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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.
Potential students interested in taking college classes this fall in Park Rapids need to take the final step and register this week. "We're nearing the deadline and we need people to take the final step and register," said Gary Gauldin, member of the M State Park Rapids task force and board member for the Park Rapids Area School District. Registration days are Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 1-3. "The urgency is here," Gauldin said.
Downtown Park Rapids was filled to the brim this week for Crazy Days shopping deals and the first annual Bite of Park Rapids event, which featured a variety of food from area restaurants.
Downtown Park Rapids was swimming with people Thursday morning for Crazy Days and the first annual Bite of Park Rapids. Head downtown for food, music and fun for the Bite of Park Rapids on Second Street until 3 p.m. today (Thursday). Crazy Days sales continue through Friday.
M State is offering a financial aid informational presentation today (Wednesday), July 27 as it approaches the registration deadline for courses in Park Rapids. The presentation is from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Northwoods Bank lower level meeting room. If unable to attend the presentation, call 218-255-4881 if interested in registering for classes. M State advisors will also be available at the Frank White Education Center office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 and noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug.
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.
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.