Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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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.
Michael and Cayla Boettcher are sharing their experience as missionaries in Alaska while they're home for the holidays. The Boettchers and their three children - Titus, Elisha and Alissa - live in Soldotna, Alaska, about two and a half hours south of Anchorage. Michael flies for the Missionary Aviation Repair Center, a non-profit organization that seeks to expand the reach of the gospel by: n Flying people and supplies to places where there are no roads. n Supporting other missionaries and their aircraft. n And training missionary minded pilots and mechanics. The vision is to see l
Northway Insurance of Park Rapids is under new ownership and now offers clients financial support in addition to insurance. Northway Insurance of Park Rapids, formerly known as Hewitt Zitzer Insurance, has been a trusted and respected agency in the area since 1940. Kari Wiese and Andria Snelling took over ownership of the Park Rapids office in 2009 and now have joined forces with Mike O'Hern, a financial representative who conducts business with Foster Klima & Company, LLC. Northway Insurance of Park Rapids is a locally owned independent insurance agency located on Highway 71 south.
The Star of the North Marine Corps. League has been busy filling bags with candy for those who attend the annual Park Rapids Community Christmas Dinner Saturday. Volunteers are still needed. Organizer Lynn Spilman said she and others have been busy this week getting food prepared for about 650 people. With the struggling economy, Spilman thinks the Christmas Dinner will be especially well attended this year. The meal is free but donations are accepted.
Armory Square redevelopment hinges on a developer's agreement between the city of Park Rapids and Armory Square Management Corp. Alan Zemek, who is heading up the potential redevelopment, wants the agreement to be finalized soon so he can get to work. Zemek has plans to open Armory Square by June 2011 if all the pieces come together. He has received several grants to assist in the cleanup of the property. Financing of $300,000 was secured through the support of Congressman Jim Oberstar and Arlen Kangas, president of Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation.
Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer? Tickets are available for the 13th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5 on Fish Hook Lake.
The Park Rapids City Council has decreased it levy for 2011. An initial proposed levy at a 13.95 percent increase had many taxpayers questioning their tax statements. The city's Truth in Taxation hearing was well attended with citizens who were concerned about the increase. The final budget has been adjusted and is a 6.55 percent increase over 2010. The final budget total for the city is $2,522,859.
Making a living playing poker? Many people might think this is unrealistic. But Nate Avenson of Park Rapids has made it a reality. The 28-year-old started playing poker at local events in 2003.