On Sunday, Dorset earned the title "Restaurant Capital of the World" when hundreds, if not thousands, of people attended the Taste of Dorset Feast Fest to indulge in a wide array of food. Although the Dorset business owners have no official way of tracking the actual number of visitors, cars were parked along both sides of Highway 226 all the way north to County Road 18 and south one mile.
At Tuesday morning's regular board meeting, there was a conversation between the county commissioners and Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes regarding garbage and tannerite issues at the gravel pit off of County Road 118 in Rockwood Township, left behind from people using the area for target practice. The conversation led to a discussion on Hubbard County's need for a shooting range when County Auditor/Treasurer Kay Rave asked whether or not there was a gun club within the county that may want to develop the gravel pit into a shooting range.
Large plots of wildflowers are blooming on plots owned by R.D. Offutt Company, creating colorful buffer zones between roadways and potato fields. In 2015, R.D. Offutt Co. planted a total of 600 acres of wildflower seeds throughout northern Minnesota in Park Rapids, Wadena and Perham on several different plots in an effort to attract pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies as part of Operation Pollinator.
After nine years as the Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club president, Jim Wright will be stepping down following this year's 25th Annual Field Days on Aug. 5-6. "I've been with the club about 20 years, I was vice president for years, I've been on the board, I've been cook," Jim said, adding he's participated in just about every aspect of the club. "And now I've got my grandkids involved."
Crowds of people endured the heat at Nevis Muskie Days this past weekend. The festivities began Friday afternoon in Nevis with live music and several different activities On Saturday, there was even more fun to be had with several activities that took place throughout the day, including the Muskie Market, where artists and vendors lined the Heartland Trail, giving shoppers the opportunity to peruse locally made crafts. The Muskie 5K began in the morning as well as a kids' fishing tournament, yoga and a mini golf tournament.
For Dorset business owners, the Taste of Dorset 2017 Feast Fest is fast approaching and will take place this Sunday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m., rain or shine in the "Restaurant Capital of the World." In August 2016, Carter Erickson along with his wife Rachel and their son Cash realized their lifelong dream when they purchased the Dorset Cafe, now called the Dorset Chick'n Coop Bar and Restaurant. This weekend will be the Ericksons' first Taste of Dorset as owners.
The real estate market has been "booming" in 2017, this according to local real estate agencies. Wolff & Simon Real Estate hired two new agents this month, while Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate added three new sales staff this year to keep up with the demand. According to both Justin Clack and Diane Dennis, owners/brokers at Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate, on average in 2016, a house at their company was listed on the market for 110 days, which Clack says is normal, but in 2017 the average has been 29 days listed.
Sue Gray from the Nevis City Council addressed county commissioners Tuesday morning regarding the installation of new playground equipment at Halvorson Beach Park in Nevis and the possibility of receiving financial support from Hubbard County. "I am here today to ask for money," Gray said jokingly.
At Tuesday's regular Park Rapids City Council meeting, Hubbard County Land Commissioner Mark "Chip" Lohmeier once again addressed the council in reference to the purchase of the three lots located on Fish Hook Lake, owned by the Gulbranson family, adjacent from Deane Point Park. At a previous council meeting, Lohmeier had approached the council about the possibility of the county purchasing the parcels for $265,000 with the intent to resell them to the city at half price with a five-year payment plan, interest free. At that time, the city declined the offer.
At the Nevis City Council meeting Monday night, Councilmember Sue Gray, representing the Parks Committee, informed her fellow councilmembers that the committee continues to move forward with their playground project while searching for adequate funding. "We are currently in negotiations right now with the county. We should know on the 18th if we can get some funds from them," she said. "It's contingent on something else not being done, so we're waiting."