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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.
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.
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.
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.
Menahga School Board members utilized new technology Monday in the form of BoardBook. Each board member uses a computer to access the meeting agenda and documents while following along on a large screen. The public is also able to access the meeting agenda and documents through BoardBook. Other school districts have utilized this paperless agenda, such as Frazee. The goal is to make the meetings move along more smoothly and also save paper.
Downtown Park Rapids side streets were open to traffic during the busy Fourth of July weekend. Work continues on Phase 3, with water and sewer installed on the southern portion of Main. Storm sewer installation has begun. Street grading could begin as soon as next week as soon as installation is completed. After street grading, crews will work on curb and gutter, followed by sidewalk pouring and street paving. Previously, the second layer of bituminous on Second, Third and Fourth streets and the alleys was going to be placed after Labor Day.
The city of Park Rapids has adopted a new special assessment policy, although there are few changes. The Park Rapids City Council approved the policy upon recommendation of a committee that has been working on the issue since the fall of 2010.
Construction crews have been busy cleaning up the first four blocks of downtown Park Rapids before the Fourth of July weekend arrives. Side streets between Highway 34 and Fourth Street were on schedule to be open by the weekend, said project engineer Jon Olson. The first two phases of the downtown revitalization project are nearly completed. Concrete work, including the colored concrete, is being completed. The portion of Main that was torn up to repair a water leak last week has been repaired.