Everyday items in a teenager's bedroom can be places to hide drugs in plain sight and parents should be aware of these potential hazards. Would you ever think a slit cut in the bottom of a flip-flop is a hiding place for pills? How about fake soda cans? Is the apple on the dresser more than just an innocent piece of fruit? Parents and other concerned community members learned during the Top Secret Project held Tuesday at Park Rapids Area High School more about how unsuspecting items often be identified as indicators of drug use and other behavior that put teens at risk.
Park Rapids Area High School graduate and motivational speaker Travis Guida delivered a encouraging message to students the first day of school. Representing the Class of '97 and father of seven children, Guida said he has a "vested interest in this specific high school" and wants Park Rapids to be the best possible high school it can be. He encouraged students to get involved and participate in activities, support one another and build trust amongst classmates.
Armory Square is quiet these days as the principal parties involved in the project work to close the deal for transfer of ownership while skepticism grows whether the city will purchase the facility. Hanging in the balance is a $2.5 million grant from the state to be allocated once the city purchases the Armory and settles on a lease agreement with the Park Rapids Community Development Corporation (PRCDC) to operate the facility.
A steady, light rain fell during the annual Vietnam Memorial Flag Raising and Commemoration atop Bunker Hill near Ponsford on Saturday. Howard and Trudy Maninga host the event each year as a way of paying tribute to those who served and those who died during the Vietnam War. This year marks a particular milestone for Howard. It was 50 years ago when he was sent to Vietnam as an 18-year-old soldier from Wolf Lake.
Park Rapids Area Schools is implementing an enhanced security system at its three facilities operating in the district for the start of the 2017-18 school year. Visitors to Park Rapids Area High School, Century School and the Frank White Education Center will find the main entrance doors secured during regular school hours. The school district installed new hardware and locking mechanisms to existing doors inside the vestibules at Century and the high school main entrances. The exterior doors will remain unlocked and the interior doors will be locked during the school day.
The Heartland Activity & Wellness Connection (HAWC) may have gained an important ally in U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan. Rep. Nolan was in Park Rapids on Friday and visited A Better Connection (ABC) at its location on Hollinger Street and future home of the HAWC. Danielle Lien, president of ABC, is renovating the former Window World building for the mental health clinic, and established a partnership with the non-profit HAWC to build the community center at the same location.
Three blocks of beautifully restored classic cars on Main draw a lot of attention. The 35th annual Run to the Rapids car show was held Saturday in downtown Park Rapids with muscle cars and restored hot rods on display. The event draws hundreds of people and gives car and truck enthusiasts an up-close look at classics like GTOs, classic cars and trucks of all makes and models spanning decades of Americana. The annual event in Park Rapids is sponsored by the Northern Knights Car Club, which began here in 1982.
Paul's Bunyans needed a tiebreaker hammerschlagen match against the Park Rapids Jaycees to win the tightly contested Lumberjack/Jill Challenge held Saturday during Legends & Logging Days. The new event brought some competitive excitement to the annual event which celebrates the area's legendary logging history. When the sawdust settled it was Paul's Bunyans — made up of team members Kayla Stursa, Dan Pike, Nick Jasmer and Tom Juberian — who won the first place cash prize of $500.
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The band "4 on the Floor" performs their "rock and stompin' Blues" style music during Thursday's 2nd Street Stage on Main in downtown Park Rapids. The concert followed Water Wars as a big crowd attended the evening event. This week's 2nd Street Stage concert is the final of the season as "Farewell Milwaukee" is set to perform.