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After whittling down its 2019 budget, the Menahga City Council on Monday adopted a final 2019 tax levy of $450,392 — a mere $4,410 or .99 percent increase over last year. Last year's final levy was $445,981. In September, the council initially proposed a $558,113 tax levy, which would have been a 25 percent tax hike. The city council and department heads spent the next few months trimming the budget.
The Hubbard County Board approved a series of recycling bids at its Dec. 5 meeting. Green Lights Recycling of Blaine offered the low quote to dispose of fluorescent tubes: 16 cents for 4 foot and under, 32 cents for greater than 4 feet, 29 cents for compact bulbs and $59.95 to $169.95 per transportation trip. So far this year, Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte said the county has recycled 15,327 fluorescent bulbs of 4 feet or less.
A regiment of nearly 100 volunteers has sustained the Community Christmas Dinner, now celebrating its 30th year. Originally started in 1989 by the Bob Kriss family, the holiday feast's moto is "No one should spend Christmas Day hungry or alone." The Community Christmas Dinner is open to all. There is no charge for the meal, but freewill offerings are welcome. A heaping plate of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, corn, sweet potatoes, salad, dinner roll and pie will be dished up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25 at the Park Rapids American Legion.
Chuck and Sherry Weaver did not realize their home was on fire until a passerby knocked on their door around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning and alerted them. The couple, both in their 60s, live at the corner of Washington Avenue and 6th Street in Park Rapids. Kyle Little, a Park Rapids firefighter, was driving past to drop his son off at a nearby daycare when he noticed smoke, recounts the Weaver's daughter, Stacy Weaver-Berndt.
INFO BOX: Tips for teenagers • Think twice if a friend asks you to do a favor for money. • Be mindful of your friend dating older guys. • Ask questions if your friend has large amount of money unexpectedly or an upgrade in her clothing, hair, nails, etc. • Be accountable for your time and check in with your parents and friends. • Be way of a stranger who you see several times in different places. They could be following you. • Do no give a stranger your address.
At approximately 7:40 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Park Rapids firefighters were called to a house fire on the corner of Washington Avenue and 6th Street in Park Rapids. Temperatures were a frigid -1 below. More details will be available in the Saturday edition of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
Warm weather brought many families to downtown Park Rapids for delicious treats, marshmallows roasting over the fire, Christmas caroling, a visit with Santa Claus and the community Christmas tree-lighting ceremony Friday evening.
Eager children jammed the Park Rapids American Legion on Sunday to met Santa Claus and receive a present. The Children's Christmas Party, a long-standing tradition sponsored by the American Legion and Auxiliary, provides a free meal of hot dogs, chips and pop to families and gifts to area children, ages 10 and under. It's a tradition carried on for more than 30 years. Well over 300 families attended Sunday's event, according to organizers. Santa (Jerry Benham) and Mrs. Claus (Mary Safratowich), with the help of Legion family elves, handed out age-appropriate toys.
According to a Park Rapids Police Department incident report, Travis Riddle, 20, of Menahga was northbound on Henrietta Avenue S. on Monday when his 1997 Ford Explorer collided with a 2014 Chevy Cruze driven by Frances Cain, 72, Nevis. Riddle stated he had a yellow light and sped up to go through the intersection. Cain stated she was westbound on State Highway 34 when Riddle pulled out in front of her. Riddle’s car flipped over. Cain was transported to CHI St. Joseph’s Health for an examination.
There will be no mail delivery on Wednesday, Dec. 5 as the U.S. Postal Service observes a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush. Post office retail and services will be closed. The Dec. 5 edition of the Park Rapids Enterprise will be on newsstands Tuesday night, but will not be delivered to subscribers until Thursday.