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Individuals who will be 11 years old by Aug. 22 are eligible to enroll in the Minnesota Firearm Safety course that will be held in Park Rapids. The class will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24 at the Environmental Education building on the Hubbard County Fairgrounds.
Colorful, beautifully restored classic cars lined more than three blocks of Main Saturday. The 36th annual Run to the Rapids show in downtown Park Rapids featured muscle cars and hot rods in every imaginable bright hue. Participants hail primarily from northern Minnesota, the Twin Cities and the Dakotas, according to Dave Kiehn, a Northern Knights Car Club member. "We have 105 cars registered, and that doesn't count the club cars," he said. There are currently 35 members in the Northern Knights, which hosts the annual car show.
Serendipity — and a 3M grant — brought Bao Phi, two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, to the Park Rapids Library's storytime last Friday. Phi read from his award-winning, debut children's book, "A Different Pond." He brought along the first child to ever read his book: his daughter, Sông.
One hundred years after the end of World War I, a Minnesota veteran finally received his Purple Heart. On Saturday, 88-year-old Betty Landa of Menahga — one of Albert M. Hanson's three living daughters — accepted the military honor on his behalf at the Park Rapids American Legion. Many of Hanson's descendants attended the ceremony: eight grandchildren and their spouses, six great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandkids. The award was presented by Sen. Amy Klobuchar alongside Colonel Chad Sackett, deputy training site manager at Camp Ripley.
Blasts of chilly water launched Legends and Logging Days Thursday night. According to Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Butch De La Hunt, Water Wars registration filled up quickly, with 16 teams gunning for the 2018 Loony Traveling Trophy.
After hearing public testimony, the Hubbard County Board approved special legislation that gives them authority to grant an off-sale liquor license to Akeley's Red River Event Center. County commissioners then approved the license application. A public hearing about the matter was held Tuesday. Attendees filled all the seats in the board room. The Red River Event Center is owned by Brian and Sara Halik and Jeff and Maggie Stacey. When their business opened this year, their plans were to have off-sale in a part of the building and call it the Red River Liquor Company.
The Nemeth Art Center 's "2nd Sat Hap" series resumes Saturday, Aug. 11 with performances by Bao Phi, Buffalo Skin, Chasing Clarence, Rhoda Jackson, along with a screening of the film "My Ocean."
Register now for bridge tournament Bridge players are invited to a sanctioned duplicate bridge tournament as well as a party bridge tournament Monday, Aug. 27 at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 305 W. 5th St., Park Rapids. Registration is from 10 to 10:45 a.m. with lunch at 11 a.m., bridge to follow. There will be door prizes and 50/50 payout. Proceeds benefit the Park Rapids Senior Citizens Center. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Ruthann Helgren at 732-7427, Eric and Phyllis Barth at 732-7767 or Jean Ruzicka at 652-4311 to register.
Hubbard First Response & Rescue has completed an 14-by-28-foot expansion of their 1100 Birch Street headquarters. The facility now boasts a new kitchen, classroom, office and two bathrooms. Members celebrated the grand opening July 25 with a brat dinner and training on how to prepare a helicopter landing zone. Hubbard First Response & Rescue's mission is "to provide emergency care to victims of sudden illness or injury on a 24-hour basis."
Vacationaire Resort has applied for an after-the-fact variance for a 4,040-square-foot vehicle parking lot that does not comply with Hubbard County's shoreland management ordinance. Owners Tim and Nikki Clancy removed trees, graded a buffer bump and dumped approximately 4 cubic yards of class V gravel within the 100-foot setback area on Island Lake and within the 10-foot setback from their side lot line. The new parking lot also causes the property to exceed the 25 percent impervious surface area threshold.