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Nevis residents now have an official avenue to air their grievances. The council adopted a formal citizen complaint policy this week, with a form to complete as opposed to verbal grumbles. The policy states complaints relating to activities and responsibilities of the city must be written and signed; verbal irks expressed via telephone or in person will no longer be accepted. Anonymous complaints will be considered invalid and no action taken. Once action relating to a complaint has been taken, the council may decline to address the same complaint within a three-month period. The com
The Park Rapids School Board, convening a special meeting this week, approved bids totaling $3,803,390 for the high school boiler/infrastructure project. The contract estimate was $4,121,737. The majority of the project is being funded by stimulus dollars. Contracts of $430,000 were awarded to Donlar Construction of Waite Park for general construction, $335,000 to Val Pro Glass of St.
Lake Country Associates, Inc., providing community mental health services, has opened at 515 Bridge St. East, the four managing partners and staff familiar faces to Park Rapids area residents. Managing partners Deb Farrell, Jean Greseth, Dawn Pappas and Shawn Anderson have been working together since 2001through the Bemidji-based Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center. "We wanted to be in a position to more readily respond to the needs of the community," Farrell, Master of Social Work (MSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), said of the decision to open the facility.
When author Barbara Sommer arrived to share her research on the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota, a member of her audience was revisiting his own history in the CCC. "Hard Work and a Good Deal," CCC veterans sharing stories of their experiences, tapped fond memories for Park Rapids resident LeRoy Czeczok, 91. "It was one of the best - and the first - jobs I've had," he said of his tenure that spanned more than three years. "Those were hard times," LeRoy, one of eight children, recalled. The country was in the throes of the Great Depression.
A "polarized" group of parents, coaches and Park Rapids Hockey Association board members voiced opinions on pairing with the Leech Lake Varsity Hockey program at Monday night's school board fact-finding meeting, the final decision on the matter to be made May 17. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley is reportedly strongly in favor of the move.
The DAC Salvage Depot, a work-in-progress for several months, is now open for business at 320 Career Path, the former TeamWorks site on Park Rapids' eastern perimeter. The Depot is a stopping point for those looking for building materials, furniture and appliances and those willing to donate items for the ever-changing inventory. Whatever is donated must be useable, explained Ed Ranson, director of Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center. "We're not in the scrap business.
Nevis School has agreed to review policy on staff's use of school facilities after receiving a complaint last week and an allegation posted on the Enterprise Web site. The comment posted on the Enterprise site alleged school board members are allowed to use the bus garage "as their personal workshop. "As a taxpayer," the anonymous person wrote, "I find this 'perk' very unfair.