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Two four-by-four-foot mosaics were installed at the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) Wednesday. The DAC received $1,305 from the Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) to create matching mosaics with Nevis artist Marsha Wolff. The first mosaic features three geese; the second a dragonfly with flowers. Both staff and DAC clients worked on the mosaics.
Hubbard County completed the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) project and submitted updates to the U.S. Census Bureau. LUCA is a voluntary, once-a-decade procedure and ensures an accurate count for each participating jurisdiction. It is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and update the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list prior to the 2020 Census.
For those wanting to track progress on the new Menahga School addition, a construction photo gallery is posted regularly on the Menahga School District's website ( www.menahga.k12.mn.us ). Click on "Building Progress," then "Photos." Building plans, along with 3D architectural renderings, are also available.
The dust has cleared, and the cowboys and cowgirls have headed home. The Headwaters Xtreme Bulls and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo came to a close Saturday, after a four-day celebration of its 40th anniversary. The Xtreme Bulls event featured 40 new competitors each night. Four-time world champion Sage Kimzey was bucked off in the finals of the Xtreme Bulls Thursday night.
Hubbard County will soon expand its composting efforts. A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) environmental assistance grant awarded to Polk County will be utilized by six counties, including Hubbard County. Source separated organic material (SSOM), such as food scraps and compostable paper, will be collected in specialized containers and hauled to a new compost facility near Crookston.
When the Headwaters PRCA Rodeo doubled its prize money to celebrate its 40th anniversary in Park Rapids, the number of professional competitors doubled. Randy Jokela, event founder and producer, said entries jumped from 140 last year to more than 300 this year. To accommodate all the action, an overflow performance will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7 at the Jokela ProWest grounds. There will be no admission charge for this special event. Tickets are required when the rodeo concludes Saturday evening. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
The Headwaters Xtreme Bull Ride opened July 4. The 40th annual event draws 70 top riders from across the nation, including two former world champions.
The Park Rapids Rotary Club's fireworks show doesn't disappoint. Heartland Park and Red Bridge Park were filled with spectators "oohing" and "aahing" on the Fourth of July.
Descendants of early Osage pioneers gathered for the 135th anniversary of Riverside Cemetery. They dedicated a historical marker during the June 24 ceremony. The cemetery was established in 1883, the land a gift from Arthur and Mary Sanderson, one of the area's early white settlers. When Florence (McLaughlin) Hesse — a granddaughter of the Sandersons — passed away in 2017, she left a generous gift to Riverside Cemetery.