Park Rapids area residents have the opportunity Tuesday to meet local law enforcement and other safety personnel that serve the public. The 6th Annual Night to Unite event is Tuesday, Aug. 4, 5-7 p.m. at Heartland Park. The event is open to the public and Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes looks forward to the opportunity to take part each year. “This is a community event to promote positive interaction with the sheriff’s office and other public safety departments,” Aukes said.
The name of a Washington woman whose remains were found in a fire that destroyed a home on Portage Lake was released earlier this week. The Park Rapids Fire Department and Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a house on fire Monday and reportedly found 82-year-old Delores Kiedrowski of Vancouver, Wash. deceased in the residence. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a house fire on the north side of Portage Lake at 1 p.m. Monday, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
Damage to the city’s public works and police department building is proving to be no quick fix as city officials wrestle with water infiltration issues. Sheetrock and insulation on the east wall, or front of the public works building, suffered water damage to the point the interior wall has to be replaced. “The Public Safety Building repair project started this spring with removal of drywall and insulation on the east wall by a remediation company to try and determine moisture infiltration issues,” said Chris Fieldsend, city facilities manager.
Park Rapids, Hubbard County and rural Minnesota is facing increasing challenges when it comes to dealing with health and human services issues such as treating mental health issues, alcohol and...
Park Rapids Area and Hubbard County leaders joined state legislators last week to discuss issues facing the region during a legislative session review held at the Hubbard County Government Center. Topics that brought some of the most discussion were in the areas of health and human services, specifically mental health issues. Senator Rod Skoe (Dist. 2), Rep. David Hancock (Dist. 2A) and Rep. John Persell (Dist. 5A) attended the session facilitated by David Collins, executive director of Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Authority.
A foundation set up 15 years ago to help support Park Rapids school activities surpassed a big milestone this spring with allocations totaling over a half million dollars in its history. Since forming in 2000 the Park Rapids Education and Activities Foundation (PREAF) has allocated over $515,000 to the educational, fine arts and athletic programs in the Park Rapids schools. Tom Conzemius was the Activities Director in 2000 and helped establish the foundation with the support of local businesses and community leaders.
The Armory Square Project received a vote of confidence from a hired business consultant as the project works toward fulfilling grant fund requirements. The Park Rapids Economic Development Authority held a workshop discussion Tuesday to discuss the project as the city considers taking ownership, as long as redevelopment goals continue to be met. The Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts (UMCA) presented its pro forma, or business plan, to the city Tuesday.
The Park Rapids Area School Board approved on Monday a resolution to rescind the current $300 referendum from 2013 and replace with a new referendum in the same amount. Business...
The Hubbard County Veterans Services office in Park Rapids is busy, and that’s a good thing when it comes to meeting the needs of those seeking benefits. County Veterans Services Officer Greg Remus is transitioning out of the full-time position and toward retirement while training newcomer Jerry Bjerke. The two, along with long-time administrative assistant Karen Van De Venter, are responsible for assisting Hubbard County veterans navigate the complexities of Veterans Affairs. “We help veterans apply for benefits they’ve earned,” Remus said.
The biggest events of the Fourth of July holiday weekend lived up to expectations as organizers walked away pleased with attendance around Park Rapids. The Saturday morning footrace, evening parade and rodeo events all came to a close that night and the Independence Day celebration went out in patriotic style with a spectacular fireworks show over Heartland Park. “The Fourth of July is always a big deal in Park Rapids, and being on a weekend this year it seemed even bigger than usual,” said Nicole Lalum, executive director of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.