Nominations from county residents are now being accepted for the 2018 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Hubbard County. Nominees must be age 70 or older by June 1. The award recognizes outstanding senior citizens who have contributed their time and talent to benefit their community after reaching the age of 65. They will be honored at the Hubbard County Fair on July 13.
Three Park Rapids High School speech teammates were grand champions, capturing first place at the Section 6A speech meet, held in Pillager April 14. Amber Schroeder, a senior, Poetry; Coral Johnson, junior, Drama; and Emily Kjenaas, senior, Storytelling, advance to the state speech tournament in Apple Valley Saturday (today). The top 24 competitors from each category compete to be state champion.
For nearly three decades MinnesotaCare has been a trusted choice for health care coverage, providing an affordable option for working people earning too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford traditional insurance.
Two candidates, both with Native American lineage, were endorsed to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives during the 2018 Senate District 2 DFL Convention that was held in Mahnomen on March 17. One hundred and six delegates elected Senate District 2 DFL officers and then separated into House District 2A and 2B conventions. In the House District 2A convention, 54 delegates endorsed Michael Northbird from rural Cass Lake to run as their DFL candidate against incumbent 2A State Rep. Matt Grossell, a Republican from Bagley.
The Becker County Republican convention was held March 3 in Detroit Lakes. Distinguished guests who addressed the group were District 2 Sen. Paul Utke; District 2B Rep. Steve Green; Dave Hughes and Jason Sherman, candidates for Congressional District 7; Dave Stephens, son of Mary Guiliani-Stephens; and representatives for Phil Parrish, candidate for governor.
WindSync — a hot, young woodwind quintet — is set to perform for the Heartland Concert Association at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.
A citizen's most powerful tool in civic engagement is the right to vote. It is important that we all learn how to protect that right. The League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area and Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present a joint program Tuesday, March 13 about election integrity with Steve Simon, Minnesota's Secretary of State. As Minnesota's chief elections administrator, he has pledged to "work with anyone, of any political affiliation, from any part of our state" to protect, defend and strengthen the right to vote in Minnesota.
Ever-popular, historical re-enactor Arn Kind will present "Minnesota's Wild and Woolly Prohibition Days" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Park Rapids Area Library. The 1920s are probably best known for Prohibition, a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.
Bemidji State University's Student Center for Health and Counseling is sponsoring a Monday, March 6 training session covering aspects of the nation's current opioid addiction epidemic. The presentation, entitled "The Opioid Crisis: Learn More About the Many Pathways to Recovery," will be held twice: at noon in the Crying Wolf Room of BSU's lower Hobson Memorial Union and at 7 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer Hall room 100. Admission is free.