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A proposed amendment to Hubbard County Ordinance No. 10, which regulates watercraft speeds on First, Second and Third Crow Wing lakes, is moving forward. In October, Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes asked county commissioners to remove language that restricts watercrafts to less than 15 mph between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m on the three lakes. The ordinance was written in 1978. The county planning commission conducted a Nov. 27 public hearing on the amendment.
The Hubbard County Board set the 2018 final levy at $14,300,000 — a 2.9 percent increase from 2017. The levy was approved after three rounds of voting. In September, county commissioners approved a preliminary payable 2018 levy of $14,450,000, which was a 4.8 percent increase compared to last year. Compared to neighboring counties, such Cass, Aitken, Beltrami, Crow Wing, Itasca, Morrison, Todd and Wadena, Hubbard County Auditor/Treasurer Kay Rave noted that Hubbard County's preliminary 2018 levy was the second lowest.
On Sunday afternoon, Jason and Holly Funk were headed out to go ice fishing on Little Sand Lake.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry has grant money to purchase 280 acres within the Paul Bunyan State Forest and 250 acres adjoining the Badoura State Forest. Mike Lichter, assistant DNR forestry supervisor in Park Rapids, met with the Hubbard County Board Wednesday to discuss the DNR's interest in these and other parcels available from Potlatch. "Potlatch is divesting of its land readily," Lichter said. DNR Forestry's interest in those parcels is "limited and very selective."
In honor of their years of military service and sacrifice, 90 veterans traveled to Washington D.C. last month to visit war memorials. Dick Nunn, Jim Lange and Ambrose Blaeser — three Korean War veterans — were aboard the WDAY Honor Flight. The two-day trip was at no cost to the vets. Honor Flight is funded through corporate and individual donations.
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity (LAHFH) seeks volunteers to build a new home in Park Rapids. No tools and no experience needed. On-site training is offered. The home, located at 621 Third Street West, is for April Bower and her two teenage daughters. The goal is to get it enclosed before harsh winter weather hits. "We hope, by the middle of next week, to have the roof on," said Duane Gebhard, chair of the Hubbard County chapter of Habitat for Humanity. "Once we get that far, then we can work inside."
The Park Rapids American Legion was packed Sunday with toddlers, children, parents and grandparents. The Children's Christmas Party, a long-standing tradition sponsored by the American Legion and Auxiliary, provides a free meal of hot dogs, chips and pop to families and gifts to area children, ages 10 and under. It's a tradition carried on for more than 30 years. Santa, portrayed by Jerry Benham, and Mrs. Claus (Mary Safratowich) handed out the gifts. The Legion bought all the toys locally — from sleds to dolls to tool sets.
The Park Rapids Area High School drama department's winter play is "Failure: A Love Story," by Philip Dawkins. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9 in the auditorium. "This is a story about grabbing hold of life and savoring it to the fullest, come what may," says director Juliann Kjenaas. Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June and Gerty Fail, as they live out their lives above the Fail family clock shop near the Chicago River in the 1920s, before their time unexpectedly runs out.
The Park Rapids Police Department may soon have a new officer — the canine variety. To date, a capital campaign drive has raised $61,290 of the necessary $70,000. Funds will be used to purchase a canine, vehicle, training and equipment.
Tori Campbell put the finishing touches on her 10-foot-by-22-foot mural at the Park Rapids Area High School this week. It's been a labor of love. "For some reason, I wanted to do something much more difficult, and here we are," said the PRAHS senior. Campbell has been working on the Harry Potter-themed mural for one to two hours daily for the three trimesters.