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A local bank is concerned that a city policy will hinder economic development and lending in Park Rapids. A grandfather clause that reverted a piece of property back to residential has caused a cement plant sale to fall through. State Bank of Park Rapids, the lender for the property, thinks the city acted incorrectly and has requested the city consider modifying its policy and procedure on discontinuance of a non-conforming use property. The specific property in question is the former Rapid Ready Mix cement plant on Kaywood Drive. Rapid Ready stopped operating in the fall of 2008.
The Miss Park Rapids Pageant is returning for a second year after a successful debut last year. The pageant, slated for Saturday, April 2, will include four age categories so girls from kindergarten through juniors can participate. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, March 8.
Menahga Elementary Principal Joleen DeLaHunt has been awarded the 2011 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award from the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association. She was recognized by the Menahga School Board at its Thursday night meeting. "Great principals lead great schools," said P. Fred Storti, MESPA executive director. "These men and women are leaders in our profession and truly represent the very best in Minnesota public schools. As leaders, we focus on the potential and possibilities to ignite hope within our schools. DeLaHunt has worked in education for 20 years.
After attorneys raised red flags on parts of an Armory Square developer's agreement, a second public hearing will need to be held in March. The Armory Square redevelopment project has been in the works for about two and a half years already. Alan Zemek, who is heading up the potential redevelopment, wants the agreement to be finalized soon so he can get to work. Zemek has plans to open Armory Square by June 2011 if all the pieces come together. A Tax Increment Finance district was established last July after a first public hearing.
Downtown Park Rapids will once again have snow removal and no u-turn signage. The Park Rapids City Council approved having limited signage downtown after a request from city staff.
Based on weekly reports from the Minnesota Department of Health, the state could be seeing peak flu season in a few weeks. It's still not too late to get a flu shot, said Myra Haldorson, RN, infection preventionist/employee health coordinator at St. Joseph's Area Health Services. Haldorson has been monitoring flu activity in the area and the state and so far there hasn't been widespread activity. "We're seeing a typical season in that normally we don't see influenza until mid-to-late February," she said.