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Wild parsnip is growing without rhyme nor reason, according to Hubbard County Agricultural Inspector Greg Hensel. He shared his annual noxious weed report and infestation maps with the Hubbard County Board Tuesday. "It's growing exponentially, it seems, in spots where we've never seen it. It just showed up," Hensel said. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) describes wild parsnip as "highly invasive," developing into "large monocultures that replace native animal and plant habitat" if ignored.
Local assessors missed the Feb. 1 deadline for submitting appraisal records, and it's causing headaches for the Hubbard County Assessor's Office. By Minnesota statute, County Assessor Ginger Woodrum must assume responsibility for any overdue items. On Tuesday, Woodrum asked the county board asked for authorization to correct deficiencies by any local assessors, to perform assessments on parcels for which the deadline was missed and to grant her deadline extensions "where reasonable and necessary."
The Park Rapids Area High School (PRAHS) drama department holds the state record for taking one-act plays to state competition. They earned another trip to St. Paul by winning first place at the Section 6A contest, held Feb. 3 in Park Rapids. Bertha-Hewitt, the second-place winners, also advance to state. PRAHS will be one of eight Single A schools performing at the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Play Festival on the O'Shaughnessy stage at St. Catherine's University. Park Rapids competes at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9.
A small task force is creating a centralized website to connect volunteers with organizations that need their help. The Park Rapids Volunteer Network will list volunteer opportunities in Hubbard County. The effort emerged from ACTION Park Rapids Lakes Area, a countywide initiative to identify areas of opportunity and change. For the past year, nearly 100 people from different sectors of the community have met quarterly to create 90-day action plans for nine specific areas: the arts, basic needs, business, education, health, seniors, volunteers and youth.
Hardy anglers braved brutally cold temps Saturday in the hopes of catching fish, cash and prizes. "We're troopers," said Mike Spaulding. He and wife Sue traveled from Bemidji to participate in the 20th annual Park Rapids American Legion Fishing Derby. This year's contest boasted a whopping $150,000 in prizes. "It's cold, but there's a lot of nice fish," said derby organizer Jerry Benham. All told, contestants caught 10 bluegill, 23 crappie, three largemouth bass, 63 northern pike, 117 perch, 78 rock bass, three sunfish, one walleye and two whitefish.
Local female veterans were venerated for their service to country. The Jan. 30 event was hosted by the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Auxiliary and Hubbard County Veterans Service Office (VSO). Six women attended a recognition tea in their honor. A nurse, Rosemary Miller served two years in active duty. The first year she was at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, the other at the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Bình, Vietnam. Miller's great-grandfather homesteaded property south of Dorset corner.
Sisters Nicole and Brenna Grangroth may have opposite personalities, but they share a single passion: dog mushing. Last weekend, the duo competed in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, mingling with world-class mushers. Established in 1980, the Beargrease race is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. Both ladies attend Menahga High School. Nicole, 15, raced in the junior class division, traversing 120 miles through the hills of the North Shore with her eight furry teammates. She completed the course in 15 hours, 44 minutes.
The Park Rapids Enterprise was honored with awards Jan. 25 at the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest.
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Auxiliary Chapter 38 is hosting a recognition tea for women veterans and their guests at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 (today) at the Park Rapids American Legion. The intent of the event is to connect female veterans with their supporters. DAV Commander Jeff Siebert welcomes questions about the DAV. Hubbard County Veterans Service Officer Jerry Bjerke will also answer questions about benefit options for women vets, available resources and valuable support contact. RSVP to 732-4915.
The Park Rapids Police Department is investigating a complaint of needles embedded in a prepackaged sandwich that was purchased at Walmart in Park Rapids. Edith Hudson of Akeley contacted law enforcement and the store after she discovered two sewing needles, each about 2 inches long, in the bread. She purchased the Marketside supreme "super" sub sandwich Saturday morning. "For lunch, we ate the first section. For supper, I was going to cut it in half. I don't like all that bread, so I opened it up and saw something shiny," Hudson said in a phone interview.