Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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Menahga School Board candidates fielded questions Tuesday evening at a Park Rapids League of Women Voters forum. Eight candidates filed for three, four-year terms on the Menahga School Board. Since the initial filing Julia Kicker said she is no longer seeking a spot on the board due to other obligations. The remaining seven candidates are Amy Massie, Tadd L. Usher, Al Peterson, Ernest R. Huhta Jr., Mel Lockhart, Joyce Skoog and Jon Kangas. Massie did not attend Tuesday's forum. Huhta said there are some pressing issues on the table as far as education funding.
Communication is key when it comes to emergencies. This was identified as the main area to focus on at a recent tabletop exercise conducted by Hubbard County Emergency Manager Brian Halbasch. Several representatives from law enforcement, first responders, fire department and other agencies attended. "No plan is going to survive first contact," Halbasch said. "That's why we want to collaborate.
The Park Rapids School District is asking voters to "keep a good thing going" and support a continuation of the existing levy referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The existing levy was passed in 2006 and took several years to come together. "We were in a crisis" in 2006, said Superintendent Glenn Chiodo.
Concrete work will continue on Main Avenue for the next few weeks. "There's not much new, but we've had terrific weather," said project manager Jon Olson. "That has been in our favor." Decorative concrete work is being completed from Highway 34 to 3rd Street. From 3rd Street to 5th Street crews will continue to work on sidewalks and begin main line concrete paving and decorative concrete. Concrete workers have had some issues with people walking on freshly poured concrete despite barriers. The public is reminded to stay off of the sidewalks if they are blocked off.
Two of Menahga's administrative staff have submitted letters of resignation. Susie Larson, deputy clerk, and Joline Floyd, secretary, submitted letters stating their last day would be Oct. 15.
Ruby's Pantry in Menahga has completed a successful first year of feeding and providing assistance to families and individuals in the community. Karol Andreasen, program coordinator in Menahga, said she has felt good about helping people in the community. "We've been able to help so many people," she said. The program is simple. Food is delivered by a semi truck and placed in a line with tables. Volunteers put the food on the tables and pass it out as people come through the line with the boxes or containers they brought.
Bids for decorative granite inlays in downtown Park Rapids did not come in apples to apples so the city will consult an attorney for answers before making a decision. Next Innovations, Ltd. submitted a bid of $3,000 per inlay without sales tax and Twin Cities Tile and Marble submitted a bid of $3,126 per inlay including sales tax. Jon Olson, the city's engineer, said he needs to clarify if the tax is just on supplies or also labor. The inlays will be four-by-four-foot laser-cut marble and granite mosaics featuring Hubbard County lakes.