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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.
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.
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.
More than 50 volunteers answered the call to help clean up debris flung around the Wadena County fairgrounds by a tornado that destroyed multiple buildings in June. Mark Haugen, Hubbard County 4-H Program Coordinator, reached out to all county 4-H club members and families to help clean up after 80 mile per hour winds scattered debris. "4-H families are extremely busy in the summer," he said.
Classes will begin this fall at the new M State Park Rapids office this fall. Community members gathered Friday to meet with M State officials and learn more about the collaboration. The Park Rapids office is a collaboration between Minnesota State Community and Technical College and the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission.
Voters will head to the polls for a third time Tuesday, Aug. 10 to vote for a Menahga School District bond issue. Signs scattered throughout Menahga's school district show division over the issue with "Vote No" and "Vote Yes" signs. After several meetings with members of the community the Menahga School Board decided to call for a special election Aug. 10 to coincide with the primary. This will be the third time within the last year voters have been asked to vote on a building bond issue since November. The bond request has been scaled back, this time to $4.35 million.