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For those wanting to make a difference and get involved, a June 19 "Volunteer Fair" will showcase area organizations that need helping hands. Sponsored by Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area (LAH) and CHI St. Joseph's Health, the free event includes a keynote speaker, lunch, booths and educational sessions. It will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church.
In late March, Park Rapids resident Tina Crabb went to Cwikla ACE Hardware to select paint for her office and master bathroom — and ended up one of 25 contestants in a nationwide 2018 Color of the Year Contest. "They were having a paint sale and I needed paint, so my sons and I went there. We knew they were having a contest, but we didn't know much about it. So we just decided, 'Why not?'," Crabb said.
The new restrooms are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at Pioneer Park in downtown Park Rapids. Both restrooms are handicap-accessible, unisex single seaters with motion-sensing hand dryers. The facilities are cleaned five days a week and have doors that lock automatically at night. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for eastern Hubbard County in north central Minnesota until 4:30 p.m.
For more than two decades, the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club (MVCC) has partnered with Park Rapids fifth graders, parents and staff to build bluebird houses. The science project began in the early 1990s, according to Park Rapids Enterprise archives. It was designed as an activity to benefit one of the state's more colorful seasonal songbirds.
The Park Rapids American Legion family conducts the Memorial Day service, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. This year marks the 99th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion. Guest speaker is U.S. Navy Captain Burt Swanson, who served in active duty and reserves for a total of 31.5 years.
Dogs have another good reason to wag their tails. A private, members-only dog recreation area newly opened in Park Rapids. A ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday marked the grand opening of Tawny Dog Park, owned and operated by Angie Walthers. The fenced, 9-acre park features agility training equipment, lure course, obedience classes, flyball, hiking trails, Canine Good Citizen program and skijoring/snowshoeing powered by dogs. Walter thanked everyone for "making my dream come true through hard work or donations."
Anna Besonen, a Menahga High School junior, took top honors at the Nemeth Art Center's 2018 Youth Art Exhibit. Her remarkably life-like pencil drawing won grand prize: a $3,400 scholarship to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). An opening reception and awards ceremony was held Saturday.
A gravel pit's conditions in northern Hubbard County drew ire from County Commissioner Cal Johannsen at Tuesday's board meeting. Hubbard County public works officials, the sheriff, Johannsen and neighboring landowners visited the gravel pit last week. It's located at County 118, near County Road 9, in Rockwood Township.
Hubbard County Attorney Jonathan Frieden returned to the county board Tuesday to report his findings about Vacationaire Resort's sign. The sign is located within County Highway 89's right-of-way. Both the county sign ordinance and Minnesota Statute prohibit private signs within rights-of-ways. The sign is also on a platted road, Icon Drive. After receiving a complaint last month that the sign caused visibility concerns, Hubbard County officials investigated possible exceptions or alternative solutions.