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The Park Rapids Enterprise is hosting the fourth annual Chili Challenge as a kick-off for the Hubbard County Food Shelf food- and fundraising drive. The event will be held over the noon hour Wednesday, March 6 at the Park Rapids American Legion. Teams, individuals, businesses, civic organizations and church groups are invited to cook up a pot of chili, recruit samplers and serve the concoction. Throw down the gauntlet to your competition. Whacky works.
Park Rapids Area High School actors and actresses once again claimed top prize in sub-section one-act play competition and will move on to section competitions Saturday in the high school auditorium. Performances from eight schools claiming first and second place awards begin at 9 a.m. with the public welcome. The competing schools include Wadena, Eagle Valley, Perham, Parkers Prairie, Hawley, Lake Park-Audubon, Laporte and Park Rapids. First place goes to state.
Frigid temperatures did not deter avid readers arriving for Beagle Books and Sister Wolf Books fourth annual Night In. Night In is for book club members or book club wannabes, Sally Wills explained of the recent unveiling of possible reads for the coming year. "It's always the third Saturday in January, and the timing is very intentional," she said. "It's a fun night out after the holidays are over and the grim reality of several more weeks of winter weather has set in.
The 8th annual Audrey's Purple Dream - Akeley's answer to cancer - will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 on 11th Crow Wing Lake. Proceeds from the event, that includes a fishing tourney and a plunge by daring divers into 11th Crow Wing Lake, benefit area residents whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Audrey's Purple Dream is dedicated to the memory of Audrey Faye Pidde, a lifelong resident of Akeley who died in March 2005 after a battle with cancer. The event's founder, Melissa 'Nib' Niblick, organized the community fundraiser in honor of her friend.
"Community partners" are invited to submit project proposals to restore, protect or enhance water quality in Hubbard County's lakes, streams and rivers. Lake associations, nonprofits, student groups, faith organizations, schools and neighborhood groups are invited to submit ideas on solutions to reducing storm water runoff. "Anything to do with reducing storm water infiltration in the soil will be considered," explained Julie Kingsley, district manager of the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District and Local Water Plan coordinator. Legacy Clean Water Fund grants totaling $100
The young dancers move with a graceful elegance, their faces a study in concentration. Before them stands their instructor, of gentle voice and regal posture, her decades of experience on the dance floor evident... Denise DeCeault Gulbranson, instructor at Northland Studio of Dance in Park Rapids, began dancing at the age of 4 in Chicago.
The new year has arrived and the Governor's Fishing Opener committee is moving full steam ahead for the May 9-13 event on the Fish Hook chain of lakes. Approximately 200 members of the press - radio, television, magazine, Internet and newspaper - are expected to descend on Park Rapids lakes country - along with the governor, lieutenant governor and other dignitaries.
100 YEARS AGO: Inebriated lumberjack rescued, button factory opens in Hubbard 100 years ago "Frost and booze do business," an Enterprise headline stated, "A bad combination for January weather in northern Minnesota." "The past week was an unfortunate one for several in this part of the state, and the victims are to be found among those of hazardous occupations (an accident claiming the life of a watchman at the Red River Lumber Company Mill in Akeley) and those making free use of booze (a lumberjack falling out of the back seat of a sleigh)." The lumberjack, "well filled with booze" was
Century Elementary, named a Celebration School by the Minnesota Department of Education, was officially recognized for the achievement this week at the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation (MAEF) conference. The designation is based on the Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) for schools. Under the state's MMR system, most of Minnesota's 2,000 public schools received an overall numerical ranking, but only about a quarter - those schools receiving federal poverty aid - got one of five designations: Reward, Celebration, Continuous Improvement, Focus and Priority. "More than 100 Celebrati
A Park Rapids Area High School alum is gaining fame - and chuckles - as a "beer drinking redneck," via Country Music Television's "Chainsaw Gang." Matt Clementson, 48, is a cast member in the rowdy comedic reality show that debuted Nov. 10 on CMT, his childhood friends contacting him with congratulations. Classmate Becky Rutherford Maninga didn't initially recognize her former high school buddy as part of the Deadwood Chainsaw Gang on the TV screen.