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Becci Leonard has taken over as director of Headwaters Intervention Center, an organization supporting victims of domestic violence and child abuse. Leonard came to Park Rapids from Montevideo where she worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence.
Bids for decorative granite inlays in downtown Park Rapids did not come in apples to apples so the city will consult an attorney for answers before making a decision. Next Innovations, Ltd. submitted a bid of $3,000 per inlay without sales tax and Twin Cities Tile and Marble submitted a bid of $3,126 per inlay including sales tax. Jon Olson, the city's engineer, said he needs to clarify if the tax is just on supplies or also labor. The inlays will be four-by-four-foot laser-cut marble and granite mosaics featuring Hubbard County lakes.
After a wet start, cyclists saw some sunshine during the Headwaters 100 bicycle ride Saturday. The 30th annual Headwaters 100 once again drew hundreds of riders to the area, although rainy weather likely resulted in reduced participation, organizers said. Registrations for 2010 were 548, with 478 riders checking in Saturday morning. This compares to 655 registrations and 534 riders in 2009. Participants rode 100, 75 or 45 miles throughout Hubbard County. Rest stops with food were located along each of the routes. The 45-mile race had stops near Emmaville and Nevis.
The underground utility work on Main Avenue is completed for this year and concrete work will continue in the next few weeks. "Now, we're basically working on concrete," said project manager Jon Olson. Rain this week put some of the concrete pouring on hold but the project as a whole is still trending on schedule, he said. Concrete driving lanes have been paved between Highway 34 and 2nd Street and curb has been poured around the nodes at the 2nd Street intersection.
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.
The Menahga School Board continues to grapple with handicapped accessibility requirements. Superintendent Mary Klamm proposed some options Monday at the monthly meeting that would bring the school into Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. The school is out of compliance with locker rooms and the weight room in the basement. Klamm proposed using two levy funding options for an addition and remodel of the school. The first funding option is to use $300,000 through a Disabled Access Revenue Levy. The second option is to maximize the school's Lease Levy.