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Area farmers have had an extremely positive year with good crops and good prices. "We've got a lot of happy farmers out there," said Mike Stevens, Farm Service Agency executive director for Hubbard County. In his 15 years working for the Farm Service Agency in the county, Stevens said this is "probably the best year I've seen." Hubbard County has about 50,000 acres of crop land, which includes corn, edible beans, wheat and potatoes. "I've been reporting good to excellent weekly conditions throughout the summer," Stevens said. The potato harvest is expected to start in the next week,
The tiny town of Snellman, west of Osage on Highway 34, was booming Saturday for the annual festival. The town has no official population but a few dedicated people continue to sponsor Snellman Days, a tradition spanning six years. Doc and Joanie Anderson, owners of the Snellman Store, and Aune Longfors, owner of Aune's Kauppala, also in Snellman, organized the event. "Kauppala" means "store" in Finnish. Longfors said there is a lot of Finnish tradition in the Snellman area.
Two men were arraigned on several charges Friday after a pursuit with police early that morning. Police were called to the parking lot of a Park Rapids bar at about 1 a.m. Friday, Sept.
Century School was the place to be Thursday night. At the open house parents were able to enroll their students in the Panther Cub Club, purchase tickets for late buses that will run again in Park Rapids or find out information about local Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations. Students also met their teachers and brought school supplies to their classrooms. Many organized their desks during the visit. School starts Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Main Avenue construction continues to go well, according to city engineer Jon Olson, with underground work completed between Highway 34 and 2nd Street. "We're going to start seeing final grading on those first two blocks," he said. Businesses between 2nd and 3rd Streets were scheduled to be connected to the new water service by the end of the week. Main Avenue will be free of construction over Labor Day weekend.
Construction is entering the fourth week in downtown Park Rapids. "Things have been going very well," said Jon Olson, project manager. Work is running slightly behind schedule but Olson said the end date this fall is still attainable. He said the original schedule was very conservative to allow for some small delays. The water main has been installed between Highway 34 and 3rd Street on Main Avenue.
The Menahga City Council is offering the city clerk/treasurer/administrator position to Walter Salo, of Chisholm. The council voted to offer the position to Salo after two rounds of interviews. The starting salary is $55,000. Mayor Tom Larson has tried to contact Salo but he is camping, said interim clerk/treasurer Susie Larson. The city is waiting for a response from Salo. Salo has experience in city government. He was the city administrator in Cook for four years.
A recount for the Menahga School District building referendum is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23. Unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office showed 695 no votes and 692 yes votes after the Aug. 10 election, which is within the margin of error. Citizens within the school district can request a recount. If a petition comes with 25 signatures then the district must have a recount. The school board is also holding an emergency meeting at 8:30 a.m. today (Wednesday), Aug. 18 in the high school media center dealing with a recount resolution.
Legends and Logging Days 2010 was a success, with amazing weather and tremendous community support, according to organizers. "The weather was great, people had a great time, our sponsors were tremendous," said Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce director Katie Magozzi. The chips were flying Friday and Saturday as master chainsaw carvers sculpted wood into creative pieces of art. Several quick carve events wowed the audience both days as well. "The Cub Scouts did an amazing job selling beverages," Magozzi said.