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Rapids Spirits employees will now be able to sample new alcoholic products while working, to give them a better understanding of the products to assist customers. Scott Olson, Rapids Spirits manager, presented a resolution to the Park Rapids City Council Tuesday to amend a personnel policy regarding alcohol use for city employees. The employee personnel policy did not allow the use of any alcohol on city property by any city employee unless authorized by the city administrator.
Jay Kinkel, with Kinkel Laundry, will receive a 5 percent reduction to the sewer part of the laundromat's water bill. He asked the Park Rapids City Council for a water evaporation allowance Tuesday night as he presented facts and data supporting the request. The water evaporation allowance is to account for the water that stays in clothes after washing and does not go down the sewer. Kinkel provided information from the Coin Laundry Association, a national non-profit organization.
Park Rapids non-union employees are not in favor of a proposal to switch their vacation and sick leave to a Paid Time Off (PTO) system without increasing the accrual. City administrator Bill Smith made a proposal for the PTO system at the Feb. 9 Park Rapids City Council meeting. The resolution was tabled to have further discussion with staff. Non-union employees offered a counter proposal at Tuesday's meeting. Currently, non-union employees can accrue 800 hours of sick leave and 80 hours of vacation at the end of the year.
Menahga School teachers are using SMART boards to enhance their classrooms and improve learning. The school will have 34 SMART boards in classrooms throughout the school when installation is complete. The SMART boards were purchased with a nearly $200,000 Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) grant. "Teachers can take anything off the computer and make it interactive for students," said superintendent Mary Klamm. Teachers will also continue to receive training for the SMART boards each month from now through the fall.
Zach Bera has made a place for himself at Team Industries in Park Rapids. The young man started working at Team Industries in 2004 after participating in Teamworks' Success Program as a high school student in Park Rapids. He has continued working at Team Industries over the years and has been making his way through the ranks. "I'm now working the day shift," he said. He started working the evening shift. He sets up robots to create certain parts for snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles.
The overall theme was clear at the Hubbard County DFL Convention Sunday afternoon: A DFLer needs to be elected to the governor position this fall. Fifty-five registered delegates attended the convention at the Laporte School. Several guests spoke to the delegates about why they should be elected governor or why their candidate should be elected governor. Having health care available for everyone was a priority for most candidates. Gubernatorial candidates Tom Rukavina, Matt Entenza and John Marty attended the convention to speak with delegates. Paul Thissen, R.T.
Voters will once again go to the polls to vote on a referendum to expand the Menahga School. This time the project is scaled down by about $3 million.
Nearly 50,000 meals will be sent to Haiti thanks to Park Rapids Century School students. Fifth through eighth grade students took turns packing meals with Kids Against Hunger Wednesday and Thursday. Classes took turns packing food for about 45 minutes each. "We're shipping the food to the Twin Cities then it will go to Florida and eventually Port-au-Prince," said Mark Waller, director of the Park Rapids chapter of Kids Against Hunger. The organization has been packaging food to fight starvation and malnutrition around the world since 2003. "People in Haiti are in need of nutrition ri
What is the role of the Economic Development Authority of Park Rapids? That's the question the Park Rapids City Council is asking. The council comprises the EDA and the group met recently to listen to an "EDA 101" presentation from Dave Hengel, who works with Headwaters Regional Development Commission. Economic development has changed dramatically in the last few years. "What used to be pretty simple - you attract businesses, give them as many incentives as you can and get them in here is simply not how it works anymore," Hengel said. The key change is technology. "Now, the questio
A holdup with federal funding could significantly delay the Park Rapids Main Avenue project slated for this summer. "We've learned from the (Sen. Amy) Klobuchar bill that we did receive some financing through an appropriation bill," said city engineer Jon Olson.