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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.
Minnesota schools are facing a teacher shortage and the problem could get worse for rural districts. A state report released earlier this month shows trends that indicate a growing shortage of teachers throughout the state. The Park Rapids, Menahga and Nevis school districts are no different as they look to fill full-time teaching positions from a shrinking pool of candidates. Math, science and special education are among the areas where the shortage shows up most.
For the 12th straight year Laura Powers joined other brave souls and took the Purple Plunge into the frigid waters of 11th Crow Wing Lake. The Akeley native and current Maple Grove resident dressed as a scarecrow and was the final jumper of 35 participants. She always jumps last and with this year's costume she wanted to "scare away cancer." Powers has participated in Audrey's Purple Dream each of the 12 years and jumping into a lake in the middle of February doesn't get any easier.
When the subject line of an incoming email reads "Take Your Pants Off For Charity!," I'm going to open that email and see what it's all about. I mean, let's face it, if we can take our pants off in public for a good cause we should go for it. Why not bring back a sophisticated and modest, mostly legal form of streaking to raise a few bucks for a worthy cause? I'm not sure what town was doing this fundraiser, but at least the headline caught my eye.
The Park Rapids Fire Department has more room to move with completion of the fire hall expansion and renovation. Representatives of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber Ambassadors, along with Fire Chief Donn Hoffman, firefighters and city officials were on hand as Mayor Pat Mikesh cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the new addition.
Dr. Jen Keller recently became a business partner at Vision Source Eye Clinics of Park Rapids and Walker. Keller started with the clinics in 2011 and on Jan. 5 joined Dr. Murry Westberg as part owner of the business. Keller is originally from the Twin Cities and after graduating from Pacific University in 2011 as a Doctor of Optometry. She moved to Park Rapids in 2011 began working part-time at Vision Source where she was given the opportunity to take on a role in management of the clinics.
The Park Rapids area is experiencing an aging population and soon those seniors looking for care-based housing will have another option. Knute Nelson officials used the Rotary noon meeting on Wednesday to announce plans to build an 88-unit senior lifestyle housing project in Park Rapids. Mark Anderson, President and CEO for Knute Nelson, along with Katie Perry, Senior Vice President, first presented the project to Rotary then to other community stakeholders throughout the day.
Park Rapids City Planner Ryan Mathisrud called 2016 a busy year in building activity and expects that to carry over into 2017. The planning department issued permits for $10 million in valuation for construction projects last year, according to information presented to the city council.
Knute Nelson officials on Wednesday used the noon Rotary meeting to announce plans to build a senior lifestyle housing project in Park Rapids this year. Mark Anderson, President and CEO for Knute Nelson, along with Katie Perry, Senior Vice President, first presented the project to Rotary then to other community stakeholders throughout the day.
Park Rapids Area High School continues to utilize community members to bring valuable career-based education into the classroom. The school held a Careers in the Classroom Day last week at the high school, featuring local experts in various fields. "Careers in the Classrooms is a way of making connections between our classrooms and our community experts," said High School Principal Jeff Johnson. "Not only the career exploration that is happening in our classrooms but the job shadowing, apprenticeships and the work internships will gives students a track of interest."