Seventeen students entered this year's Park Rapids Century PTA's Reflections Art Contest. Three advanced to the national competition and won awards. "This is quite an honor for these students and we are so happy to be able offer this at our school," said Colleen Hoscheid of Century School PTA. PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed, student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. All grades and abilities were invited to participate.
The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission are accepting entries for a Sculpture Trail in Red Bridge Park. The deadline has been extended to the end of the business day Monday, May 7.
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council is sponsoring the third annual Great American Story contest for oral storytellers. Stories are now being invited from Minnesota storytellers. Judges will narrow the selections to four finalists who will perform the best-told stories at an event Saturday, Sept. 22 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.
Nominations from county residents are now being accepted for the 2018 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Hubbard County. Nominees must be age 70 or older by June 1. The award recognizes outstanding senior citizens who have contributed their time and talent to benefit their community after reaching the age of 65. They will be honored at the Hubbard County Fair on July 13.
Three Park Rapids High School speech teammates were grand champions, capturing first place at the Section 6A speech meet, held in Pillager April 14. Amber Schroeder, a senior, Poetry; Coral Johnson, junior, Drama; and Emily Kjenaas, senior, Storytelling, advance to the state speech tournament in Apple Valley Saturday (today). The top 24 competitors from each category compete to be state champion.
For nearly three decades MinnesotaCare has been a trusted choice for health care coverage, providing an affordable option for working people earning too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford traditional insurance.
Two candidates, both with Native American lineage, were endorsed to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives during the 2018 Senate District 2 DFL Convention that was held in Mahnomen on March 17. One hundred and six delegates elected Senate District 2 DFL officers and then separated into House District 2A and 2B conventions. In the House District 2A convention, 54 delegates endorsed Michael Northbird from rural Cass Lake to run as their DFL candidate against incumbent 2A State Rep. Matt Grossell, a Republican from Bagley.
The Becker County Republican convention was held March 3 in Detroit Lakes. Distinguished guests who addressed the group were District 2 Sen. Paul Utke; District 2B Rep. Steve Green; Dave Hughes and Jason Sherman, candidates for Congressional District 7; Dave Stephens, son of Mary Guiliani-Stephens; and representatives for Phil Parrish, candidate for governor.
WindSync — a hot, young woodwind quintet — is set to perform for the Heartland Concert Association at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.