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'The Gravedigger's Cottage' Chris Lynch is a very prolific author for young adults, with many books handling issues relating to troubled youth. In this book, he depicts a single-parent family possibly struggling with mental illness. Sylvia, her little brother, Walter, and their twice-widowed dad move into a quaint, seaside cottage that local lore links with death. Sylvia doesn't stand for that nonsense, though she does have a history of burying beloved pets in the yard. She and Walter only worry when their dad starts acting lost.
Lemonade, pancakes and fried food sustained visitors from as far away as Lincoln, Neb. during a steamy weekend at the East 40 Tractor Grounds, as Legends and Logging Days celebrated the history and heritage of Park Rapids. Chainsaw carvers from across the state took shelter under an awning while they worked on their masterpiece carvings and entertained an audience during a series of quick-carve demonstrations. Their work was auctioned off on Saturday afternoon, when the highest-selling piece was a sculpture of a bear holding an umbrella that sold for $600.
The owner and manager of a local apartment complex was recently served a notice of numerous fire and building code violations and an order requiring immediate corrective action. The notice and order, dated Aug. 1, were sent to owner Scott Rech with Stix and Brix Inc. of Litchfield via certified mail, and hand-delivered via an official service to building manager David Kiser, concerning the Middle School Apartments. Initial inspection
The Park Rapids American Legion hosted a legislative update about veterans benefits on Aug. 3. Leading the discussion was Trent Dilks, legislative director of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) of Minnesota. State Rep. Steve Green, Beltrami County Veterans Service Officer Scotty Allison and Hubbard County Veterans Service Officer Jerrold Bjerke also spoke up.
Food stands, live music, crawfish races and the annual election of the town's ceremonial mayor drew a considerable crowd on Sunday to Taste of Dorset. As evidence of the size of the turnout, the town's parking areas overflowed onto the shoulder of the highway up to a half-mile out of town. Many visitors caught Heartland Express bus rides from distant parking spots north and south, and a horse-drawn wagon carried groups east and west on the Heartland State Trail.
Promoting resilient youth, exploring ideas for education and the arts, and building a dementia-friendly community were on the ACTION Park Rapids agenda Thursday at the Park Rapids American Legion. Approximately 40 people came together to review progress on the 90-day plans for May through July and to set new priorities for August through October. Dementia-friendly Connie Carmichael with Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area updated the group about the Dementia Friendly Community 90-day plan.
A European explorer stopped recently at Itasca State Park to resupply and prepare for the next stage of an 18,000-mile exploration of the Americas — all without the aid of a motor. Arnaud Maldague, 29, of Brussels, Belgium was in the middle of his second week at the park's Mississippi Headwaters Hostel when he spoke to the Enterprise on Wednesday, and he planned to move on within a couple of days.
A new law that went into effect Wednesday, Aug. 1 means people convicted of driving while intoxicated — regardless of the vehicle they're driving — will lose their driver's license and be prohibited from operating motor vehicles. According to a July 31 press release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, this includes all-terrain vehicles, motorboats and snowmobiles.
The Park Rapids City Council approved an audit report on Tuesday, July 24 that gave the city an "unmodified, or clean" opinion regarding its 2017 financial statements. Presenting the audit report was Steve Wischmann, a partner with the auditing firm BerganKDV. Referring to a 26-page summary report, Wischmann alerted the city to "material weaknesses" and "deficiencies" regarding the city's accounting practices, recognizing that these issues are common in cities in Park Rapids' size range and may be impractical to remedy.
The Park Rapids Planning Commission voted Monday, July 23 to recommend that the city council approve a plan to expand the Big Pines RV Park from 40 RV campsites to 70. Requesting a conditional use permit (CUP) for the project is developer Jay Echtenkamp with Pine Tree Partners, LLC. According to the developer cover letter attached to the request, the Big Pines RV Park was established at 501 Central Ave. S. in the 1940s and has been licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to operate up to 70 RV campsites since 1972.