Miscellaneous: May 11: A Nevis caller reported a verbal domestic with his 25 year old son; A Laporte caller had questions for an officer about property issues; A Park Rapids caller reported a female walked into their house and asked for directions and to use the bathroom, the woman was unknown to the homeowner; A Park Rapids caller reported a possible phone scam; A caller reported a male party passed out in a vehicle, the car was running and the male had his foot on the break;
The Hubbard County Auditor's Office reminds residents the first half of the real estate/personal property taxes is due May 15. Postmarks on the May 16 will also be accepted without penalty Payments of $100 or less must be paid in full by May 15 to avoid penalty A drop box is located on the Courthouse Ease drive through loop and is labeled FOR TAX PAYMENTS ONLY.
A fire Tuesday at Schaefer Auto in Menahga destroyed one building as multiple fire departments fought the blaze through the night. The auto and metal scrap recycling business is located in the industrial park on the south side of town off of Highway 71.
Domestic abuse and child abuse are intertwined. Children in homes where domestic abuse occurs are increasingly at risk to become direct victims of child abuse. Child abuse reports increased 25 percent in 2016 over the previous year, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Four individuals have won $500 and a trip to New York Mills for the Great American Think-Off. In their essays, the finalists presented an argument supporting their response to the question, "Has the 2016 election changed our perception of truth?" Two finalists assert that it has changed how the American public sees truth, and two finalists proffer that it has not. The debate among the four armchair philosophers will take place on Saturday, June 10, in the midst of a celebratory 25th anniversary weekend in New York Mills.
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?"