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.
On Tuesday evening, the Park Rapids City Council held a public hearing to discuss the Wellhead Protection Plan, which was presented to the council by Mike Strodtman from Minnesota Rural Water Association. Part 1 of the wellhead protection plan, which was approved by the Minnesota Department of Health, presented the delineation of the wellhead protection area and the drinking water supply management area (DWSMA) as well as the vulnerability assessments for the system's wells and aquifer within the DWSMA.
Earlier this summer, the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) in Grand Rapids began sending local DNR foresters/firefighters out west to work on the forest fires that have, to date, burned over 1,800,000 acres. The first crews were dispatched to Arizona and New Mexico before activity became more overwhelming in the northwestern region of the U.S. and parts of Canada. Over 300 Minnesota DNR firefighters have been dispatched, including seven permanent personnel from the Park Rapids office branch and a number of seasonal firefighters as well.
The All Veterans Memorial Museum in Hubbard County will host a grand opening on Monday, Sept. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors will get a glimpse at the second phase of the project: an educational building and museum. Individuals will be given the opportunity to peruse military artifacts from wars throughout the centuries that have been donated to the museum. On Monday, there will be a program, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. which will include the display of the colors, a prayer, there will be a speaker, a ribbon cutting and a luncheon.
At the Hubbard County Board meeting held Tuesday morning, the City of Akeley had submitted a request to purchase a tax-forfeited parcel, identified as Lots 1-9 Block 44 Townsite of Akeley, in an effort to resolve property issues.