This year's Hubbard County Fair began Wednesday with less than ideal weather but finished strong in beautiful sunshine and good attendance. Russ Smith, president of the fair board, reported after the five-day fair they saw an increase in overall attendance. There is no gate fee to attend the fair and to track all attendees, but looking at food sales, grandstand events and 4-H participation Smith said the week went very well.
The 4H barns were busy this week as the Hubbard County Fair continues through Sunday. The Poultry Show opened judging on Wednesday followed by livestock judging Thursday and Friday.
The timeline for construction of a roundabout at Highway 71 and CSAH 15 in Park Rapids originally planned to begin in 2018 has been pushed back to 2019. The City Council on Tuesday was expected to pass a resolution of support for the MnDOT project which includes the city's portion of the frontage road reconstruction along Highway 71 from Eighth Street south to CSAH 15/Industrial Park Road to coincide with the state roundabout. Jon Olson of Apex Engineering informed the council of the state's decision to delay the project.
This year's Independence Day celebration went out in patriotic style as hundreds of spectators filled Heartland and Red Bridge Parks, along with viewing spots throughout town, to watch the annual 4th of July fireworks show over the Fish Hook River. Perfect weather conditions set the scene for a day full of activities starting with the Firecracker 5K in the morning, late afternoon parade through downtown, and community band concert in the evening which all led up to Park Rapids' claim to the biggest and best fireworks show in Minnesota on the 4th.
The 39th Annual PRCA Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls four-day event produced plenty of wild, western action Friday through Monday. The first two nights featured the traditional rodeo events like bronc riding, barrel racing, calf roping, team roping and, of course, and bull riding. Sunday and Monday were all about the bulls with 50 bull rides alone Sunday.
The 39th Annual PRCA Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls produced plenty of wild, western action Friday and Saturday. The first two nights featured the traditional rodeo events like bronc riding, barrel racing, calf roping, team roping and, of course, bull riding. The four-day event continues Sunday and Monday, July 2-3, with two full nights of bull riding exclusively. (Look for Tuesday's edition of the Enterprise for more photos and additional coverage.)
The Park Rapids City Council approved the first reading to amend the city code and allow some types of recreational vehicles and motorized golf carts on city streets. According to the amended ordinance, residents looking to operate golf carts or Class 2 all-terrain vehicles on city streets must obtain a permit, which will be granted for one year and may be renewed annually from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. A Class 2 all-terrain vehicle is most often referred to as a side-by-side.
The public face of economic development in the Park Rapids area and Hubbard County announced his resignation this week. David Collins, executive director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission (HCREDC) submitted his resignation to the board of directors and accepted a similar position in Ottumwa, Iowa. Collins started at the HCREDC on June 1, 2006 and in that time was a lead figure in economic development in Hubbard County.
Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC), with support from the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter #38, presented a USO-style show on Thursday, June 29 at Armory Square. Members of this year's cast of "South Pacific" offered a salute to area veterans by performing familiar musical numbers. For 76 years, the USO has been boosting the morale of America's armed forces serving at home and abroad by providing entertainment at military bases around the world, shows that have included a variety of comedy routines and musical performances.
A Park Rapids woman accused of stealing pills from numerous homes in the area has been charged with multiple felonies in Hubbard County District Court. Shauna Lee Schultz, 37, of Park Rapids faces four felony burglary and theft charges.