Park Rapids City Council adds Calvary Lutheran Church to Sculpture Trail

The church acquired an adjacent property, demolished a house and is planting a pollinator garden, where there will also be a sculpture pad.

Rod Nordberg collected his certificate of recognition from the Park Rapids City Council on Aug. 23, 2022, after being recognized in absentia for his services to the city on July 26. In addition, Nordberg was presented with a key to the city.
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The Park Rapids City Council on Aug. 23 added Calvary Lutheran Church to the list of approved locations for the city’s Sculpture Trail.

According to City Administrator Angel Weasner, the Arts and Culture Advisory Commission received a request from the church to put in a sculpture pad.

“They had torn down a house that was currently there,” said Weasner, “and have acquired the property, and they are going to put in a pollinator garden, and they wish to actually have a sculpture at that location.”

The city council approved the other Sculpture Trail locations in October 2019, Weasner noted. She said either a concrete pad or a rock, to be placed at the church’s expense, will be located east of Scooter’s on the south side of State Hwy. 34, and the Arts and Culture commission will determine what sculpture to put on it.

Council member Tom Conway made a motion to approve the request, and it passed unanimously.


Bills paid, etc.

In consent items and general business, the council:

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  • Paid Benson Leitheiser & Soberg $4,280 for work on the audit of the Firefighters Relief Association. Last year’s audit cost $3,950.
  • Paid David Drown Associates $4,000 for filing the city’s Tax Increment Financing reports for six districts.
  • Paid Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district development agreement recipients a total of $130,462 for first half of 2022 TIF tax receipts. Payments include $26,386 to Larmac Industries, $13,294 to SDG properties, $2,522 to Armory Square Management, $27,283 to Pleasant Court of Park Rapids and $60,978 to KI Senior Living.
  • Paid Apex Engineering $45,351 for work on the Fair Avenue, Career Path, Depot Park tennis courts and East River Road projects..
  • Paid Boyer Trucks/Parts Alliance North $1,462 for parts to repair a street maintenance unit, including a switch, a rear spring and freight charges.
  • Paid Dakota Supply Group $2,337 for water operating supplies.
  • Paid Flaherty & Hood P.A. $3,088 for legal work on general municipal matters ($1,280) and planning matters ($1,808).
  • Paid Hawkins Inc. $3,480 to purchase water treatment chemicals.
  • Paid Hoffman Electric Inc. $3,114 for checking the airport’s approach lighting system and replacing a strobe tube ($135), retrofitting street lights with LEDs (two invoices, $1,181 and $1,420) and installing a beacon and dialer receptacle at a sewer lift station ($378). 
  • Paid Johnson Jet-Line Sewer Cleaning and Pipe Inspection $1,500 for inspecting the city’s sewer lines.
  • Paid M State in Wadena $4,500 for a 20-hour commercial driver’s license training for employee Gregory Mackenzie.
  • Paid MacQueen Equipment $1,454 to purchase items to repair sewer and airport equipment, including a cylinder swing, gauges, an overhaul kit and freight charges..
  • Paid MVI $5,372 for an irrigation pump valve and repair work on an irrigator that had low power at a pivot point. .
  • Paid Neo-Electrical Solutions $2,485 for a semi-annual inspection of the airport’s approach lighting system..
  • Paid Sanitation Products Inc. $2,078 for repair and maintenance of Vactor sewer equipment, including labor, shop supplies and a hardened raceway bearing.
  • Paid Swanson’s Repair Inc. $2,856 for annual pump tests on four fire department apparatus.
  • Paid Tyler Technologies $29,339 for assistance implementing the city’s new financial system ($2,730) and annual “software as a service” fees ($26,609), to be divided proportionately between the general, airport, liquor, water, sewer and stormwater funds.
  • Paid Ziegler $2,110 for a cylinder to repair an airport loader.
  • Paid J&J Excavating $36,788 for work on the Career Path street and utility project, per the recommendation of City Engineer Jon Olson. 
  • Approved a retroactive public facilities use permit to Michelle Holmer to use Deane Park on Aug. 20 for a wedding.
  • Accepted donations to the city between July 25 and Aug. 15, totaling $3,225. Many of the donations were to the library in memory of David Long. 
  • Approved payables totaling $268,847 and prepaids totaling $417,363.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 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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