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Rod Nordberg has been selected to fill a temporary Park Rapids City Council seat while Dave W. Konshok is deployed to Afghanistan with his U.S. Air Force unit. Nordberg wrote a letter to the council expressing interest in the temporary position, along with Dick Rutherford and Kimberly Jokela. Both Nordberg and Rutherford have attended meetings regularly and were present at Tuesday's meeting. Jokela did not attend Tuesday's meeting. In his letter to the council, Nordberg said he moved to Park Rapids with his family in 1948 and graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1957.
The Menahga City Council will interview five applicants for the city clerk/treasurer/administrator position. The city received 19 applications for the position and reviewed them before Monday night's meeting.
The Menahga Midsummer Festival drew a large crowd to events throughout the weekend. Overall, the weather cooperated, despite extreme heat Saturday and storm threats that evening. Police chief Scott Koennicke said the weekend went smoothly for law enforcement. "We had four to five arrests," he said. "For the most part it went well." There was some vandalism at the school that he will continue to investigate. A lot of hours were put into the weekend but people seemed to behave overall, he said. The Conservation Club Kids Fishing Derby Sunday was a hit for youth.
Menahga has received the 2009 audit report, showing a healthy fund balance. The Menahga City Council received the 2009 audit report from Eide Bailly at its Monday meeting. The audit opinion was "clean," meaning an unqualified opinion.
A Colorado cyclist is pedaling across northern Minnesota on his way to the Habitat 500 fundraising bike ride. Tim Dellett, from Alamosa, Colo., made a stop in Park Rapids Tuesday afternoon after biking from Bemidji. Local developer Alan Zemek helped Dellett find a place to stay overnight. "I try to do a charity ride each year and this year it's the Habitat 500," he said.
Kids have a place to go for fun each day of the week through the SAFE Parks program. The SAFE Parks - Safe and Fun Environment - program offers a variety of activities for children of all ages. The Headwaters Intervention Center hosts the program every summer. Volunteers are on hand every day to provide a safe, chaperoned environment outdoors.
Those who flocked to the area for the PBR Professional Bull Ride didn't leave disappointed. Despite the drenching Saturday night the weather cooperated, allowing people to spend time outdoors for the rodeo Thursday, Friday and Saturday. "We thought it was a great weekend overall," said PBR Professional Rodeo organizer Randy Jokela. "We had some real great rodeo fans out there," he said.
Here are the Fourth of July festivities in and around Park Rapids Firecracker Foot Race Online pre-registration has begun for the Firecracker Footrace July 4 at Heartland Park. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m. race on July 4. Registrants receive a race T-shirt. The event includes a 5K or 10K run/walk. Divisions are 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 ad 60 and better. Those interested in participating in the run are encouraged to pre-register for a lesser fee at www.parkrapidsrunning.com .
If planning to use fireworks this weekend, be careful and make sure the conditions aren't unfavorable. Park Rapids Fire Chief Donn Hoffman said people should make sure not to light fireworks if it's windy because it could be a fire hazard. "If it's dry and unfavorable, it could start a fire," he said. "We've had fire calls that were a result of fireworks." There have been cases of fires in ditches that came from someone throwing fireworks out a car window. According to the State Fire Marshal, 57 people were injured from fireworks in June and July last year.