Living in a community is a hard place to be. Community demands that we let down our guard. It demands that we peek our heads above the fence-line to see our neighbors — to love those next door — to be for one another a place of healing, of helping, of light often in the midst of overwhelming darkness. We in Nevis and Akeley have had this come full circle for us. Tragedy has struck, affecting so many families — wives, husbands, children. Generations are impacted by hardship, pain and loss.
LeeAnn Dirks, operations officer with Citizens National Bank, presents a $500 donation to Beth Hirt, site director for Beautiful Inside and Out (BIO) Girls. The BIO program aims to improve the self-esteem of adolescent girls. Hirt hopes to start the 12-week program in April, finishing with the Firecracker 5K footrace on July 4. For more information, visit biogirls.org.
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has received an award for niche marketing. Chamber President/CEO Butch De La Hunt accepted a Destination Marketing Award on Feb. 6 at the Explore Minnesota Tourism conference in St. Paul. The conference recognized individuals, organizations and tourism businesses that contributed to the state's $15.3 billion tourism industry during the last year. The chamber's award was in the category of niche targeting for a campaign highlighting the "shoulder season" for UTVs and ATVs in the Heartland Lakes area.
The Mini Kix 2 team started off their year in the Mini Kix 1 team, but organizers decided to split into another class so the dancers got more one-on-one time with a coach. These fourth through sixth graders are coached by Haley MacPherson. "This team has worked so incredibly hard to get where they are now and got third place in their division at the Sauk Rapids Together We Dance Competition," said coach Kaitlin Popanda.
Alicia Reardon, a health exercise physiologist with CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids, receives a $3,000 grant on Jan. 22 from Jeffrey Siebert on behalf of the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 38. According to a news release, the funds will help veterans in need or their immediate family members afford exercise classes like MOVE, Parkinson's classes, Tai Chi, yoga or Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase III.
Park Rapids High School band students attended the Minnesota Band Directors Association's Regional Honor Band Festival Jan. 12 in Fergus Falls. Students were the northwest region were nominated by their school band directors to participate in the one-day event. Pictured, front, from left, are Collin Hoyt, Maeve Bolton, Emily Worner, Jacob Zinniel and Matt Lichter. Back row: Band director John Cook, Pierce Paulson, Daniel Neubauer, Jonathon Worner and Bode Lee.
Calling all young adult authors! If you are between sixth and 12th grade, attend Park Rapids, Nevis, Menahga, Sebeka, Laporte schools or homeschool, you can enter the 13th annual Park Rapids Area Library's Young Adult Writing Contest. Write whatever kind of story you wish, but you must begin your story with the sentence "I could only think of one reason why this wouldn't work." All entries must be 500 words or less, double-spaced and typed with a cover sheet that includes your name, grade and phone number.
Winners of the summer-fall Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (DBA) photo contest are Dewey Goeden and Mike Sheeran, both of Park Rapids, and Tracy Lund of Akeley. Max Bailey Photography sponsors the contest and awards a professionally finished, 11-by-14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of four categories: Park Rapids area lake scenes, recreation, wildlife and Main Street scenes. Winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions can be viewed at www.parkrapidsdowntown.com by clicking on the "Photo Contest" link.
Hunters are invited to submit recent hunting photos to be published in the Park Rapids Enterprise and online. Include your name, hometown and phone number. Mail or drop off at the Enterprise office (203 Henrietta Ave. N) or email to email@example.com .
The Park Rapids Area Community Band will present their 28th annual fall concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.