Last week, the Hubbard County Opioid and Education (HOPE) awareness initiative hosted an education and awareness event at Park Rapids Area High School. The event, which was emceed by County Attorney Jonathan Frieden, featured keynote speaker Rep. Dave Baker, along with a panel discussion with Sheriff Cory Aukes, Co-occurring Therapist Rita Anderson of A Better Connection and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Dee Alleckson from Essentia Health. HOPE was formed by a committee made up of community stakeholders directly involved in drug related issues facing the area.
At Tuesday night's regular Park Rapids City Council meeting, Headwaters Regional Development Commission Operations Director Mary Thompson explained to the council that the HRDC, on behalf of the Hubbard County Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA), is interested in developing housing for low and moderate-income families in Hubbard County.
I recently attended a presentation titled "21st Century Propaganda: Understanding Today's Media System," given by Jeff Nygaard, the author of "Nygaard Notes." He discussed conspiracies to brainwash the masses, talking about the media and how they function to produce propaganda by elevating certain ideas and diminishing others. He further implied how the content of newspapers is dictated by advertisers.
At the last Nevis School Board meeting, the board voted to approve the preliminary payable 2018 maximum levy authority, which is $1,227,030 for the Nevis school district. "This does not represent where we believe we will be for our levy due to the legislation passed this past spring allowing us to spread out a repayment of state aid over three years," Superintendent Gregg Parks said. "We are working with MDE to establish what the actual levy will be for Nevis."
Hubbard County leads the state in dry, edible bean production with over 12,000 acres planted, according to Hubbard County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Mike Stevens. However, this year with the current soggy conditions, Stevens says between 500 and 1,000 acres have yet to be harvested, which could be a potential loss for local farmers if the weather conditions do not improve. "The last two to three years we've been having such wet falls," he said. "It makes things difficult for the farmers."
There was an empty chair at the regular Park Rapids City Council meeting Tuesday night following the passing of Council Member Dick Rutherford. "I have no comments other than the obvious sorrowful loss of one of our members," City Administrator John McKinney said during his portion of the agenda. The city council members took no action regarding the vacancy. The council tabled the request of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council for a $250 grant to help defray the cost of the Leadership & Strategy Development Program until the next regular council meeting.
Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which was officially October 31, 1517. The reformation was a split from the Roman Catholic Church initiated by Martin Luther in 16th-century Europe. In celebration of the reformation, Dr. William Craft, president of Concordia College Moorhead will be the guest speaker and presenter at Calvary on Sunday, Oct. 8.
Editor's Note: This updated article corrects an error in the original version. Equifax, not Experian, will be waiving their fees for removing and placing security freezes until Nov. 21.
Park Rapids & Walker Eye Clinic in Park Rapids broke ground last week on the home of what will soon be their new facility. Co-owners Dr. Murry Westberg and Dr. Jen Keller knew for a long time that they needed a bigger space and had talked about it casually numerous times. After Dr. Keller officially became a partner in January 2017, they began seriously looking at a lot of options on how they could accomplish that.
Park Rapids City Council Member Richard "Dick" Rutherford, Sr., 76, passed away on Sept. 22 at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. Rutherford, a lifelong Park Rapids resident, was a co-owner of Rapids Stone Company, P & R Parts Unlimited and Toys for Boys throughout his life.