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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.
Project valuations in Park Rapids were up in 2010 compared to 2009 City planner Dan Walker has completed a 2010 year-end report for the Park Rapids Planning Department. "The economy played a significant role in the number of requests we received in 2010," Walker said in the report.
Tanya Larson has discovered a new way to think about choosing and eating foods through the Weston A. Price Foundation. The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Larson is the volunteer leader of the Park Rapids chapter of Weston A. Price.
The Park Rapids City Council agreed to purchase a vacant lot at Beach Street and Washington Avenue near Red Bridge Park. The city has offered to purchase the property from Darby Diedrich for $52,000 plus closing costs, which are estimated to be approximately $3,000. Funding will come from the Parks funds ($15,000), Real Estate Acquisition Fund ($26,000) and liquor store reserves ($14,000). City planner Dan Walker said the property is an integral part of three planning documents for the city.