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Three weeks ago today, Leah Phifer ended a congressional campaign which just days before led every ballot at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's 8th District endorsement convention.
Restoration of a historic log home has attracted the attention of passersby. Believed to be built in 1933, it's located at 823 Main Ave. N. in Park Rapids. The bottom logs were rotted, so owner Gina Rypkema hired Mark Webber of Akeley and Jesse Dennison of Walker to restore the structure. The 1,315-square-foot building has one bedroom, one bathroom and a massive, original stone fireplace. It served as Rypkema's financial advisor office until 2007.
The Park Rapids Volunteer Network is live. The website aims to connect volunteers with area organizations that need their help. A small task force from ACTION Park Rapids created the customized webpage ( https://volunteerparkrapids.galaxydigital.com ) with the help of Galaxy Digital, a website designer in North Carolina. Several organizations have already begun to post their events and needs. Carolynne White, a task force member, is recruiting more organizations and volunteers to "sign up and get connected."
The Nemeth Art Center (NAC) opened for the season this week. Admission is free to the NAC galleries, which are open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. May through September. Julie Buffalohead and Nathanael Flink are the featured artists through July 14. Buffalohead, an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, lives and works in St. Paul. She has exhibited both locally and nationally.
Park Rapids comes alive in the summer, and so does the colorful flowers hanging along Highway 34. Hafner's is encouraging sponsors to come forward to help fund the project. Businesses, individuals and organizations are asked to support the cause and sponsor a flower pole for $200. Hafner's Greenhouse started the beautification initiative in 2010. Nearly 100 overflowing flower baskets hang each year — from Lori Lea Lanes along Highway 34 to Cease Funeral Home at Fair Avenue, with extra attention paid to the centerpiece display at Ace Hardware.
According to Park Rapids Enterprise spotters, the ice has left Fish Hook Lake. On Monday, the Enterprise will draw from the winning entries in its second annual Ice-Out Challenge. The first ticket drawn wins grand prize: a Wave Armor Impulse kayak and paddle. Other drawing prizes are gift cards donated by local sponsors of the contest. Watch the Enterprise for the drawing results.
The Park Rapids Area Community Band, under the direction of Dr. Russell Pesola, will present its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12 in the Park Rapids High School auditorium. The concert features bassoonist Miriam Brack Webber, an assistant professor of music at Bemidji State University.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds people that a Red Flag Warning has been issued today by the National Weather Service. Conditions are ripe for wildlfire.
Hubbard County's newest group of thespians took to the stage over the weekend. 5th-H Performing Arts Club produced Don Zolidis' "The Seuss Odyssey," a speedy and humorous reimagining of Homer's "Odyssey," all in the style of Dr. Seuss. Production manager Charlie Edwins explained that the idea for a youth theatrical group was inspired by the 4-H Pine Cones Club's years of involvement in "4-H Share the Fun." Youth from counties prepare and perform a play, dance, musical or other act. Each county then nominates two groups to perform at the Minnesota State Fair.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. – The mystery substance found on cash that burned a clerk at a Mahnomen County gas station Monday, April 30, turned out to be a “carbohydrate” that may have triggered an allergic reaction, according to the sheriff’s office. A state lab in St. Paul determined that the powder on the bill was “nontoxic and nonacidic,” the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.