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Legos aren't what they used to be. Members of the 4-H Hubbard County Robotics Team built a Lego robot to complete small mock missions geared toward climate issues. The team reached state competition. The kids built and programmed a robot over several months to compete against other teams in the First Lego League State Championship Jan. 25 at the University of Minnesota. First Lego League is a global program created to get kids excited about science and technology.
Park Rapids will be inundated with kids, their snowmobiles and their families Feb. 14-15. KC Pro Racing West Division will be in Park Rapids that weekend for two days filled with snowmobile racing. The race will be located in the open field by TEAM Industries on Industrial Park Road, Park Rapids. It's an all-day event. Two local families helped bring the event to Park Rapids - Jeff and Angie Voigt and Kevin and Jill Thompson have children who participate in the snowmobile races. About 60 families are members of the KC Pro West Division.
While some areas of crime have increased, overall incidents for the Park Rapids Police Department have decreased. Police Chief Terry Eilers compiled statistics for incidents for 2008 and prior years for comparison. "We have noticed a decrease in call volume, although it may be small, it was a decrease," he said in a year-end report presented to the Park Rapids City Council. Eilers became the chief five years ago and has made changes including overlapping shifts, marking all squad cars and having more coverage during peak times.
The Park Rapids Area High School one-act play received first place out of seven at the sub-section contest on Saturday. Pequot Lakes got second place. Park Rapids students performed the play "Said and Meant," directed by Juliann Kjenaas. The top two teams from each sub-section contest advance to the section 6A contest this Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. Eight plays will be performed. Park Rapids students will perform first, at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The other seven plays will be performed after. The event is open to the public.
By breaking barriers for women and pushing through stereotypes, Dolores Clack made an impression on the Park Rapids area. Now, she will be honored posthumously by being inducted into the Northwest Minnesota Women's Hall of Fame. Hosted on the fourth floor of the A.C. Clark Library at Bemidji State University, the Northwest Minnesota Women's Hall of Fame recognizes significant achievements of lasting value to society or significant groups within the northern Minnesota region or to the progress and freedom of women. Dolores' son, Justin Clack, began nominating his mother in 2001.
The Park Rapids Area School District will need to make tough decisions regarding its budget in the next few months. Supt.
Kids Against Hunger reached its millionth meal Tuesday during a four-hour food packaging session. Nearly 200 people showed up to package food Tuesday evening, said Mark Waller, director of Kids Against Hunger in Park Rapids. Waller said he hoped to package 30,000 meals on Tuesday but they surpassed that goal. "We had just over 39,000 meals," he said. Kids Against Hunger is a national organization with the headquarters in Minneapolis.
The Park Rapids City Council is well on its way to reducing its 2009 budget in anticipation of losing Local Government Aid. "We anticipate losing a significant portion, if not all of the LGA payment that we've been accustomed to receiving each year," said city administrator Bill Smith. To stay ahead of the possible loss of funding, the council met Tuesday to discuss the 2009 budget and look at areas where funding could be held until a later date.
New home construction in Park Rapids was considerably less in 2008, compared to previous years. A comparison of building permits from 2000-08 showed that construction was down significantly from past years and is comparable with 2003. City planner Dan Walker presented a year-end planning report to the Park Rapids City Council that touched on building permits. "Permit numbers were way down this year," Walker said. "There were four exceptional years in a row ...
The Munsons were banking on the cold weather, hoping no one else would be outside searching for the medallion in subzero temperatures. It seemed to work.