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Hubbard County will soon expand its composting efforts. A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) environmental assistance grant awarded to Polk County will be utilized by six counties, including Hubbard County. Source separated organic material (SSOM), such as food scraps and compostable paper, will be collected in specialized containers and hauled to a new compost facility near Crookston.
When the Headwaters PRCA Rodeo doubled its prize money to celebrate its 40th anniversary in Park Rapids, the number of professional competitors doubled. Randy Jokela, event founder and producer, said entries jumped from 140 last year to more than 300 this year. To accommodate all the action, an overflow performance will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7 at the Jokela ProWest grounds. There will be no admission charge for this special event. Tickets are required when the rodeo concludes Saturday evening. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
The Headwaters Xtreme Bull Ride opened July 4. The 40th annual event draws 70 top riders from across the nation, including two former world champions.
The Park Rapids Rotary Club's fireworks show doesn't disappoint. Heartland Park and Red Bridge Park were filled with spectators "oohing" and "aahing" on the Fourth of July.
Descendants of early Osage pioneers gathered for the 135th anniversary of Riverside Cemetery. They dedicated a historical marker during the June 24 ceremony. The cemetery was established in 1883, the land a gift from Arthur and Mary Sanderson, one of the area's early white settlers. When Florence (McLaughlin) Hesse — a granddaughter of the Sandersons — passed away in 2017, she left a generous gift to Riverside Cemetery.
The Wild West meets the Midwest for four nights of rip-snorting bulls, top-calibre cowboys, bucking broncos, barrel racing and more. The Headwaters Xtreme Bulls and PRCA Rodeo celebrates its 40th anniversary July 4-7 at the Jokela ProWest grounds on Highway 34, east of Park Rapids. Randy Jokela, a Park Rapids High School graduate and the event's founder, grew up around rodeo.
A sunny, summer evening greeted those who attended Sunday's grand opening of the Halvorson Beach playground. Nevis Boy Scouts handed out balloons. The Nevis Lions served up hot dog dinners. Council member Sue Gray offered complimentary slices of cake. Mayor Jarod Senger thanked "all who donated their time and talent to this new park."
Hubbard County will replace four of its recycling sheds with 30-yard recycling roll-off boxes. On a recommendation from Hubbard County Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte, the Hubbard County Board approved a low quote of $26,780 from Pro-tainer, Inc. of Alexandria. Holte said one of his goals is to improve the county's collection of recyclables. If they work well, he's considering transitioning all of the sheds into roll-off containers at community collection points. There are currently 14 locations.
The Park Rapids Water Ski Team presented a superhero-themed show Sunday on Lake Belle Taine
On Tuesday, the Hubbard County Board approved a $4,200 quote from Vogt's Dirt Service of Bemidji to install barriers at the County 118 gravel pit in Rockwood Township. Last month, the board learned of the junky conditions at the pit, where shooters turned it into an unofficial target range, leaving substantial amounts of shotgun shells and garbage. Board Chair Cal Johannsen called it "a disgrace to Hubbard County."