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In keeping with the idea to be creative in saving money, the Park Rapids City Council will now meet during the day to save on overtime pay for employees. The measure should save about $7,500 in overtime pay per year, said city administrator Bill Smith. Department heads attend most of the council's meetings. By having meetings during the regular workday, the council hopes to cut overtime costs. The city council will now meet at noon the second and fourth Tuesdays instead of 7 p.m.
Enrollment projections for Menahga School continue to go up and up. Superintendent Mary Klamm said school staff has always figured out projections by calling county officials, looking at the newspaper for births and hearing about people moving into the area. "It wasn't real scientific," she said.
Park Rapids will have very little signage downtown after the Main Avenue reconstruction project. The Park Rapids City Council reviewed its downtown signage after Scott Wilson, with Park Theater, approached the board last month saying it was inconsistent. He requested the council reimburse him for a towing fee and impound fee after a vehicle was towed in February. He thought the council should reimburse the fees because there wasn't a sign saying no parking for snow removal right in front of the theater, where the vehicle was parked.
Spring is in the air and the pressure is on for seniors who will be graduating and heading to college this fall. Many students are busy finishing up scholarship applications in order to receive as much financial as possible, said Susan Rassier, counselor at Park Rapids Area High School. "Some kids do get quite a bit, up to full tuition at some institutions," she said. The best place for students to look for scholarships is the school they're going to because they can get academic scholarships, athletics, art, music or leadership, she said. Also, some schools have scholarships in specif
About $220,000 in budget reductions has been proposed for Menahga School District. "This is a working document, a proposal, that will be modified as we continue to move forward," said board chairman Durwin Tomperi. The board took no action at Monday's meeting. "It really forces us to take a look at where are some places where we can become more efficient," said Superintendent Mary Klamm. The budget reductions have come in light of the state likely delaying more payments next year.
"Why do women matter?" That was the question posed to five local women with political experience Wednesday. The League of Women Voters, in collaboration with The Whitehouse Project, hosted a workshop about women running for public office Wednesday in Park Rapids. Nevada Littlewolf, a Virginia city councilwoman and Rural Leadership field organizer with The White House Project, lead the workshop. The non-partisan organization works to train and recruit women to run for office. Local elected officials were invited to attend and share their experiences of deciding to run for office, runn
Citizens have been invited to tour Menahga School to show the need for additional space in light of a special election April 13 to vote on the project. Thursday night, Menahga seniors Jenny Johnson and Rebecca Salmen lead a tour of the building. They have attended Menahga School since kindergarten. Menahga residents Russell and Oneita Quick decided to tour the school.