Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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The city of Menahga is taking the first steps toward investing in economic development within the city. Monday evening, mayor Pat Foss and councilmember Maxine Norman, who sit on the economic development committee, proposed two budget items to the city council. After a meeting with a representative from the Department of Employment and Economic Development, Foss said Menahga is at the beginning as far as economic development goes. "The first thing we'd like to move ahead on is a comprehensive plan," he said. They estimated the cost to update the city's 1978 plan at about $5,000.
Six Park Rapids students have been working tediously on paintings of ducks in hopes of having their art transformed into a collectible stamp. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest is one of the largest art competitions in Minnesota, said Michael Hartung, Park Rapids Area High School art teacher. It is the 18th year of the competition and Park Rapids has had three state winners during that time, he said. More than 1,000 students generally enter the contest in Minnesota, Hartung said.
Green Park Rapids has several new opportunities for homeowners to save money on energy improvements. The organization has been working to help Park Rapids residents save money by making "green" choices. The city of Park Rapids has teamed up with the Center for Energy and Environment, the Mahube Community Council, Minnesota Energy and Minnesota Power through a grant from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to offer Park Rapids homeowners a full service residential energy program as a part of the Green Park Rapids initiative. Park Rapids homeowners and their entire family are
The 2011 Chili Challenge, hosted by the Park Rapids Enterprise, raised $5,464 for the Hubbard County Food Shelf, including the loon and quilt raffle. A total of 21 chili brews were available for sampling, including bowls of mild chili made by Park Rapids Enterprise chef Candy Parks. Participants included State Bank of Park Rapids, Citizens National Bank, Northwoods Bank, TruStar Federal Credit Union, Hubbard County sheriff Cory Aukes, "The Other Bill Jones," John Nicklawksy, St.
An assessment was recently completed on the historical and architectural significance of the Park Rapids National Guard Armory. The Armory, which is the center of a redevelopment project spearheaded by developer Alan Zemek, will likely not be included on the National Registry after this evaluation.
The Park Rapids City Council gave its blessing last week to move forward on applications for two grants for Heartland Trail improvements. At its January meeting, the council agreed to purchase a vacant lot at Beach Street and Washington Avenue near Red Bridge Park. The city purchased the property for $52,000 plus closing costs, which are estimated to be approximately $3,000.
A local bank is concerned that a city policy will hinder economic development and lending in Park Rapids. A grandfather clause that reverted a piece of property back to residential has caused a cement plant sale to fall through. State Bank of Park Rapids, the lender for the property, thinks the city acted incorrectly and has requested the city consider modifying its policy and procedure on discontinuance of a non-conforming use property. The specific property in question is the former Rapid Ready Mix cement plant on Kaywood Drive. Rapid Ready stopped operating in the fall of 2008.