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Sharing love with the Park Rapids community is the goal of the “Love Outreach” event Aug. 2-3. The free event kicks off with a concert featuring Christian rap music from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at Faithbridge Church on Hwy. 34, and continues with a block party in Park Rapids Saturday Aug. 3.
Nevis will hold its annual Muskie Days town celebration and music festival Friday and Saturday July 26-27. Many of the events are held in Muskie Park, where the statue of the tiger muskie is a popular spot for photos. From a fish fry, flea markets, horseshoe and cornhole tournaments, to kids games, fishing contests, money digs, casting competitions, inflatables, face painting, magician and balloon art, this years event is sure to entertain everyone!
According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, raspberry and blueberry growers expect a bountiful crop. Minnesota berries are grown for their robust, juicy flavor. Raspberries will keep in the fridge for about four days, and blueberries for about a week. Both types of berries freeze well, so they can be enjoyed throughout the year. Wild berries also grow throughout this region. The town of Menahga is named “blueberry” in the Ojibwe language, and Lake George holds an annual town celebration around the blueberry, with this year’s Blueberry Days July 26-28.
A variance request to add six more campsites at the Akeley City Park was denied by Hubbard County. City Clerk Kristi Kath explained after the July 10 council meeting that the campground already had been permitted to have more camping spaces than are normally allowed. “Adding those extra six spaces would have created more non-conforming use,” she said. “They have to protect the lakeshore.” Kath said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also cautioned the city there can be no more docks at the city campground.
Akeley’s sewer system that was installed in 1989 is starting to show its age. A lift station pump behind the water plant in Akeley failed recently and needed to be replaced at a cost of $15,000. “It’s been done already because we had no choice,” city water and sewer supervisor Kelly VandenEykel told the council at their July 10 meeting. “Two weeks ago, I got a call that someone down by the lake had water coming into their yard and found out there was a sewer line that was full because the pump wasn’t working.”
The 12-foot concrete block wall visitors see coming into Nevis at the corner of Paul Bunyan Drive and Park Street now has a fence around it, but no one is sure who the wall actually belongs to. Josh Winter, who resides at 100 Park Street at the property owned by his parents Richard and Kay Winter, told the Nevis City Council July 8 that he recently put a fence around the wall. "The city built the wall," he said. "When they widened the street, they made the wall way higher. I spent $1,800 to put a fence up because it's not safe and people walk on top of it all the time."
Safety concerns prompted the Nevis council to reduce the speed limit on all residential streets to 20 miles per hour at their July 8 council meeting. On Hwy. 2 coming into town, the 20 mph speed zone will begin at the baseball field and continue to Hwy. 34. The motion was approved unanimously and will go into effect once the new speed limit signs are in place.
The sign entering Laporte proclaims the town's population at 111, but many more packed the streets Friday and Saturday for the annual Independence Day celebration. Whether they grew up in Laporte and returned to see family or came to town for the festivities, there were plenty of activities to choose from.
Due to the late spring, the state's strawberry crop is also expected to ripen later this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Local growers said they expect to see a delayed, but abundant berry season with picking beginning in early to mid-July. Check with your local patch for information on availability before heading out to the farm. Strawberry season in Minnesota is short and sweet, typically two to three weeks long. The length of harvest varies depending on varieties planted, weather and soil type.
An old-fashioned Fourth of July parade drew big crowds to Main Avenue Thursday morning in Park Rapids. Instead of being held in the afternoon as been the tradition in years past, the parade started at 11 a.m. The weather was perfect, with blue skies and a cooling breeze, in spite of earlier forecasts that called for rain.