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Letter: Armory provides great opportunity for city

Park Rapids and the surrounding community have an exceptional opportunity to become a destination place for young and old alike. According to residents who have lived here for a long time the Armory was used by many groups. We now have the opport...

 Park Rapids and the surrounding community have an exceptional opportunity to become a destination place for young and old alike. According to residents who have lived here for a long time the Armory was used by many groups.  We now have the opportunity to create a center that can attract all sorts of activities. We have a $2.5 million grant waiting for us to say yes too. All we need is for the city council to vote for the city to become the public owners. The grant will then become available. This is an excellent opportunity for economic development in our area.  

This past weekend was an excellent example of how the building can be used. What fun it was to see the creativity in the costumes that individuals and families exhibited to make this truly a great Halloween event. Approximately 400 people attended the Nemeth Art Center event. In the lower level of the building the Park Rapids High School drama department created a Haunted House. Approximately 360 persons toured this venue and they were still talking about it at the high school on Monday.  We need to think of future generations that will inherit our great community. Do we want to be known as a community who passed up a wonderful opportunity or do we step up to the plate and say “Let’s go for it”!  We are attracted to this community because of what it had to offer. Let’s help provide a place for all types of activities whether it’s for the arts, trade shows, theater events, wedding receptions and more.  The number of events that have taken place at the armory so far in its partly finished state have proven its worth. Now let’s show our support and be positive in our approach to accept it for what it can bring to the surrounding area.

Bickey Bender, Park Rapids

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