Four Park Rapids women have made a habit of playing cards each week for the camaraderie and the challenge. Dorothy Wrabek, Florence Tande, Lena Long and Dorothy Ernhart play whist Thursday afternoons and pinochle Monday afternoons. Wrabek said she's been playing cards since she was a kid.
As a fitting tribute to Frank Schapp's last meeting, members of the Park Rapids School Board wore pink. Schapp had been on the school board for 11 ½ years, he said, and will miss being a part of it. He liked to wear pink so the other members of the board decided to dress in that color for Monday night's meeting. The meeting was rescheduled from the week before because of the snow storm.
Looking for that last-minute Christmas gift? Tickets are now available for the 11th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7 on Fish Hook Lake. More than $100,000 in prizes will be given away. Event organizer Jerry Benham said people are always wondering if there will be enough ice for the fishing derby. "This year, I think we're already good," he said. The fishing derby is always the first Saturday in February and brings tons of people to the area, Benham said.
Energy audits are being conducted in a target neighborhood near downtown Park Rapids as a first step toward becoming "green." The Green Park Rapids group is working to "green" a target residential neighborhood near downtown Park Rapids, between Highway 34 to the north and Sixth Street to the south and Highway 71 to the east and Fair Avenue to the west. Earlier this fall, members of the group began going door-to-door to conduct surveys, assess interest and determine the level of need at homes in the target neighborhood. Those who were interested have started to receive energy audits for thei
The annual Park Rapids Community Christmas Dinner has become a tradition for its volunteers. "It's been passed down year after year," said Denny Anderson, an organizer of the event. He enjoys spending his Christmas helping out with the meal, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Volunteers don't think of it as a sacrifice. "We're not giving up anything, really, it's just the satisfaction," Anderson said.
A weekend blizzard left many stuck at home Monday until roads and driveways could be plowed out. A foot or more of snow was reported in the Park Rapids area, and Monday dangerous wind chills were reported throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service. The weather caused several area schools to be closed Monday, including Park Rapids, Nevis, Menahga, Detroit Lakes and Bemidji.
The Jacobsens hope to leave this place better than they found it by utilizing wind energy. Rollie and Shar Jacobsen had a 120-foot wind turbine installed Thursday near their home, a few miles south of Park Rapids on 150th Street. "I was always raised with the idea that you try to leave the campsite better than when you arrived," Rollie said. "I had a father that I greatly, greatly revered and he emphasized that." The couple moved to the Park Rapids area from Northfield in April to be closer to family.
Disaster. Crisis. Insane. Unfair. All are words Minnesota's city leaders used to describe the prospect of the state chopping payments later this month. Officials of more than 70 cities, including Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll and City Administrator Bill Smith, filled two legislative committee meetings Wednesday, warning that proposed Local Government Aid and other state payment reductions would have a long-lasting impact.
The Park Rapids Main Avenue utility and street reconstruction project is on hold for now. Park Rapids City Council members decided to table a resolution ordering the preparation of plans for phase one of the project at its meeting Tuesday night. The council will revisit the topic later this spring, after it finds out more about the state deficit situation and possible Local Government Aid cuts. A public hearing for phase one of the two-part project was held Nov.
Drivers beware: unsafe road conditions mean slow down. That's a reminder from Hubbard County Chief Deputy Frank Homer. "It seems like we forget how to drive in this weather over the summer but we should be used to driving in these conditions," he said. With the first significant snowfall of the season, the county had an accident on Highway 36, north of 200, Homer said.