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Ron D. Offutt, founder and Chief Executive Officer of R.D. Offutt Co., spoke about the many benefits of manufacturing in Hubbard County at a manufacturer's showcase and open house on Oct. 23. The event was held as part of Minnesota Manufacturer's Week and sponsored by Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission. R.D. Offutt Co. produces potatoes for Lamb-Weston/RDO Frozen, located on U.S. Highway 71 south in Park Rapids.
U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and State Rep. Brita Sailer (Dist. 2B) rallied Saturday morning to talk about changes that will be made if they are re-elected to office in November. The Democrats greeted constituents Saturday morning at Jackpine Java on Main Avenue in Park Rapids. Sailer spoke briefly about changing health care to make it more affordable. "Most people are most concerned about what they are going to do with health care," she said. "It's very important to me for farmers to be covered ...
Park Rapids City Council candidates discussed the city's strongest assets and how to use those assets to keep the city strong at a forum Monday night. Incumbents Gene Kinkel, Clyde Zirkle, along with challengers Susan Tomte and David W.
U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and State Rep. Brita Sailer (Dist.
Park Rapids native Joseph Rezac was inspired by his high school and college coaches throughout his life, he said, as he reflected upon his induction into the Bemidji State University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. "For me it was one of the greatest honors and a defining moment," Rezac said. He was inducted at a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 18 at the BSU campus. Rezac was the second person from Park Rapids to receive the honor. Jerry Green, who graduated from Park Rapids in 1956 was the first to be inducted from Park Rapids.
A Park Rapids couple is disputing the computation of water bills at the wrong number of gallons per unit. Rod and Christine Meidinger approached the Park Rapids City Council Tuesday after their water bill was extremely high. "We're not disputing the usage, we're not disputing the meter reading, we're not disputing the rates," Christine Meidinger said. "We're disputing the computation of the bill in gallons." The meter used at the Meidingers' home was a Neptune T10 that is calibrated at one unit equal to 10 gallons.
The Hubbard County auditor's office has already been buzzing with people coming in to vote absentee. The office opened up for absentee ballot voting Oct. 1.
The Osage Lions Club celebrated its 25th anniversary by sharing memories, along with an evening of dining and entertainment Monday night. The club was formed Nov. 15, 1983, with the Park Rapids Lions Club as its sponsor, according to a brief history by club historian Edie Branstrom.
The 28th annual Headwaters 100 took cyclists on a ride through a landscape of leaves changing color on a perfect fall day Saturday. "Beautiful day, beautiful course," said Fred Storti, of Afton. "It was great." Storti, 61, participated in the 100-mile road race.
A group of concerned citizens is looking for donations for its annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse in December. The Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council has a goal to reduce the number of child abuse instances in the county, said Katrina Carrier, chair of the council. In the past year, the council has been working to continue funding the SAFE Parks program and Mahube Crisis Care. "SAFE Parks has people employed at parks to make it a safer place for kids to be," Carrier said.