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.
The public is invited to an Anishinaabe Heritage Festival Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Park Rapids Area Library, beginning at 11 a.m. Activities include an opening ceremony led by Mike Swan, a drum performance by the Smokey Hills Drummers and traditional Ojibwe dance by area youth. Sample authentic Ojibwe foods, create a beaded project under the direction of Neegonee Bruner, culture teacher at Pine Point School, and learn about Anishinaabe history and culture through videos and displays.
Arvig has received reports of an email scam affecting customers who use an arvig.net email address. This email is not from Arvig and should be deleted. Reports indicate that the email arrived around 8:21 p.m. on Nov. 2. It appears to come from Email support at email@example.com . The email states that "something unusual" was detected about a recent sign-in to the customer's account. The link in the email then redirects to a fraudulent website that looks identical to Arvig's Webmail login page; however, the URL is not Arvig's.
"Definitely a trophy," says Leonard Thelen Sr. of Park Rapids. He shot a bull moose on Sept. 13 about 70 miles southwest of Fairbanks, Alaska. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), full-grown bulls stand almost 6 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh from 1,200 to 1,600 pounds.
The Mantrap Valley Conservation Club (MVCC) is pleased to announce the winners of its first scholarship essay contest for graduates of high schools from Hubbard County who are attending an accredited post-secondary institution. This is an annual scholarship award, giving $3,000 to the first place winner and $1,500 to the second place winner.