Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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Park Rapids resident Wally Vokes is looking at a 13-year payback on energy improvements he made to his home. "I first heard about the energy audits" through Green Park Rapids," he said. Vokes' home was located in the pilot neighborhood near downtown.
Community gardens are sprouting up throughout Hubbard County thanks to funding from a Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant. Gardens are planned at River Heights Apartments and Cornerstone Apartments in Park Rapids, along with Nevis, Akeley and Laporte. Diane Brophy, St. Joseph's public health nurse, is working to implement the SHIP grant. The idea for the community gardens is to have a place for anyone in the community to have access to fresh vegetables and flowers. Sharon Voyda, with the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Park Rapids, manages River Heights Apartments.
Local churches are hosting the second annual Rush of Fools event for youth in grades seven through 12 Wednesday, April 28. This year, the event is at Calvary Lutheran Church.
The Park Rapids city website has undergone major changes thanks to Century School eighth graders. "It's a lot easier to get into and for people to get the information they need," said city planner Dan Walker, who worked with the students. For his department, having permit applications available online makes it much easier to help people. He can direct people to the city's website at ci.parkrapids.mn.us. The city was approached by eighth grade teacher Ardis Johnson about updating the website and having her geography students work on those updates.
The Henrietta Township board has repealed the resolution it passed in January requiring all temporary liquor licenses be for 3:2 beer. The board met Wednesday with its lawyer, Troy Gilchrist, to discuss concerns brought up at its regular meeting earlier this month.
The Park Rapids City Council will approve bids for the southwest road construction project Tuesday. The utility and road work will begin later this spring or early this summer.
Menahga City Administrator Teri Osterman announced Tuesday she is resigning to take another job. Osterman took a job with the Minnesota Rural Water Association out of Elbow Lake. She will be the management finance circuit rider for northern Minnesota. She will provide support to utilities in northern Minnesota, working on management and finance concerns, loan applications and utility rate studies. "I'm excited," Osterman said. "I'll be helping other cities and will work for a great group of people." Osterman has been with the city for eight years.
Miniature dollhouse making has always been a hobby for Paulette Von Behren and recently she has added making miniature building replicas to her repertoire. Von Behren belonged to a miniature club in the 1980s and continued with her projects long after that group met. "Each of the granddaughters got a dollhouse," Von Behren said. "They got bigger as I went along." She has four granddaughters and one grandson. Her grandson got a barn instead of a dollhouse. The only limiting factor for Von Behren's hobby is space.
A community ice skating rink is being proposed for Depot Park in Park Rapids. Paul Larson, newly appointed to the Park Rapids Park Board, presented a proposal to the Park Rapids City Council last week. "I'm looking at a possible leisure rink for kids instead of the hockey rink," he said. "They have a tough time with ice time.