A propane leak and small fire that forced the evacuation of Century School Tuesday afternoon proved to be an effective disaster drill for staff a week before the school year starts. According to Alan Vanderstad, District 309 Facilities Director, private contractors were performing maintenance on a propane when residual gas vapors inside a section of piping being removed ignited. The Park Rapids Fire Department responded to the call and extinguished a small fire around the 18,000 gallon propane tank.
The Park Rapids City Council appointed a local businessman to the vacant seat on the council Tuesday. Ryan Leckner will serve out the remaining two years of the four-year term previously held by David Konshok, who resigned the position last month. Three people submitted letters of interest to serve on the city council, with Leckner chosen over Mike Monsrud and Dick Rutherford.
A walk along downtown Main Avenue in Park Rapids over the weekend was a stroll through local history and a snapshot of how communities evolve. Businesses posted signs indicating previous occupants, making it interesting to observe the timeline that shapes the most historic buildings downtown. One of the most recognizable and long-standing figures of downtown Park Rapids is the old Citizen’s National Bank, with the outdoor clock, at Third and Main. Fuller’s Guns and Pawn currently operates on street level. Upstairs, used to be where Dr. John Eiler and Dr. H.W.
Will Weaver, Park Rapids High School Class of 1968 and successful author, entertained alumni as emcee of Sunday’s all school reunion program held at the school auditorium. With his wit and polished storytelling ability Weaver led alumni along on a brief comical journey in moving the progam along. “As we attend the reunion events and see those faces swimming into focus… or close to focus, our eyes go to that orange button and we look at the name, and more importantly, at the year of graduation,” Weaver said.
Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes looks forward each year to Night to Unite as a chance to connect with the community. The 6th annual event brought hundreds of people to Heartland Park on Tuesday as they had a chance to visit with law enforcement, firefighters and other public safety personnel. And if polished up fire trucks and high-powered weaponry and a free meal wasn’t enough, the public witnessed a pretty intense takedown and arrest scenario with K-9 Oakley and handler Sergeant Dan Kruchowski. The Sheriff’s Office also demonstrated the effective use of a Taser.
Larry Anderson of Gully, Minn. won Best of Show with his 1955 Buick Riviera Supercoupe at the annual Run to the Rapids classic car show held Saturday in downtown Park Rapids. Over 100 classic cars and trucks from across the state filled Main Avenue as car lovers and curious onlookers checked out the event, which coincided with Legends & Logging Days weekend activities.
The Park Rapids School Board approved a long-term facility maintenance plan which based on changes at the legislature should bring additional dollars into the district. School district business manager Carol Hutchinson reported to the board Monday legislation this past session changed, eliminating health and safety and deferred maintenance funding, and creating a new Long Term Facilities Maintenance Revenue. The change makes facility funding more equitable across the state, Hutchinson said. LTMF revenue is an amount based on age of the buildings and pupil units.
American Legion Riders in Minnesota, a group formed to raise scholarship funds, will stop in Park Rapids on Saturday as part of the Minnesota Legacy Run. The Minnesota riders are traveling across the state to raise funds and contribute to a national fund, which awards scholarships to students who have lost a parent during active duty and are pursuing higher education. This weekend is the North Run, Aug. 7-9, and begins in Duluth. The riders are scheduled to stop in Park Rapids Saturday, tentatively 9:15-10 a.m., at the American Legion.
The Northern Light Opera production of “West Side Story” opened to a sold out crowd Friday at Armory Square in Park Rapids. Led by local and regional actors and musicians...
The Park Rapids City Council passed a resolution Tuesday accepting over $17,000 in donations to pay for computer equipment in three new squad cars. Enbridge contributed a $10,000 donation and Catholic Health Initiatives $5,000 of the $17,220 raised by the police department. Grant money will be available in the future but in order to outfit the squads in a timely fashion the donation funds will be used to purchase the computer equipment now from the equipment fund, according to the council. Those funds will then be replaced when the grant funds become available in October.