Productive gab Thumbs up: The Enterprise editorial staff appreciate the boards and councils (you know who you are) who keep discussion brief and move business along, rather than getting bogged down in aimless and unproductive debate. We have actually seen one board use a wind-up kitchen timer to ensure that comments at a public hearing were limited to two or three minutes. Combine this with a sign-in sheet, inviting participants to speak one at a time in the order they sign in, and it's the kind of high-tech solution we applaud. Honest people
Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a free, voluntary program that provides a simple pathway for cities to achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. The program is based upon 29 best practices for buildings and lighting, transportation, land use, environmental management and economic and community development. The focus is on cost savings, energy use reduction and innovation. Should Park Rapids become a GreenStep City?
Hubbard County Sheriff's Office has switched vendors for its emergency notifications. "Code Red" has been replaced by "Everbridge," said Sheriff Cory Aukes in a news release Monday. Hubbard County will use the Everbridge emergency notification system to alert residents about a variety of events, including severe weather, fires, law-enforcement incidents and other emergencies.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that missing juvenile Dylan Joseph Vorbeck, 15, of rural Motley has been located safe.
Townships will hold their annual meetings Tuesday, March 13. The annual meeting is a gathering of the town residents, not the town board.
Appetites were sated Wednesday — and the Hubbard County Food Shelf received 100 percent of the $15,449 raised at this year's Chili Challenge. Sponsored by the Park Rapids Enterprise, the ninth annual event packed the American Legion and brought the grand total to $73,300 raised since 2009. Raffle ticket sales for a hand-carved loon by Bob Landrigan and a quilt donated by the Park Rapids Crazy Quilters also contributed to the final total, as did a silent auction of vases and bowls made by Dennis Ernst. The Park Rapids Rotary Club is also donating another $500.
A 21-year-old Bemidji man was found dead Sunday, Feb. 25, in a fish house on Leech Lake. Authorities identified the victim as Samuel Schooley, 21. The Cass County Sheriff's Office received a report at 8:52 a.m. of an unresponsive man in a fish house at the Eel Pout Festival. Deputies responded, and the man was taken to CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. His body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, which is pending. The incident remains under investigation.
Local businesses are encouraged to submit business announcement to the Park Rapids Enterprise for the Wednesday Business page. This service allows businesses to place and publish their own news, guaranteeing them control over content and placement in the desired edition. Each submission will be charged a fee of $25 for the first seven inches (about 125 words and an additional $10 per inch beyond that. (An inch is about 25 to 30 words.) In addition, the new service allows businesses to choose how long an announcement should be and include up to five headshots.
For decades, and maybe even longer, the Park Rapids Enterprise has provided an opportunity for "business briefs" — submissions of new hires, promotions, recognitions, honors, professional development and other business-related news from companies. The Enterprise will continue to provide an outlet for these important business briefs, but on Feb. 28, readers will notice a change. Moving forward, businesses will be able to submit their own briefs online and include photos for a small charge.
It's time to sign up for the 9th Annual Chili Challenge. Don't dawdle -- there are only three slots left. The Chili Challenge, sponsored by the Park Rapids Enterprise, grows each year in popularity and participation. This year's challenge is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at the Park Rapids American Legion. All proceeds go to the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Individuals and organizations interested in signing up should do it soon as space is limited. For more information, call 732-3364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .