Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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A founding member of the Park Rapids Housing and Redevelopment Authority has retired. Larry Fick had been a volunteer commissioner of the HRA for 44 years. He was instrumental in overseeing the construction and renovation of River Heights Apartments. "We did a lot over the years," he said. "It's a very good cause." River Heights Apartments, overseen by the HRA, was the first low rental unit in Park Rapids.
Rollie Bishop, a well-known Park Rapids fixture, received an honorary membership to the Park Rapids Rotary Club for his 31 years of service. He will no longer be active in the club and will be spending more time in California during his retirement. A special presentation was held Wednesday honoring his service with the club. Bishop joined Rotary in 1979. He is the oldest member in the club at 88 years old. His father was a founding member of the Park Rapids Rotary Club, he said. The Bishop family owned a clothing shop in downtown Park Rapids.
Rain this week delayed some concrete work but "things are progressing," said project manager Jon Olson. Water mains and sanitary sewer mains have been completely installed on Main Avenue, Olson said.
The Park Rapids City Council accepted a low bid for a new squad car from Walker Ford, even though it was just $100 less than the local Park Rapids Ford bid. City officials say the city's hands are tied because of the city's ordinance. "The last squad car was purchased in 2007 and they're all well beyond 100,000 miles," said police chief Terry Eilers. He requested bids for a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria squad car. The Park Rapids Ford bid came in at $23,830.64 and the Walker Ford bid came in at $23,725.64.
The Park Rapids City Council was scheduled to set the 2011 levy at Tuesday's meeting, with more money allotted to economic development. The Enterprise went to press before the meeting. At a budget meeting last week, city administrator Bill Smith said he had good news and bad news. "The good news is it looks a lot like last year's budget.
Menahga's newly hired city clerk/treasurer/administrator started Monday, in time to attend September's monthly council meeting. Walter Salo was offered the position after two rounds of interviews. The council offered him a starting salary of $55,000 and a week's vacation after one year.
It's been two years since local developer Alan Zemek began research and planning on possible redevelopment of the historic Armory in downtown Park Rapids. Much of the two years has been spent filing paperwork with the state and other agencies for cleaning up the property, a step necessary before any construction could begin.
Those in search of sweet corn late in the season can still find it at Carter's Red Wagon Farm Market. "It's actually sweeter now that we've had some cooler weather. It's some of the best of the season," said Linda Carter, owner of the Red Wagon Farm Market. Corn will be available until the first frost, she said. Other crops are available now that the weather is cool. Winter squash is becoming ready, along with Indian corn, gourds, beets and green beans. Pumpkins are now available too. "We're also starting our pumpkin parties at the market Sept.
Main Avenue construction is on schedule with underground work completed between Highway 34 and 3rd Street. "We're half way through the season," said project manager Jon Olson. Street grading has begun on the first block south of Highway 34. Class 5 will be hauled in and curb and gutter concrete work could begin next week. This will be followed by grading, hauling in Class 5 and the installation of curb and gutter on the second block. All buildings between 3rd and 5th Streets are on temporary water.