Life begins returning to downtown Park Rapids

The old normal starts to overtake the new normal as COVID-19 restrictions continue to loosen.

Parking spots filled up Wednesday afternoon along Main Avenue in Park Rapids. Meanwhile, local streets and highways suddenly looked busy this week for the first time in almost three months. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)

The traffic is back. Once more in force is the summer rule against turning left onto the highway, except at a light. Downtown parking spaces, widely available until recently, are once again in high demand.

As Gov. Tim Walz continues to relax restrictions on businesses, restaurants and bars began serving indoor customers on Wednesday, and beauty salons opened again.

Stacked High Deli co-owner Jerry Kurth said he had gotten so used to pick-up and delivery service that he kept looking up and being surprised to see people sitting at his tables.

At the Park Avenue Salon, actually located on Main Avenue in Park Rapids, host Jean Ruzicka said, “It’s been going gangbusters. Everybody’s just so grateful. They come in with their hair three inches longer than (before). Men especially, because men, I think, are more conscious of keeping their hair short.”

Two stylists were busy serving customers, using masks and social distancing.


Ruzicka said appointments have booked up fast. “The phone’s been ringing off the hook,” she said, adding that it’s slowed down since people started calling last week.

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