Rotary has several special areas of focus with respect to community service. An important one is education, literacy and maternal and child health. The Park Rapids Rotary Club instituted a new award in 2015 to recognize service to children and youth in the community. The Hewitt Family Youth Service Award will annually recognize a person who has made Park Rapids a better place for children.
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism announced that current President & CEO, Nicole Lalum, will be stepping down at the end of the month. Lalum informed the chamber board of directors and staff last week of her departure from the organization after nearly four years at its helm.
Lions Clubs International celebrates a century of service this year and has grown to be the largest service organization in the world. Melvin Jones founded the club on June 7, 1917, and now 100 years later, there are over 45,000 clubs and more than 1.3 million members in 203 countries worldwide. Jones, a Chicago businessman, asked, with regards to his colleagues, "What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?"
Ice officially went out on Fish Hook Lake on Friday, April 7.
Miscellaneous: Mar. 16: A Laporte caller reported that her ex boyfriend stole her cell phone and was refusing to give it back; A Park Rapids caller reported that a party with a harassment restraining order was at his girlfriend's residence; A Bemidji caller reported an individual was out of control and had broken windows out of a vehicle when she tried to leave; A Cass Lake caller stated her son was "flipping out again;" A Bemidji caller reported her parents were stalking and harassing her;
Miscellaneous: Feb. 23: An Akeley caller asked to speak to a deputy about a situation with his daughter; A caller reported an older white four door vehicle with no front bumper was swerving into the other lane of traffic; A Park Rapids caller reported an individual was breaking things in her home; A Park Rapids caller reported a suspicious blue vehicle had gone past her residence slowly a minimum of 10 times; A Menahga caller wanted deputy assistance in getting his personal property from his ex girlfriend;
Township annual meetings will be held Tuesday, March 14 this year, and many townships also have their annual election of officers that day. In Minnesota, if you don't live in an incorporated city, you live in a township ... It's important to vote and have a say in your leadership. Like cities, each township has a unique character. Their governing structure is the same, but some of the issues they face are quite different — from water quality to gravel mining to farming to logging. Or just being a large township on the edge of a mid-sized regional center.
Miscellaneous: Mar. 6: An Akeley caller wanted to speak to an officer in reference to a male party he had been letting stay at his house; An Akeley caller reported the neighbors were driving through the reporting party's yard; A Laporte caller reported an insufficient check; A Nevis caller reported someone was making threats to run away; A Nevis caller reported a possible scam call that her mother had received;