Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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A holdup with federal funding could significantly delay the Park Rapids Main Avenue project slated for this summer. "We've learned from the (Sen. Amy) Klobuchar bill that we did receive some financing through an appropriation bill," said city engineer Jon Olson.
Fish Hook Lake was buzzing Saturday with about 1,750 people on the ice for the 12th annual American Legion Community Fishing Contest. Numbers were slightly down from previous years but organizer Jerry Benham said the day was a success. "Other than being wet, everyone seemed to be having a good time," he said. People began setting up early Saturday morning and the contest kicked off at 1 p.m. with Amber Johnson, 11, singing the National Anthem. The first fish was registered and weighed at 1:02 p.m. There was approximately 20 to 22 inches of ice in most places.
Eydie Garcelon is making an effort to have a healthy family that's excited about eating well and exercising for fun. Power Up 2010, a program being offered through Community Education, is helping the Park Rapids family with their goals. Eydie, along with her husband Neal and children Shelby, 10, and Ben, 11, are making weekly goals. "We're all on board, doing little things that we can to improve our health," she said. On Dec. 7, Eydie had gastric bypass surgery.
Testing and sampling for potential contaminants and environmental hazards started Monday at the site of the former National Guard Armory in downtown Park Rapids. BRAUN Intertec, of Minneapolis, is working on the project. This is a first step towards evaluating the potential of the property for redevelopment. Funding for this environmental survey and analysis was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment And Economic Development and matching funds provided by local developer Alan Zemek, of Echopoint Design & Development LLC.
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.