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The future of Park Rapids' water system, now at peak capacity, will come under engineer scrutiny, the council approving a study this week on long-term solutions. Ulteig engineer Jon Olson reported city water is now produced by three wells, one deep, two shallow (wells five, six and eight).
Tim Flaherty of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and legislators Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, and Rep. David Hancock, GOP-Bemidji, arrived at this week's Park Rapids Council meeting to share insights on the "new majorities' and governor's quarrel." "The governor supports Local Government Aid," Flaherty told the council, but at this point, "LGA is in limbo," he said. Flaherty said the CGMC was "strongly opposed" to the GOP majorities passing an early cuts bill before Gov.
It's snowing in Two Inlets! Sawdust, that is. Entrepreneurial engineers Mark Rasmussen and Travis Ballard "ran out of winter," a necessary component for testing the snow removal machines the duo designs and manufactures in Lake Park. The business is called Accessories Unlimited. "We needed a way to test," Rasmussen said. "It was here or head to the mountains." The two determined sawdust and snow have similar viscosity.
July has met the mid-mark, as has the Hubbard County Food Shelf's "Open Your Heart" fundraising initiative. The food shelf is participating in a $100,000 challenge grant via Open Your Heart, a nonprofit organization with a mission to assist the hungry and homeless in Minnesota.
It was off to the races Sunday in Nevis when the pigs flew. Not to be confused with swine flu, this was an event of great revelry and rivalry, the young piglets heading out with the bell to gain fame - or infamy - for their sponsors. Pawlenty proved the prize pig in the Republican primary race with Michelle Bachman coming in second, Newt Gingrich third. Spectator numbers were down a bit from last year - the warm weather and county fair factors - but instigator Dave McCurnin gauged more enthusiasm from the crowd - and the media.
Park Rapids' own Jasper's Theater (located one mile east of town on Highway 34) will open their 2011 season Thursday, July 14 featuring music, magic and comedy in their own brand of Branson-style family entertainment. This season will once again feature popular music from every era including gospel, country, music from the '50s, Dixieland and Swing. Performance dates will run through Saturday, Aug. 20. Performance days and times will include 3 p.m. Thursday matinees and 7 p.m. Saturday performances.
Joanna Abresch, 80, of Park Rapids and George Lueck, 74, of Akeley have been named Hubbard County's 2011 Outstanding Senior Citizens. These are "wonderful people" with the "heart of a servant," Susan Ramse said of the Living at Home volunteers. "It isn't just what they do," said the executive director of Living at Home. "It is who they are. They serve.
After "prayerful consideration," a group of Lutherans in Nevis has begun working on a proposal for a new Lutheran congregation. The decision follows a recent vote at Bethany Lutheran Church that failed to attain a two-thirds majority to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. An earlier vote found 69 percent of the congregation in favor of terminating ELCA affiliation.
On your mark, get set - oink! And they're off, rounding the first corner with lightning speed, the crowd cheering. Nevis Muskie Park will become Muskie Downs Sunday, July 10 when renowned pig trainer Gary Dauer arrives with his pinks - and high jinx - for an afternoon of entertainment. This year's event, the third annual, will feature two runs, the gates opening for the swiftest swine off the line at 1:05 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. Gary and Glenda Dauer will be traveling up from Leader, a town with a population of seven, for the International Pig Racing Federation-sanctioned event.
My Happy Place, an arts and crafts studio recently opening on Main, invites you to unleash your creative spirit - with a squad of "great mentors" to guide you on the journey. "No experience is needed," owner Tammi Hofmeister emphasizes of the studio that's home to materials to create original pottery, mosaics, glass fusing, clay building and Henna tattoos.