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Park Rapids Area High School graduated approximately 98 students Sunday on the high school football field. The weather turned out as ordered, with a mostly sunny skies, gentle breezes and a mildly warm afternoon. According to a report Principal Jeff Johnson recently gave the school board, it was the school's first outdoor commencement in about a decade.
Approximately 25 people commented, listened or asked questions about a proposed football pairing with Menahga during a Park Rapids School Board special meeting Wednesday at Century School. Activities Director Jeremy Nordick said the pairing is being negotiated for a six-year contract, but could be contracted for anywhere between one and six years He noted that with the pairing: • The team would remain the Park Rapids Area Panthers, wearing the orange and black team colors.
The Century School senior walk, a Park Rapids Area Schools tradition, happened Wednesday morning as graduating 12th graders in their caps and gowns walked in formation through the elementary and middle school halls. Members of the class of 2019 were greeted with low fives, smiles and, in the case of the kindergartners — the class of 2031 — the song, "Go Be Awesome." It was an opportunity for students whose graduation day is still a long way off to see what lies ahead, and for seniors to bask in their admiration.
The Park Rapids City Council approved the first reading of two city code amendments May 14 with new language allowing brewer taprooms to be licensed. Requesting the ordinance change were Dylon and Katie Deschene, who are interested in starting a brewpub with growler off-sales at 201 Main Ave. S., the former location of Molly Poppins Gourmet Snacks.
Walleye fry were hatching last Friday at the DNR's season hatchery in Park Rapids, just below the dam in the Fish Hook River. According to fisheries specialist Scott Muhm, the connection between the temperature of the river water and the timing of the eggs' hatching is no coincidence. "Whatever the temperature of the Fish Hook River is, is what's in here," Muhm said about the water circulating through the hatching jars, tiers of walleye batteries and the big fry tank that runs down the center of the shed.
Sixth graders from Park Rapids, Nevis, Laporte and St. Philip's School in Bemidji took in sunshine, fresh air and opportunities to learn about the environment Wednesday at Camp Wilderness on Bad Axe Lake. Julie Kingsley, district manager for the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), said this is the 24th year for the Freshwater Festival, sponsored by the SWCD.
Kristen Poehler has been named the 2018-19 Education Minnesota teacher of the year for Park Rapids Area Schools. Currently a second grade teacher at Century Elementary School, Poehler is in her fifth school year in Park Rapids, where she has also taught kindergarten and third grade. Originally from Ada, she graduated from Ada-Borup High School, studied at Mayville State University and finished her Bachelor of Science in elementary education at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She completed a master's degree in education last year through Southwest State University.
Jason and Hanna Markert of Park Rapids started to homeschool all three of their daughters this year after seeing a dangerous decline in their grades, behavior and health. According to Kinsey, 17; Kamryn, 14; and Kendyl, 10, school bullying played a role — including cyber threats, verbal abuse and physical and sexual assault by other students — while interventions by school staff were less than helpful.
Superintendent Lance Bagstad notified the Park Rapids School Board Monday about a request from the Menahga Public School to consider pairing the two schools' football programs. Board chair Sherry Safratowich emphasized, "This is just a discussion to see what the interest is from the Park Rapids School Board" as to whether the school should continue the conversation with Menahga School representatives.
Park Rapids Fire Department and Minnesota DNR personnel responded Saturday to a grass fire that spread into pine trees west of Helten Ave., between Century School and St. Johns Lutheran Church. According to Second Assistant Fire Chief Bob Meier, the fire's ignition source was unconfirmed as of Monday morning. "It started on the edge of that field and burned into the pine trees," said Meier. "We responded for structure protection, and DNR also responded, and we put out that grass fire." Meier said an area approximately the size of a football field was burned.