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Approximately 20 vehicles in three demo derby classes brought the 124th annual Hubbard County Fair to a bang-up conclusion Sunday night. At times, the mud kicked up by their tires flew up into the grandstand. More than once, trapped vehicles had to be pried loose from each other or lifted off the mud bank on the edge of the field. In one instance, the action paused to let firefighters extinguish a flaming engine. Trophies and cash prizes were awarded for the last three drivers whose wrecks were still rolling in the compact car, full-size car and pickup truck classes.
The truck and tractor pull Saturday night at the Hubbard County Fair featured a 14-year-old competing in his first pull as well as vehicles modified from aircraft and war machines. The Red River Valley Pullers Association event included trucks with multiple engines, a truck named “Ballistic” with a jet engine, “Totally Tanked” with an army tank engine, “Reloaded” with a Huey helicopter engine and more. Among those competing in the evening’s antique and field tractor pull was Eli Eggert, 14, who notched two first-in-class pulls in his first appearance on the pull circuit.
Members of the Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater of Minneapolis shared a dance workshop and a performance with a small group of music and movement aficionados Monday at Park Rapids Area High School. The event was part of the Park Rapids Area Library’s summer program, focusing on performing arts under the theme “It’s Showtime!” During the afternoon, several youth and one adult participated in a dance workshop on the auditorium stage. Susana di Palma led them through a series of striking poses, rhythmic movements and stamping patterns, urging them to express emotional attitudes.
The Park Rapids School Board on July 8 approved a first reading of the district’s 2019-20 policy regarding student rights and responsibilities, code of conduct and discipline. Board member Gary Gauldin made the motion. Dennis Dodge, who seconded it, said, “I think it’s very important for our school and the kids – not only the students here, for their safety, but also staff members. There is no gray material in there; it’s all black and white, so everybody knows exactly – if there is a negative, you’re going to have consequences for it.”
The Park Rapids City Council voted July 9 on ordinance amendments establishing backyard poultry permits and maximum heights for commercial and industrial buildings in the city. City Planner Andrew Mack presented amendments to the city’s fee schedule and animal code, designed to give residents in single- and two-family dwellings the opportunity to obtain a permit to keep up to 12 domestic poultry in backyard coops.
The Park Rapids City Council on July 9 awarded the bid for reconditioning the Huntsinger Ave. water tower. Project engineer Jon Olson with Apex Engineering Group reported that five bids were submitted, each with a 5 percent bond. He recommended awarding the project to the low bidder, Central Florida Tankees, with a $48,200 base bid, an additional alternate bid of $45,000 and a total bid of $93,200.
Two tornado warnings were issued for the Park Rapids area on Sunday. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Forks issued the first warning at 3:34 p.m., ending at 4:15 p.m., for southwestern Hubbard, northeastern Becker and southeastern Clearwater counties.
The Park Rapids School Board and City Council both approved an amended school resource officer agreement last week. On July 8, the school board approved an addendum to the district’s joint powers agreement (JPA) with the city establishing the SRO position, after passing a previous version of the agreement on June 3. As Police Chief Jeff Appel told the city council the following evening, a longer and more detailed version of the original JPA came back from the city’s lawyers during the interim.
The Park Rapids City Council on July 9 approved the sale of city-owned land in the industrial park to Enbridge Energy. In the purchase agreement, the city agrees to sell Enbridge three lots totaling 7.71 acres, guided and zoned for light industrial use, for $72,474 or $9,400 per acre. City Planner Andrew Mack said the Park Rapids Planning Commission found that the proposed sale accords with the city’s comprehensive land use plan. He recommended that the council approve the purchase agreement.
The Park Rapids City Council had a public hearing July 9 about a bond issue proposed by CommonSpirit Health (CSH) – a Catholic, nonprofit corporation that operates more than 700 health care centers in 21 states. According to the resolution presented for the city council’s approval, CSH wants to issue up to $4.2 billion in tax-exempt bonds, of which up to $20 million may be used to finance or refinance their projects in Park Rapids.