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According to the latest study, the annual economic impact of non-profit arts and culture organizations in north-central Minnesota is more than $13.9 million and continues to grow. "Creative Minnesota 2019" is the third biennial report about the state's arts and creative sector. The project is "a long-term endeavor to collect and report data on the creative sector every two years for analysis, education and advocacy." Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and the Region 2 Arts Council released the 2019 study.
Menahga's two-day, family-friendly festival — St. Urho Days — was held March 15-16. According to legend, St. Urho drove giant grasshoppers out of Finland, saving the country's vineyards. He is typically honored the day before a well-known Irish patron saint. The weekend's good-natured fun included the crowning of the 2019 St. Urho King and Queen, Finnish folk music, the changing of the guard, a parade and Finnish food, like mojakka and pulla.
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10, so remember to move your clocks ahead one hour.
The U.S. District Court in Minnesota dismissed Tim and Nikki Clancy's civil lawsuit against their neighbors. The Clancys, who own Vacationaire Resort on Island Lake, filed the federal lawsuit on Aug. 1, 2018, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
The Park Rapids Figure Skating Club presented their 30th annual show over the weekend.
Kaldyn's Legacy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in Laporte, is helping area families whose children are battling cancer. Crystal and Jacob Erdmann created the foundation in honor of their nephew, Kaldyn Eichberg. In May 2015, Kaldyn was diagnosed with a very rare form of Stage III brain cancer. He was 5 years old at the time.
The Park Rapids Enterprise office will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 while we host the Chili Challenge at the Park Rapids American Legion. We hope to see you at the 10th annual event which benefits the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Stop by for lunch and a good cause!
In light of the tragedy that has struck our community on this week, Bethany Lutheran Church in Nevis is hosting an ecumenical vigil service at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 (today). "We will gather for prayer and mutual consolation as we mourn the loss of life, and seek healing for ourselves and for the families involved. No matter your denominational affiliation, ALL ARE WELCOME," said the church's Facebook post. The church is located at 100 Third Ave., Nevis.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified three people who died during an incident on Valentine's Day in Nevis.
Menahga Superintendent Kevin Wellen reviewed a 77-page budget at Monday's state-of-the-district board meeting. Looking at the current fiscal year's budget to actual, Wellen said the numbers are on target. "The good news is that we're on budget that we expected within reason." Overall, general fund revenues are higher because of more students and a $740,000 increase in state aid and bond investments.