Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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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.
The Park Rapids City Council is asking for a recommendation on granite lake inlays to be placed at street corners in downtown. Two types have been presented. One with blue marble that is pieced together like a puzzle that has donor names etched on the bottom. The other example would have the lake colored in with the donor sandblasted on the bottom. A public meeting will be held to discuss the inlays at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17.
Park Rapids was flooded with alumni for the weekend. The Park Rapids All School Reunion, from Aug. 6-8 was another success, with 738 buttons sold. "Every time this reunion got together, I was amazed," said organizer Dave "Lefty" Anderson.
Borderline Philharmonic musicians are in full swing with practices throughout the week at Hoot Owl Lodge. The week will culminate with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. The music camp began nearly 40 years ago, said Hoot Owl owner Bill Fritze. He has hosted the musicians at Hoot Owl since he took over ownership 23 years ago. "They have a great time," he said. "Many of them have been coming for years and years." The musicians are professional or highly skilled amateur musicians.
The Menahga City Council has granted a variance to allow the construction of a building on a lot within the shoreland district. The property, owned by Keith and Jensine Kurtti, is located at 217 Aspen Avenue SW, near the city beach and tennis courts near Spirit Lake. The variance was required because the building will mean more than 30 percent of the lot will have an impervious surface, which deviates from the zoning ordinance. At a public hearing Monday, planning commission chairman Jerry Wisuri said that in order to recommend a variance the commission needs to follow the three-factor t
In another close race, voters said "no" for a third time to a Menahga School District building referendum.
The Park Rapids School District will ask voters to approve an extension of the existing referendum when it comes due in 2012. "We're asking voters to support an extension of the current referendum, no more, no less," said Superintendent Glenn Chiodo. The Park Rapids School Board approved the resolution calling for the question to appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. The referendum would extend the five-year levy at the same amount of $600 per resident pupil unit. "It would then just start at the end of this referendum.