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A small group of community representatives received an early look Tuesday inside Knute Nelson's not-yet-completed Crystal Brook Senior Living in Park Rapids. Among those invited on the tour were City Planner Ryan Mathisrud, David Collins with Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Corporation, Butch De La Hunt with the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Mike Monsrud with Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association.
Hunger No More of Park Rapids began a transition to a new director in March, the first change of leadership for a humanitarian ministry that has been feeding the hungry for 16 years. Eric Bervig is succeeding Mark Waller as director of the non-profit organization, which packages and sends meals across the border to Reynosa, Mexico. With the new director comes an additional mission target: providing food for students at a boarding school in Jérémie, Haiti. Aid for Reynosa
The Menahga Fire Department responded to two different fires during the weekend on the same turkey and beef farm off Wadena County Road 23. The first fire was called in at approximately 1:40 p.m. Friday when a pile of corn stalks, intended to be mixed with French fries and other ingredients to feed beef cattle, ignited in the warm, dry wind. Menahga Fire Chief Dave Kicker said that the cause of Friday's fire was still under investigation.
Park Rapids Fire Department personnel responded Monday to a wildfire along Becker County Road 127, just west of Two Inlets. The firefighters gave mutual aid to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry workers who, according to Assistant Fire Chief Terry Long, have been spread thin lately. The alarm was paged at 11:52 a.m. with units arriving on the scene approximately 15 minutes later. Responding were approximately 12 Park Rapids firefighters and four or five DNR forestry workers, with five fire apparatus and two forestry units.
Alycia Mykland, 32, doesn't have multiple sclerosis, but she understands what people with MS have to cope with. Now in her second year as coordinator of Walk MS Park Rapids, Mykland has a related but very rare condition called neuromyelitis optica, or NMO. The Breckenridge native was diagnosed with NMO in 2005, when she was in college. Her diagnosis followed consultations with several doctors when she started having vision problems.
The Park Rapids Planning Commission has recommended that the city grant a conditional use permit (CUP) for a new indoor solid waste transfer station. The decision took place Monday during a meeting that included public hearings about the permit request as well as two zoning requests. The CUP was requested by Josh Holte, Hubbard County Solid Waste administrator, to allow construction of a 20,600-square-foot building at 812 Henrietta Ave. S., in a district currently in process to be annexed into the city.
High school students from Nevis, Laporte and Park Rapids witnessed a real-time demonstration of an emergency response to a car accident. The mock crash Thursday afternoon in the north parking lot at Park Rapids Area High School doubled as an educational program for students and a training exercise for local first responders. Students spattered with fake blood sat in the front seats of two cars that were dramatically arranged to simulate a distracted-driving-related wreck, complete with broken glass and flattened tires.
When a handful of supporters of K-12 music teacher Louise Bass and the Laporte School music program called, a crowd of more than 50 people answered. Alumni, parents and other concerned members of the community gathered April 18 at the Lake Port Township fire hall to discuss a recent resolution by the Laporte School Board to eliminate Bass's position and replace it with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program.
Burnetta Frazee, a regular bridge player at the Senior Citizens Center in Park Rapids, has lived here 50 years. She also lived 50 years in Pelican Rapids. Confused? It makes sense when you do the math. Frazee turns 101 in less than a month. It's hard to believe. She looks decades younger. She lives alone and gets around with a little help from a cane. She laughs and makes lively remarks to her friends. She plays a mean game of bridge. Asked for her secret to a long, healthy life, Frazee said, "Keep active. Keep busy."
A Park Rapids woman was among eight sisters, six of them victims of childhood sexual abuse by a family member, recently featured in "People" magazine. Wanita Nosbush and her sisters were dubbed the "Amazing Eight" when they came forward in 2013 and acknowledged they had been molested as children by their father and/or their two brothers.