The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) is a nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 90 cities in Greater Minnesota. The coalition works to educate legislators about issues that most affect small cities like Park Rapids. On Tuesday, Elizabeth Wefel of the CGMC presented the coalition's annual legislative session report and consistent to recent past sessions property tax and Local Government Aid (LGA) remain main concerns.
The Park Rapids School Board on Monday approved a resolution authorizing a governmental lease-purchase agreement for three new school buses. The three buses arrived last week and include a 65-passenger regular route bus, a 77-passenger regular route bus and an 84-passenger activities bus. Total cost for the buses is $294,790 on a three-year lease with annual payments (principal and interest) of $76,958. The lease-purchase agreement begins this year and will be up in July 2020. Bus driver shortage
Northern Light Opera Company held dress rehearsal Thursday, July 27 for "South Pacific" with opening night Friday, July 28. "South Pacific" runs through Saturday, Aug. 5 at Armory Square. The WWII setting features interactions between American troops and nurses with the local South Pacific inhabitants. The characters are charming but conflicted, with delightful music and issues about cultural and racial differences that are as relevant today as they were in the 1950s.
Scott Bentson wants to talk, and he wants us to get back to civil discussions with people of opposing political viewpoints. Bentson wants to talk and that's why he's been hanging out downtown in Pioneer Park with a sign that simply reads: TALK POLITICS? He's inviting people to stop, take a seat on the bench and talk. This is his grassroots effort to promote civility in discussion and debate. The larger plan is to form approximately 10 to 12 person groups and talk politics and beyond.
The promotional posters call the Hubbard County Fair the "5 Greatest Days of Summer." That's certainly debatable depending on our present situations and motivations but the phrase certainly holds true to many. The 122nd Annual Shell Prairie Agricultural Association's county fair had a lot going, maybe not necessarily the five greatest days of summer for everyone, but certainly something for just about all of us.
So far, large-scale protests haven't sprung up along the route of the proposed Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline in northern Minnesota. So far, and if Line 3 construction is approved in this region, will we see another Standing Rock? Let's certainly hope not. Pipeline protests like what took place in North Dakota in 2016 are real, are serious, and brought activists from across the country to rural N.D.
The 2017 Hubbard County Fair, put on by the Shell Prairie Agriculture Association, opens Wednesday, July 12 and continues through Sunday, July 16 at the fairgrounds on the west end of Park Rapids. Billed as the "5 Greatest Days of Summer," new to the fair this year is professional bull riding and barrel racing on Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m. The event brings bull riders and barrel racers professionally sanctioned with the Central Bull Riders Association and the Central Barrel Racers Association.
The Park Rapids 4th of July Parade helps highlight the annual Independence Day celebration. The parade begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 through downtown Park Rapids and pays tribute to the men and women who fought for this country's freedom. There will be two Grand Marshals to head this year's lineup. SSGT Melvin P. Noeske served in combat in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and Service Medals for the American and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters. He served from Feb. 22, 1943 to March 20, 1946.
Since 1925, the state has regulated the collection and commercial sale of the Showy Lady's Slipper. Blooming in late June or early July, the plants live, on average, about 50 years, some may be 100 years old, according to the Minnesota DNR. The lady's slipper grows in spruce and tamarack bogs, swamps, wet meadows, wet prairies, and cool, damp woods. It may be found anywhere in Minnesota where these habitats exist. The lady's slipper is uncommon in Minnesota. Population can be hurt by wetland drainage, road construction, tree cuttings, and illegal picking and uprooting.
One person was injured following a two-vehicle accident Monday, June 19 in Park Rapids. The accident occurred at 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Third Street East and Riverside when one vehicle was turning into Cornerstone Apartments and was rear-ended by a second vehicle, causing the first vehicle to roll over on its roof.