Ham radio operators met in person recently as a way to put a face to people they talk to frequently over radio waves. A group of radio operators in the "Pico Net" met in Nevis last week for lunch and conversation.
The Green Park Rapids group is about to start surveying a pilot neighborhood to generate interest in "going green." "We want to focus on helping folks save green," said Sharon Voyda, director of Park Rapids Housing and Redevelopment Authority and organizer of the Green Park Rapids project. Many people think "going green" is expensive and won't save money, she said, but there are many affordable projects that can save money in the long run. Park Rapids has secured funding from the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the state-sponsored Clean Energy Resource
The Park Rapids City Council voted to call a public hearing in November for the Main Avenue utility and street reconstruction project. Gary Nansen, city engineer, provided new information to the council Tuesday night about the downtown project. New costs total about $3,473,600, not including streetscape amounts. About a month ago, the council looked at some alternatives that cost less than initial proposals. The original total estimated costs was $5,245,100.
Jeremy Hodgden hopes time he spent as a behind-the-scenes landscaping consultant for a home improvement TV show will help him make his way to the front of the camera. Hodgden, the owner of Northland Retaining Walls located on U.S. Highway 71 between Park Rapids and Menahga, finished donating his expertise during the filming of the show "Sweat Equity." The TV show, hosted by Amy Matthews, shows how a homeowner can increase the value of a home with home improvement projects.
A Hubbard County comprehensive housing study shows that a high number of single-family homes in the county needs rehabilitation work and the household age is increasing. Community Partners Research, Inc., out of Faribault, prepared the study, which includes information about the county, with more detail about Park Rapids, Akeley, Laporte and Nevis. Michele Mahowald, Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) executive director, said those who have been working with HRA knew about the need for rehabilitation work. "We knew what the need was here, but we needed something in writing," Mahowald