Park Rapids area citizens want mini trucks to be considered legal to drive on roads. Bruce and Dennis Bolton testified to the state transportation committee March 11, joined by Dist. 2B Rep. Brita Sailer. They asked that mini trucks be considered for a regular license and be allowed on roads. Now, mini trucks can't be driven on state roads. They have to be driven on the side of the road. The main concern is safety. Sailer, who has been working on the proposed bill, said it is a complicated issue with concerns on different sides. "The State Patrol has concerns about safety ...
Four Park Rapids students are hoping their duck painting will turn into the next stamp. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest is one of the largest art competitions in Minnesota, said Michael Hartung, Park Rapids Area High School art teacher. It is the 16th year of the competition and Park Rapids has had two state winners during that time, he said. More than 1,000 students generally enter the contest in Minnesota, Hartung said.
Century School was buzzing with activity Saturday at the Park Rapids Area High School home speech tournament. Park Rapids placed third out of 24 schools behind Walker in first place and Bemidji in second place. After participating in different speech categories, such as great speeches, poetry, prose or discussion, students wait to see who advanced to the final round. Amber Dearstyne, a Park Rapids senior, participated in poetry reading on Saturday.
The Park Rapids City Council is optimistic the city can receive federal stimulus money to help with the Main Avenue street and utility reconstruction project. The council decided Thursday night to order improvement and preparation of complete plans for phase one of the project and a design survey of phase two so it can be "shovel ready" in case federal money comes. Action on the project was put on hold in December after the city heard that Local Government Aid would be cut.
A majority of townships in Hubbard and eastern Becker counties have decided their elections will coincide with the General Election in November, but 10 will have elections Tuesday, March 10. Townships will still have their annual meetings March 10 when the town business is discussed and residents set the preliminary property tax levy. Those with elections Tuesday are listed below. Terms are supervisor for three years; treasurer for two years, unless stated otherwise. Crow Wing Residents will be electing one supervisor and a clerk.
The Park Rapids School Board is looking into other options after receiving a proposed one-year bus garage lease almost doubled from the previous year. The lease agreement between Shell Prairie Agriculture Association and the school district was $10,230 last year.
Park Rapids fourth-graders arrived to school Monday to find their pod closed after it flooded over the weekend due to a sprinkler breaking. At about 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, an alarm call came in that a sprinkler had "let go" at the Century School. It flooded the fourth-grade supply closet and surrounding classrooms as well as down locker bay, said elementary principal Mitch Peterson. "Why it released, we don't know," Peterson said. The sprinkler has been sent in to be tested. The Park Rapids Fire Department was called to determine if there was a fire or not.
Park Rapids city councilman Ted Godfrey has resigned, citing his desire to "really retire." "My time has been served," he said. Godfrey said his departure is a friendly one. "There is no animosity against any of the council and I just love the staff," he said. "It was just time for me to retire and let someone else become versed on the issues." He submitted his resignation effective Monday, March 2.
State legislators representing the Park Rapids area answered questions about the state's financial situation Saturday at a town hall meeting. Sen. Rod Skoe, Rep. Brita Sailer and Rep. Kent Eken talked with about 50 people Saturday afternoon at the Frank White Education Center meeting room. "We want to talk about the state budget, some of our expectations for it, and have a really honest dialogue about where we're going," Sailer said. The official budget projection was a $4.8 billion deficit as of November, she said.
The Heartland Trail extension to Kaywood Drive in Park Rapids is moving forward. The Park Rapids City Council, still divided on the issue, reached a 2-1 vote Tuesday night, with Nancy Carroll and Sue Tomte voting for the motion and Ted Godfrey voting against the motion. Council members Pat Mikesh and David W.