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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.