Officers were elected at the annual Hubbard County Republican Convention on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Northwoods Bank community room. The first speaker of the morning was Minnesota House Rep. Matt Grossell from District 2A, who was thankful to be given the opportunity to get some good things done for the State of Minnesota. He read a letter from the Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt, who is looking toward the future.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will start spring truck weight restrictions in the north central frost zone Saturday, Feb. 25. Spring load restrictions are already in place in the south, southeast, central and metro frost zones.
Miscellaneous: Feb. 9: A caller reported a broken down vehicle on the side of the road, creating a possible traffic hazard; A Park Rapids caller reported she could hear screaming and fighting coming from the neighbors; A driver reported a vehicle without lights on and partially in the wrong lane on Co. Rd. 39; A Laporte caller had questions regarding child custody; An Akeley caller had questions regarding the custody of a minor; A Park Rapids caller reported their nephew took a fish house two years ago and still hadn't made a payment;
The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) kicks off its spring season Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Armory Square. Sharon Natzel, president of the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA), is the guest speaker. She'll be discussing ""Hubbard County Water Quality and You." HCLL programs are open to the public, free of charge and handicap accessible. The presentation is from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Park Rapids Area High School's theater department took first place Feb. 4 in Section 6A One Act Play competition for their performance, "A Piece of My Heart." PRAHS holds the state record for taking one acts to State competition.
The Park Rapids area residents benefit from a recent investment into extending high-speed internet across the state. Paul Bunyan Communications last month was awarded a Border to Border Broadband Grant by the state of Minnesota to expand its fiber optic services to portions of southwest Hubbard County and a small portion of west central Becker County. The expansion area is located to the south and west of Park Rapids.
Bemidji State University's American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) will host an inaugural fundraising dinner for American Indian Student Success, featuring a three-course meal prepared by Oglala Lakota chef Sean Sherman on Feb. 10. Proceeds will support the university's American Indian students. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the AIRC's Gathering Place.
Audrey's Purple Dream returns to 11th Crow Wing Lake in Akeley on Saturday, Feb. 11. The 12th annual event, called "Our Answer to Cancer," features a fishing tournament, Purple Plunge and raffle to raise money for cancer victims and their families. Fishing tournament registration begins at 10 a.m., with the tournament running noon to 2:30 p.m. The popular Purple Plunge, where entrants jump into the icy waters of 11th Crow Wing, is 3 p.m. with registration starting at 1 p.m.
Calling all chili chefs in the Park Rapids area! It's time to sign up for the 8th Annual Chili Challenge. The Chili Challenge, sponsored by the Park Rapids Enterprise, grows each year in popularity and participation. This year's challenge is March 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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 email@example.com .
Miscellaneous: Jan. 9: A Cass Lake caller reported that her mother was getting harassed; Jan. 10: A Park Rapids caller reported a hitchhiker on Hwy. 71; A township supervisor in Park Rapids requested an abandoned vehicle be moved for snow removal; A Cass Lake caller reported their girlfriend was breaking the windows in their vehicle; Officer assistance was requested for a car stuck in the snow; An Akeley caller reported a female at a store appearing to have been in a fight;