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Park Rapids is considering the development of a local health board after hearing about a possible health hazard from pigeons at Park Avenue Apartments, the site of the former middle school. Scott Wilson, executive director with the Cass County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, approached the Park Rapids City Council this week about the issue. His agency addresses health and safety issues of residents who receive Section 8 rental assistance. Some of the residents at the apartment complex receive this funding, which requires housing meet certain quality standards.
Park Rapids downtown construction continues to be on schedule after good weather this past week. Second Street curb and gutters will be poured next week, followed by sidewalks. No foot traffic will be allowed on the sidewalks while they are curing, said project superintendent Jeff Wipper. As Memorial Day weekend approaches, some of the decorations will be placed on the light poles. Banners and flower baskets will be added this week. Some questions were asked about the sidewalks on Main Avenue that were poured last fall.
Parents are being encouraged to take alcohol and other dangers out of the picture during graduation celebrations in the next few weeks. The Hubbard County Youth Drug and Alcohol Taskforce, Hubbard County Attorney's Office and Hubbard County Sheriff's Office have joined forces to get the message out to parents. Alcohol and other drugs have been associated with an increase in accidents and fatalities during the weeks before and after graduation, said Sara Bowles, Hubbard County Youth Drug and Alcohol Task Force chemical health coordinator. "The area liquor stores are on board with promotin
Little Natalie Kruchowski, 4, takes the Heartland Express bus to preschool twice a week.
Waconia was chosen to host the 2012 Governor's Fishing Opener over Park Rapids but local representatives have been encouraged to keep applying. Katie Magozzi, Park Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, who attended this year's event in Grand Rapids, said Waconia had applied four times before being chosen. "We'll make sure we refresh our application and get it back on the governor's desk this fall," she said. Park Rapids and Red Wing were finalists this year.
Menahga Dollars for Scholars "Pennies in the Elementary" raised $1,111.41 for the Wadena-Deer Creek High School Library. This year's DFS theme was "Cents for Wadena Students." Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars were donated and delivered to each Menahga Elementary classroom from April 11-15. Top row, from left, Menahga seniors Lindsey White and Megan Melander headed up the Dollars for Scholars project and presented the check to Wadena seniors Jared Wegsched and Molly Barrett. WDC activities director Norm Gallant was also on hand for the presentation.
Main Avenue streetscapes, including flower baskets, banners and granite inlays, should be in place by Memorial Day. Although construction work continues on downtown side streets, with heavy machinery digging up old infrastructure, Main Avenue is starting to look complete. The Park Rapids City Council gave its blessing for summer banners presented by the Downtown Business Association. The banners feature the slogan, "Positively Park Rapids," and include a simple flower design.
Growing up near the airport in Minneapolis led to a life of aviation for Park Rapids resident Noel Allard. He was recently inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to the aviation field, although many people in the Park Rapids area know him for his involvement in the Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club. "Tractors are as much fun as airplanes," he said. But he has always had a soft spot for flying. Allard took his first airplane ride in 1949 at Wold-Chamberlain Field in a Piper Pacer from the Ray Hense Flight School.