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The Park Rapids City Council approved a contract on Jan. 8 for a city plumbing and building official. City Planner Andrew Mack introduced Brad Bail with Widseth, Smith, Nolting and Associates Engineering, Inc. of Crookston, which also operates an inspection business as WS iN-Depth Inspections, LLC. Mack proposed that the city contract with iN-Depth for its building and plumbing inspection needs. "I'm really looking forward to working in this city," said Bail. "We have a staff of three full-time building officials."
A case of criminal sexual contact was reported Tuesday at the Park Rapids Area High School. According to Park Rapids Police records, a page went out over the Hubbard County dispatch system at 8:52 a.m. on Jan. 8, stating that high school principal Jeff Johnson had requested law enforcement regarding an incident of criminal sexual contact.
When Park Rapids High School alum Kathryn Kienholz won a recent episode of the television quiz show "Jeopardy!" it opened up friendships new and old. Kienholz defeated the previous "Jeopardy!" champion in the episode that aired Dec. 27, winning $22,000 after staking $9,000 on a "Final Jeopardy!" clue about geography. She then successfully identified Chile and Peru as the two South American countries with the longest Pacific coastlines. "Chile was easy," said Kienholz. "I guessed Peru. And that was right."
In the wee hours of Thursday, Park Rapids firefighters voted to recommend the appointment of a new city fire chief. Outgoing Fire Chief Donn Hoffman retired, effective Jan. 2. According to assistant fire chief Ben Cumber, the fire department's annual business meeting, scheduled for 8 p.m. on Jan. 2, was delayed until approximately 12:30 a.m. This was because almost all Park Rapids Fire Department personnel were called out to the Blueberry Pines Golf Course fire.
Friday afternoon in a cafeteria in Park Rapids, Santa Claus handed out gifts specially chosen for each recipient. For a moment, nobody moved to open their gifts as they listened to Deane Johnson and Mike McCann pick guitars and sing Christmas songs. Then the festive wrapping paper started to come off — some in shreds, some carefully removed with all but the tape intact. It was the second Dove Project gift unwrapping that day at Heritage Living Center.
The Park Rapids City Council approved two agreements on Tuesday involving street, sidewalk, water and sewer improvements connected with the state's U.S. Hwy. 71 project, planned for 2019 at the south end of the city. Jon Olson with Apex Engineering gave the council an update about the cooperative project with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). The state plans to reconfigure the intersection of Hwy. 71 (Park Ave. S.), County 53 (Industrial Park Rd.) and County 15 (Crocus Hill St.) as a roundabout, and to upgrade Hwy. 71 south of 8th St. as an urban section.
The Park Rapids City Council had a truth-in-taxation hearing on Tuesday, during which Treasurer Angela Brumbaugh explained the city's proposed budget and tax levy for 2019. The proposal includes a general fund total of $1,956,893, a 2 percent increase from 2018 and $711,505 toward bonds and debt service, increasing 13.5 percent.
This member of the Park Rapids High School class of 1967 will be a contestant on "Jeopardy!" during the week of Christmas. Who is Kathryn Kienholz? According to Kienholz, her episode of the nationally televised quiz show will air at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 on KARE-11 in the Twin Cities. "I am sworn not to reveal anything that happened in my game," Kienholz wrote on social media. "I can tell you this: I won at least $1,000, the guaranteed payout for the person in third place."
Once upon a time, I fell in love with Harry Potter's magical world — especially its school of wizardry. Too soon, it was time to graduate from Hogwarts. Fun-filled as J.K. Rowling's books are, you can't keep re-reading them forever. Luckily, there are many other tales about worlds and schools of magic. To further your magical education, try these series: Young Wizards Instead of an English boarding school, how about a home-study program in New York City?
The Park Rapids Planning Commission voted on Nov. 26 in favor of a conditional use permit (CUP) requested by Ferrellgas, Inc. The Liberty, Mo.-based company wants to open a retail propane sales and distribution facility at 1003 Park Ave. S., currently owned by the Sundsrud Family Limited Partnership. The 1.38-acre site is zoned B-1 highway business and has been vacant for several years.