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A blustery Halloween

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Ben Soderberg, a Lake George firefighter helping deliver Halloween treats , pauses for a photo with a miniature likeness, Rhyett Brown, 5, of Menahga.

Northwesterly winds, gusting from 25 to 45 mph, blew something wicked this way on Halloween. Yet it didn’t deter wee ghosts, ghouls and superheroes from safely receiving bagged candy at the annual Park Rapids Trick or Treat event, revamped this year due to the pandemic. Tables were set up at the fourth block of Main Ave. on Saturday afternoon for one-stop candy delivery.

Ben Soderberg, a volunteer, remarked that the event was supposed to start at 3 p.m., but people arrived at 2 p.m. “We were set up, except for the hurricane winds,” he said, adding that foot traffic was “pretty steady.”

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) purchased the candy. Several Park Rapids Area High School groups – such as National Honor Society, Alternative Learning Center and study hall students – filled 1,200 bags.

“In addition to the candy we purchased at cost from Aunt Belle's Confectionary, some businesses that had already bought candy added it to the candy we bought and several businesses and individuals donated cash to offset our expense,” explained LuAnn Hurd-Lof, a PRDBA member. She noted that other costs were insurance, printing, glow-in-the-dark stickers on the bag, etc. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and the PRDBA will pay the balance.

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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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