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Turns out donkey basketball and St. Urho Days make for a nice fit in celebrating Finnish tradition and heritage. Spectators filled the Menahga School gymnasium Friday evening during St. Urho Days opening ceremonies where a new king and queen were crowned. Then the donkeys took the floor and drew everyone's full attention as skilled (and not-so-skilled) riders mounted the stubborn beasts for a good game of basketball.
The case of a tragic, late-night vehicle accident last year where one man died and another faced felony charges was settled last week before going to trial. Dakota Patrick Walsh, 22, of Park Rapids had faced criminal vehicular homicide and other felony charges in connection to the fatal accident last July. Three of the four felony charges in the original criminal complaint were dismissed, including criminal vehicular homicide and counts of leaving the scene and failing to notify police of the crash.
Motorized golf carts have been operating in sort of a legal gray area in recent years without clear application of a Park Rapids city ordinance and not exactly street legal. That could change soon as the city council looks to clear up that gray area and prohibit golf carts from traveling the streets.
Local educators and health professionals are getting the word out to the Park Rapids area about diabetes. Following a week of raising awareness and educating the public on type 1 and type 2 diabetes a Park Rapids Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) community walk will be held Saturday, March 25 at Century School. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the walk 9 to 11 a.m.
Local victim advocates joined a statewide rally Tuesday, March 7 to raise awareness to end domestic violence. The Park Rapids rally was held at the Hubbard County Courthouse as one of 25 other events happening in the state to, in part, acknowledge Minnesotans killed because of domestic violence. Amy Workman, executive director of Headwaters Intervention Center (HIC) in Park Rapids, organized the local rally. "It Happens Here" was the theme of the statewide day of action, recognizing domestic violence happens in every county, township and city across Minnesota.
The Nevis Lions completed a rare clean sweep in the 8th Annual Chili Challenge as both the top fundraising entrant at $1,990 and voted People's Favorite for "Whole Lot of Attitude" as the best-tasting chili. Sponsored by the Park Rapids Enterprise and held at the American Legion, this year's challenge featured 21 entrants and raised about $10,400 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Hubbard County Food Shelf.
Prospective employees had a chance to connect with area businesses and organizations and fill out job applications Thursday at the Park Rapids Job Fair held at Century School. Many local employers are looking to fill full-time, part-time and seasonal positions as spring and summer near.
Opportunity awaits for those seeking employment as the Park Rapids Job Fair returns Thursday, March 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Century School. As of this week, 26 representatives from businesses, agencies and other potential employers were registered to participate. Building off a successful fair last year, employers look to connect with potential employees. Organizers last year had hoped for at least 20 participating employers and 100 potential employees. There were 240 potential employees who attended and 42 businesses were represented, and jobs were filled.
For the second time in as many years Roxann Eischens and her family got an up close and personal look at a black bear and her cubs. Minnesota DNR bear biologists Dave Garshelis and Andrew Tri conducted their annual den visit for a 12-year-old female bear that lives near the Eischens family in the Two Inlets area. Just like last year, Roxann and her grandchildren were invited to take part in the study and they had fun with the unique opportunity to hold the bear cubs.
The challenge is set as local cooks will soon square off over simmering pots of chili. The 8th annual Chili Challenge is Wednesday, March 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Park Rapids American Legion. The annual event, sponsored by the Enterprise, helps kick off local fundraising for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. March is Minnesota FoodShare Month where the state allocates funds to food shelf organizations based on local efforts. It's not a matching fund but the state looks at how much is raised locally and allocations are based on a funding formula.