A permit for the 4th of July parade was among a number of agenda items approved Tuesday by the Park Rapids City Council. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the annual parade and requested a permit to close Second Street West, Main Avenue South and Eighth Street West to Fair Avenue on July 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. The parade will again take place south of Highway 34. The route, which had in previous years come down North Main and crossed Highway 34, was changed last year.
Contractor bids for the Park Rapids Fire Department expansion project came in lower than expected and on Tuesday the city council voted to move forward with the project. The council voted unanimously to award the construction contract to the low bidder Bob Bristlin & Son of Detroit Lakes in the amount of $773,135. The construction contract plus architect and engineering fees, inspections, testing, contingencies and other necessary soft costs puts the total project cost approved Tuesday at an estimated $947,358.
The Park Rapids Fire Department presented Fireman of the Year and other awards during its annual appreciation banquet held Saturday at the American Legion. Scott Burlingame was named Fireman of the Year. Burlingame is a 19-year veteran of the department and received the award voted on by his peers. Bob Meier, Park Rapids Fire Department Relief Association president, presented the award. Fire Chief Donn Hoffman welcomed those in attendance, which included firefighters, their families and other community members invited to the dinner.
The Park Rapids Economic Development authority and city council took a cautious step forward Tuesday toward eventual ownership of Armory Square. The city council voted to approve a letter of intent setting forth terms for a purchase agreement. The letter, drafted by city administrator John McKinney is not legally binding at this point but does indicate the city will purchase the estimated $2.5 million armory building and Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts.
The Park Rapids Area School Board approved Monday the preliminary levy at a 3.17 percent increase over last year. The proposed maximum levy would generate $4,951,072 in 2016, an increase of $151,925 from 2015. The board certified the maximum levy due to numbers are still changing as the district nears the end of the month, business manager Carol Hutchinson explained. The final levy will be certified in December. Two weeks into the school year Park Rapids enrollment is up from the start of school last year, based on the Sept.
Over 300 people of all ages participated in the inaugural Color Dash 5K fun run/walk Sunday in Heartland Park. Starting in the park, participants made their way along East River Drive before finishing up on the Heartland Trail and in the park for a color explosion at the finish line. Volunteers along the route doused runners and walkers with colorful powder, creating a rainbow of runners and walkers through Park Rapids.
A color explosion at the finish line concludes the Color Dash 5K event held Sunday at Heartland Park in Park Rapids. The Color Dash was a first time event in Park Rapids and put on by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The 5K fun walk/run event drew over 300 participants. More colorful photos in the Enterprise's print edition and online gallery Wednesday.
The images emerging from the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Center remain as unbelievable now as they did on the television screen that fateful day. It seemed the entire country enjoyed that bright, blue September morning, the same in Manhatten as it was in Bismarck, N.D. where I was when the planes hit. I was shingling my parents’ house early that morning. It was a beautiful day to work in the sun, a beautiful day to be alive. At 8:45 a.m.
The Park Rapids City Council adopted the 2016 Preliminary General Fund Budget with an overall increase of 4 percent over last year. The total increase to the budget is $121,601 with a levy increase of $65,999 (3.84 percent). When including the levy for the bonds the total increase to the levy is $110,736 (4.67 percent). Angela Brumbaugh, city treasurer, presented the budget information to the council Tuesday. The city has until December to set the final budget for 2016 in which it can reduce the preliminary budget but cannot increase.
Local and state resort owners looking for new ideas to implement at their businesses met Wednesday in the Park Rapids area for the annual Congress of Minnesota Resorts Fall Tour. The three Park Rapids area resorts hosting the tour were Half Moon Trail, Two Inlets Resort and Brookside Resort, each showcasing what they have to offer in attracting visitors each year. Resorters from around the state toured the three locations to check out unique elements of each.