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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
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 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.
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.
The annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse was held Dec. 2-3. This year the Radiothon was able to raise another $20,000 and that brings the six year total to nearly $140,000. The radiothon is a way to raise funds for the Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council. Katrina Carrier, Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council director, said the council uses the money to continue supporting MAHUBE crisis care nursery, which provides a safe place for children during a time of crisis. Money is also used for the SAFE Parks Program operated in Park Rapids, Nevis and Akeley.