The countdown to the "five greatest days of summer" has begun. The 121st annual Hubbard County Fair opens Wednesday, July 13, featuring its traditional 4-H and open class exhibits, grandstand shows, amusement rides and food. Sponsored by the Shell Prairie Agricultural Association, the event runs through Sunday, July 17 at the Park Rapids fairgrounds.
Evidently, artistic aptitude is genetic in the Simonson family. Jeremy Simonson’s photography exhibit opens Thursday, June 30 at the Nemeth Art Center. The self-taught photographer moved to Park Rapids about four years ago. His exhibit, "Contemplation/Demarcation," explores the place he calls home. The photographs reflect "my appreciation of my surroundings," Jeremy said. This is his first solo gallery exhibit.
The Menahga School District’s science curriculum hasn’t been replaced in 12 years, so administrative and teacher committees reviewed available material during the school year. Their recommendations were brought to the Menahga School Board Monday night for approval. "Who should determine the curriculum?" asked school board member Al Peterson.
"Tri" better. Local athletes interested in improving their triathlon times – and perhaps joining the winner’s circle – are invited to a series of training workshops. The free lessons are sponsored by the Northwoods Triathlon, Chase the Police Triathlon, Headwaters Triathlon Club and Up North Athletics. Triathletes of all abilities and experience levels are encouraged to attend.
On Monday, the Menahga City Council authorized Police Chief Scott Koennicke to apply for a COPS grant. If approved, the funds would support the hiring of a School Resource Officer. A COPS grant would pay 75 percent of salary and benefits for an entry level police officer for three years, estimated at $94,300.
Chickadees sing. The morning sun shines. A gentle breeze blows, while men and women place their mats or blankets on lush, green grass. Heartland Park is the ideal setting for a yoga class. Elaine Hanson, who is in the process of becoming a certified yoga instructor, leads an hour-long session every Monday. She’s offering the class for free at 9 a.m. through June and July.
Celebrate. Remember. Fight back. That’s the mantra of Hubbard County residents affected by cancer. It’s also the dominate theme of Relay for Life.
After a four-year absence, the S.A.F.E. Parks program has resumed in Heartland Park. "We’re trying to bring it back," said Amy Workman, executive director of Headwaters Intervention Center, which is organizing the summer program. Funded solely by donations, S.A.F.E. Parks is designed to offer safe, fun and educational activities for children ages 12 and under.
When a veteran’s next of kin requests a military burial, the U.S. Marine Corps League Honor Guard delivers. To date, the Park Rapids Star of the North Detachment has paid tribute to deceased veterans at nearly 320 funerals. They travel across Minnesota – from Big Falls to Fort Snelling and everywhere in-between. Sometimes they attend three funerals in three days. Or three funerals in one day.
In memory of his efforts to protect and enhance critical wildlife habitat, the Park Rapids DNR Wildlife office dedicated the latest addition to Yeager Lake Wildlife Management Area to Rob Naplin. A longtime employee of the DNR, Naplin was Park Rapids area wildlife manager when he died suddenly in 2013. Naplin, 64, fell while cleaning ice from sewer vents on his roof.