Park Rapids students are discovering possible careers through work experience classes. Brenda Johnson and Angie Kuehn prepare students at Park Rapids Area High School for the real world through these classes. "We get them ready to be an adult," Kuehn said. Some of the skills taught through the business seminar class include working on resumes, interviewing and employability skills. Jennie Beldo, a junior, is working for Erin Christensen's day care.
Cyclists saw a colorful landscape throughout Hubbard County during the annual Headwaters 100. The 29th annual event started off with cool weather but it turned into a beautiful autumn day. Participants could ride either 100, 75 or 45 miles with plenty of food stops along the way. The 45-mile race had stops near Emmaville and Nevis.
Students in Park Rapids have started to be sick but aren't yet displaying flu-like symptoms, according to the school nurse. "We've had a few more students sick but not significantly more," said Marianne Gilbertson, Park Rapids Area High School nurse. The nurses have been busy but the school hasn't reached the threshold of 5 percent of students being sick, she said.
Negotiations have begun between the Park Rapids teachers union and members of the school board. "At this point in time, we've just gotten through some language changes," said Superintendent Glenn Chiodo. The current 2007-09 contract expired in June. In the next few meetings, Chiodo anticipates the discussions will become more in depth and wages will be part of the negotiations. The next negotiations meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 6.
A Heartland Trail extension project in Park Rapids is nearly complete. The extension heads east from the trail just north of Summerfield Place Apartments in Park Rapids and then south along Central Avenue. It stops at Kaywood Drive. Eventually, the city has plans to continue extending the trail along Kaywood Drive and on Henrietta Avenue. Earlier this year, the city decided to move forward with the project to take advantage of an 80 percent matching federal grant.
Administrators are meeting to work on increasing student performance on MCA-II testing for Park Rapids students. The Park Rapids School Board heard an update Monday about progress made on addressing the No Child Left Behind requirement that all schools make adequate yearly progress.
Prescription drug abuse has been increasing among area youth, according to members of the Hubbard County Youth Drug and Alcohol Task Force. The task force is launching a campaign to address this issue and make people aware of the dangers associated with prescription drug abuse. Sarah Bowles, chemical health coordinator for the task force, said prescription drug abuse has always been around but it is coming back. "It's now the second highest abused drug, behind marijuana," she said. According to a study issued by the Office of National Drug Policy, a survey of Minnesota students reporti
Park Rapids City Council has approved the 2010 preliminary tax levy at about the same amount as 2009. The total proposed tax levy is $1,983,127 with $1,406,032 for the general fund. "We've got a draft ready for the general fund but we need to meet and discuss the expenditures in it," said city administrator Bill Smith. The budget is a repeat of this year, Smith said.
Park Rapids homeowners are continuing to remodel their properties despite a tough economic year. City planner Dan Walker said that residential remodels or additions have totaled 71 through August of this year. The total amount of the remodels is $725,010.58. In 2008, there were 108 residential remodels or additions through August totaling $737,588.45. But overall, building permits are lagging in 2009 with fewer single family homes and commercial construction. "It's definitely been an unprecedented year," Walker said.
Park Rapids Area High School students are taking the opportunity to challenge themselves while earning credits with College in the Classroom. "It's a fabulous avenue for students to pick up some credits and it gives them a head start when they go to college," said high school counselor Susan Rassier. College in the Classroom courses in Park Rapids include composition, public speaking, psychology, college algebra, application suite software, anatomy and physiology and physics. The high school is working with three schools for the courses: University of Minnesota Crookston, Northland Commu