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 email@example.com .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident in which two horse carcasses were dumped in a county-owned gravel pit in Rockwood Township within the past month. Anyone who has information, no matter how big or small, should contact Hubbard County Investigator Bill Schlag at 732-2582.
Two people suffered life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash at 2 p.m. on Dec. 30. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Mary Manning, 25, of Chicago, Ill., was driving a 2013 Ford 150 eastbound on Highway 34 when she lost control and crossed into the westbound lane, striking a 2013 Subaru Outback head on. The Subaru overturned as both vehicles went into the north ditch of Highway 34, about one mile east of Highway 64 in Akeley Township.
A power outage impacted the Park Rapids area on one of the coldest mornings of the year. According to the Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative, the power went out about 6:00 Wednesday morning, at one point more than 685 customers were in the dark. Temps in the area were more than 30 below zero Wednesday morning. Power has been going on and off for several hours as crews work to repair the problem.
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