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Local developer Alan Zemek is proposing that "Armory Square" in Park Rapids be rehabilitated and made into a community center. "I see it primarily to be representative of the cultural heritage and historical preservation and artistic expression of the community of Park Rapids," he said. Zemek gave a proposal of a development plan to the Park Rapids City Council Tuesday night. The 24,000-square-foot armory is located at Park Avenue South and Second Street West.
Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of articles examining each section of a Progress Park Rapids indicator report. The articles will appear in the Park Rapids Enterprise each Wednesday. Park Rapids has a lot to offer in the areas of outdoor recreation and cultural opportunities, making it a very livable community. According to the Progress Park Rapids Indicator Report, the Park Rapids community fosters the arts.
A 72-hour pump test is being conducted on a well in Park Rapids to determine if the quality and volume are adequate. Public Works Director Scott Burlingame said the 300-foot test well seems to have a lot of volume. "We know the water has some iron in it but hopefully it won't be too much," he said. The City Council authorized Elsner Well Drilling to drill a deep test well in response to high nitrate levels being found in a different city well. That well was closed.
Each summer as lake water temperatures rise, some swimmers begin to get the itch - swimmer's itch, that is. A few reports have been made in the Park Rapids area already but there are no "hot spots," said Edie Evarts, Assistant Area Fisheries Supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources in Park Rapids. According to the Department of Natural Resources, only 30-40 percent of people are sensitive to swimmer's itch.
For 4-H kids, the Hubbard County Fair is the culmination of months and months of hard work. Colin Mack, 12, is showing chickens and goats this week at the fair, which runs through Sunday. He really likes raising chickens from the time they hatch. "They're fun to work with," he said. "Sometimes they follow me around.
Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of articles examining each section of a Progress Park Rapids indicator report.
Perfect. That's how some people are describing the Fourth of July weekend in Park Rapids. "What was wonderful to see was the community coming together," said Park Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Magozzi. The parade on Main Avenue was a success, she said. The theme for this year's parade was an Old Fashioned Fourth of July and a Salute to Our Military. It was organized by the Chamber of Commerce Parade Committee with volunteer support by Park Rapids Rotaract Club. Pre-parade entertainment on Main was provided by the Colt 45 Band.
"It's just neighbors helping neighbors," says Emmett Lingle. His neighbors decided to volunteer their time to cut and bail 150 acres of Lingle's land. The retired teacher and farmer had surgery a couple weeks ago to alleviate pain from his vertebrae pressing down on his spine.
From a long-term perspective, Park Rapids' finances got better in 2008, said Steven Wischmann, CPA for Kern DeWenter Viere, of St. Cloud. Park Rapids' total net assets from operations increased by $992,327, according to the 2008 audit. For the general fund, the fund balance stayed about the same, with a small deficit of about $22,000. The amount was transferred in to balance the budget. For the end of the year, the general fund balance was $1,317,650.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited Park Rapids Wednesday to tour the newly renovated hospital and clinic and discuss rural health care needs. During a tour of St.