Local victim advocates joined a statewide rally Tuesday, March 7 to raise awareness to end domestic violence. The Park Rapids rally was held at the Hubbard County Courthouse as one of 25 other events happening in the state to, in part, acknowledge Minnesotans killed because of domestic violence. Amy Workman, executive director of Headwaters Intervention Center (HIC) in Park Rapids, organized the local rally. "It Happens Here" was the theme of the statewide day of action, recognizing domestic violence happens in every county, township and city across Minnesota.
The Nevis Lions completed a rare clean sweep in the 8th Annual Chili Challenge as both the top fundraising entrant at $1,990 and voted People's Favorite for "Whole Lot of Attitude" as the best-tasting chili. Sponsored by the Park Rapids Enterprise and held at the American Legion, this year's challenge featured 21 entrants and raised about $10,400 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Hubbard County Food Shelf.
Prospective employees had a chance to connect with area businesses and organizations and fill out job applications Thursday at the Park Rapids Job Fair held at Century School. Many local employers are looking to fill full-time, part-time and seasonal positions as spring and summer near.
Opportunity awaits for those seeking employment as the Park Rapids Job Fair returns Thursday, March 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Century School. As of this week, 26 representatives from businesses, agencies and other potential employers were registered to participate. Building off a successful fair last year, employers look to connect with potential employees. Organizers last year had hoped for at least 20 participating employers and 100 potential employees. There were 240 potential employees who attended and 42 businesses were represented, and jobs were filled.
For the second time in as many years Roxann Eischens and her family got an up close and personal look at a black bear and her cubs. Minnesota DNR bear biologists Dave Garshelis and Andrew Tri conducted their annual den visit for a 12-year-old female bear that lives near the Eischens family in the Two Inlets area. Just like last year, Roxann and her grandchildren were invited to take part in the study and they had fun with the unique opportunity to hold the bear cubs.
The challenge is set as local cooks will soon square off over simmering pots of chili. The 8th annual Chili Challenge is Wednesday, March 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Park Rapids American Legion. The annual event, sponsored by the Enterprise, helps kick off local fundraising for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. March is Minnesota FoodShare Month where the state allocates funds to food shelf organizations based on local efforts. It's not a matching fund but the state looks at how much is raised locally and allocations are based on a funding formula.
Minnesota schools are facing a teacher shortage and the problem could get worse for rural districts. A state report released earlier this month shows trends that indicate a growing shortage of teachers throughout the state. The Park Rapids, Menahga and Nevis school districts are no different as they look to fill full-time teaching positions from a shrinking pool of candidates. Math, science and special education are among the areas where the shortage shows up most.
For the 12th straight year Laura Powers joined other brave souls and took the Purple Plunge into the frigid waters of 11th Crow Wing Lake. The Akeley native and current Maple Grove resident dressed as a scarecrow and was the final jumper of 35 participants. She always jumps last and with this year's costume she wanted to "scare away cancer." Powers has participated in Audrey's Purple Dream each of the 12 years and jumping into a lake in the middle of February doesn't get any easier.
When the subject line of an incoming email reads "Take Your Pants Off For Charity!," I'm going to open that email and see what it's all about. I mean, let's face it, if we can take our pants off in public for a good cause we should go for it. Why not bring back a sophisticated and modest, mostly legal form of streaking to raise a few bucks for a worthy cause? I'm not sure what town was doing this fundraiser, but at least the headline caught my eye.
The Park Rapids Fire Department has more room to move with completion of the fire hall expansion and renovation. Representatives of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber Ambassadors, along with Fire Chief Donn Hoffman, firefighters and city officials were on hand as Mayor Pat Mikesh cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the new addition.