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The Park Rapids Area Community Band, under the direction of Dr. Russell Pesola, will present its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12 in the Park Rapids High School auditorium. The concert features bassoonist Miriam Brack Webber, an assistant professor of music at Bemidji State University.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds people that a Red Flag Warning has been issued today by the National Weather Service. Conditions are ripe for wildlfire.
Hubbard County's newest group of thespians took to the stage over the weekend. 5th-H Performing Arts Club produced Don Zolidis' "The Seuss Odyssey," a speedy and humorous reimagining of Homer's "Odyssey," all in the style of Dr. Seuss. Production manager Charlie Edwins explained that the idea for a youth theatrical group was inspired by the 4-H Pine Cones Club's years of involvement in "4-H Share the Fun." Youth from counties prepare and perform a play, dance, musical or other act. Each county then nominates two groups to perform at the Minnesota State Fair.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. – The mystery substance found on cash that burned a clerk at a Mahnomen County gas station Monday, April 30, turned out to be a “carbohydrate” that may have triggered an allergic reaction, according to the sheriff’s office. A state lab in St. Paul determined that the powder on the bill was “nontoxic and nonacidic,” the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.
Nicholas Macklem, a new environmental specialist with the Hubbard County Environmental Services Office, will oversee the county's aquatic invasive species (AIS) program, watercraft inspections and decontamination station. He was hired on March 5. Bill DonCarlos, the previous AIS coordinator, resigned in December 2017 to pursue a career in the sporting goods industry. Macklem introduced himself to the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) on Thursday.
Moms, mentors and the girls they love are invited to spend a fun afternoon exploring math and science. "Superstars of STEM" is a partnership between the Park Rapids Area Library and Park Rapids Area High School. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the high school commons and auditorium. The first 200 attendees (18 and under) receive a swag bag. While the focus is on women and STEM because there's a need for more women in those fields,
Do you have an outdoor, spring clean-up task? Century Middle School students want to help. Fifth through eighth graders are volunteering to help with community or individual outdoor projects. All service projects will be completed by Century School students and staff on Friday, May 11. In case of rain, the alternate date is May 15. Project requests will be accepted through May 1.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a call Thursday regarding a one-vehicle rollover on Twin Lakes Road, just west of County Road 23. According to a news release, the caller stated the vehicle rolled multiple times at approximately 9:41 a.m. before coming to rest on the north side of the road. When emergency personnel arrived, they learned the driver was the only occupant. She was discovered half in and half out of the vehicle. She was responsive and later identified as Debra Hagen, 56, of Park Rapids. Hagen was removed from the vehicle and airlifted from the scene.
Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes scheduled an ice-rescue refresher course Saturday for his deputies and invited Nevis and Park Rapids firefighters as well. Wearing specialized cold-water suits, participants practiced self-rescue, a boat rescue and mechanical advantage rescue tactics in the frigid Fishhook River near Red Bridge Park. Several sheriff's deputies are trained in cold-water rescue. Aukes said the sheriff's office owns four insulated suits and ice-rescue tether kits, which are kept in squad cars.
Century Elementary first graders rotated through a variety of Earth Day presentations Friday — from puppet shows to crafts to guest speakers. Students learned about recycling, fire prevention, wildlife and more. Jo Judson discussed endangered or extinct animals, while Leo Gartner reminded students of the county's recycling program.