The magic of Medora takes to the road again this holiday season with 27 performances of a music and magic variety show in 22 communities, including a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 show at Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. "A Magical Medora Christmas" will feature five of the top performers to have graced the stage of the Burning Hills Amphitheater, including former Medora Musical hosts Emily Walter, Bill Sorensen and Job Christenson, yodeler extraordinaire Jared Mason, and Chad Willow, longtime band leader at the Medora Musical.
Joel Vorhes of Park Rapids has been awarded an Advocacy Achievement Award by Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) for his work as a Judicare attorney. LSNM serves low-income and elderly residents of 22 counties using offices in Moorhead, Alexandria and Bemidji and the Judicare Panel, a group of 165 private attorneys throughout the region.
Jeanie Coborn of Citizens National Bank of Park Rapids was named a Minnesota Housing Top Producing Loan Officer at the Silver Level for her loan production during the first half of 2017.
For many years, Century PTA has relied on the Label Collection Program to earn points or money for the school. The money goes toward the media center, school supply closet and many other school needs. "We recently found out that the Campbell's Labels for Education Program is ending. This will result in thousands of points lost throughout the school year," said Century PTA in a news release. "With those points, we were able to purchase catalogue products, like playground and gym equipment, school supplies, videos, a printer, and many other items."
Looking for something special to wrap up this November? The third and final event of the Native American Heritage Month, sponsored by the Park Rapids Area Library and League of Women Voters Park Rapids (LWVPRA), is a popular "Make a Dreamcatcher" class. Neegonee Bruner, culture teacher at Pine Point School, and student assistants will lead an interactive session on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the library. The activity is ideal for people ages 10 and older. Pre-register to guarantee a space and supplies by signing up at the library or calling 732-4966.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Park Rapids Area Fisheries office has set the whitefish and cisco (tullibee) netting season for Dec. 1 through Dec. 31 on Straight Lake in Becker County. Notice will be posted at the lake access and other public places near the lake. To access the online listing of netting dates and netting regulations, visit mndnr.gov/regulations/fishing and click on "Whitefish - Cisco Sport Gillnetting." Opening dates for these lakes are determined based on fish abundance, climatic conditions and vulnerability of game fish.
The Park Rapids Arts and Culture Advisory Commission recently completed an Arts and Culture Plan for the city. One of the plan's high priority projects is to develop a sculpture trail along the Heartland Trail in Red Bridge Park. The city parks and beautification board has approved six locations for sculptures in the park. The next step toward the goal of installing sculptures in the spring is to establish criteria for selecting the artworks.
The giant spruce on Main Street, lighted trees on every corner, fresh evergreen wreaths on the carriage lights and window displays set the scene for the holidays in downtown Park Rapids. Enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate and other treats at the Yuletide Sampler from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24. Participating businesses host this annual event as a way to thank the community for their support all year and invite the start of your holiday shopping. Freewill offerings from the Yuletide Sampler will be donated to CHI St. Joseph's Health Hospice Care.
The Itasca-Mantrap Operation Round Up Trust awarded $34,400 to 58 civic projects on Nov. 9. Operation Round Up, a charitable program unique to electric co-ops, is designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit or community-based organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the Itasca-Mantrap service area. The primary source of funding for the trust is from Itasca-Mantrap members who voluntarily round up their electric bills.
The Park Rapids Education and Activities Foundation (PREAF) is teaming up with Lamb Weston/RDO Frozen for a French fry sale on Saturday, Nov. 18. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Century School bus loop. Lamb Weston/RDO Frozen is donating three of its potato products for the sale — straight-cut French fries, potato puffs and potato rounds — with all proceeds going to PREAF.