The Enterprise published an editorial in 2003 about the "Old Logger" who was familiar with many in the Park Rapids area. That year, James Leonard Colby, known as the "Old Logger" of the Rapid River Logging Camp, passed away. He was survived by his wife Catherine, the lady behind "Old Logger." The "Old Logger" and Catherine, from 1956 to 1987, owned and developed the Logging Camp into a nationally famous restaurant. On Feb. 17, 2017 Catherine passed away in Petersburg, Illinois, at the age of 97. (Ironically, their wedding anniversary).
Local advocates join a statewide day of action to raise awareness about domestic violence on Tuesday, March 7 with a noon rally outside the Hubbard County Courthouse. Advocates to end domestic violence will join survivors, civic leaders and community members at the noon really to draw support for domestic violence services and demand elected officials make ending violence a priority.
L&M Fleet Supply, local dealer of Cub Cadet outdoor power equipment located in Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Mt. Iron/Virginia, Cloquet, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Hayward, and Ashland Wis., recently earned distinction as one of the top 75 Cub Cadet independent retailers in America for 2016. L&M Supply received recognition for this achievement during an exclusive trip on Royal Caribbean's largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas.
What does it mean to live in the Park Rapids Lakes Area? What does it mean to work here? Why do people buy cabins here? Why do generations of families visit? What are the connections that we all share?
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.