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Nordberg praised for making Park Rapids better

The city council recognized Rod Nordberg on July 26 for his services to the city.

Rod Nordberg
Park Rapids Enterprise file photo (2019)
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The Park Rapids City Council on July 26 recognized Rod Nordberg for his services to the city.

City Administrator Angel Weasner said Nordberg recently stepped down from the Arts and Culture Advisory Commission, of which he has been a member since it was formed in 2011.

“He was instrumental in the Arts and Culture sculpture walk that we have within the City of Park Rapids,” said Weasner.

Council member Liz Stone said that since Nordberg has “contributed so much time and effort to the Arts and Culture Commission, it doesn’t go without recognition. He’s just done so much work and made Park Rapids that much better.”

“Still doing it, too,” city planning commission member Nancy Newman piped up from the audience.


Council member Tom Conway echoed Stone’s sentiments, noting that Nordberg is also in the Rotary Club, where “he volunteers and is just a good guy all the way around.”

Mayor Ryan Leckner recalled being on the city council with Nordberg, adding, “He’s done a lot for the community.”

Nordberg was not present at the meeting.

In consent items and general business, the council:

  • Approved public easements from Eric Mickleson and Joshua Meader for the Fair Avenue street and utility improvement project.
  • Approved a five-year joint powers agreement with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on behalf of the city attorney and the police department, to use the systems and tools available on the state agency’s Criminal Justice Data Network. 
  • Appointed Nancy Tehark to the library board. A resolution to appoint Lance Bagstad to the airport commission was removed from the agenda.
  • Paid Aquacide Company $3,936 for aquatic weed control pellets, herbicide and liquid algaecide plus shipping.
  • Paid Flaherty & Hood, P.A. a total of $3,198 for work on the city’s shouse ordinance ($520) and an airport hangar lease ($2,678).
  • Paid the Heartland Lakes Development Commission $12,500 for economic development assistance for the third quarter of 2022.
  • Paid TKDA $21,818 for work on the airport terminal area taxilanes construction project.
  • Paid Tyler Technologies $10,183 for configuration, readiness assessment, conversion to their financial software and performance testing.
  • Granted a transient merchant license to Josh Oswald with Blue Line BBQ LLC to operate his food truck on Aug. 6 and 13.
  • Acknowledged donations to the city between July 11 and 21, totaling $763, mostly designated for the Fish Hook Lake and River aquatic invasive species fund.
  • Authorized disposal of surplus city property. An abandoned Volvo S40 and a Dodge Ram 1500 V5 will be sold by the public works department via an online auction company.
  • Approved payables totaling $71,330 and prepaids totaling $190,152.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 23 at city hall. The meeting that would regularly occur on Aug. 9 is canceled due to the primary election, but a special meeting will be announced after the election to canvass ballots.

The city also received a commemorative photo honoring its support of this year's 2nd Street Stage concert series.

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