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As the work on Highway 34 resumes full-tilt between Dorset and Park Rapids, motorists, events and businesses are beginning to feel the weight of the work and workers trying to make up for lost time. The inconvenience factor is rising daily after Central Specialties, Inc., resumed work on the major east-west tourist artery through lake country, delayed by the 20-day Minnesota shutdown. "We've got a lot of things going on out there to get this done," CSI superintendent Allan Minnerath said Thursday. He said the company would try to complete the paving and bituminous reclamation by the end
The quaint Lake George post office, the town's most identifiable landmark, is one of 88 Minnesota Postal Services outlets targeted to close or be converted to a "village outlet." The U.S.
Five weeks ago Ed Bolton was working on his hobby farm outside of Park Rapids when something went horribly wrong. It was around 2 p.m. Bolton was planting beans. He was using a Handyman Jack.
It's Dave's zinnias you notice from the highway. Traffic-stopping spectacular. This year they're about three weeks late due to a cold spring.
The quaint Lake George post office is one of 88 Minnesota Postal Services outlets targeted to close or be converted to a "village outlet." The Postal Services has been looking at operations of thousands of 3,500 outlets nationally and Tuesday announced numerous closures. It is a blow to a small community experiencing a revival and couldn't be timed worse.
She did it! The loon on our bay of Lower Bottle Lake successfully birthed her second batch of eggs, twins. They're pretty little at this late stage of the summer, so they will need to grow significantly or be left behind. They're still brown fluff balls. Her first nest of eggs was raided by a bald eagle, we think, that perches just above the loon nest on water's edge. I'll try to get pictures of the twins this weekend. n Betty Norlin reports seeing an indigo bunting near Nevis last week. It was singing for all it was worth.
A bike trail from Park Rapids to Itasca State Park makes more sense than extending the Heartland Trail to Moorhead. That was the reasoning of Hubbard County commissioners Wednesday as they voiced universal support of a resolution to extend the Heartland Trail to Itasca at an estimated cost of $4 million. Although the trail to Moorhead has been in the works for years, acquisition of land through the Smoky Hills has slowed the project. A trail to Itasca has been envisioned since original plans were drawn in 1979, and when the master plan was revised in 1994, said Hubbard County Land Commis
A Park Rapids logging company asked that Hubbard County change the way it's running timber sales because strict adherence to policies are hurting the company's bottom line. "I'm out $3,000" on a recent timber sale, said Robin Walsh of Walsh Forest Products. Under a longstanding policy, loggers must complete one sale before they can harvest another.
Work resumed Thursday on the second phase of reconstruction on a stretch of Highway 34 between Park Rapids and Akeley, which will entail an unpopular 30-mile detour around Nevis. Workers began setting up the detour from Dorset Corner to Akeley as soon as the Minnesota shutdown ended, said Central Specialties, Inc., superintendent Allan Minnerath, The detour runs south of Dorset corner on County Road 11, then east on state Highway 87, then north to Akeley on Highway 64. Crews need to finish the shoulder work on the 3-mile stretch east of Park Rapids.
It's back to work today for construction workers on the Highway 34 project between Park Rapids and Akeley. Workers will begin setting up the detour from Dorset Corner to Akeley this afternoon, said Central Specialties, Inc., superintendent Allan Minnerath. The detour runs south of Dorset corner on Highway 11, then east on State Highway 87, then north to Akeley on Highway 64. Work on the remaining stretch between Dorset and Akeley will begin Friday morning, Minnerath said.