Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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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.
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
Park Rapids held its first community hair-cutting event at the American Legion on Saturday. Area residents donated their hair to Locks of Love, a national non-profit organization. Locks of Love takes hair donations of 10 to 12 inches to use in making wigs, primarily for children who are going through cancer treatments. Dick Kimball, who organized the event, lost both his mother and father to cancer and more recently lost his good friend Swede Nelson to pancreatic cancer. His reaction was to do something to help other cancer patients. "All of us are touched by cancer.
Menahga's newly elected mayor, Patrick Foss, came into Monday's City Council meeting with a plan. By the end of the night he had handed out committee assignments to each councilmember, saying he chose them so everyone would have a chance to work together. Also, he proposed the creation of an economic development committee, something he said was sorely needed in Menahga. "This is a committee that amazingly we have not had in this city," Foss said.
The City Council has waived all storm water utility charges for the most recent calendar quarter (October, November and December 2010). On January's water bill, Park Rapids property owners should see no charges for the storm water utility. Because there was so much public comment and concern after the first storm water utility billing (October 2010 for the months July, August and September 2010), the city has frozen the billing until all the voiced concerns are addressed. City staff has addressed many of the concerns through on-site visits and reviewing credit applications.
The idea for new mileage signs along Heartland Trail began forming when Steven Osterman and his mother, Julie, were in the midst of a 50-mile bicycle ride. The ride was required for a Boy Scout merit badge. "I thought it would be nice to see how much further we had to go to the next town," he said.