Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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Park Rapids is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from Jan. 1 to Dec.
A Menahga School building advisory committee will be looking at calling for a third school bond election by Aug.
Homelessness does exist in Hubbard County even if it's not visible to most people. Homeless can mean doubling up with others or couch hopping. "Our definition of homelessness is different than someone living on the street," said Melody Boettcher.
Park Rapids is bustling with building activity this week. After a slow 2009 for construction, 2010 has started out strong. "We're seeing a lot of activity," said city planner Dan Walker. Building permits increased significantly in March, according to his planning department report. The early spring with nice weather brought earlier than usual building activity in the city, Walker said in his report. He is working on three new housing permits, which is more than all of 2009. In 2009, remodeling was higher than new building. "The economy played a significant role in the number of r
Community gardens are sprouting up throughout Hubbard County thanks to funding from a Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant. Gardens are planned at River Heights Apartments and Cornerstone Apartments in Park Rapids, along with Nevis, Akeley and Laporte. Diane Brophy, St. Joseph's public health nurse, is working to implement the SHIP grant. The idea for the community gardens is to have a place for anyone in the community to have access to fresh vegetables and flowers. Sharon Voyda, with the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Park Rapids, manages River Heights Apartments.
The Department of Natural Resources Fisheries land near Rice Park could get some sprucing up if funding comes in. The Hubbard County Master Gardeners would like to landscape the DNR Fisheries land in Park Rapids.
Park Rapids resident Wally Vokes is looking at a 13-year payback on energy improvements he made to his home. "I first heard about the energy audits" through Green Park Rapids," he said. Vokes' home was located in the pilot neighborhood near downtown.
Local churches are hosting the second annual Rush of Fools event for youth in grades seven through 12 Wednesday, April 28. This year, the event is at Calvary Lutheran Church.
The Park Rapids City Council will approve bids for the southwest road construction project Tuesday. The utility and road work will begin later this spring or early this summer.