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At the Hocking County, Ohio Trailfest Celebration in late April, Florence Hedeen was recognized for her 2,500 volunteer hours on the North Country National Scenic Trail. She received a jacket from National Park Service representative Mark Weaver. Hedeen said about two-thirds of her hours involved maintaining the trail and one-third in her capacity as an officer. "I'm behind (husband) Carter by about 2,000 hours and there are numbers of people who have done this," she said. "It was very fun to be recognized by NCT. They value volunteer labor."
The candidate filing period for federal, state and county offices closed June 5. County commissioners In the Hubbard County Board race, Dave De La Hunt will oppose incumbent Vern Massie.
Hubbard County Commissioners Dan Stacey and Char Christenson joined nearly 70 other Minnesota county commissioners and officials May 31 at a private briefing and tour of the White House. They reported on the unique occasion at Tuesday's Hubbard County Board meeting. The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs is organizing similar events for county officials in every state, according to a press release.
Northern Lights Dance Academy presented its summer recital, "Across the Universe: Peace, Love, Hope" on Sunday. The show featured dancers from three years old to teens.
A 7 percent reduction in state funding for the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) will result in an $85,000 to $100,000 annual loss of revenue. The cut goes into effect July 1. A nonprofit organization, the DAC offers day training services, habilitation services, community-supported employment and center-based employment for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. About 95 clients complete jobs at the DAC facility on Pleasant Avenue, the Tin Ceiling, Bearly Used Thrift Store and Salvage Depot.
For those wanting to make a difference and get involved, a June 19 "Volunteer Fair" will showcase area organizations that need helping hands. Sponsored by Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area (LAH) and CHI St. Joseph's Health, the free event includes a keynote speaker, lunch, booths and educational sessions. It will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church.
In late March, Park Rapids resident Tina Crabb went to Cwikla ACE Hardware to select paint for her office and master bathroom — and ended up one of 25 contestants in a nationwide 2018 Color of the Year Contest. "They were having a paint sale and I needed paint, so my sons and I went there. We knew they were having a contest, but we didn't know much about it. So we just decided, 'Why not?'," Crabb said.
The new restrooms are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at Pioneer Park in downtown Park Rapids. Both restrooms are handicap-accessible, unisex single seaters with motion-sensing hand dryers. The facilities are cleaned five days a week and have doors that lock automatically at night. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for eastern Hubbard County in north central Minnesota until 4:30 p.m.
For more than two decades, the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club (MVCC) has partnered with Park Rapids fifth graders, parents and staff to build bluebird houses. The science project began in the early 1990s, according to Park Rapids Enterprise archives. It was designed as an activity to benefit one of the state's more colorful seasonal songbirds.