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Park Rapids teachers and school board members have reached an agreement for the 2009-11 Education Minnesota contract, ahead of the Jan. 15 deadline. Board chair Sherry Safratowich announced the agreement at Monday night's board meeting. The board agreed to a 1/4 percent increase for 2009-10, for both steps and lanes and a 3/4 percent increase for 2010-11, with no steps, lanes only. The agreement also included minor language changes. "With the Jan.
Volunteers are still needed for the annual Park Rapids Community Christmas Dinner. "We're planning for some extra guests this year," said organizer Lynn Spilman. With the struggling economy, Spilman thinks the Christmas Dinner will be especially well attended this year. The meal is free but donations are accepted. Any profits above the cost of the food go to the Salvation Army. A buffet dinner of turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, dressing, corn, mashed potatoes with gravy, salads, dinner rolls and pumpkin or apple pie are served.
Tickets are available for the 12th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6 on Fish Hook Lake. More than $100,000 in prizes will be given away. "There's good ice out there already," said event organizer Jerry Benham. Last year's contest had bad ice with slush on top, he said. The fishing derby is always the first Saturday in February and brings tons of people to the area, Benham said. Typically, there are between 3,000 and 4,000 people on the ice that day, he said.
Hubbard County 4-H youth learned about effective transportation this year as they built complicated Lego robots. Two robotics teams met for more than 60 hours total this fall to create projects about transportation.
With just a little more snow Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails should be ready for skiers. Soaring Eagle, located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, is maintained by the Itascatur Ski/Bike/Run club. The Itascatur club is hoping to increase awareness of cross-country skiing and introduce children and adults to the activity, said Janine Weideman, Itascatur member.
With cold temperatures signifying winter is finally here, a Park Rapids homeowner received information on ways to save on heating costs by closing up leaks in his house. Rod Nordberg, who lives on south Park Avenue (Highway 71), received an energy audit Wednesday afternoon as part of the Green Park Rapids effort to promote energy efficiency in the city. Bo Ernst, with G.A. Ernst and Associates, performed the energy audit. Nordberg was one of six homeowners to have an energy audit last week. "I went to the energy workshop and thought I could try this," Nordberg said.
The 2010 Park Rapids city budget and property tax levy were approved Tuesday night after hearing news that December's Local Government Aid payment would be spared from unallotment. At the city's Truth in Taxation hearing, the 2010 property tax levy was passed at $1,983,127. The total increase in the 2010 budget is 2.73 percent. The city of Park Rapids ended 2009 in a deficit, due in part to revenues coming in less than projected, said city administrator Bill Smith.
H1N1 vaccinations were administered to about 400 Park Rapids area students Tuesday. Amy Morris, public health nurse with St. Joseph's Area Health Services, said between 350 and 400 shots were given to Century School students and about 80 doses were given to high school students. "It's been busy," she said. Morris said students 9 and younger will require a second dose of the vaccination. Parents are encouraged to call the flu hotline for information about future flu shot clinics. H1N1 vaccinations will be given to students in Laporte on Dec. 16 and Nevis on Dec.
The Park Rapids Area School District is looking at a tough few years with state funding questionable and the need to renew the referendum that passed in 2006. School board members heard an overview of the 2009 payable 2010 budget, along with the 2010-11 proposed levy at a Truth In Taxation hearing Monday night. Business manager Carol Hutchinson said the total proposed 2011 levy is $4,857,843, a 5.63 percent increase from the 2010 levy at $4,598,979. The school district is required by law to present information on: -The budget for the current school year (2009-10) including sources of r
Tennis courts at Depot Park are in need of resurfacing and the Park Rapids School Board will need to decide if it is a high priority for capital projects. The Park Rapids School Board was told at its meeting Monday night that the four west tennis courts at Depot Park needed to be repaired. Guy Reich, representing the Park Rapids Tennis Association, said the group is asking for financial assistance from the school district because the courts are on school property and are used by the tennis teams. "These are about 14, 15 years old and they're in kind of tough shape, pock marked, quite a f