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Park Rapids high schoolers have logged more than 300 hours of volunteer work as peer mentors since October. The mentors were recruited in the fall to help Century middle schoolers with homework and interact on a social basis during 8th Hour. "The peer mentors started out as a project from the high school sociology class," said 8th Hour coordinator Mari Jo Lohmeier. It's become more than a class project for many of the students, though. "They keep track of their hours and once they reached 10 hours, we didn't see much of a drop off" in attendance, she said.
Menahga fourth graders will receive lessons on fishing in hopes of getting "hooked." The city of Menahga will once again be the fiscal pass through agent for the Get Hooked on Fishing program. Julia Kicker, organizer of the program, told the Menahga City Council about the successful program at its meeting. "I've 17, 18 year olds still out at the pier with the fishing poles they got through this program," she said. The purpose is "To create other healthy alternatives for our children, rather than the use of drugs and alcohol." The program has been active in Menahga for 20 years and sh
Dave W. Konshok has returned to Park Rapids and his role as a city councilman after serving as the Commander of the 577th Expeditionary Prime BEEF (Base Engineer Emergency Force) Squadron at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. He presented Mayor Nancy Carroll, on behalf of the city of Park Rapids, a U.S. flag and certificate that it flew in Afghanistan. On Tuesday he attended his first City Council meeting since returning.
The Park Rapids City Council will no longer continue waiving utility charges for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. The food shelf is in the process of moving from 706 East Third Street to 308 Pleasant Avenue.
After a long, rough winter, some wear and tear is already showing on the newly constructed Main Avenue. Citizen Dick Rutherford told the Park Rapids City Council Tuesday that parts of the center parking area on Main were peeling off and the curbs are wearing in some places. "I'd just like to know how many of you have walked down Main street and seen how bad it is? ... They're terrible," he said. " ... I think it's about time the council walks Main street and takes a look at how bad it is.
There's a buzz around Park Rapids with people "cheering" on a daily basis for the city. Park Rapids is already in seventh place for most votes in America for the "We Hear You America" contest sponsored by Reader's Digest. The hope is to win financial and promotional support. By Tuesday morning, Park Rapids had 184,875 votes, pushing ahead of Newberry, Mich., with 180,636 votes.
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.