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Free tax help is available to those who need assistance preparing their 2010 income tax returns. IRS certified AARP Tax Aide volunteers will be available to help individuals prepare their tax returns starting Feb. 1. This year's volunteers are Debbie Brattlof, Carol Wright, Kay Smythe and Tammie Hilden. They will be available at the following locations and times: n Mahube Community Council, 120 North Central Avenue, Park Rapids, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Feb.
Menahga's newly elected mayor, Patrick Foss, came into Monday's City Council meeting with a plan. By the end of the night he had handed out committee assignments to each councilmember, saying he chose them so everyone would have a chance to work together. Also, he proposed the creation of an economic development committee, something he said was sorely needed in Menahga. "This is a committee that amazingly we have not had in this city," Foss said.
Park Rapids held its first community hair-cutting event at the American Legion on Saturday. Area residents donated their hair to Locks of Love, a national non-profit organization. Locks of Love takes hair donations of 10 to 12 inches to use in making wigs, primarily for children who are going through cancer treatments. Dick Kimball, who organized the event, lost both his mother and father to cancer and more recently lost his good friend Swede Nelson to pancreatic cancer. His reaction was to do something to help other cancer patients. "All of us are touched by cancer.
The City Council has waived all storm water utility charges for the most recent calendar quarter (October, November and December 2010). On January's water bill, Park Rapids property owners should see no charges for the storm water utility. Because there was so much public comment and concern after the first storm water utility billing (October 2010 for the months July, August and September 2010), the city has frozen the billing until all the voiced concerns are addressed. City staff has addressed many of the concerns through on-site visits and reviewing credit applications.
The idea for new mileage signs along Heartland Trail began forming when Steven Osterman and his mother, Julie, were in the midst of a 50-mile bicycle ride. The ride was required for a Boy Scout merit badge. "I thought it would be nice to see how much further we had to go to the next town," he said.
Northway Insurance of Park Rapids is under new ownership and now offers clients financial support in addition to insurance. Northway Insurance of Park Rapids, formerly known as Hewitt Zitzer Insurance, has been a trusted and respected agency in the area since 1940. Kari Wiese and Andria Snelling took over ownership of the Park Rapids office in 2009 and now have joined forces with Mike O'Hern, a financial representative who conducts business with Foster Klima & Company, LLC. Northway Insurance of Park Rapids is a locally owned independent insurance agency located on Highway 71 south.
Michael and Cayla Boettcher are sharing their experience as missionaries in Alaska while they're home for the holidays. The Boettchers and their three children - Titus, Elisha and Alissa - live in Soldotna, Alaska, about two and a half hours south of Anchorage. Michael flies for the Missionary Aviation Repair Center, a non-profit organization that seeks to expand the reach of the gospel by: n Flying people and supplies to places where there are no roads. n Supporting other missionaries and their aircraft. n And training missionary minded pilots and mechanics. The vision is to see l
Armory Square redevelopment hinges on a developer's agreement between the city of Park Rapids and Armory Square Management Corp. 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. He has received several grants to assist in the cleanup of the property. Financing of $300,000 was secured through the support of Congressman Jim Oberstar and Arlen Kangas, president of Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation.