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What takes a couple months of preparation to stuff over 10,000 plastic eggs only takes hundreds of children but a minute to gather and clear the grass at the annual Nevis Easter Egg Hunt. It's not so much an Easter egg hunt but more a race, as children rush across the trail gathering as many as possible in a short amount of time. The estimated 1,000 children, from ages 0 to 10-plus, filled Muskie Park on Saturday to take part in the 14th annual event along the Heartland Trail.
Pigeon droppings on downtown sidewalks is not the image Park Rapids businesses and city leaders want to portray. The Downtown Business Association (DBA) sees pigeons roosting atop downtown buildings as a real, and growing, problem in this busy district known for heavy foot traffic in the peak summer visitors season. The city council on Tuesday authorized the DBA to take steps to eradicate the pigeon population through baiting and carcass removal.
An effort to prevent golf carts from operating on the streets of Park Rapids through amending an existing city ordinance stalled Tuesday. The City Council had in front of them at it's Tuesday, April 11 meeting, a resolution amending the current ordinance and decided to table the matter to form a citizen committee which will study the issue further and report back to the council in 30 days.
An estimated 100 fathers and daughters attended the Daddy-Daughter Dance held Saturday, April 8 at Park Rapids Area High School. Over 45 fathers registered for this first-time event presented by the FATHER Project and Violence Prevention Program. With daughters of all ages from tots to teens dressed in beautiful dresses and dads in their best shirts and ties, the event began with a grand march in the school auditorium. Family members attended this opening to the night before the daddies and daughters hit the dance floor for an evening of music, crafts and other activities.
The man who led law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit and eventually fled on foot into the woods in Itasca State Park last week was apprehended Tuesday, April 11 in Park Rapids. Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson confirmed Fredrick William Bachman had been arrested Tuesday. Bachman is currently in custody at the Hubbard County jail, according to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes.
The release of a draft environmental review of the proposed Line 3 pipeline project tentatively scheduled for this week is pushed back at least another month. The Minnesota Department of Commerce stated additional time is needed to complete the draft environmental review, in the works for more than a year, which had been tentatively scheduled for public release on April 3. The state says that won't happen until at least May 15.
Reino "Ray" Paananen, a World War II veteran from Menahga, turned 100 years old on March 24 and celebrated Saturday with family and friends at Rose Haven. As part of the celebration, the centenarian received a special gift from the Menahga V.F.W. Color Guard. The Color Guard honored Paananen for his military service and presented him a plaque making him an honorary member, and to commemorate the veteran's 100th birthday. Ice cream cake was served following the short recognition ceremony and Paananen, along with wife Lillian, were surrounded by family and friends.
The boys from Foggy Creek are looking to go out in style. The popular local band from the 80s and 90s is back for one more show this Saturday to perform for the return of the Firemen's Ball at Armory Square. For 35 years the Firemen's Ball was held in Park Rapids but ended when the Armory flooded 14 years ago. Now, with a renovated Armory Square the Firemen's Ball returns Saturday, March 25, 7 p.m. to midnight. And so does the Foggy Creek band.
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.