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Amid thunder claps and a steady downpour Saturday, the City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission officially opened the Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail. Park Rapids City Planner Ryan Mathisrud told the gathering, "Thank you for helping us celebrate this brand-new addition to Red Bridge Park. I recognize a lot of the faces here that have really done a lot to make this a reality." Six unique sculptures adorn the paved trail. They are in addition to the "Tube Dude" by Scott Gerber, installed in 2015.
A branding project to unite a network of small towns — from Osage to Akeley and Itasca State Park to Menahga and everything in between — rolled out last week. After a 10-month process, a single, inclusive brand was developed: Heartland Lakes. Civic Brand, a Dallas-based branding and marketing agency, was hired to help with the project.
The Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) received $1,305 from the Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) to create matching mosaics with Nevis artist Marsha Wolff. Work began on a pair of four-by-four-foot mosaics last week. "It went a lot faster than I thought. These people are good workers," Wolff said. The first mosaic features three geese. By Tuesday, it was nearly finished. "They wanted something about this area. They wanted something true to who they were and represent, but something that's also nature-inspired," Wolff said of the design.
The Hubbard County Board awarded bids for the new county transfer station last week. Vercon, Inc. of Menahga submitted the low bid of $3,261,977 for construction and site improvements. County commissioners accepted the low bid of $220,400 from Kennedy Scales, Inc. of Coon Rapids for truck scales installation. Payments will be made from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Solid Waste Capital Assistance Program (CAP) grant, with 25 percent budgeted as a Hubbard County's match.
Heartland Park's tennis court soon will be converted into six pickleball courts. Last year, a group of local pickleball players approached the Hubbard County Parks and Recreation Board about the possibility. About 20 people signed letters of support.
Rich Mattson and the Northstars draw a crowd to downtown Park Rapids for the opening performance of 2nd Street Stage Thursday.
Ten constituents attended a legislative forum hosted by state Rep. Steve Green, Sen. Paul Utke and Rep. Matt Grossell. It was held Friday in Park Rapids at Northwoods Bank community room. Successes Green began by talking about what was accomplished in the 90th session of the state Legislature "because the news media, and even us, we talk a lot about the bills that were vetoed, but we don't talk about what did pass."
The annual Park Rapids Fire Department open house is a free, family-oriented event that will appeal to all ages with tours of the fire hall, demonstrations and activities for kids. Visit the fire hall between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be lunch served with freewill donations accepted.
Two vehicles were involved in an accident on Highway 34 Saturday afternoon. The crash occurred at 4:47 p.m. near the intersection with 219th Avenue in Nevis Township, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.
At the Hocking County, Ohio Trailfest Celebration in late April, Florence Hedeen was recognized for her 2,500 volunteer hours on the North Country National Scenic Trail. She received a jacket from National Park Service representative Mark Weaver. Hedeen said about two-thirds of her hours involved maintaining the trail and one-third in her capacity as an officer. "I'm behind (husband) Carter by about 2,000 hours and there are numbers of people who have done this," she said. "It was very fun to be recognized by NCT. They value volunteer labor."