Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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A Menahga resident is worried that speeding problems on Highway 71 through town could result in a serious accident. Kurt Clark, who lives on Highway 71 in Menahga, across from Innovis Health, approached the Menahga City Council last week to express his concerns. Many vehicles don't slow down to 30 mph as they enter Menahga from the north, he said. "They have three warnings but the semis just plow through," Clark said. It also happens with vehicles heading north.
The Miss Park Rapids Pageant is returning after more than a decade. The pageant, slated for Saturday, April 10, will include four age categories so girls from kindergarten through junior year can participate. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 22.
As she prepared for her "State of the Tribe" address Wednesday, White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor spoke in Park Rapids about her struggles and triumphs over the years. The program was offered through Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. Vizenor is the first woman to be elected tribal chair at White Earth. She grew up at Pine Point on the White Earth Reservation and graduated from Park Rapids High School. "I'm very proud of our tribe," she said. "It was a great honor to be elected." Over the years there have been many struggles among the American Indians, she said.
Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll, at left, proclaims the week of March 7 "Girl Scout Week" in the city. Attending the Park Rapids City Council meeting Tuesday for the proclamation and to lead the Pledge of Allegiance were Girl Scout troop leader Monica Clark, and Girl Scouts Sara Ballard, Kellsey Clark and Mackenzie Hensel.
Menahga fifth-graders each picked a topic to display in the gym and talk about with other students. The interests ranged from basketball to violins to Danish cooking. Parents and other guests were also able to look at the projects and ask questions.
The Park Rapids Main Avenue street and utility construction will be phased over two years because of difficulty acquiring federal funds. At last month's City Council meeting, city engineer Jon Olson said the $730,000 in federal money allotted for the project will be funneled to the city through the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Lisa Fuchs, student dietician with St. Joseph's Area Health Services, at right, shares information about healthy food choices with Jerry and Diane Cole at J&B Foods. The tour was in place of the monthly St. Joseph's Diabetes Support Group, which meets from 9 to 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the Lower Level Room A at the hospital.
The feedback was clear. Residents want state legislators to make cuts in order to fix Minnesota's budget mess. State Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, and state Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, had a series of town hall meetings Saturday, including a stop in Park Rapids to listen to constituents. Skoe said there are three large issues facing lawmakers this session. First is the General Assistance Medical Care fix.
A majority of townships in Hubbard and eastern Becker counties have decided their elections will coincide with the General Election in November, but some will have elections Tuesday, March 9. Townships will still have their annual meetings March 9 when the town business is discussed and residents set the preliminary property tax levy. Those with elections Tuesday are listed below.