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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.
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.
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.
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.
The city of Park Rapids grievance panel met Tuesday to discuss whether to reimburse former Park Rapids police officer Dan May for a uniform purchase in January. Each officer has a $375 uniform allowance for the year. According to the labor agreement, "the Employer shall provide each employee with a uniform allowance for those items not provided by the Employer (leather, weapons, shoes) and for the maintenance of uniforms." May ordered a flashlight and pressure switch Jan. 16 that is used for the tactical team.
Park Rapids high schoolers are taking time to mentor younger students at Century. "We have 18 senior high school peer mentors that are working with our middle school students during eighth hour," said Century School principal Bruce Gravalin. The students have already logged 282 hours with the younger students. "What they do is help with homework and some good, healthy conversation with younger kids," he said. "It's a good deal." The tutoring program at the high school has also been successful, said principal Jeff Johnson.