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It's not too late to plan on attending the 13th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5 on Fish Hook Lake. More than $110,000 in prizes will be given away. "We have a good 19 inches of ice," said event organizer Jerry Benham. "We should be in good shape." Bob Safratowich is also organizing the event this year. The fishing derby is always the first Saturday in February and draws many people to the area.
Menahga School District will be forced to make $229,500 in cuts if state budget proposals become a reality. Menahga Superintendent Mary Klamm said that she received budget figures from the State Demographer's Office.
Hundreds gathered on Spirit Lake Saturday for the annual Menahga Fishing Derby. Despite frigid temperatures, young and old attended the annual social gathering to wait for a fish to bite or eat food purchased from the Cub Scouts. People stayed for the door prizes even if they didn't catch a fish. Exercise was part of the derby as people ran up to the announcer to get door prizes for being the youngest on the ice, having a certain type of key ring or some other item with them. Prizes were also awarded for different categories of fish.
Lt. Col. Dave W. Konshok, who is 8,000 miles away serving with his U.S. Air Force Reserves unit in Afghanistan, had a visit with his fellow Park Rapids Rotarians this week using Skype Internet technology. Konshok, a Park Rapids City Councilman, has been serving with his unit since July. He anticipates returning in about a month and a half. During his brief visit with Rotary Wednesday, Konshok decided to give a brief "night in the life of an Airman" presentation. It was about 12:30 p.m. in Park Rapids and 11 p.m.
An Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission has been established in Park Rapids. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council expressed interest in forming the commission initially to be able to apply for grant funding from the state.
SnoDaze events kick off Monday at Park Rapids Area High School. Coronation is at 9:30 a.m. Monday with a coronation tea following. A pep fest will be held during seventh hour Monday. Students can dress up for different themes throughout the week.
The city of Park Rapids is again soliciting quotes for granite inlays that will be featured on downtown sidewalks. Last fall, the city requested bids for the inlays, depicting Hubbard County lakes, but ran into competitive bidding requirements when the quotes came in just above the threshold of $50,000.
Mahube Community Council has seen an increased need for energy assistance over the last two years so notification that additional federal funding is filtering into the state is good news for the agency. "The last two years have been really busy years," said Nancy Cummings, energy director for Mahube. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security (OES) announced this week Minnesota will receive an additional $56.3 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program. When added to the $86.4 million in federal fund