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Dave W. Konshok has returned to Park Rapids and his role as a city councilman after serving as the Commander of the 577th Expeditionary Prime BEEF (Base Engineer Emergency Force) Squadron at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. He presented Mayor Nancy Carroll, on behalf of the city of Park Rapids, a U.S. flag and certificate that it flew in Afghanistan. On Tuesday he attended his first City Council meeting since returning.
There's a buzz around Park Rapids with people "cheering" on a daily basis for the city. Park Rapids is already in seventh place for most votes in America for the "We Hear You America" contest sponsored by Reader's Digest. The hope is to win financial and promotional support. By Tuesday morning, Park Rapids had 184,875 votes, pushing ahead of Newberry, Mich., with 180,636 votes.
Byron Johnson, of Bemidji, purchases the wool based on weight and ships it to Illinois, where it is cleaned and processed. By the end of the shearing this week, Johnson had 180 pounds of wool. The sheep are sheared a few weeks before the lambing process begins. "It keeps things cleaner," Frank said. Last spring, the Vogeltanzes had a set of quadruplets, along with sets of triplets and twins. They're hoping for similar results in just a few more weeks.
The Hubbard County Drug and Alcohol Task Force makes one thing crystal clear: Most youth, ranging in age from grades six through 12, are not involved in alcohol abuse, but it remains a serious problem for those who are. Members of the task force steering committee met at St. Joseph's Area Health Services recently to accept a $1 million planning and implementation work grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division official. Strategies and evidence-based alcohol use prevention programs will be integrated throughout the communities and schools.
Ashly Domeier has been named Miss Park Rapids 2011. The 17-year-old Park Rapids Area High School junior said she is confident she will represent Park Rapids in a positive way. Miss Teen Park Rapids is Jena Stewart, Little Miss Park Rapids 4-6 is Caitlin Wahl and Little Miss Park Rapids K-3 is Massie Lee. In her passion speech Saturday at the Miss Park Rapids Pageant, Domeier lauded the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP).
Several Park Rapids students placed in the Section 8A Visual Arts Festival Thursday, March 31 at Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks. Luke Swenson received Best in Show for sculpture. Several students received a superior rating, which means a student has demonstrated a precise and fluent knowledge of the tools, skills, elements, principles and history of art, made artistic choices based on expanding, transforming or combining options to improve or refine the artwork and demonstrated creative expression through the synthesized use of elements, principles, skills, techniques and mat
While some liquor stores in Minnesota border cities are pushing for Sunday alcohol sales, stores in central Minnesota could lose money if such a measure passed. Rapids Spirits manager Scott Olson said Park Rapids would likely see the same business spread over seven days instead of six if the state passed a measure for selling liquor on Sunday.
Miss Park Rapids 2010, Melodee Englund, hopes the next girl who is crowned will have an experience similar to the year she had as the city's ambassador. "It's been the most amazing experience of my life," she said. "I think it's really changed me as a person and how I look at the world." The Miss Park Rapids Pageant is returning for a second year after a successful return last year. The pageant, slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Park Rapids Area High School, includes four age categories.