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Influenza activity is increasing across Minnesota. And Park Rapids is not immune. "We have seen influenza," reports Wendy Gullicksrud, infection prevention and employee health coordinator at CHI St. Joseph's Health. Within the past month, the hospital treated 21 patients who laboratory-tested positive for influenza. Three cases were so severe the patients required hospitalization, Gullicksrud said.
Voice of the Brave Task Force members, administration and school board members were on hand Jan. 31 to answer Menahga residents' questions about the proposed school addition. The recommended plan calls for a mix of new construction, remodeling and repurposing. Superintendent Kevin Wellen reassured the audience that the $29.1 million building project was a modest one, not extravagant. There are three flexible classrooms in case of a particularly large class, "but we didn't build for a ton of extras. We are trying to keep it as efficient as we can," he said.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, off-road vehicle (ORV) enthusiasts, 4x4 clubs, environmentalists and concerned citizens collided at a "listening session" Jan. 26 in Park Rapids. About 35 people attended the public meeting where DNR sought feedback "about suitable or unsuitable routes" for the 400-mile Border to Border (B2B) off-road vehicle trail.
Laura Kovacovich loves her job. "The world would be a much better place if people loved their jobs as much as I do," says the 25-year-old woman. She works at the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) and Bearly Used Thrift Store. Kovacovich has autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She also has visual and hearing disabilities. "I was born with cataracts and my right is blind because I have glaucoma," she explains. "I've worn glasses since I was born."
The MSHSL 24A Sub-section One-Act Play Competition is Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. The first play starts at 10 a.m. The entire day of six one-act plays is free to the public. The six high schools involved are Park Rapids, Laporte, Nevis, Verndale, Menahga and Frazee.
Two-quarter or three-quarter beats pulse as you approach the Park Rapids American Legion. It's a Sunday afternoon. Lila Kalish will likely greet you at the door and do a happy dance. "We call ourselves 'Everybody Dance.' It's not a formal organization," says Kalish, 59, a Park Rapids Area High School graduate. She oversees the dances, held every other Sunday in Park Rapids. They are also listed in the Central Minnesota Polka Lovers Klub of America's dance schedule ( www.polkofa.com ).
The Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) hosted a meet-and-greet affair Tuesday. Many people are unaware of the SWCD, says District Manager Julie Kingsley. "It's just getting the word out. People — Joe Public — don't know what we do," she said. "We're here to help property owners solve problems — erosion issues, water issues." Three major watersheds pass through Hubbard County: the Mississippi River, Leech Lake River and Crow Wing River watersheds. There are 89 minor watersheds in the county.
Over $10,000 in prizes will be awarded at the 2017 Menahga Family Fishing Derby. Sponsored by the Menahga Civic & Commerce Association, the event is slated for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. A derby ticket costs $5. Anglers should enter at the Spirit Lake public access. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 10 largest game fish in two categories. One category includes northern pike, walleye and bass, the other panfish (crappie, bluegill, perch, etc.). First place in each category wins $100, second place $75, third place $50 and fourth through tenth $25.