Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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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.
After attorneys raised red flags on parts of an Armory Square developer's agreement, a second public hearing will need to be held in March. The Armory Square redevelopment project has been in the works for about two and a half years already. 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. A Tax Increment Finance district was established last July after a first public hearing.