Heritage Living Center’s $14.2 million replacement and restoration project continues to evolve on Park Rapids’ western perimeter, its completion now expected by mid-2017. Hubbard County commissioners toured the work-in-progress that will house 64 residents in four identical “neighborhoods.” “We’re a third of the way,” Contegrity field superintendent Marty Kassahn said of the buildings’ evolution. The “top notch facility” will have three power supplies, built to hospital and school codes, he explained.
The Akeley Council learned that five residential property owners whose homes are in need of repairs now have loans totaling $120,800 and six applications “are in various stages” of the process. If all are approved, we will have one (loan) left,” Jackie Meixner of the Headwaters Regional Development Commission told the council this week. In January, Meixner arrived to present details of the $300,000 loans to be used for owner occupied rehabilitation projects. Homeowners could apply for up to $25,000 at zero percent interest with the principal forgiven over a 10-year period.
2nd Street Stage, Park Rapids’ signature event, and the resplendent flower baskets that emerge on the landscape each summer hold intrigue for guests and residents alike, members of the Downtown Business Association report. “The numbers are definitely up,” retail merchant Tony Bundy said of patrons. “Overall, we saw positive attitudes, among the stores and individuals. People were happy to be in town.
Fire that ignited in batteries destroyed “Frankenstein II,” a drag race car that just last weekend came within .04 seconds of the world record for a “door car” at the Brainerd International Raceway. Park Rapids firefighters were called to Hemenway Body Shop on Western Avenue North at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after bicyclists Calvin Hagan and Kurt Fritze saw smoke coming from a trailer that had transported the car. Kerry Hemenway, who built and drove the car, said a fire on Tuesday had destroyed one of the car’s three batteries and caused smoke damage.
The Park Rapids Senior Citizen Center has been in a state of inertia over the past few years. Officers eyed a negative cash flow, which outgoing president Joe Stein attributed to lack of volunteerism by members to raise funds. Members were considering disbanding. But a meeting to determine the future of the club’s existence appears to have sparked interest - of volcanic proportions - with new officers elected and committees forming to address the issues, duplicate bridge players holding the trump card.
Five years ago Hubbard County Veterans Service officer Greg Remus placed a call to the Veterans Center in Fargo. “I have a few vets I’d like a counselor to talk to,” he said of combat veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was seeing people coming in who were “mad at life.” “Could this be PTSD?” he asked them. “No,” was the immediate, terse reply. Many had never heard of the condition that wasn’t formally recognized until after the Vietnam War.
For several years, the Department of Natural Resources has provided owners of developed lake lots a systematic, objective means to “Score Your Shore” as a method to assess the type, quantity and quality of existing shoreland habitat. This summer, that project was expanded with DNR personnel heading out to evaluate habitat on the entire lakes via Score the Shore.
The first day of school will confirm numbers, but Nevis elementary and high school is on track to welcome a record-breaking 600 students Tuesday. Principal John Strom presented the enrollment figures to the board, which had reached 601 students minutes before. (By Monday it was 609.) “Elementary is at or near overload,” Strom said of waiting lists for all grades with the exception of 4th and 5th grades. “And I’m not seeing people moving out” of the district. Kindergarten through third grades have a section size maximum of 21, grade size limit of 42. Enrollment as of Aug.
When investigators with a search warrant “swarmed” Dan Hansen’s farm north of Wadena looking for human remains Monday, Hansen blamed his estranged brother, Akeley police chief Jimmy Hansen, for the accusations. Jimmy Hansen learned of this Monday when he received a call from Hubbard County dispatch, who’d been contacted by Wadena County.
Enbridge, Inc. has filed a petition with the Minnesota Tax Court in an attempt to reduce their Hubbard County property taxes for the past three years. Three Hubbard County parcels in Farden and Helga townships have been named in the petition, which could result in a $336,892 payback on behalf of the county. This would be borne by all entities which rely on property tax revenue (schools, cities, townships, etc.). “This is a worst case scenario,” county assessor Ginger Woodrum told commissioners.