The biggest fundraiser for the Kinship of the Park Rapids Area mentoring program needs the community's help. So far, six teams are registered for the eighth annual Amazing Chase that will be held Saturday, June 15. The event features teams of four to six people competing for cash in 10 timed challenges that involve physical, mental and teamwork skills, including a water sport challenge in Fish Hook Lake in Heartland Park. All proceeds go to support local youth mentoring.
Akeley has 30 tons less of junk, thanks to efforts during the citywide, clean-up days May 11-12. "We had a good turnout again, filled the four big dumpsters and got four trailers of scrap iron," said city maintenance supervisor Kelly VandenEykel. Each dumpster holds 40 yards of garbage. "They hold roughly six tons of garbage per dumpster," he said. "With the dumpsters and the tires and the TVs, I'm right at 27 tons, not including the scrap iron, which is at least three tons."
Area residents looking for economic development resources will soon have staff who can help them in the Park Rapids office. Since David Collins' resignation in July 2018 as executive director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission, that position has been vacant. Mary Thompson, operations director with the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, announced that, pending official approval of the contact at their Feb. 21 meeting, the HRDC has entered into a contract to staff the HCREDC, with Thompson filling the role of executive director.
Area businesses received a welcome gift this New Year. With over a foot of snow, residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing earlier this season than in many years past. Snowmobilers celebrate early snowfall
The Toys for Girls and Boys and Tiny Tots program set a new record for donations this year. The dozen boxes at area businesses had to be emptied many times by volunteers. With over 170 families counting on gifts from the program for their children's Christmas, the generosity of people in our community made it possible for each of the 485 children to receive at least three gifts from Santa, said organizers. A family affair
A celebration of the new Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids was held Tuesday afternoon. Residents and many people from the community came to take a look at the new facility. "This project demonstrates the power of collaboration," Executive Director Kurt Hansen said. "Several entities came together to create something to help build community. The substantial improvements to Heritage Living Center are already benefiting our residents and their families."