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Volunteers for the 2013 Governor's Fishing Opener in Park Rapids are being recruited, on land and on sea. Saturday morning, May 11, a battalion of media members and dignitaries will set sail on area lakes to experience the opener. Aquatic ambassadors, those with boats who are familiar with Park Rapids area lakes, are being sought to take guests out on the Fish Hook Chain. Fishing hosts need not be avid anglers, simply someone willing to host members of the media, showcase area lakes and (optional) regale them with a bit of north woods trivia.
Environmental contractors were excavating contaminated soil this week at Wonewok on Big Mantrap Lake following a 76-gallon gasoline spill earlier this month. Doug Bellefeuille, who handles Minnesota Pollution Control Agency emergency response issues, said the gas spill occurred Feb. 5, 3M hiring the contractor for clean up.
Plans for the Governor's Fishing Opener in May are moving toward launch, the cadre of organizers finalizing plans. "This is our chance to tell our story to the world," Chamber director Katie Magozzi reminded GFO committee members of media arriving from around the state and beyond. An estimated 200 radio, newspaper, television and Internet representatives are expected to descend on Park Rapids, searching for unique morsels to engage their audience's imaginations. A GFO website has been established to promote the event.
The legacy of Clancy the cop continues, this one a bewhiskered, tail-wagging rambunctious fellow who thwarts burglars. Agnes Larsen, who resides on Como Street, woke up to a growl about 4 a.m. a few weeks ago. Her 7-year-old, 65-pound soft-coated Wheaten Terrier that shares the bed then proceeded to stand up and bark. An intruder was standing outside her bedroom door, armed with an iron club with a burr on the end. She would later discover the weapon on the floor of her home.
The snowfall has created a venue for sculptors to create massive works for the Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival, to be held Sunday, Feb. 24 in Hubbard. "Artists"are invited to sign up to create a marvel next week, with the works to be judged by Brita Sailer, who will also form a frosty piece. To sign up, call Marie Helfrich at 732-7708 or go to Hubbard Prairie Sleigh on Facebook. The festival, to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include sleigh rides, dog sled rides, a grand parade, music and a play. A trapper encampment will lend to the aura of wintry fun in days gone by.
The clock is ticking... Time to assemble peppers and beans, a few tomatoes, perhaps, and the other magic ingredients for the fourth annual Chili Challenge, 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. Like the Dorset democracy, a buck buys a vote for the coveted "People's Choice" award.
Akeley's Answer to Cancer - Audrey's Purple Dream - raised $18,700, a record setter for the 8th annual fishing tournament and Purple Plunge held Saturday on 11th Crow Wing. Funds were raised through the fishing tourney, drawing 269 fisherfolk, and the plunge into the frigid waters, 20 taking the daring dip to bring in $7,041.
Once a month, a consultant from the Minnesota Small Business Development Center arrives in Park Rapids to meet with small business owners and entrepreneurs, at no charge. The guidance is two fold, explained Cathy Lindquist, executive director of the Northwest and West Central SBDC regional centers. Consultations are geared to business owners who want to expand or who are facing a stressful situation, requiring remediation. Assistance is also available to an individual wanting to start a business. "We understand that most businesses start with a passion," she said.
100 years ago (1913) "The most important piece of temperance legislation," the Webb Liquor Measure, was reported to have passed the congressional House and Senate by large votes. "For years past, the department at Washington has been issuing liquor licenses to persons in states that have voted for prohibition, and the inter-state commerce laws have been such that the state could not protect itself against importation of liquors. "Consequently, prohibition has been far more of a failure than it otherwise would have been and no end of trouble has resulted... "National temperance workers
The Park Rapids lakes area will be rolling out the red (green, yellow, blue) carpet for the governor on fishing opener. Literally. A monstrous, multi-colored woven "welcome mat" will be created in the next few months, the work targeted to accent the first block of Main Avenue during the Governor's Fishing Opener May 9-13. Nemeth Art Center director Meredith Lynn is organizing the community art project.