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Green Park Rapids has several new opportunities for homeowners to save money on energy improvements. The organization has been working to help Park Rapids residents save money by making "green" choices. The city of Park Rapids has teamed up with the Center for Energy and Environment, the Mahube Community Council, Minnesota Energy and Minnesota Power through a grant from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to offer Park Rapids homeowners a full service residential energy program as a part of the Green Park Rapids initiative. Park Rapids homeowners and their entire family are
An assessment was recently completed on the historical and architectural significance of the Park Rapids National Guard Armory. The Armory, which is the center of a redevelopment project spearheaded by developer Alan Zemek, will likely not be included on the National Registry after this evaluation.
The Park Rapids City Council gave its blessing last week to move forward on applications for two grants for Heartland Trail improvements. At its January meeting, the council agreed to purchase a vacant lot at Beach Street and Washington Avenue near Red Bridge Park. The city purchased the property for $52,000 plus closing costs, which are estimated to be approximately $3,000.
A local bank is concerned that a city policy will hinder economic development and lending in Park Rapids. A grandfather clause that reverted a piece of property back to residential has caused a cement plant sale to fall through. State Bank of Park Rapids, the lender for the property, thinks the city acted incorrectly and has requested the city consider modifying its policy and procedure on discontinuance of a non-conforming use property. The specific property in question is the former Rapid Ready Mix cement plant on Kaywood Drive. Rapid Ready stopped operating in the fall of 2008.
The Miss Park Rapids Pageant is returning for a second year after a successful debut last year. The pageant, slated for Saturday, April 2, will include four age categories so girls from kindergarten through juniors can participate. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, March 8.
Menahga Elementary Principal Joleen DeLaHunt has been awarded the 2011 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award from the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association. She was recognized by the Menahga School Board at its Thursday night meeting. "Great principals lead great schools," said P. Fred Storti, MESPA executive director. "These men and women are leaders in our profession and truly represent the very best in Minnesota public schools. As leaders, we focus on the potential and possibilities to ignite hope within our schools. DeLaHunt has worked in education for 20 years.