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The omnibus liquor bill that gives Hubbard County the authority to grant an off-sale liquor license to the owners of the Red River Event Center in Akeley passed Sunday, the last day of the legislative session. "It passed by an overwhelming majority in both the House and the Senate," Senate Paul Utke told the Enterprise. "The legislation we passed just allows the county to offer the license. They still have full control. We just gave them the ability to do it."
The long-anticipated installation of new playground equipment at Halvorson Beach in Nevis could begin as soon as next week. "With any luck, the playground will be installed and ready for children to use by Memorial Day weekend," park commissioner Sue Gray said at Monday's Nevis City Council meeting. The manufacturer will install both the playground and wood fiber surfacing used to protect children from falls.
After placing second at the regional competition at Bemidji State Park May 2, the Nevis High School Envirothon team advanced to the state competition that will be held at Shetek Lutheran Ministries Camp in Slayton Monday. Their presentation was based on managing a cow/calf ranch to improve productivity and reduce its impact on the environment. The total score for the team was a combination of the presentation and scores on five written tests (forestry, aquatics, soils, wildlife and current events). The Nevis junior high division also placed second in the regional competition.
Mary Alexander Martin McMahon has a lot of experience being a mother. She turns 98 Saturday (today), and three of her four children will be coming to celebrate her birthday and Mother's Day with her in Park Rapids this weekend. McMahon's husband, Patrick Henry, passed away in 1980. She moved to the Courts Apartments in 1995.
The Akeley Regional Community Center (ARCC) hopes to open a women's shelter in the brick building that was formerly the Akeley School by 2020. Larry Holm, chairman of the ARCC board of directors, shared a little about their plans at Wednesday's Akeley City Council meeting. He said the decision to move forward with the women's shelter was a controversial one. "It was a hard-fought battle," he said. "Two of the board members were against it and resigned because they didn't want us to go that way."
A work session led by MnDOT to discuss options for a Hwy. 34 project was held Thursday in Akeley. The project is scheduled to begin in 2022. Council members Bobbie Wosika and Dan Riggs attended, along with business owners Nancy Lewis and Jill Walker from T&M Express and Zita Howard from Zappy's Cafe. Akeley resident Frank Lamb also attended. Laura Hadrava, project manager from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), facilitated the meeting.
Now that the snow cover has melted, fire danger in the area is high. Burning permits are required and caution is advised with anything that could spark a fire, as grass and dead leaves are dry tinder until things green up. According to Brad Witkin, a program forester at the Park Rapids Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office, a fire weather watch was issued for west-central Minnesota, including the Park Rapids area, Thursday.
Heartland Homes has been helping a special group of people live full lives for 40 years. While they have developmental disabilities, that is not what defines them. Like everyone else, they have dreams and want to be part of the community. Executive Director Bill Simpson, who has been with the program for 28 years, said they bring joy to his life and his job. He started out as a weekend staff member. "I enjoyed it so much I quit my regular job," he said. "When you find your niche, it's enjoyable.You don't call it a job. It's just what you do."
Kinship of the Park Rapids Area is celebrating 25 years of matching kids with mentors. Similar to the national program "Big Brothers, Big Sisters," many of the children mentored are from single-parent homes or living with grandparents. The program serves children ages 6-17. A vision The non-profit organization was founded in 1992 by a group of area citizens concerned about youth in this community and is part of the Midwestern organization Kinship Incorporated.
The long winter and thick ice could make the May 12 fishing opener a case of déjà vu, when Park Rapids hosted the Governor's Fishing Opener and visitors arrived to find most lakes frozen. Doug Kingsley, Park Rapids area fisheries supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said this winter is similar to the winter of 2013 in many ways. "For starters, there isn't a single lake in the state that I'm aware of that is ice free," he said Monday.