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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.
A new campaign is underway to finance a community career collaboration coordinator (CCCC). This person would establish partnerships between businesses, instructors and schools so students may pursue their career interests. Park Rapids Superintendent Lance Bagstad and High School Principal Jeff Johnson pitched the idea Tuesday to a Leadership Council comprising city, county, community and business leaders.
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."