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Dion Pederson of Park Rapids has been named the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) trooper of the year. Pederson, an accident reconstruction specialist and academy instructor whose career as a trooper started in 1997, received the award Feb. 14. It recognized his service during 2017. An announcement about the award on the MSP's website said, "It has been more than 20 years since Dion Pederson became a Minnesota State Patrol trooper. Yet, year after year, he continues leaving an agency in a better place than the year before."
The Park Rapids Enterprise's ninth annual Chili Challenge could raise even more money for the Hubbard County Food Pantry than the total of all the $1 votes for best chili recipe. Entrants in the chili contest help raise funds for the food shelf from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at the Park Rapids American Legion. The recipe whose donation jar collects the most dollars wins a framed "People's Choice" Award. All proceeds go toward the food shelf.
Saturday, on a Hubbard County lake whose location is a fisherman's secret, a two- to three-foot layer of ice bridged the gap between veterans whose service spanned more than 70 years. Among the participants in the third annual Walking on Water Outdoors (WOW) ice-fishing event were current armed forces personnel as well as veterans from every branch of service and every decade going back to the 1940s.
Editor's Note: The Feb. 17 article “Town board recesses on CHS zoning request” contained some inaccuracies. The land for which CHS Prairie Lakes is requesting reclassification is currently owned by Todd and Tracy Hughes, not “previously owned” as incorrectly stated in Saturday’s article. Also, the Todd Township Board of Supervisors approved the administrative split and forwarded it to the county for recording. This was not a recommendation and did not require approval by the Hubbard County Board. The Enterprise regrets these errors. The Todd Township Board agreed Monday to recommend a land split, as requested by CHS Prairie Lakes. Pending approval by the county commissioners, the decision would affect an approximately 37-acre agricultural property at the southwest corner of County Road 48 and 129th Avenue, approximately three miles northwest of Park Rapids.
A partnership with the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club is introducing Park Rapids area elementary and middle-school students to Nordic skiing. Century School enrolled this year in the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, according to information provided by Central Cross Country Skiing. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade have an opportunity to include Nordic skiing as part of their physical education and after-school enrichment programs.
A local organization with 114 years of community service gave away its last funds Monday night. Park Rapids Aerie 870 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, founded in 1904, closed the door on its clubhouse two years ago due to financial struggles. After an unsuccessful effort to stem a decline in membership, the aerie's charter ended last month. In a ceremony Monday at the Park Rapids Library, the defunct club expended its remaining $7,000 in a gusher of generosity.
If you see kindergarten to fourth-grade students at Century School inhaling the steam of imaginary cups of cocoa, thank Goldie Hawn. Starting last year, the school has been using a curriculum called MindUP. Published by the Hawn Foundation, the program is a brainchild of the film actress whose career ranges from 1969's "The Cactus Flower" to last year's comedy "Snatched." Elementary interventionist Casey Swenson said she has been using MindUP to teach students mindfulness, which she defined as "a way to center your brain and keep your brain focused."
Here is good news for those in need of housing: a free guide to Park Rapids apartment listings is in development. A booklet titled "Park Rapids Apartment Listings," provided by the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission (HCREDC), will soon be available to view online or download and print at www.hubbardcountyedc.com . Hard copies are also available at the HCREDC office on the third floor of the courthouse and at Northwoods Bank.
The Todd Township Planning Commission voted Monday night to recommend that the town board reclassify a parcel near Park Rapids from agricultural to commercial zoning. The decision followed a public hearing where neighboring property owners voiced concerns about plans by CHS Prairie Lakes to build a seed elevator and fertilizer plant at the site.
Renovation of a space to house Park Rapids City Council chambers will go forward, but on a smaller scale than previously planned. The council voted Tuesday, Jan. 23 to approve a contract with BHH Partners, planning architects with offices in Perham, to redesign the north wing of city hall. The $16,160 contract for architect and engineering services includes fees for redesigning the chambers and, after a design is approved, putting the project out to bid.