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Akeley’s signature winter event – Audrey’s Purple Dream (APD) – will send purple plungers and fishing lines into 11th Crow Wing Lake’s frigid waters Saturday to raise funds and spirits for those battling cancer. Now in its 11th year, the APD has gifted approximately 90 people, with more than $80,000 distributed. The event’s namesake, Audrey Pidde, was by daughter Shannah Pidde Geimer’s recollections fun loving, gregarious and generous.
Hubbard County’s Local Water Management Plan for 2016-2026 earned commissioners’ approval this week, the document “committed to protecting, preserving and improving water resources in Hubbard County,” as administered by the Soil and Water Conservation District. The plan, which will be reviewed again in five years, has been approved by BWSR (Board of Soil and Water Resources), SWCD director Julie Kingsley told the board. The updated plan is based on watersheds, as opposed to lakes and streams, as had been the previous process, she said.
A Park Rapids landmark will soon be meeting the wrecking ball. County commissioners agreed this week to advertise for bids to demolish the 86-year-old city water tower on Second and Front streets, liability issues a concern. County engineer Dave Olsonawski estimates a cost of $100,000 to fell the tower, which was tax forfeited. 1930 editions of the Enterprise report the construction of the tower proved to be a perilous experience for the crew of about 15 who were hired to build a structure 135 feet above ground, weighing over 2 million pounds, without water in the tank.
More than 30 cars and drivers arrived Saturday for Akeley Ice Racing events, V8s and 4-cylinder coupes heading out on 11th Crow Wing Lake for some frolics on ice. Drivers now come from Park Rapids, Longville, Laporte, Bemidji, Hackensack, Walker, Akeley – and the Twin Cities to compete in the two classes. Races begin at noon and run through the afternoon. The second week standings for V8s had Rick Hanson first, in car 81, earning 121 points; Chad Tabaka, second, car 86, 119 points; John Hadrava, third, car 17, 115 points, and Earl Dagestad, fourth, 69, with 71 points.
A new chef is behind the menu and stove at Akeley’s restaurant at the junction of Highways 34 and 64. Zappy’s, chef Zita Howard’s childhood nickname, is now welcoming clientele...
With the Enterprise’s seventh annual Chili Challenge on the horizon, it’s time to discuss the concoction. This is a recipe that has weathered the test of time in our family, unique yet agreeable to all. The meat can be cut into slices to lie in the bottom of each bowl, or shredded and stirred into the soup.
Calling all chili chefs! The Park Rapids Enterprise is hosting the seventh annual Chili Challenge as a kick-off for the Hubbard County Food Shelf food- and fundraising drive in March. Last year’s Challenge raised a record-breaking $16,500, with a raucous good time had by all. Chili chefs are already lining up for the culinary event of the year. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at the Park Rapids American Legion.
An audience of nearly 300 arrived to learn about the complexities of poverty as a “first step” toward addressing the issue faced by 26 percent of the Park Rapids populace. “That percentage is very, very high,” said Cynthia Pic, a certified trainer in the fundamentals of poverty. Statewide, the poverty level is 11.5 percent, Park Rapids Chamber director Nicole Lalum reported after the meeting. Hubbard County’s overall poverty level is at 13.2 percent. In Park Rapids, 27 percent of children under 18 live in poverty, compared with 19 percent in the county.
If ever a weather pattern screamed “soup,” this is it. Chilly temps call for slurping a menu item that dates back to 20,000 B.C. Boiling was not a common cooking technique until the invention of waterproof containers (which probably came in the form of clay vessels). Animal hides and watertight baskets of bark or reeds were used before this. To boil the water hot rocks were used. This method was also used to cook acorns and other plants.
The proposed construction of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Highway 71 and CSAH 15 continues to gain momentum - and grumbling. County engineer Dave Olsonawski told commissioners stop signs and left- turn lanes have been considered; traffic lights have been deemed unwarranted, due to traffic counts. “They are not an alternative,” he said. “A roundabout would resolve issues with crashes,” Olsonawski said, indicating accidents would be “minor.”