Bentley, Tabor win tree drawing

Winners were drawn April 12 for Park Rapids' annual urban forestry tree giveaway.

The Park Rapids Urban Forestry Committee drew the winners of the annual tree giveaway on Monday.

The giveaway is connected with the city’s celebration of Arbor Day, part of maintaining Park Rapids’ designation as a Tree City USA. Residential property owners in the city were eligible to win.

Winner of the northern pin oak was Rebecca Bentley at 618 Lake Ave. Winning the Japanese tree lilac was Edythe Tabor at 804 Pine St. Additional names were drawn in case the initial winners withdraw or decline the prize.

The committee received one bid for 2022 tree replacement on city property, for $1,065 from Flying W Gardens. Committee member Steve Jones moved to award the bid and the motion passed unanimously.

In other discussion, the Urban Forestry Committee:


  • Heard that City Administrator Angel Weasner is working with the state on the grant for a project targeted to slow the spread of emerald ash borer, a tree pest. Committee chair Cheryle Wilke said progress is not moving very quickly at the state end.

  • Heard that the city received its Tree City USA recognition for the 35th year. Wilke noted that this recognition ties into $2 per capita of local government aid that supports the work of city forester Stephanie Pazdernik.

  • Heard that the local Boy Scouts want to participate in the city’s tree planting, but they will be at camp on April 30, which is Arbor Day in the city. Pazdernik said she will work with them to schedule a day that works. Wilke and Jones also voiced a desire to participate.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday, May 10 at city hall.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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