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The fall corn harvest is approaching slightly behind schedule after a cooler-than-normal summer. "The corn is behind schedule right now, at least two weeks behind," said Russ Johnsrud, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. "But it's a very nice looking crop out there, both dry land and irrigated." The corn is looking "above average" in Hubbard, eastern Becker and northern Wadena counties, he said. The biggest worry at this point is frost.
Garage sales have been popular this summer as people look for ways to save money. "It's a big deal, especially with the tough economic times," said Rebecca Sharp, who was having a garage sale in Park Rapids with her parents over the weekend. Her family usually has garage sales during holiday weekends. The first sale is Memorial Day weekend. Then, they have sales around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. "Holiday weekends are big," she said.
A group of volunteers has stepped forward to proceed with working on an application for the Park Rapids area to host the 2011 Governor's Fishing Opener. But the application may or may not be submitted at the Oct. 1 deadline after evaluating whether the community seems prepared. If the application is not submitted this year, the group will continue to work on developing an application for the 2012 Governor's Fishing Opener. At a Thursday morning meeting, about 20 people showed up to discuss the possibility of hosting the opener.
North Country Museum of Art's latest exhibit, Snow Country Prison, has had a lot of interest since it opened Tuesday. Snow Country Prison: Interned in North Dakota is a photographic exhibition of an internment camp for Germans and Japanese people arrested as enemy aliens during World War II. Ryan Loomis, director/CEO of the museum, said about 25 people came to the opening Tuesday night and he's received positive feedback. "Everyone has been fascinated by it," he said. "It's not something most people study in history." In 1941, the U. S.
Park Rapids Area School District hopes parents will give more notice when switching bus plans. Cindy Leach, transportation supervisor for the district, attended Monday night's Park Rapids Area School Board meeting to discuss the transportation policy. She wanted input from the board before considering any changes to the policy. "We do try to accommodate families as much as possible in the district," Leach said.
Park Rapids youth and business owners shared laughs, food and music Friday night at Pioneer Park on Main Avenue. The youth party was organized in part by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association. Cynthia Jones, co-chair of the DBA, said the outreach is the first in what she hopes will be many collaborative events between businesses and youth in downtown. Sara Bowles, chemical health coordinator for the Hubbard County Youth Drug and Alcohol Task Force, said similar events were happening in Nevis and Laporte.
Century Parent Teacher Association is ready to start a new school year and kick off its major fundraiser. The PTA at Park Rapids Area Century School organizes many events throughout the school year for grades K-8. Co-president Rhonda Lageson said the majority of the funding for events and other activities comes from a catalog sale each fall. "It's all about the kids and making sure they're getting the best education they can get," she said. The PTA meets once a month and new members are always welcome, Lageson said. This year's first meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.
Park Rapids is submitting a pre-application for the Small Cities Development Program in hopes of receiving federal funds for rehabilitation projects. David Collins, Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission executive director, presented the request to move forward with the pre-application jointly with Hubbard County at Tuesday's Park Rapids City Council meeting. In 2008, the city and county also submitted a pre-application but were not asked to submit a formal application.
Edna Domholt woke up one week ago, walked to the basement to start a load of laundry and found sewage pouring into her basement. She was one of several homeowners along a two-block stretch of Front Avenue between Sixth and Eighth Street in Park Rapids who found sewage in their basement.
Park Rapids employers received extra help this summer from youth workers. Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc. received additional funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Brenda Johnson was the crew leader in Park Rapids. She recruited students to participate in the program and asked employers to participate. "This was very successful," Johnson said. "The crew working around the schools helped a lot with cleaning up the grounds." This summer, the age range for young workers was expanded. The jobs were for youth between ages 14 and 24 years old.