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The Park Rapids Fire Department turned up the heat and threw open the fire hall doors for their annual open house. The family-friendly event attracted many. A dunk tank and bouncy house, complete with water slide, drenched giggling youngsters. Firefighters grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings, plus a serving of their famous firehouse beans. Fire engines and the newly remodeled fire hall were open for public tours. The Park Rapids crew also demonstrated how to properly extinguish a kitchen grease fire and propane fire.
Krysten Sauser, a 16-year-old Nevis student, took top honors at the 2017 Youth Art Exhibit. Her vivid watercolor painting earned the grand prize: a $3,400 scholarship to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). An opening reception and awards ceremony was held June 10. The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with MCAD, is hosting the Youth Art Exhibit in Park Rapids. Seventeen high school students submitted their work. They hail from Barnesville, Grand Forks, Lake Park, Menahga, Nevis, Park Rapids and Sebeka.
Editor's Note: In the original June 10 article about the Hubbard County Veterans Service Office, geographical expenditures statistics from the Veterans Administration were incorrect. The numbers should have been $17,434,000 for total expenditures, $9,446,000 for compensation/pension, and $7,433,000 for medical care. The Enterprise regrets the error. Jerry Bjerke, Hubbard County Veterans Services Officer (VSO), met with county commissioners Tuesday.
The Hubbard County Board decided to move forward with a proposal to purchase three lots on Fish Hook Lake, then turnaround and sell it at a discount to the City of Park Rapids. The lots, which are for sale by the Gulbranson family, are adjacent to Deane Point Park. Additional acreage would allow the city's parks committee to extend the current public beach.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bonding proposal that will help Hubbard County build a new transfer station. Hubbard County Solid Waste Administrator Jed Nordin informed county commissioners of the funding Tuesday.
Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers tours Get a feel for the early 1900s community of Lake Itasca at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds. Explore various buildings including a country school, dove-tail one-room log house and a logging museum. Tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, beginning June 17, at the Levorsen Building located on the Pioneer Farmer showgrounds, located on the north side of Itasca State Park. The Savvy Camper
The Park Rapids Fire Department will be smokin' this Saturday. Firefighters are grilling a hot lunch, featuring their "famous firehouse beans," and offering public tours of the newly remodeled fire hall. Their annual open house, slated from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a family-friendly event. Smokey the Bear will make an appearance alongside the Park Rapids crew.
A terrier-beagle named Buffy is grand marshal for this year's Tails on the Trail. And he rules Gert and Bob Buckley's hearts and household. Buffy is one of the Headwaters Animal Shelter's many success stories. The 9th annual Tails on the Trail takes place this Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heartland Park. The two-mile walk-a-thon and pet expo helps raise money for animals in need of "forever homes" at the Headwaters Animal Shelter. One hundred percent of proceeds go toward the 400 to 500 animals cared for at the sanctuary each year.
Northern Lights Dance Academy presented its summer recital, "Heart of the Matter" on Sunday. The show featured dancers from three years old to teens. In this number, Elizabeth Hallaway and Kaeden Berg tap dance to Michael Buble's, "Haven't Met You Yet."
Job seekers have a new ally. Scott Piepkorn, an employment counselor with Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (CEP), will offer free assistance two days a week. As of May 30, he has set up "a mobile workforce site" at the Park Rapids Area Library. Rural Minnesota CEP is a private, non-profit corporation that provides job development services in north-central and west-central Minnesota. Its mission is to help individuals find, get and keep jobs and grow in their careers. The agency also help employers find and keep workers.