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Post-secondary education options in Park Rapids have become a reality. Minnesota State Community and Technical College, working in collaboration with the Hubbard County Rural Economic Development Commission, announced the official opening of M State's Park Rapids office in the Frank White Education Center Monday. "Our intent is to deliver what the residents want," M State provost Cris Valdez said. "We are excited about the possibilities." A two-year associate of arts degree will be offered, with options expected to grow, said David Collins, executive director of the HCREDC.
A store capturing the essence of female whimsy has emerged on Third Street, Body and Sole engaging "attitude, not age." Shoes, clothes, gifts and jewelry, each one "making a statement," explains owner Ginny Stephens of her serendipitous venture. The owner of Ginny's in Detroit Lakes said a log cabin on the Fish Hook River had lured husband Brian and herself to Park Rapids, the decision to buy made within a single day last summer. The pair remodels houses, 16 bearing their signature to date.
It was a great day at the races - pig races, that is. People arrived from far and wide to view the event and meet politicians stepping on the soapbox. "This is fabulous," Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner said. His porker claimed victory by a whisker over pigs representing Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher. That was after smooching his racer, to the delight of the audience. An estimated 1,200 arrived for the event, Mother Nature smiling weather-wise. "Minnesota doesn't lack for smart, creative ideas," Horner said.
Arthur Wood and Gail Walters are Hubbard County's 2010 Outstanding Seniors, honored Friday at the county fair for their volunteerism. Wood's role in the community includes serving as American Legion chaplain, St.
The year was 1966, a station wagon full of kids and dogs - gear tied to the roof - was motoring up from Minneapolis to spend time on the lake. "It was the classic 'are we there yet?'" Alan Zemek recalled of the journey. Zemek, economist, area real estate developer and attorney, recalls strolling down to a neighbor's cabin on July 20, 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon.
A trio of Ukrainian students arrived in Park Rapids this spring to gain an understanding of U.S. horticultural practices, each of them pursuing an agricultural-related degree back on their home turf. They head to work at Bergen's Greenhouse west of town where "every day holds something different," according to Sergii Melnyk, also a Ukrainian, who serves as their supervisor. "We're getting an international experience in agriculture," said Serhiy Nikolenko, who is pursuing a degree in farm engineering. "We're seeing a new country, meeting new people.
The Lakes Area Dive Team and area law enforcement officials gathered at the 11th Crow Wing Lake pier in Akeley to view what's likely to become an additional component in search missions when a drowning has occurred. Dogs. Canines are an integral player in ground searches, explained Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer, but not for cadavers in a body of water. But after Thursday night's joint training exercise with Central Lakes Search and Rescue and the Lakes Area Dive Team - serving Hubbard, Cass and Beltrami counties - that's likely to change. Members of the Central Lakes SAR team arr
A suggestion to revamp the procedure for selecting the Park Rapids Area High School student of the month met disagreement from the school board and administration this week, the board concurring the "subjective" process will continue.
Friday's American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be a time "to imagine a life with more birthdays." It's a celebration of victory while honoring those who are battling cancer and remembering those who've succumbed to cancer. When this year's poignant survivors' lap begins, Lou Eischens will be making her first appearance at the Relay for Life event, as a torchbearer. Diagnosed a year ago in May with breast cancer, it became "the worst and best year of my life," she said of learning of the malignancy nearly concurrently with a new role she was about to assume - grandma. The sympto
Like the burgeoning rhubarb patch - now spanning two acres - Forestedge Winery has expanded the retail and production areas, both doubling in size. But unlike the rhubarb patch - the original plants dating back to the Depression era - the winery is home to state-of-the-art equipment.