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In addition to tourists, fishermen and seasonal residents, warm spring weather brings questions about why fuel often seems to cost more in Park Rapids than the next market up or down the highway. Gas prices change daily and differ from one town, county or state to the next. The AAA auto club has a website (gasprices.aaa.com) where travelers can compare nationwide, statewide, countywide and metro-area average prices of different grades of fuel, plus a fuel price calculator for trips between different metro areas.
The Park Rapids Parks Board on Monday discussed putting finishing touches on the improvements in Pioneer Park. Public facilities superintendent Chris Fieldsend reported construction of the park's restrooms is substantially complete and a temporary occupancy certificate has been issued. Features yet to be installed include signage, automatic doors, a fence, and landscaping in the adjacent area of the park. Soap dispensers and similar equipment are currently on order. Fieldsend said the restrooms have been in use, but currently have to be manually locked and unlocked.
Two hearings on Thursday night marked progress in CHS Prairie Lakes' plan to build a new agronomy facility in Todd Township. At both hearings, CHS requests were questioned by residents of the area near Portage Lake, but township officials recommended approval. The Starbuck-based agricultural service firm, which has operated a facility for 50 years in the city of Park Rapids, hopes to store fertilizer, feed and seed on a 27.8-acre property at the southwest corner of County Road 48 and County Road 28.
Pete Stauber, a St. Louis County commissioner running for Congress in Minnesota's 8th District, received the Republican Party's endorsement by acclamation Saturday in Park Rapids.
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.