Small businesses are the heart of Minnesota's economy. This Valentine's Day, the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Minnesota District is sending this valentine with its top 10 reasons to love small businesses. Whether sharing the day with another or spending it honoring yourself, spread the sweetness by remembering to shop and dine small for unique Valentine's Day gifts, services and meal reservations. Consider this about small businesses in Minnesota:
To show their appreciation and affection for veterans throughout Minnesota, kids from the Nevis, Menahga, Park Rapids and Wadena schools recently made over 1,500 Valentine's Day cards. As they have done for over 25 years, women from Unit 38 of the Park Rapids Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) collected and organized those cards, boxing them up for mailing to the state's five veterans homes at Fergus Falls, Silver Bay, Luverne, Hastings and Minneapolis. In addition, cards will be given to veterans at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids and at the Fargo VA.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) announced its spring 2018 program schedule, set to begin 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at Park Theater with local authors Jill and Deane Johnson giving a look into their newest book. Programs typically run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. They are free of charge, open to the public and handicap accessible. Water and refreshments are provided. HCLL is a nonprofit organization funded by donations and dedicated to providing quality educational programming on a variety of historical and cultural topics.
Local chef and author Amy Thielen has been named a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in the memoir and creative nonfiction category for her work "Give a Girl a Knife." The Minnesota Book Awards is a program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and is sponsored this year by Education Minnesota. The announcement came Jan. 27 after judges from around the state — writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community — selected 36 finalists for nine categories.
Speed limits on several highways in northwest Minnesota will increase from 55 to 60 miles per hour, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). The new speed limits take effect when the new signs are posted. Highways that will receive new speed limits signs include the following: • Highway 34: Detroit Lakes to Park Rapids • Highway 64: Highway 200 to Highway 87 • Highway 172: Baudette to Wheeler's Point • Highway 310: Roseau to Canadian Border
2018 raffle winners Grand prize: 2017 Ford Truck, Jeff Beckwith, #2882 1. $1,000 cash (American Legion), Daniel Rehkaulp, #2702 2. Fish locator (American Legion), Steve Jordahl, #2284 3. $500 cash (NEI Bottling), Tom Frank, #2211 4. $300 cash (Bernick's), Jake Gehrls, #2153 5. Fish locator (American Legion), Justin Spivey, #2152 6. Rustic furniture piece (Landquist), Kevin Jackson, # 2327 7. Rocker/recliner (Royal Bar), Dennis Jacobson, #3330 8. Fish house Ice Skis (Leading Edge Mechanical), Trent Schoon, #2874
The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), will host a Youth Art Exhibit in Park Rapids. The exhibit will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center from May 3 through May 26, with a reception and awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 19. MCAD will award the top sophomore or junior participant a $3,400 scholarship for their pre-summer college session. The scholarship includes tuition, full room and board, supplies and three college credits for the summer session.
The Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters (LWV) will present "Bringing It Home: Immigration in Our Area" Thursday, Feb. 15. The event will combine a dynamic guest speaker and a panel discussion to give audience members the chance to ask questions and engage in a conversation about this important topic. LWV anticipates this program to be of great interest in light of current events and the controversy surrounding immigration and immigration law. The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank community room, with refreshments available at 5:30 p.m.
The Minnesota State High School League 24A Sub-section One-Act Play Competition was held Jan. 27 in the Park Rapids Area High School (PRAHS) auditorium. Five high schools competed, with Verndale taking third place, Menahga second place and Park Rapids first. Park Rapids and Menahga advance to the Section 6A contest, which will be held at PRAHS on Saturday, Feb. 3. Eight plays will be performed, beginning at 10 a.m. This event is free to the public.
Evan Edevold, 14, caught this whopper of a walleye north of Park Rapids. It measured 28.75 inches and was a personal best. Local anglers are invited to submit their recent, best ice-fishing photos to be published in the Enterprise. Submissions can be dropped off, mailed or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . (Submitted photo)