The latest fad in toys, some say, is spinning headaches through classrooms across the country. For Park Rapids Century School, the fidget spinner craze isn't quite yet out of control. Yet. The novelty toy started showing up at school about a month ago and, as its popularity grows, so do classroom distractions. The toys have many parents bouncing from store to store only to find them sold out. They are meant to be a sensory tool for some kids to help concentrate. Introduced as a way for students to help manage ADHD, or at least it was marketed that way.
Everything you wanted to know about the three-toed sloth you could learn in the halls of Century School on Thursday during the annual Expert Day. Each year, Century 5th graders research a topic related to science, gather interesting facts and present the Expert Day project to peers, parents, teachers and administrators. Henry Thorson, from Mrs. Kelly's class, chose the three-toed sloth for his project. "I saw a documentary and I thought they were kinda cool," he said of the world's slowest mammal.
Lowell Wolff splits his time between Minnesota and Mexico, and the Park Rapids photographer's work shows this "M&M" dual representation of his talent. Much of his local work is familiar to Park Rapids area residents while others give us a colorful glimpse of his travels in Mexico. Wolff's photography is on display at the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids beginning May 4 with an opening reception Friday, May 20, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The Park Rapids School Board meeting Tuesday was filled with visitors as a number of students were recognized for recent achievements. The main informational presentation was by Mark "Chip" Lohmeier of the Hubbard County Natural Resource Management Department who explained the process of timber auctions on tax forfeited land in the school district. The Park Rapids Area High School state speech participants introduced themselves to the board. Coach Deb Davis called it a "great season" and six individuals competed last week at the state speech tournament.
A possible partnership with the county to purchase property at Deane Park was discussed at this week's Park Rapids City Council meeting.
Winter wasn't quite ready to relinquish the season to spring as snow and freezing rain hit the Park Rapids area this week, leaving these flowers in front of a home on Pleasant Avenue frozen in time on Thursday.
The Park Rapids Area School District received a couple positive financial surprises to this year's budget as reported by business manager Carol Hutchinson. The district received a check for $301,699 as its portion of timber sales of tax forfeited land in Hubbard County. Hutchinson reported the news to the board and said that money was not expected nor budgeted for the current year. Those funds go into the General Fund.
What takes a couple months of preparation to stuff over 10,000 plastic eggs only takes hundreds of children but a minute to gather and clear the grass at the annual Nevis Easter Egg Hunt. It's not so much an Easter egg hunt but more a race, as children rush across the trail gathering as many as possible in a short amount of time. The estimated 1,000 children, from ages 0 to 10-plus, filled Muskie Park on Saturday to take part in the 14th annual event along the Heartland Trail.
Pigeon droppings on downtown sidewalks is not the image Park Rapids businesses and city leaders want to portray. The Downtown Business Association (DBA) sees pigeons roosting atop downtown buildings as a real, and growing, problem in this busy district known for heavy foot traffic in the peak summer visitors season. The city council on Tuesday authorized the DBA to take steps to eradicate the pigeon population through baiting and carcass removal.
An effort to prevent golf carts from operating on the streets of Park Rapids through amending an existing city ordinance stalled Tuesday. The City Council had in front of them at it's Tuesday, April 11 meeting, a resolution amending the current ordinance and decided to table the matter to form a citizen committee which will study the issue further and report back to the council in 30 days.