Marcia Plasil got her life back five years ago after a stem cell transplant. After being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2002, Plasil, of Nevis, decided "cancer is not going to change my life." Since then, she has been stubborn, she said, and fought hard against cancer. To celebrate her five years of being cancer free, Plasil will participate in this year's Relay for Life. The event begins at 1 p.m.
Elsner Well Drilling has constructed a test well in Park Rapids at around 300 feet and is testing the water quality this week. The drilling company was authorized by the City Council to drill a deep test well to see if the water quality would be better than the water from the city's other wells. The city's other wells are between 50 and 70 feet. The City Council authorized the test well to be drilled in response to a well being closed due to high nitrate levels.
The third annual Red Bridge Run drew pro and novice canoeists to Fish Hook Sunday. All proceeds were to be donated to Hubbard First Response Team. The pros paddled just over 10 miles while citizens paddled just over five. In the professional men's division, brothers Devin and Brett Arenz took first place with a time of 1:33.12. Rick Lorenzen and Kjell Peterson came in second with a time of 1:35.01. Third place went to Ryan Peterson and Michael Davis with a time of 1:41.40.
Park Rapids is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from Jan. 1 to Dec.
Area youth are lending a helping hand this summer - and getting paid - thanks to federal stimulus money. Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. offers a summer program for kids. It has been available for years but this year received additional funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, said Virginia Deeds, team leader for Rural Minnesota CEP. In Park Rapids, Brenda Johnson is the summer crew youth leader.
A nitrate leaching field study is being conducted in a field west of Park Rapids as a way to evaluate nitrates within the wellhead protection area. This study is a cooperative effort between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, city of Park Rapids, Becker Farms and R.D. Offutt Co. A Park Rapids city well was closed last month due to high nitrate levels in the water, making the timing of this study appropriate.
Park Rapids School District will once again have free breakfast and lunch available for kids this summer. The Summer Food Service Program for Children is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture. Pat Stearns, food service director, said last summer's program was very successful. It was the first summer the program was offered in Park Rapids. "Last year, we targeted it around summer school and community ed. programs," Stearns said. "We averaged 51 breakfasts and 75 lunches," more than she predicted. This year, breakfast will be available from 8 to 9 a.m.
The city of Park Rapids utility department will be flushing fire hydrants Monday through Friday, June 8-12. Hydrant flushing is done each year to clean out pipe accumulation that has built up over the year. During the flushing, people might experience discolored water, said Dean Christofferson, utility maintenance employee for the city of Park Rapids.
Park Rapids Area School District will see more special education and Title I funding for the next two years due to stimulus money allotted to the district. The district is anticipating $183,703 in Title I funding, about $81,000 more than last year, Carol Hutchinson, Park Rapids Area School District business manager told the school board Monday night. The funding will be spread over two years, she said. Century Elementary principal Mitch Peterson and Century Middle School principal Bruce Gravalin have been working with Hutchinson on a plan to utilize the funds. "We are looking at ...
Denise Pederson has a new best friend in Mac, her helper dog. Denise, who has Multiple Sclerosis, was paired with Mac in October 2008 through Helping Paws, based out of Hopkins. "He's just a joy. He's a good companion and able to help me out in so many ways," she said. MS affects the central nervous system and interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body, often impeding people from moving. Mac has helped her to get around in her wheelchair and with everyday activities. "They know up to 82 different cues," she said.