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Recognizing our organizations that 'give back'

Today we're taking a look at our local service organizations and what their members do to "give back" to the community in a special Community Builder section in the Enterprise.

Today we're taking a look at our local service organizations and what their members do to "give back" to the community in a special Community Builder section in the Enterprise.

We have focused on organizations in our area that volunteer and raise money for the betterment of the Park Rapids area. Some groups focus on creating a great place for kids to live and play and others work toward giving scholarships.

There is no shortage of volunteer organizations in the area. People like to give back to feel part of the community and that's something very apparent in the Park Rapids area.

People involved in these organizations give freely of their time and talents, qualities that are part of the core human resources of a healthy community.

With so many volunteers and organizations in our community we're sure we've missed someone. This is just a snapshot.

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We hope to continue highlighting organizations in our community through the pages of our regular editions of the Enterprise.

This Community Builder is part of an ongoing series of special news reports focusing on an aspect or subject that defines the word "community" in rural Minnesota.

The project is a collaborative effort among newspapers in Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Alexandria, Morris, Wadena, Perham and New York Mills.

Each is publishing a section on the same subject.

The Community Builder series focuses on what's going right in our community and positive happenings.

People living in our communities are facing tougher times and many are suffering from job loss, foreclosure and poverty. These problems are real and people we know personally are dealing with these issues.

But we still should count our blessings. With all the negativity we face every day we should be thankful for our friends and neighbors who give back to the community through service organizations.

It really is extraordinary to think about all that these groups do for our community. They make our area a great place to live and raise a family.

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We're proud of the people who give of themselves and want to thank them for everything they do.

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