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Park Rapids kindergartners learned about the many ways trees provide food, oxygen and shelter for "Green for Life." The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association initiated a statewide "Green for Life" day of service Thursday, Sept.
Menahga School District is looking for friends - Facebook friends, that is. Elementary principal Ariana Wright is the administrator of the page and said she plans to add photos of students participating in activities, updates from staff and more. The Facebook page can be accessed by going to the Menahga School District website at www.menahga .
An assessment hearing will be scheduled in October as final details of the project are being completed in the next couple weeks. "They're still working to make the deadline of Sept. 30," said city engineer Jon Olson. Construction is nearly complete with just minor work items and clean up on the southern portion left for crews to work on. Striping has been done and light poles were installed on the southern portion of the project. "Things went very smoothly," Olson said of the overall project. The final costs are coming in under the anticipated budget by 6 percent.
Rich Dixon took off from the Headwaters of the Mississippi Monday morning on a "Journey of Hope." The Colorado man will travel 1,500 miles pedaling a custom-made bicycle using only his arms. Dixon, a retired educator who lost the use of his legs in a fall from a ladder, is going to follow the course of the Mississippi River through the heartland of the country in a physical and spiritual journey he is calling the "Rich's Ride: Together on a Journey of Hope." Monday morning, he arrived at Itasca State Park ready to embark on the journey.
The Park Rapids Area School Board has approved the sale of $4,155,000 in General Obligation Aid Anticipation Certificates in order to meet current expenses to cover a cash flow deficit. The cash flow deficit comes from a 60-40 state funding shift to K-12 schools. Districts will receive 60 percent of this year's funding with a "promise" of 40 percent the following year. The school board approved the low bid in the bond sale from Piper Jaffray & Co., of Minneapolis.
A Colorado man is embarking on a 1,500-mile journey along the Mississippi River. His trip is a little different than some, however. He will be pedaling a bicycle from the north woods of Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana - using only his arms. What are the limits of the human body? What is the power of the human spirit to overcome?
A Park Rapids man has found and restored about 350 bicycles in the last three years, giving them to kids in need. Tom Condiff, of Park Rapids, said it all started when he saw a bicycle someone was throwing away and all it needed was a tire. "It's amazing all the bikes that people just get rid of that only need a part or two," he said. "Probably 30 or 40 of the bikes I've found just needed air in the tires." Condiff has gone to the Hubbard County Transfer Station to find bicycles and parts.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program allocation has been cut by 73 percent in Hubbard County. Hubbard County will receive $3,902 in 2011, compared to $14,538.
Erik Bendl is making his way through northern Minnesota and the Headwaters of the Mississippi this week on a walk for diabetes awareness. Bendl made a stop in Lake George Thursday and planned to continue walking to Itasca State Park by the weekend. The Louisville, Ky., man plans to step in all the lower 48 states eventually. His first trip was in 2007. This summer he started in Sheboygan, Wis. July 3, headed to Iowa and north through Minnesota. He will continue walking this year until the snow comes, he said. "My motto is, if you love yourself, go for a walk," Bendl said.