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The Wild West meets the Midwest for four nights of rip-snorting bulls, top-calibre cowboys, bucking broncos, barrel racing and more. The Headwaters Xtreme Bulls and PRCA Rodeo celebrates its 40th anniversary July 4-7 at the Jokela ProWest grounds on Highway 34, east of Park Rapids. Randy Jokela, a Park Rapids High School graduate and the event's founder, grew up around rodeo.
A sunny, summer evening greeted those who attended Sunday's grand opening of the Halvorson Beach playground. Nevis Boy Scouts handed out balloons. The Nevis Lions served up hot dog dinners. Council member Sue Gray offered complimentary slices of cake. Mayor Jarod Senger thanked "all who donated their time and talent to this new park."
Hubbard County will replace four of its recycling sheds with 30-yard recycling roll-off boxes. On a recommendation from Hubbard County Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte, the Hubbard County Board approved a low quote of $26,780 from Pro-tainer, Inc. of Alexandria. Holte said one of his goals is to improve the county's collection of recyclables. If they work well, he's considering transitioning all of the sheds into roll-off containers at community collection points. There are currently 14 locations.
The Park Rapids Water Ski Team presented a superhero-themed show Sunday on Lake Belle Taine
On Tuesday, the Hubbard County Board approved a $4,200 quote from Vogt's Dirt Service of Bemidji to install barriers at the County 118 gravel pit in Rockwood Township. Last month, the board learned of the junky conditions at the pit, where shooters turned it into an unofficial target range, leaving substantial amounts of shotgun shells and garbage. Board Chair Cal Johannsen called it "a disgrace to Hubbard County."
Amid thunder claps and a steady downpour Saturday, the City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission officially opened the Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail. Park Rapids City Planner Ryan Mathisrud told the gathering, "Thank you for helping us celebrate this brand-new addition to Red Bridge Park. I recognize a lot of the faces here that have really done a lot to make this a reality." Six unique sculptures adorn the paved trail. They are in addition to the "Tube Dude" by Scott Gerber, installed in 2015.
A branding project to unite a network of small towns — from Osage to Akeley and Itasca State Park to Menahga and everything in between — rolled out last week. After a 10-month process, a single, inclusive brand was developed: Heartland Lakes. Civic Brand, a Dallas-based branding and marketing agency, was hired to help with the project.
The Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) received $1,305 from the Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) to create matching mosaics with Nevis artist Marsha Wolff. Work began on a pair of four-by-four-foot mosaics last week. "It went a lot faster than I thought. These people are good workers," Wolff said. The first mosaic features three geese. By Tuesday, it was nearly finished. "They wanted something about this area. They wanted something true to who they were and represent, but something that's also nature-inspired," Wolff said of the design.
The Hubbard County Board awarded bids for the new county transfer station last week. Vercon, Inc. of Menahga submitted the low bid of $3,261,977 for construction and site improvements. County commissioners accepted the low bid of $220,400 from Kennedy Scales, Inc. of Coon Rapids for truck scales installation. Payments will be made from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Solid Waste Capital Assistance Program (CAP) grant, with 25 percent budgeted as a Hubbard County's match.
Heartland Park's tennis court soon will be converted into six pickleball courts. Last year, a group of local pickleball players approached the Hubbard County Parks and Recreation Board about the possibility. About 20 people signed letters of support.