The Loony Traveling Trophy is back in the firehouse for the first time since 2011. The Park Rapids firefighters defeated the Citizens National Bank men's team to win the 2017 Water Wars title. After a six-year dry spell without winning this event, which puts fire hoses in the hands of opposing teams spraying water on an empty keg hanging on a cable above Main in downtown Park Rapids.
A group of Park Rapids area stakeholders is working to establish a community brand. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Community Branding presentation was held Thursday and Friday this week, where group leader Molly Luther introduced the initiative. The Dallas-based firm Civic Brand was hired to help in the process, with the goal to build a positive image that attracts the desired residents and visitors, helps recruit and retain healthy workforce, and attracts business and investment to the Park Rapids Lakes Area.
Norman Denstedt of Park Rapids started restoring antique stationary engines about 25 years ago, right around the same time Field Days got going in Park Rapids. "My very first engine was a little LB. My oldest daughter is 41 and I've got a picture of her sitting beside that one when she was about 3," he said. Denstedt had four antique stationary engines on display this past weekend during the 25th annual Antique Tractor & Engine Club Field Days, held in Park Rapids.
The 25th annual Antique Tractor Club Field Days continues Sunday, Aug. 6 at the tractor grounds in Park Rapids. Gates are open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features a tractor parade and combining, threshing, tractor plowing, sawmill, mercantile in an old school house, blacksmith shop, lath making, church services, tractor displays, vintage implements, stationary gas engines working displays, ice cream and popcorn, and on the half hour giveaways.
The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office along with other law enforcement and emergency services organizations held the annual Night to Unite in Heartland Park on Tuesday. Sheriff Cory Aukes and his staff put the event together each year which features numerous local agencies participating. Visitors to the annual event have the opportunity to visit with local law enforcement and witness various demonstrations of the work they often perform on the job.
A group of riders on horseback looking to raise awareness about protecting Minnesota's waters made a stop at the pipeline storage site outside Lake George on their way to White Earth Nation on Wednesday. Honor the Earth's Ride the Line horse ride began in Wisconsin in opposition to various Enbridge pipelines in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including Line 3 and its proposed route through parts of Hubbard, Clearwater and Cass counties.
Blueberry of course was the star of the annual pancake breakfast in Lake George on Sunday. The blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast caps off the three-day Blueberry Festival and serves as a fundraiser for the the Lake George Fire Department. Hundreds of people make their way through the food line set up in the fire hall for this breakfast tradition. Volunteer firefighters, active and retired, along with wives and other family members make the breakfast happen.
The call out for bus drivers is an annual plea for the Park Rapids School District and most other districts across the state. Cindy Leach, transportation supervisor for Park Rapids Schools, recently returned from the Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation conference and the statewide bus driver shortage was one of the most discussed topics.
The idea of developing and expanding the swimming beach at Deane Point on Fish Hook Lake stalled this week when the Park Rapids Rapids City Council voted not to accept a lakeshore property purchase proposal by the county. Hubbard County offered to purchase the three lakeshore lots and cabin adjacent to the point owned by the Gulbranson family at the appraised value of $265,000, then sell the lots to the city on a contract for deed for half the purchase price.
Scott and Pam Wilson are pushing to reopen Park Theatre for showings this weekend following Monday's fire that damaged the historic marquee. A crew arrived Tuesday to clean the lobby carpets and walls, along with other areas to the theater due to smoke damage. The basement lobby and restroom area was also cleaned in preparation for Friday's reopening. Other areas of the building not affected by the theater operations will be cleaned early next week.