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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.
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
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.
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.
The historical tradition of the Hubbard Prairie will be reborn once again with a horse-drawn sleigh festival Sunday, Feb. 24 in the village of Hubbard. A day of old-fashioned fun - a winter day in the country - will begin at 11 a.m., a $5 button gaining entry for all activities.
The Park Rapids Area Library is hoping to add another chapter in its evolutionary process, driven by an ever-growing "circulation" - use of books, audio books, DVDs, videos and the Internet by patrons. Recent "growing pains," were first diagnosed in 2004, when crowding in the new library was determined to be "critical," Friend of the Library Jerry Novak reports. Inadequate parking is a frustration. No allowance can be made for "quiet" areas.
"Saturday was an terrific day of theater," reports Park Rapids one-act play director Juliann Kjenaas of the 6A Section competition held in high school auditorium. "I am so proud of the students from Park Rapids who delivered an outstanding performance of the beautiful and complex play, scenes from 'The Secret in the Wings,' which was written by Tony award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman.
Piano teacher Liz Shaw composes an eloquent cantata of music's benefits. Music makes you smarter, she simply asserts. "Playing music can have a powerful force on a developing brain," she said. Scientific studies support this. New research suggests just a few years of musical training in childhood can improve how the brain processes sound in adulthood, leading to better listening and learning skills. "Music is math, it is counting and division," Shaw said. "Music theory is the science behind it. You read music. It is cultural. It is history. It is creative expression and art.
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.