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Tickets are on sale for the 20th annual Park Rapids American Legion Fishing Contest. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Fish Hook Lake. The ice fishing derby attracts hundreds of anglers and offers over $150,000 in prizes. A $40 ticket grants access to the derby contest, plus a chance to win raffle prizes. "For one ticket, you get two chances to win," said event organizer Jerry Benham. "Tickets are out there, so the ice and Christmas is coming. Derby tickets are a great stocking stuffer."
Century Middle School fifth graders explored the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship during a two-day workshop this week. The "Entrepreneur for a Day" (E4D) program was developed by the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, which is based in Iowa. It's both an educational and economic development strategy designed to enable youth to successfully start their own enterprises.
According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, two people on an ATV broke through the ice on Grace Lake last night. The lake straddles northern Hubbard County and Beltrami County. One individual perished. No additional information was available at this time. This morning, another ATV plunged into Island Lake, north of Park Rapids. There were no injuries reported.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect new information. The planning commission’s decision, was not, in fact, unanimous. Hubbard County Environmental Services Officer Eric Buitenwerf later corrected his report to the county board, saying “Hubbard Chairman Ken Grob was absent for the meeting. Thus, four voting members were present. The motion on the draft amendment to Ordinance No. 10 passed 3-1, with Tim Johnson voting ‘nay,’ given the voting members present. Commissioner Johannsen is an ex-officio non-voting member.” 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.