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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.
A public hearing is scheduled in Menahga to discuss front yard regulations regarding solar panels and wind turbines. The meeting, held by the Menahga Planning and Zoning Commission will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 in the Menahga City Council chambers. The purpose of this hearing is to give the public an opportunity to ask questions and give comments on the proposed ordinance amending: 151.16 (E)(2)(C) - Front Yard Regulations.
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Touring Pro Bull Ride will return to Park Rapids July 1-3. "For our 33rd annual, we have some surprises in store " said Randy Jokela, "Of course, the great bulls will be here. We bring in five different contractors and feature the superstar bucking bulls of three-time PBR Contractor of the Year, Chad Berger of Mandan, North Dakota." Gates open at 5 p.m. each day with the action starting at 6:30 p.m.
Uncooperative weather early in the week put a stop to some of the downtown Park Rapids construction. Also, one of the new water services under Main Avenue sprung a leak overnight Thursday. "It's unfortunate," said project engineer Jon Olson. "But RL Larson was on top of this and were working on it as soon as it was discovered." Friday morning crews dug up a portion of Main Avenue between Second and Third Street to fix the leak.
A water leak was discovered under Main Avenue in downtown Park Rapids early Friday morning. The leak came from one of the new water services under Main Avenue. Crews began digging into a portion of the street between Second and Third Street Friday morning to fix the leak. "It's unfortunate," said project engineer Jon Olson. "But RL Larson was on top of this and were working on it as soon as it was discovered." Olson said it was unknown what caused the leak at this point but it was an issue with the pipe or curb stop.
Menahga School's construction projects are underway but a storm sewer issue has left the locker room addition running behind. Project manager Nick Ylitalo, with JP Structures, said Monday evening that the existing storm sewer wasn't "jiving" with the mechanical plans so revisions will be required. "We are currently waiting for a response from the state to determine what an approved alternative will be," he said. With a looming state shutdown, Superintendent Mary Klamm said she hoped the state will make a decision on the storm sewer work before July 1. Ylitalo said the contractor has be
Three Mississippi natives started a 2,300-mile venture Tuesday morning that will lead them from Itasca State Park to New Orleans. Rob Treppendahl, Bowman Hitchens and Max Zoghbi are paddling kayaks the entire distance of the Mississippi to raise money and awareness for two charities. Their mission, which they call "A Wake in the Current," became a calling for the college students. "I felt the need to do something to benefit the homeless through Interfaith Compassion Ministry," Hitchens said. He approached his friend, Treppendahl, and each of them prayed and waited for a sign to make su
The Park Rapids 2010 audit showed a healthy fund balance but an increased tax rate for the city. Steve Wischmann, with Kern, DeWenter, Viere, Ltd., presented the audit at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The city had repeat findings that are all common with small cities, Wischmann said. The main finding shows a lack of internal control in regard to financial statement preparation.
Sidewalk work has begun on downtown side streets in Park Rapids. A rainy Wednesday made for difficult work for crews that day. But during the last week a lot of electrical work has been done, along with grading, curb and gutter and alley work. Underground crews transitioned into Phase 3. Project superintendent Jeff Wipper said he expected all sidewalks to be completed by Thursday, June 23. Bituminous paving crews will be working throughout the week as well, he expects. People can expect to see an increase in truck traffic due to the sidewalk work and bituminous paving.
Menahga Mayor Pat Foss asked the City Council Monday to begin discussing a proposed ordinance regarding front yard regulations for solar panels and wind turbines. "I think there needs to be a place for them - not in the front yard or near the street," he said. The reason Foss brought up the issue was because he had heard from some residents who oppose solar panels in front yards due to appearance and possible visibility issues for driving. He added wind turbines to the discussion because he knows of other cities that have them in town. Foss brought a proposed ordinance to the meeting.