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Lt. Col. Dave W. Konshok is heading to Afghanistan with his U.S. Air Force Reserves unit. While in Afghanistan, Konshok's unit will be providing light engineering services at Bagram Air Base and six other small airfields. He is assigned as the Commander of the 419th Civil Engineering Squadron, Hill Air Force Base (Ogden), Utah. While deployed to Afghanistan he'll be the Commander of the 577th Expeditionary Prime BEEF (Base Engineer Emergency Force) Squadron at Bagram Air Base. The Park Rapids City Councilman said he will first head to Ft.
Park Rapids city staff is proposing an aggressive Capital Improvement Plan over the next five years. "We've been neglecting our CIP equipment" and other projects for years, said city administrator Bill Smith. He said the city needs to catch up on those projects. A CIP is a document designed to anticipate capital improvement expenditures and schedule them over a five-year period so they may be purchased in the most efficient and cost effective method possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.