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Hubbard County could capture another revenue stream by selling copies of its public real estate records. At the Nov. 20 board meeting, county commissioners approved the purchase of a replicating system and a bulk data/images sales service. These records include various forms of deeds, mortgages, liens, affidavits and contracts for deed. Minnesota statute requires county recorder offices to maintain these records on a permanent basis and make them available to the public.
A warm winter evening brought many families to downtown Park Rapids Friday. During the Yuletide Sampler, participating merchants offered hot cider, cocoa and other treats to thank the community for their support and commence the holiday shopping season. Freewill offerings from the Yuletide Sampler were donated to CHI St. Joseph's Health Hospice Care.
The Hubbard County Board agreed to collaborate with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Headwaters Regional Development Commission to develop a countywide bicycle plan. "The park board reviewed this and thought it might be a good idea to parallel with our recreational planning process," said County Land Commissioner Mark Lohmeier at Tuesday's meeting. MnDOT has committed $25,000 toward the project, and Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club has offered to contribute $5,000 toward the Hubbard County project, Lohmeier said.
The Park Rapids Classic Chorale will present its annual Christmas Concert, "The Nativity," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at St. Johns Lutheran Church. The concert is free to all, but a freewill offering will be taken during intermission. Performing with the chorale this year is the St. Johns Children's Choir, under the direction of Sarah Kaufenberg. The chorale is directed by Dr. Melanie Hanson, with Cheryl Steinborn accompanying both choirs.
Co-chair Leah Bervig reported that the 36th annual Community Thanksgiving Meal served nearly 1,000 people. "It's a fun day. I can't think of any other place I'd want to be," she said. An army of volunteers working all day Wednesday and at the crack of dawn Thursday make the meal possible. There was no charge for the Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, but freewill donations help offset the cost. Riverside United Methodist Church hosts the event, with Pastor Chip Nielsen blessing the food before it was delivered to the homebound.
In an Enterprise tradition, readers are encouraged to take part in our annual Christmas story contest. It can be fiction, memoir, personal essay, poem. All we ask is the story has something to do with Christmas.
Bakers are being called into action this Thanksgiving. Leah Bervig and Krista Johnson, co-chairs of the 36th annual Community Thank Meal, invite community members to contribute scrumptious holiday pies. "We definitely need pies," Bervig said. An assortment is welcome — from classic pumpkin pie to a chocolate, pecan, apple and more. They may be brought to Riverside United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The Community Thank Meal will be held Thursday, Nov. 22.
Sebeka, Menahga, Verndale and Park Rapids Fire Departments worked together on Wednesday to extinguish a house fire in Meadow Township. The home at 30931 189th Street belongs to 85-year-old Myrtle Pickar. Her sons, Clarence and Chuck, said that the home was vacant at the time of the fire, but it was a total loss. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a report of a structure fire at approximately 1:50 p.m. Pickar's granddaughter, Rebekah Pickar, who lives in a neighboring home, reported the fire.
Electric vehicle owners brought their enthusiasm to World Science Day. The day-long event was held Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church and included five other guest speakers. Topics included recycling, sustainability projects, home energy-efficiency and northern Minnesota's changing forests.
Hubbard County is hosting a Minnesota GreenCorps member. Laura Wessberg is serving with the Hubbard County Solid Waste Department until August 2019, with the goal of improving the environment while gaining professional experience. Originally from a St. Paul suburb, Wessberg has lived in Minnesota her whole life except while she attended college. Last spring, she graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor of Science in sustainability.