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The Menahga School District is encouraging public input through new monthly round table discussions. The first round table was Monday night before the regular school board meeting. Participants discussed the school board's goals for 2009-10. Of the five goals, only the first two were discussed before time ran out. The participants said they would like to meet monthly to continue the round table talks. The first goal was for staff to examine data and set an achievement benchmark that will show a 10 percent improvement on MCA tests for reading and math.
High scrap metal prices have inundated a Menahga recycling business, prompting complaints from nearby residents about noise and smell. Several residents attended the Menahga City Council meeting Monday to voice their concerns about Schaefer Auto, located in the city's industrial park. Cars and other metal scraps are crushed at the business. Residents who live near the auto recycling center say it is too noisy. The city's noise ordinance simply states that excess noise is a violation.
Menahga School district voters said "no" again to a referendum to expand the school with 549 yes votes and 586 no votes. This time the project was scaled down by about $3 million. An $8.5 million referendum was voted down in November by about 56 percent of voters. "It was disappointing, that's for sure," said Superintendent Mary Klamm.
Community members have come together to offer money and support after the moose sculpture downtown was vandalized Easter weekend. Moose Creek owner Tom Paulson said he is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the vandal or vandals. "I've had people coming in offering condolences," he said.
The city of Park Rapids is looking to implement a storm water utility to finance storm water best management practices. A storm water utility is a method of financing administration, planning, implementation, construction and maintenance of storm water. The utility fee is typically charged against all developed parcels within a city based on the premise of "storm water runoff contributors pay." "We're looking at a $2 per month fee for all residential properties," said city planner Dan Walker. Parcels zoned multi-family residential, commercial, government, agricultural and industrial wi
Melodie Englund was crowned Miss Park Rapids at the Miss Park Rapids Pageant Saturday night. Denia Brown was crowned Miss Teen Park Rapids, Sarah Gorder was crowned Little Miss Park Rapids grades 4 to 6 and Madysen Sanders was crowned Little Miss Park Rapids grades kindergarten to 3. Nearly 200 people attended the event at Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium.
The Menahga City Council will revise its ordinance to have committee meetings follow open meeting law requirements, making them open to the public. The decision came after a lengthy discussion with city attorney Jeff Pederson Monday evening. He was asked to attend the meeting to address several questions from the council. Councilwoman Maxine Norman said she was concerned that committee meetings held with two council members were in violation of the open meeting law.
Menahga School district voters said "no" again to a referendum to expand the school. This time the project was scaled down by about $3 million.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton visited with about a dozen constituents Wednesday morning in Park Rapids. Hubbard County was the 84th county he visited on his 87-county tour across Minnesota. The morning meeting at Bella Caffé focused on taxes, health care and education. "I'm all ears, I find I get some of my best information by listening to others," Dayton said. He is not seeking the DFL endorsement at the state convention. He explained that he will run in the primary election Aug.
The Park Rapids School Board approved $510,000 in budget adjustments Monday. The budget adjustments included not replacing five retiring employees for a savings of $371,000. Also, the current assistant principal at Century, Jeff Johnson, will become the high school principal. Principal Al Judson is retiring at year's end. Johnson's position will be eliminated and Shelli Walsh will take over his testing duties. Assistant principal John Schumacher will now split his time between the high school and middle school.