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Park Rapids representatives pleaded for Local Government Aid, arts funding and preserving health insurance at a legislative listening session on state budget priorities Friday in Bemidji. It was standing room only at the American Indian Resource Center's Great Hall at Bemidji State University. More than 250 people were crammed in. A panel of 15 legislators heard from about 70 people over two hours.
A group of interested citizens has come together to battle youth drug and alcohol use and wants to begin having more community involvement. The Hubbard County Youth Drug and Alcohol Task Force is working to increase public awareness and curb alcohol and drug use among youth. The mission is "to significantly reduce underage use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs for youth living in or attending school in Hubbard County." The task force started in 2006 with Tina Eischens, executive director of HAPA (Human Achievement and Performance Academy). St.
Parts of the former Park Ace Hardware building will be reused by Hutterites for other construction. Two Hutterite colonies began razing the building on Highway 71 near downtown last week. One of the colonies is located near Grand Forks, N.D.
Soaring Eagle Ski Trails are open and continuing to be groomed. The trails are located about 9 miles north of Park Rapids on the west side of Highway 71. Due to rainfall and warm temperatures a week ago, members of the Itascatur Ski-Bike-Run club were worried that some people might think skiing was done for the season. But Janine Weideman, a member of the club, said they have been skiing since then and the trails are in good spring skiing condition. The trails continue to be groomed regularly by the club. Itascatur includes a trail condition report periodically at www.skinnyski.com .
In a whirlwind session, the Park Rapids School Board met briefly Tuesday to hear an update on potential reductions to the district's budget. Supt. Glenn Chiodo said he is continuing to work with principals about possible budget reductions. "We don't have anything at this point in time that's hard and fast," he said. He would like to present a list of reductions at the last meeting in March or first meeting in April.
Buster the robot has been shipped to the University of Minnesota to wait for competition in April. The robot, constructed by the "Devious Machinations" team from Nevis was built in a short time frame - six and a half weeks. Over the weekend, the team worked out the final touches on the robot and practiced for the last time before competition April 2-4 at the University of Minnesota. The kick-off was Jan.
Melissa Bryant feels good for the first time she can remember. The Park Rapids native had kidney and pancreas transplants in October after years of being sick. The transplants worked and she is doing well. "I was diabetic since I was 11 and had complications," she said. "Then, when I had my son four years ago, it got worse." Her kidneys were starting to fail and she had retinopathy - bleeding in her eyes. "My blood sugar would go from 30 to 600 in an hour," Bryant said. Watching her blood sugar and trying different diets didn't work. She was on an insulin pump for five years.
Many Hubbard County elderly don't receive enough Social Security to maintain living independently, according to a report released Tuesday. The "Elder Economic Security Standard Index," a study released by the Minnesota Women's Consortium, addresses income adequacy for Minnesota's older adults. The results show that for single elders in good health, the statewide Minnesota Elder Index (living expense cost) is $16,767 for homeowners without a mortgage or $19,090 for renters. For elder couples in good health, the Elder Index in Minnesota is $26,486 for homeowners without a mortgage or $28,8
The Park Rapids City Council is divided over whether to move forward with a Heartland Trail extension on Kaywood Drive. The council needs to decide whether it should take $80,000 out of reserves to continue with the project or lose an 80 percent matching federal grant. The council was told it needed to make a decision to move forward or drop the project Tuesday night. "We're just out of time," city administrator Bill Smith told the council. "A decision needs to be made." A motion was made to suspend the project but when a vote was called the tally was 2-2, with councilman David W.
The Park Rapids Area High School one-act play cast is headed to the state one-act play festival. The one-act performance received first place out of eight at the Section A contest on Saturday. Wadena-Deer Creek received second place. Park Rapids students performed the play "Said and Meant," a short play about language and misunderstanding by author Randy Wyatt. Juliann Kjenaas is the director and Jonathan Harrison is the technical director. Kjenaas said the Park Rapids one-act play last went to state competition in 2002.