Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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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.
Lt. Col. Dave W. Konshok, who is 8,000 miles away serving with his U.S. Air Force Reserves unit in Afghanistan, had a visit with his fellow Park Rapids Rotarians this week using Skype Internet technology. Konshok, a Park Rapids City Councilman, has been serving with his unit since July. He anticipates returning in about a month and a half. During his brief visit with Rotary Wednesday, Konshok decided to give a brief "night in the life of an Airman" presentation. It was about 12:30 p.m. in Park Rapids and 11 p.m.
SnoDaze events kick off Monday at Park Rapids Area High School. Coronation is at 9:30 a.m. Monday with a coronation tea following. A pep fest will be held during seventh hour Monday. Students can dress up for different themes throughout the week.
An Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission has been established in Park Rapids. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council expressed interest in forming the commission initially to be able to apply for grant funding from the state.
Free tax help is available to those who need assistance preparing their 2010 income tax returns. IRS certified AARP Tax Aide volunteers will be available to help individuals prepare their tax returns starting Feb. 1. This year's volunteers are Debbie Brattlof, Carol Wright, Kay Smythe and Tammie Hilden. They will be available at the following locations and times: n Mahube Community Council, 120 North Central Avenue, Park Rapids, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Feb.
The city of Park Rapids is again soliciting quotes for granite inlays that will be featured on downtown sidewalks. Last fall, the city requested bids for the inlays, depicting Hubbard County lakes, but ran into competitive bidding requirements when the quotes came in just above the threshold of $50,000.
Mahube Community Council has seen an increased need for energy assistance over the last two years so notification that additional federal funding is filtering into the state is good news for the agency. "The last two years have been really busy years," said Nancy Cummings, energy director for Mahube. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security (OES) announced this week Minnesota will receive an additional $56.3 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program. When added to the $86.4 million in federal fund