Appetites were sated Wednesday — and the Hubbard County Food Shelf received 100 percent of the $15,449 raised at this year's Chili Challenge. Sponsored by the Park Rapids Enterprise, the ninth annual event packed the American Legion and brought the grand total to $73,300 raised since 2009. Raffle ticket sales for a hand-carved loon by Bob Landrigan and a quilt donated by the Park Rapids Crazy Quilters also contributed to the final total, as did a silent auction of vases and bowls made by Dennis Ernst. The Park Rapids Rotary Club is also donating another $500.
A 21-year-old Bemidji man was found dead Sunday, Feb. 25, in a fish house on Leech Lake. Authorities identified the victim as Samuel Schooley, 21. The Cass County Sheriff's Office received a report at 8:52 a.m. of an unresponsive man in a fish house at the Eel Pout Festival. Deputies responded, and the man was taken to CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. His body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, which is pending. The incident remains under investigation.
Local businesses are encouraged to submit business announcement to the Park Rapids Enterprise for the Wednesday Business page. This service allows businesses to place and publish their own news, guaranteeing them control over content and placement in the desired edition. Each submission will be charged a fee of $25 for the first seven inches (about 125 words and an additional $10 per inch beyond that. (An inch is about 25 to 30 words.) In addition, the new service allows businesses to choose how long an announcement should be and include up to five headshots.
For decades, and maybe even longer, the Park Rapids Enterprise has provided an opportunity for "business briefs" — submissions of new hires, promotions, recognitions, honors, professional development and other business-related news from companies. The Enterprise will continue to provide an outlet for these important business briefs, but on Feb. 28, readers will notice a change. Moving forward, businesses will be able to submit their own briefs online and include photos for a small charge.
It's time to sign up for the 9th Annual Chili Challenge. Don't dawdle -- there are only three slots left. The Chili Challenge, sponsored by the Park Rapids Enterprise, grows each year in popularity and participation. This year's challenge is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at the Park Rapids American Legion. All proceeds go to the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Individuals and organizations interested in signing up should do it soon as space is limited. For more information, call 732-3364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office has listed Kara Blevins, 27, as a missing person. She was last seen walking along Howard Lake Road, Akeley around 5 p.m. Feb. 2. She was wearing a winter coat, white scarf, no hat or gloves. She has blue eyes and her baby is due May 2018. Authorities believe she has no phone, car, money or extra clothing. Anyone with information may call the sheriff at 732-3331.
The Park Rapids Area High School band concert is 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 in the auditorium.
A Ponsford man had died following a hit and run on Pow Wow Highway, about a half mile east of Pine Point. The crash happened Thursday, Feb. 8 at around 7:30 p.m. According to the Becker County Sheriff's Department, after life saving efforts, Joshua Charles Jones, 21, who was a pedestrian, died at the scene. The vehicle was later located at a residence in Pine Point, and three people were taken into custody. Their names were not being released as of Friday morning.
A short-story writing contest for young adults is underway at the Park Rapids Area Library. The 12th Annual Young Adult Writing Contest started Monday, Jan. 15 and is open to Park Rapids, Nevis, Menahga, Sebeka, Laporte and homeschool students in grades 6 to 12. Students may bring their short story, 500 words or less, typed double-spaced to the library, or email it as an attached PDF to email@example.com . Each story should include and complete the phrase "Reading takes you..." Deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 28.
Robin Fish, Jr., lately of Versailles, Mo., joined the Park Rapids Enterprise staff this week as a staff reporter. Until last week, he was the editor of the weekly Morgan County Press of Stover, Mo., since August 2014.