Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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The Hubbard County Drug and Alcohol Task Force makes one thing crystal clear: Most youth, ranging in age from grades six through 12, are not involved in alcohol abuse, but it remains a serious problem for those who are. Members of the task force steering committee met at St. Joseph's Area Health Services recently to accept a $1 million planning and implementation work grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division official. Strategies and evidence-based alcohol use prevention programs will be integrated throughout the communities and schools.
Several Park Rapids students placed in the Section 8A Visual Arts Festival Thursday, March 31 at Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks. Luke Swenson received Best in Show for sculpture. Several students received a superior rating, which means a student has demonstrated a precise and fluent knowledge of the tools, skills, elements, principles and history of art, made artistic choices based on expanding, transforming or combining options to improve or refine the artwork and demonstrated creative expression through the synthesized use of elements, principles, skills, techniques and mat
Ashly Domeier has been named Miss Park Rapids 2011. The 17-year-old Park Rapids Area High School junior said she is confident she will represent Park Rapids in a positive way. Miss Teen Park Rapids is Jena Stewart, Little Miss Park Rapids 4-6 is Caitlin Wahl and Little Miss Park Rapids K-3 is Massie Lee. In her passion speech Saturday at the Miss Park Rapids Pageant, Domeier lauded the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP).
While some liquor stores in Minnesota border cities are pushing for Sunday alcohol sales, stores in central Minnesota could lose money if such a measure passed. Rapids Spirits manager Scott Olson said Park Rapids would likely see the same business spread over seven days instead of six if the state passed a measure for selling liquor on Sunday.
Schallers Gaming and Hobbies has opened in downtown Park Rapids. The business, located on 3rd Street East off of Main Avenue specializes in tabletop games.
Miss Park Rapids 2010, Melodee Englund, hopes the next girl who is crowned will have an experience similar to the year she had as the city's ambassador. "It's been the most amazing experience of my life," she said. "I think it's really changed me as a person and how I look at the world." The Miss Park Rapids Pageant is returning for a second year after a successful return last year. The pageant, slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Park Rapids Area High School, includes four age categories.
In the wake of the tragic domestic violence incident Tuesday evening in Park Rapids, members of the community are asking how they can help or offer support to others in similar situations. Becci Leonard, executive director of the Headwaters Intervention Center, said she has been getting a lot of questions and phone calls this week. "People are wondering how to talk to someone in these situations, what they can do to help," she said. Informing the community about domestic violence is one of the first steps.