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According to the National Weather Service, snowfall totals were "highly variable" as a winter storm blustered through the area Monday. Wind gusts were as high as 32 miles per hour. Four to six inches of snowfall were predicted. Brief, heavy snow produced rates of 1 inch per hour in the heaviest bands from Park Rapids to Grand Forks. As of Tuesday 1 p.m., Park Rapids had received between 12 to 18 inches.
Nevis Public School and Menahga Public School closed Monday due to severe winter weather.
Wadena County Sheriff’s Office is advising no unnecessary travel due to weather. "Please stay home as the roads are unsafe," said Sheriff Michael D. Carr in a news release Monday. In addition, non-essential Wadena County Offices will be closing at noon today for the safety of the employees.
Free screenings of two award-winning documentaries mark the launch of a new initiative.
Firefighters responded to a blaze at Vacationaire Resort, north of Park Rapids on Island Lake, on Feb. 23. Crews arrived at 5:20 a.m. Five tankers drew water from nearby Hay Creek for five hours to contain the blaze, according to Park Rapids Fire Chief Don Hoffmann. "We moved a lot of water," he said. The fire was "too far advanced" to save the historic structure. Twenty-one Park Rapids firefighters were on the scene, along with mutual aid from Carsonville, Menahga and Lake George. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters responded to a Friday morning fire at Vacationaire Resort, north of Park Rapids.
Hubbard County Chief Deputy Auditor Sandy Rittgers clarified the county's involvement in the liquor license application for S & H Retail Inc., with a trade name of Red River Liquor Co. & Event Center. Rittgers spoke to county commissioners during their Feb. 20 meeting.
The deadly school shooting in Florida has had a ripple effect on the Menahga School District. Security measures — including arming teachers — were discussed at Tuesday's school board meeting. Elementary School Principal Jeanne Mayer said she received "a lot of phone calls since last week's tragedy in Florida" from worried parents.
Key community leaders plan to make Park Rapids a more welcoming place for those with dementia. They have formed an ACTION Park Rapids team to raise awareness about dementia, support caregivers and provide educational resources and training to community members.
The Hubbard County Board has approved a slate of highway projects for 2018. They also reviewed the annual bridge inspection report during their Feb. 6 meeting. By state and federal law, the county is required to evaluate the structural integrity of all bridges with a 10-foot span or greater. The highway projects are as follows: • Bituminous reclamation and overlay on CSAH 36, from U.S. Hwy. 200 to U.S. Hwy. 2. • Bituminous overlay on CSAH 29 in Rockwood Township, from CSAH 9 to the county line.