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Menahga has agreed to join Sebeka in applying for a $1.4 million housing redevelopment grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Jenny Hoppe, a Sebeka Horizons representative, said members of the group are also asking the city of Nimrod to be part of the coalition. Menahga will need to contribute between $500 and $1,000 to have the grant written. Area cities such as Wadena and Verndale have received similar grants and Hoppe said the coalition of Menahga, Sebeka and Nimrod should have a good chance of receiving it because it is an economically poor area.
Young Park Rapids area children got a taste of kindergarten Friday at Century School's Round-up Day. Parents arrived with their future kindergartners during two sessions Friday. Teachers and administrators were pleased with the turnout this year, with 101 kids signed up. Superintendent Glenn Chiodo said that's the most children that have been signed up on Kindergarten Round-Up Day in Park Rapids since he came to the district in 2003.
A proposed state bill that would lower standards to become a teacher in Minnesota was of concern to a crowd of Park Rapids teachers Wednesday. Education Minnesota president Tom Dooher visited Park Rapids Wednesday afternoon to update Park Rapids teachers about legislative activities and field questions. He encouraged educators to continue writing to state legislators about their concerns.
Park Rapids is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from Jan. 1 to Dec.
Park Rapids plans to implement a franchise fee on the gas utility with hopes of generating about $36,000 in revenue per year to help a 2010 budget shortfall. The fee will be nominal, said city administrator Bill Smith. The council has talked about implementing a $1 or $2 a month fee per account. In August of last year the Park Rapids City Council first received information about how a franchise fee worked.
"I want to see some crabs walking in the hot sand," Park Rapids Teacher of the Year Molly Aukes told one of her kindergarten physical education classes Monday morning. The students responded to the request with giggles and proceeded to quickly walk backwards on their hands and legs, imitating crabs. The activity was part of a warm up for Century Elementary kindergartners, who are learning the basics this year. Aukes was voted this year's Teacher of the Year for Park Rapids by her peers - members of Education Minnesota Park Rapids. "I was humbled," she said of the award.
A Menahga School building advisory committee will be looking at calling for a third school bond election by Aug.
Homelessness does exist in Hubbard County even if it's not visible to most people. Homeless can mean doubling up with others or couch hopping. "Our definition of homelessness is different than someone living on the street," said Melody Boettcher.