Spectators have a host of patriotic festivities to choose from this Fourth of July — from a parade and flotillas to music and fireworks. Firecracker Foot Race The 40th annual 5K run/walk begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Heartland Park. Pre-register at www.pickleevents.com or at Heartland Park on July 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The fee is $30. Registration the day of the race will be from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. and the cost will be $35. The race is a fundraiser for the Park Rapids cross-country and track and field teams.
The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club (MVCC) will sponsor the first of its summer family fun nights at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15. These events are aimed at enriching the conservation experience of the community. "In an effort to serve our mission and reach out to younger members of the community, the MVCC is pleased to provide this opportunity," said MVCC President Russ Olson.
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association celebrates summer at 2nd Street Stage events Thursday evenings from June 14 through Aug. 16. The 10 free concerts will run from 6 to 8 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9) with bands, a beer garden, cornhole tournaments and family activities on the second block of South Main. Bring your own lawn chair.
On Tuesday, June 19, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith's (D-Minn.) Constituent Services staff will be at Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership in Park Rapids as part of the Senator's statewide "Constituent Services Tour." The tour is designed to inform Minnesotans about how Sen. Smith can go to bat for them when they need help working with a federal agency.
CORRECTION: The Park Rapids meeting was moved to the Northwoods Bank community room. Area legislators have scheduled a series of town hall meetings in District 2 for the first week in June. These town hall meetings will providing a chance to discuss with citizens the details of the recently concluded 2018 session. Sen. Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, and Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, will be at events in Bagley, Lake Park and Park Rapids, with Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, also appearing at Bagley. The schedule of meetings is as follows: • Bagley: 6 p.m. June 6, D&R Café, 27 Central St. W.
Motorists can expect delays on Highway 87 between Highway 71 and Hubbard County Road 13 as crews repave the road surface on May 29-30, weather permitting. Highway 87 is currently under a 7-ton load limit restriction which will be lifted when the two-day resurfacing project is complete. A more in depth construction project is tentatively scheduled to take place in 2023.
The two-week filing period for federal, state and county offices opened May 22 and continues through June 5. Because no primary is possible for city or school district offices in Park Rapids or Menahga or school district offices in Nevis, their candidacy filing period begins July 31 and runs through Aug. 14. County offices County positions that will be on the November ballot include county commissioners for District 1, District 3 and District 5. These seats are currently held by Vern Massie, Ed Smith and Cal Johannsen, respectively.
A father and 4-year-old son drowned Saturday on Hart Lake, according to a Hubbard County Sheriff's Office news release. On May 19 at 1:26 p.m., the sheriff's office received a call that two kayakers had overturned and had not returned to the surface. Hart Lake is located in Lakeport Township, north of Laporte. Responding agencies located a kayak upside down and no immediate sign of the two victims, said the release.
The former Park Rapids Seed House sold last year and was slated for destruction by the new owners. Demolition work began Friday. Built in 1910, the old, brick building along Highway 34 was once a schoolhouse called the East Side School. It remained a school until the late 1930s.
Pump some air in those bike tires. Dust off the helmet. Get ready to put muscles in motion. The fourth annual Minnesota Bike Opener celebrates the start of biking season with a ride on the Heartland Trail on Saturday, May 19. Admission is free for the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber-sponsored event, held a week after fishing opener. ExploreMinnesota.com describes it as "a celebration of all things bike." The event begins at 9 a.m. in Red Bridge Park on Beach Road and proceeds across the red bridge to Heartland Park, which serves as a trail head for the Heartland Trail.