Downtown Park Rapids businesses are receiving recommendations for façade designs to tie in with the Downtown Revitalization Plan. Mark Hewitt, with the Hewitt Family Charitable Fund/Northwoods Bank, is providing a $15,000 grant to cover costs for Widseth Smith Nolting architectural firm, of Bemidji, to design these suggestions. The grant will also cover costs for an overall concept to tie all of downtown into a network with a stronger branding. The façade project coincides with the city's Main Avenue reconstruction project slated for next summer but is separate from the city project. L
Park Rapids will move forward with digging a deep well along with a new well house after test results showed quality water. Jon Olson, with Ulteig Engineers, told the city council Tuesday that a test well that was drilled in response to high nitrate levels found in a shallow city well was successful. The new well will replace a shallow well that was closed after tests showed high nitrate levels. "The well did very well," Olson said.
Park Rapids, Nevis and Menahga school districts each had areas where they did not make Adequate Yearly Progress in 2009, according to results released by the Minnesota Department of Education this week. Statewide, 1,048 schools out of 2,303 didn't make AYP in 2009. The AYP data is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. "Every Minnesota student should have the opportunity to receive a quality education," said Alice Seagren, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education.
A proposal given to the Park Rapids City Council would expand the park at Deane Point between Fish Hook River and Fish Hook Lake. Shelley Theisen addressed the council Tuesday night and said her family would like to work with the city about selling the property immediately west of the point and Deane Park. The property is 150 feet wide and has a three-bedroom cabin and single-car detached garage on it. "This property has been in my family for many years," Theisen said.
A yearling deer that made friends with a 9-year-old earlier this spring continues to make friends on the west side of Park Rapids. But the Department of Natural Resources has also received complaints about the deer and officials are concerned it could be a public safety issue. Landon Rush, who lives on 190th Street west of Park Rapids, said he has seen the deer - which he thinks is the same animal that showed up on Eagle Pointe Drive this spring - for about the past week. He calls the deer Spike because his antlers are growing in.
A tradition spanning nearly 30 years continues to bond two families on Potato Lake - the Summer Olympics. Peter Nyhus and Jerry Pederson, who had coaching jobs together at Valley City State College in the 1970s, became close friends. "I was the head football coach and Jerry was the head basketball coach," Nyhus said. Their families became close as well and the first Olympics competition between the families was Dec.
Carter and Florence Hedeen practice living green every day. The Park Rapids couple has the philosophy that people need to appreciate what they have and take care of the environment. "We don't appreciate what we have often enough," Florence said. "We have clean air, fresh water, and we need to preserve that." They go by the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle," but emphasize reduce and reuse most of all.
Construction is wrapping up on the Highway 71 resurfacing project from Park Rapids to Menahga. Paving was completed by Friday after crews finished shoulders on the rural section and parking lanes in Park Rapids this week. Next week, crews will apply permanent striping, shoulder rumble strips and turf establishment, said Larry Randall, project supervisor. "The project should be substantially complete by the end of next week, weather permitting," Randall said. Motorists are cautioned to still be alert to workers, heavy equipment and truck traffic in the project area. The $6.8 million p
Teamworks, Inc. in Park Rapids will close its doors later this month but could reopen as the economy turns around. Teamworks has provided training for computer and numerically controlled machining and welding, said Arlan Kangas, CEO and member of the board of directors. "There have been cut backs in those jobs not only in Park Rapids, but all over," Kangas said. Teamworks was founded in the mid-90s and Kangas has been on the board since the beginning.
Construction continues through Park Rapids on the Highway 71 project from Park Rapids to Menahga. "The crews are currently placing bituminous shoulders on the rural section and milling the parking lanes in Park Rapids," said Larry Randall, project supervisor. "On Thursday they will be paving the shoulders, parking lanes in Park Rapids and placing aggregate shoulders on the rural section. They expect to have all paving completed by Friday." Motorists are cautioned to be alert to workers, heavy equipment and truck traffic in the project area.