Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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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.
Park Rapids street and utility improvements are on the back burner in 2011 after citizens said "enough" to increased taxes. The Park Rapids City Council has been feeling pressure to replace aging infrastructure throughout town while taxpayers want lower taxes because of an ailing economy. The next project scheduled on the city's Capital Improvement Plan was put on hold Tuesday after a resolution to order the improvement and preparation of plans for the Riverside area of town failed to receive four out of five council votes.
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.
Hundreds gathered on Spirit Lake Saturday for the annual Menahga Fishing Derby. Despite frigid temperatures, young and old attended the annual social gathering to wait for a fish to bite or eat food purchased from the Cub Scouts. People stayed for the door prizes even if they didn't catch a fish. Exercise was part of the derby as people ran up to the announcer to get door prizes for being the youngest on the ice, having a certain type of key ring or some other item with them. Prizes were also awarded for different categories of fish.
Menahga School District will be forced to make $229,500 in cuts if state budget proposals become a reality. Menahga Superintendent Mary Klamm said that she received budget figures from the State Demographer's Office.
It's not too late to plan on attending the 13th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5 on Fish Hook Lake. More than $110,000 in prizes will be given away. "We have a good 19 inches of ice," said event organizer Jerry Benham. "We should be in good shape." Bob Safratowich is also organizing the event this year. The fishing derby is always the first Saturday in February and draws many people to the area.