Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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The city of Park Rapids has maintained a healthy fund balance despite a tough recession. The 2009 auditor's report was presented Tuesday at the City Council meeting. Beth Bertram, an associate with Kern, DeWenter, Viere, Ltd., said the audit turned out well, with revenues above projections and expenditures under projections. The financial analysis compared 2009 general fund revenues and expenditures compared to the previous four years.
Bids came in lower than estimates for the 2010 Main Avenue utility and street reconstruction project in Park Rapids. "Very good news," said city engineer Jon Olson at Tuesday's Park Rapids City Council meeting. "Eight bids were received last Thursday and definitely came in very favorably. We were expecting good bids as we saw the bidding climate was very favorable for the southwest project." The design estimate for the base bid was just under $4.4 million. That included Main Avenue south to 8th Street, side streets and streetscaping.
The local Women, Infants and Children nutrition program is making strides toward healthier eating. Mari Willie, dietitian for St. Joseph's Community Health and the WIC program said the program provides nutrition advice and education. "We work with women who qualify with how to shop for healthy foods and provide recipe ideas," she said. The program, made available through federal dollars, began offering new healthy food choices last summer.
This year's Fourth of July fireworks show will be bigger and better than ever, according to organizers. With a bigger and better show, however, comes the need for more funding. The fireworks show is held at Red Bridge Park overlooking Fish Hook River. "We're a little bit less than halfway on fundraising," said Rotary fireworks chairman Alan Zemek. "The broader base of donors we have, that means everyone has to contribute less. The farther we reach and the more people we reach, it makes it that much more of a community event." The fireworks show is costly and no tax dollars are spent.
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Challenger Tour Bull Ride will return to Park Rapids July 1-3 celebrating 32 years of professional rodeo. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the action starting at 6:30 p.m.
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members are assisting the North Country Trail Association, Laurentian Lakes Chapter, through the construction and clearing of a new segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail in Becker County. A team of 12 AmeriCorps NCCC members are constructing approximately 10 miles of new trail near Ponsford for six weeks. The group began working June 7 and will work until July 16. "We really hope to get 10 miles completed," said Allison Hoensheid, AmeriCorps NCCC member.
Park Rapids and Carsonville firefighters battled a grass fire Friday afternoon off of Highway 34 and County Road 125 between Park Rapids and Osage. The call was made at about 2:45 p.m. Smoke from the fire was blowing northeast across Highway 34 due to high winds, necessitating law enforcement to direct traffic.
Community gardens have begun to sprout this summer throughout Hubbard County. Gardens have been planted at River Heights Apartments and Cornerstone Apartments in Park Rapids, along with Akeley and Laporte. Trees were planted in Nevis. The gardens were funded by a Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant. Diane Brophy, St. Joseph's public health nurse, is working to implement the SHIP grant.
The 2010 Park Rapids All School Reunion is just two months away and organizers are optimistic this will be one of the biggest events yet. The community event is slated for Aug. 6-8, 2010. Dave "Lefty" Anderson is chairing the event and said so far two fundraising meals have been very successful. Reunion apparel is already being sold on the website www.prhsreunion.com and Anderson is encouraging people to order early. A very limited amount of apparel will be sold at the reunion. The committee has been meeting for nearly a year already and events for August's reunion are planned out.