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Since 2010, colorful flower baskets have lined State Hwy. 34 each summer. This photo was taken in 2018.
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Profusion of flower baskets

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Park Rapids is fortunate to have bright and cheery pops of color along State Hwy. 34 and downtown thanks to a beautification effort that began in 2010.

The hanging flower baskets that bedeck State Hwy. 34 require financial support from the community. Individuals, businesses or organizations support the cause.

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association purchases the lovely hanging baskets in the downtown district.

Hafner’s Greenhouse raises all the flowers and hangs baskets by Memorial Day. They donate all the flowers that hang on ACE’s railing as well as the Park Rapids Fire Hall.

Hafner’s is responsible for all the labor involved, including watering daily throughout the summer and taking the baskets down around Labor Day. They volunteer their time.

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For more information on becoming a pole sponsor or to donate to the project, contact the Hafners at 732-8033.

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The Park Rapids Enterprise knows we can’t please all readers all the time. And readers have every right to send critical comments if a story or coverage riles them up. But don’t do it through an anonymous note, with no return address or phone number. This doesn’t accomplish anything. It doesn’t give the newspaper a chance to respond or shed some light on the concern. There may be an explanation or a flat-out correction to their assumptions.

For example, an anonymous person asked why the Enterprise isn’t reporting on the Hubbard County Board’s decision to sell the Heritage Living Center. In fact, we have been covering the story for two years, including the reasons for the financial woes. Subscribers can read all of these recent and past articles in our online archive. Click on “Ready today’s paper,” then click on “Archive.”

Another anonymous letter writer asked why the Hubbard County incident report printed in a recent newspaper is dated April/May 2022. Current incidents are posted on our website weekly; the report in our print edition runs when space allows. Readers frequently tell us how much they love to read all of the incident reports.

Minnesota is a caring state

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Here’s a bit of good news: Minnesota ranks as the second most “caring state” in the USA, according to a new report by AgingInPlace.org. The report is based on seven different factors – homelessness, recycling rates, happiness, non-profit organizations per 100,000 people, animal rescue centers, percentage of workforce nonprofits and charitable searches. Minnesota had a “caring score” of 7.11, just behind Connecticut with a score of 8.13.

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