Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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Although new building has decreased in Park Rapids, remodeling has been above average. Park Rapids city planner Dan Walker completed a 2009 year-end report for his department. "The economy played a significant role in the number of requests we received in 2009," he said in the report. "Tight credit and economic uncertainty limited the ability and willingness of developers to start new projects, especially housing." A comparison of construction activity over the last five years shows a significant decrease in the number of new residential buildings.
Hundreds gathered on Spirit Lake Saturday for the annual Menahga Fishing Derby. The derby was rescheduled from the previous Saturday because of an ice storm that created bad driving conditions. "We ended up having great weather by switching days," said Dave Treinen, chairman of the event. He estimates between 300 and 400 people attended the fishing event, although it's not just about fishing. People of all ages attended to socialize and eat food purchased from the Cub Scouts while standing around a hole, waiting for the fish to bite. Ryan Tolkkinen, a 4 year old, waited to catch a fi
The pep band at Park Rapids Area High School is full of enthusiasm this year. "It really shows this year," said director Jared Larson. "They're really excited to be playing." The pep band plays at many school events, especially football, basketball and hockey games. Students have also performed at swimming and wrestling meets. "We're willing to play any number of places," Larson said. Larson has taught band for three years in Park Rapids.
Three retirements were announced Monday at the Park Rapids Area School Board meeting. High school principal Al Judson, who has worked for the district for 20 years as a math teacher then principal, announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Fourth-grade teacher Jo Judson, who has 24 years with the district, will also retire at the end of the school year. Cathy Peterson, health teacher, will retire after 32 years of service with the district. These retirements will be taken into account as administration looks at where reductions can be made, said Superintendent Glenn
Drainage issues and aging infrastructure are prompting major street improvements in southwest Park Rapids this summer. A public hearing was held Tuesday night to provide information to residents who will be affected by the project. The area is from Sixth Street west from 300 feet west of Stevens Avenue to Pleasant Avenue, Seventh Street west from Fair Avenue to Front Avenue, Eighth Street West from Fair Avenue to Pleasant Avenue, Stevens Avenue from Eighth Street west to Sixth Street west and two alleys. City engineer Jon Olson said this project has been in the works for several years an
The Christmas tree location on Main Avenue will be in front of Pioneer Park after the reconstruction project this summer. The Park Rapids City Council made final streetscape decisions Tuesday night. The downtown street and utility reconstruction project is nearing, with construction slated to begin this summer. Councilmember Sue Tomte liked the idea of moving the tree because it would create a unique atmosphere around Pioneer Park.
Park Rapids Area High School will likely be closed off for most of the summer while energy improvements are being made. Superintendent Glenn Chiodo told the school board last Wednesday that Johnson Controls has started looking at the building to get ready for construction. The improvements will include a boiler replacement at the high school and roof work, along with energy improvements and deferred maintenance at the high school and Frank White Education Center. Summer activities will need to be at Century School and high school office staff will need to be moved to Frank White Educatio
Everything is coming together for the 12th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest Feb. 6 on Fish Hook Lake. "It's looking good out there," said event organizer Jerry Benham. "We've got plenty of ice." More than $100,000 in prizes will be given away.
The Park Rapids City Council has denied a request to allow zero parking stalls for Kimball and Undem Law Firm at 210 Court Avenue. The building is located in the R-B Residential Business Transitional Zoning District. Park Rapids city planner Dan Walker said the R-B district requires one parking space for every 250 square feet of floor area. The Planning Commission held a public hearing Dec.
The Park Rapids City Council will allow the Farmers Market at Pioneer Park to have two parking spots in the alley during the 2010 season. City Administrator Bill Smith told the council at its Jan. 12 meeting that there had been a lot of discussion about the Farmers Market and Pioneer Park in association with the Main Avenue project. Sue Cutler, Park Board Chair, wrote a letter to the council on behalf of the board, recommending the market to be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m.