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The Park Rapids Police Department and Hubbard County Sheriff's Office received a report Thursday afternoon from Linda's Recycled Goods stating they had located what was believed to be dynamite inside of a storage box at their location.
Chaplain Fred Brown of the Park Rapids American Legion is the special guest speaker at this year's Memorial Day program. Fred is a STS I (SS) Submarine Service Veteran. The Park Rapids American Legion and American Legion Family conducts the Memorial Day service which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium. Along with the playing of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, the auditorium program will also consist of music by the children's choir, the "Singing Sailors," and reading of those veterans who have passed this year.
The Park Rapids Area High School Choral Department presented in cabaret-style the spring choir concert, "Life is a Highway," on Wednesday, May 20. The two-performance evening carried extra meaning as the final concert for director LouAnn Dierkhising who was recognized for her 30 years with the department. Dierkhising is retiring as choir director but will remain with the school district as a special education teacher.
Levi Westbrook was sentenced to 72 months in prison for a drug-related crime he admitted to committing in Park Rapids last fall. Westbrook requested long-term, chemical dependency treatment instead of prison time, but due to Westbrook's criminal history Judge Rasmussen handed down the sentence. Westbrook and the Hubbard County Attorney's Office agreed to a plea deal of second degree controlled substance offense.
A group of community leaders approached the city council Tuesday looking for the city's blessing to raise funds and establish a K-9 unit for the Park Rapids Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Appel presented a proposal to the council, which did not take official action but did state its collective approval of the idea. To establish a K-9 unit within the Park Rapids PD it will take an estimated $70,000 in start-up costs.
The latest fad in toys, some say, is spinning headaches through classrooms across the country. For Park Rapids Century School, the fidget spinner craze isn't quite yet out of control. Yet. The novelty toy started showing up at school about a month ago and, as its popularity grows, so do classroom distractions. The toys have many parents bouncing from store to store only to find them sold out. They are meant to be a sensory tool for some kids to help concentrate. Introduced as a way for students to help manage ADHD, or at least it was marketed that way.
Everything you wanted to know about the three-toed sloth you could learn in the halls of Century School on Thursday during the annual Expert Day. Each year, Century 5th graders research a topic related to science, gather interesting facts and present the Expert Day project to peers, parents, teachers and administrators. Henry Thorson, from Mrs. Kelly's class, chose the three-toed sloth for his project. "I saw a documentary and I thought they were kinda cool," he said of the world's slowest mammal.
Lowell Wolff splits his time between Minnesota and Mexico, and the Park Rapids photographer's work shows this "M&M" dual representation of his talent. Much of his local work is familiar to Park Rapids area residents while others give us a colorful glimpse of his travels in Mexico. Wolff's photography is on display at the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids beginning May 4 with an opening reception Friday, May 20, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The Park Rapids School Board meeting Tuesday was filled with visitors as a number of students were recognized for recent achievements. The main informational presentation was by Mark "Chip" Lohmeier of the Hubbard County Natural Resource Management Department who explained the process of timber auctions on tax forfeited land in the school district. The Park Rapids Area High School state speech participants introduced themselves to the board. Coach Deb Davis called it a "great season" and six individuals competed last week at the state speech tournament.
A possible partnership with the county to purchase property at Deane Park was discussed at this week's Park Rapids City Council meeting.