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Park Rapids Area High School art students competed in the Section 8A Visual Art Competition March 22 in Fosston. Minnesota State High School League Section art contests are held across the state in the spring. At each Section competition, students may receive a Superior Level or Excellent Level award. Judges also select works to receive Spotlight on the Art Awards.
Historian and storyteller Keith Butler presents "Itasca Park's Little Known Secrets" at the next Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. This will conclude the spring series. Butler will speak Tuesday, April 4 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Armory Square, Park Rapids.
The Menahga School Board authorized SeaChange to print and mail election ballots on April 19. Superintendent Kevin Wellen said the company was better equipped to handle the mailing process more efficiently than the district office. There are approximately 2,200 registered voters. Business Manager Liz Olson said the cost per ballot was about $2.50, plus postage.
Since its inaugural meal in August 2016, Helen's Kitchen has served an average of 100 people per week. The soup kitchen offers free, hot meals three times per month. The non-profit organization was founded by Susan Bearden, Marie Hass and Rachel Creager. Their mission is to feed impoverished people in the Park Rapids area, while also building relationships and directing people to support services, such as counseling, job skills programs or financial advice, whenever possible. "We are really striving to reach people that truly have a need," Creager said.
It's the year of the bean. "One Vegetable, One Community" (OVOC) is a new, community-wide gardening campaign that encourages gardener of all levels to grow and prepare a single vegetable. This year's designated vegetable is green and purple beans. Residents, businesses, churches, government offices and others are urged to grow the tasty legumes in containers, raised beds, planter boxes or gardens.
Finding a spare hour in her hectic class schedule, senior Ellery Overmyer decided to sign up for a painting class. It was her first time taking an elective art class. Last week, Overmyer submitted her oil painting of a Redhead, or Aythya americana, to the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. She was the only Park Rapids Area High School student to enter the 2017 visual art and conservation design competition.
The Menahga City Council is considering developing eight seasonal campsites at its Memorial Forest Campground. They held a special meeting March 13 to discuss the possibilities. City Administrator Janette Bower, Utilities Supervisor Frank Thelin and former city council member Roger Henstorf shared their findings about other seasonal sites in the area, amenities that are typically offered, what Menahga's city campground could provide as well as preliminary cost estimates.
Hunters, trappers and wildlife watchers in Hubbard, Wadena, Cass, Becker and Clearwater counties benefit from the efforts of Park Rapids wildlife staff. Erik Thorson, Park Rapids Area DNR Wildlife supervisor, oversees 21 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), totaling 11,331 acres. He and three staff members also coordinate wildlife work on 11 state forests.
Kay Rossbach is a graphic designer by day and an illustrator by night. She'll be sharing her artistic ability and professional wisdom Saturday, March 11 at the Park Rapids Area Library's second annual March Manga Mania event. "She is an incredibly talented artist. I am delighted that she will be here to inspire," says library assistant and event coordinator Leann Willenbring. Rossbach will lead young artists in a manga and comic art drawing workshop.
Virtual reality rolled into the Park Rapids Area High School Tuesday. Sponsored by zSpace, Inc., a state-of-the-art mobile learning lab allowed students to dissect frogs, explore the human heart, construct jet engines or perform simple physics experiments — all in detailed, 3D virtual reality (VR). Special education teachers Greg Kuehn and Matthew Brandt discovered zSpace Inc. while attending the Tierney Brothers Classroom Tech Tour in St. Cloud. They "experienced some amazing pieces of technology," Brandt said.