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Park Rapids is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from Jan. 1 to Dec.
"I want to see some crabs walking in the hot sand," Park Rapids Teacher of the Year Molly Aukes told one of her kindergarten physical education classes Monday morning. The students responded to the request with giggles and proceeded to quickly walk backwards on their hands and legs, imitating crabs. The activity was part of a warm up for Century Elementary kindergartners, who are learning the basics this year. Aukes was voted this year's Teacher of the Year for Park Rapids by her peers - members of Education Minnesota Park Rapids. "I was humbled," she said of the award.
A Menahga School building advisory committee will be looking at calling for a third school bond election by Aug.
Park Rapids is bustling with building activity this week. After a slow 2009 for construction, 2010 has started out strong. "We're seeing a lot of activity," said city planner Dan Walker. Building permits increased significantly in March, according to his planning department report. The early spring with nice weather brought earlier than usual building activity in the city, Walker said in his report. He is working on three new housing permits, which is more than all of 2009. In 2009, remodeling was higher than new building. "The economy played a significant role in the number of r
Homelessness does exist in Hubbard County even if it's not visible to most people. Homeless can mean doubling up with others or couch hopping. "Our definition of homelessness is different than someone living on the street," said Melody Boettcher.
Community gardens are sprouting up throughout Hubbard County thanks to funding from a Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant. Gardens are planned at River Heights Apartments and Cornerstone Apartments in Park Rapids, along with Nevis, Akeley and Laporte. Diane Brophy, St. Joseph's public health nurse, is working to implement the SHIP grant. The idea for the community gardens is to have a place for anyone in the community to have access to fresh vegetables and flowers. Sharon Voyda, with the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Park Rapids, manages River Heights Apartments.
Park Rapids resident Wally Vokes is looking at a 13-year payback on energy improvements he made to his home. "I first heard about the energy audits" through Green Park Rapids," he said. Vokes' home was located in the pilot neighborhood near downtown.
The Department of Natural Resources Fisheries land near Rice Park could get some sprucing up if funding comes in. The Hubbard County Master Gardeners would like to landscape the DNR Fisheries land in Park Rapids.
Local churches are hosting the second annual Rush of Fools event for youth in grades seven through 12 Wednesday, April 28. This year, the event is at Calvary Lutheran Church.
The Henrietta Township board has repealed the resolution it passed in January requiring all temporary liquor licenses be for 3:2 beer. The board met Wednesday with its lawyer, Troy Gilchrist, to discuss concerns brought up at its regular meeting earlier this month.