat Ament (R&R Rental) from the community. R&R Rental provided two lifts to help place the lights. This year's tree was donated anonymously.
Park Rapids volunteers received intense training this week on how to perform a puppet show for students about bullying prevention. The PACER Center Puppet Program training is sponsored by Headwaters Intervention Center (HIC). Wednesday, trainers Lynn Dennis and Charlotte Green met with Park Rapids volunteers and school staff about the puppet program. Florence Hedeen, HIC board member, said a puppet program called "Let's Prevent Abuse" has been performed at Park Rapids, Nevis and Laporte schools for 10 years.
The Park Rapids City Council has approved two appeals from Main Avenue property owners. Linda Anderson and Kathy Grell each questioned why their properties had more than one service lateral. City engineer Jon Olson said in both cases the properties were a bit unusual. The Andersons have two parcels and received three sanitary sewer services. One of the parcels received two services because there were two existing service lines before the project, he said.
Retired teacher Charlie Cohrs organizes the annual program. The Military Color Guard arrived to participate in the ceremony.