Celebrating 25 years in operation this year, Kinship of the Park Rapids Area is preparing for the sixth annual Amazing Chase at Heartland Park. Organizers are encouraging community members to put together teams of four to six people for the Saturday, June 17 event and compete for cash in 12 challenges that can be physical, mental or skilled. The first place team wins $500 and all teams are eligible for a bonus $500 prize. Registration fee is $250 per team. To register contact Kinship at www.kinshipparkrapids.org , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-0058.
Chaplain Fred Brown was a typical teenager in 1964 when he graduated from high school. Vietnam was at its peak. Some classmates of his had burned their draft cards and others ran off to Canada, while others were drafted into military service. Chaplain Brown was the featured speaker for Monday's Memorial Day service held at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. He shared stories of his submarine service, using history and humor to describe some of his experiences. He said the music of those days were very anti-war and anti-government. Protests everywhere.
For the first time in nearly 50 years the Park Rapids American Legion Family is hosting the District 6 Convention, set for Friday and Saturday, June 2-3. The last time Park Rapids hosted the district convention was 1969 and Lynn Spilman of the Ladies Auxiliary says they are expecting 150 to 200 people from all parts of the Legion Family to attend. American Legion District 6 covers area north from Baudette down to Elk River to the south.
Park Rapids Area High School held its 119th annual commencement on Sunday, graduating 98 students in front of a gymnasium full of family and friends. Senior Class President Kaleb Carlson offered welcoming remarks and talked to his graduating classmates about finding what you love in life.
Jeff Zeller doesn't want people to forget what Memorial Day is really about. For the last few years, the U.S. Marine Corps veteran creates a yard display at his Park Rapids home on Eighth Street West as a tribute to those who served this country in war, particularly those who didn't make it home. Zeller doesn't seek attention and quickly points out he is not a combat veteran. He served in the Marine Corps in 1973-75 at the end of the Vietnam War on what he calls "easy duty," an office job.
The Park Rapids Police Department and Hubbard County Sheriff's Office received a report Thursday afternoon from Linda's Recycled Goods stating they had located what was believed to be dynamite inside of a storage box at their location.
Chaplain Fred Brown of the Park Rapids American Legion is the special guest speaker at this year's Memorial Day program. Fred is a STS I (SS) Submarine Service Veteran. The Park Rapids American Legion and American Legion Family conducts the Memorial Day service which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium. Along with the playing of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, the auditorium program will also consist of music by the children's choir, the "Singing Sailors," and reading of those veterans who have passed this year.
The Park Rapids Area High School Choral Department presented in cabaret-style the spring choir concert, "Life is a Highway," on Wednesday, May 20. The two-performance evening carried extra meaning as the final concert for director LouAnn Dierkhising who was recognized for her 30 years with the department. Dierkhising is retiring as choir director but will remain with the school district as a special education teacher.
Levi Westbrook was sentenced to 72 months in prison for a drug-related crime he admitted to committing in Park Rapids last fall. Westbrook requested long-term, chemical dependency treatment instead of prison time, but due to Westbrook's criminal history Judge Rasmussen handed down the sentence. Westbrook and the Hubbard County Attorney's Office agreed to a plea deal of second degree controlled substance offense.
A group of community leaders approached the city council Tuesday looking for the city's blessing to raise funds and establish a K-9 unit for the Park Rapids Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Appel presented a proposal to the council, which did not take official action but did state its collective approval of the idea. To establish a K-9 unit within the Park Rapids PD it will take an estimated $70,000 in start-up costs.