Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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The Park Rapids City Council voted to move forward with a design for a water treatment facility to help keep the city's water safe to drink. A test well and water pumping test netted positive results this fall. City engineers presented results from the study Tuesday evening. Currently, the city uses well water primarily from shallow wells 5 and 6 but includes water from deep well 8 during periods of high demand. Water from the shallow aquifer has been seeing increasing levels of nitrates, which is a health concern.
The Radiothon to End Child Abuse is a way to raise funds for the Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council. The annual fundraiser is from noon Thursday, Dec. 6 through noon Friday, Dec. 7. Money raised by the Radiothon benefits the Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council. Money is also used for the SAFE Parks Program operated in Park Rapids and Akeley. The objective of SAFE Parks is to provide a Safe and Fun Environment (SAFE) for all the children who participate.
People gathered downtown Friday evening to sing carols and celebrate the annual Park Rapids Community Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, Yuletide Sampler and Live Nativity despite chilly temperatures. This celebration was made possible through the dedication of many volunteers, merchants, Chamber of Commerce board members, staff and their families.
A Menahga student who committed suicide will have a memorial page in the 2013 yearbook, school board members decided Monday night. Several people spoke to the board in favor of including a memorial page for Kyle Kenyon in the yearbook. Kenyon would have been a 2013 graduate. In early October, a group of people took the issue to media through Facebook. The issue made statewide and national news.
The Blue Star Mothers are gearing up to send care packages to deployed troops for the holidays. The organization is looking for names of deployed soldiers. If someone has not been contacted this year about adding a son or daughter to the list, contact Connie Carmichael at 252-0086. The Blue Star Mothers plan to pack boxes on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The Park Rapids American Legion Post 212 has been a staple in the area for 93 years and continues to serve the community. Commander Mike Swanson said the Legion provides a lot for veterans and the community. Some of the groups that come out of the legion include the Honor Guard, Auxiliary Honor Guard and Sons of the American Legion Honor Guard. "We provide military honors at funerals throughout the county," Swanson said. He estimates the Honor Guard attends about a dozen funerals a year. "This is all volunteers," Swanson said.
Pat Mikesh beat out incumbent Nancy Carroll for the Park Rapids mayor seat. He won the seat with an 11-vote margin, 837 to 826. "I have a big set of shoes to fill," Mikesh said. "I think Nancy did a great job and I look forward to getting in there and getting to work with all of the projects we have coming up." He currently serves as a Park Rapids councilmember, where he has held a seat for six years.
A panel of 12 tourism industry representatives gave input recently at a roundtable with Governor Mark Dayton. Jennifer Bateman, owner of Two Inlets Resort north of Park Rapids, was invited to give input. The roundtable was Saturday, Oct. 20 at Grand View Lodge near Nisswa.
The four incumbents running for re-election for Menahga School Board will remain on the board. Incumbents Curtis Hasbargen, Al Peterson and Brad Goehrig will fill the three open four-year terms. Hasbargen had 952 votes, Peterson had 1,149 votes and Goehrig had 1,181 votes. Daniel Rippentrop received 614 votes and there were 45 write-ins. For the two-year seat, incumbent Durwin Tomperi won the election with 919 votes. Tim Ellingson had 746 votes and there were seven write-ins.