A partnership with the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club is introducing Park Rapids area elementary and middle-school students to Nordic skiing. Century School enrolled this year in the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, according to information provided by Central Cross Country Skiing. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade have an opportunity to include Nordic skiing as part of their physical education and after-school enrichment programs.
The Todd Township Board agreed Monday to recommend a land split to the Hubbard County Board, as requested by CHS Prairie Lakes. Pending approval by the county commissioners, the decision would affect an approximately 37-acre agricultural property at the southwest corner of County Road 48 and 129th Avenue, approximately three miles northwest of Park Rapids.
A local organization with 114 years of community service gave away its last funds Monday night. Park Rapids Aerie 870 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, founded in 1904, closed the door on its clubhouse two years ago due to financial struggles. After an unsuccessful effort to stem a decline in membership, the aerie's charter ended last month. In a ceremony Monday at the Park Rapids Library, the defunct club expended its remaining $7,000 in a gusher of generosity.
If you see kindergarten to fourth-grade students at Century School inhaling the steam of imaginary cups of cocoa, thank Goldie Hawn. Starting last year, the school has been using a curriculum called MindUP. Published by the Hawn Foundation, the program is a brainchild of the film actress whose career ranges from 1969's "The Cactus Flower" to last year's comedy "Snatched." Elementary interventionist Casey Swenson said she has been using MindUP to teach students mindfulness, which she defined as "a way to center your brain and keep your brain focused."
Here is good news for those in need of housing: a free guide to Park Rapids apartment listings is in development. A booklet titled "Park Rapids Apartment Listings," provided by the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission (HCREDC), will soon be available to view online or download and print at www.hubbardcountyedc.com . Hard copies are also available at the HCREDC office on the third floor of the courthouse and at Northwoods Bank.
The Todd Township Planning Commission voted Monday night to recommend that the town board reclassify a parcel near Park Rapids from agricultural to commercial zoning. The decision followed a public hearing where neighboring property owners voiced concerns about plans by CHS Prairie Lakes to build a seed elevator and fertilizer plant at the site.
Renovation of a space to house Park Rapids City Council chambers will go forward, but on a smaller scale than previously planned. The council voted Tuesday, Jan. 23 to approve a contract with BHH Partners, planning architects with offices in Perham, to redesign the north wing of city hall. The $16,160 contract for architect and engineering services includes fees for redesigning the chambers and, after a design is approved, putting the project out to bid.
The Park Rapids City Council voted Tuesday, Jan. 23 to reinstate the city police department's K-9 program. Before the vote, Police Chief Jeff Appel announced the Leadership Council's donation drive had met its goal to raise $70,000 to cover startup costs for the program. The Leadership Council, chaired by Mic Ryan and affiliated with the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission, spearheaded the K-9 campaign.
The prospect of a new partner in the proposed Armory Square development is shining a thin ray of hope on the troubled project. Michael Monsrud, chair of the Park Rapids Community Development Corporation (PRCDC), addressed the Park Rapids City Council Tuesday, Jan. 23 about a potential deal PRCDC is discussing with the Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation (MMCDC).
Teresita Diaz, an 11th-grader at Park Rapids Area High School, recently won a nationwide youth essay contest about Indian agriculture. Diaz was one of three students from PRAHS who submitted essays to the Intertribal Agriculture Council's (IAC) 2017 Youth Essay Contest, along with senior John Clark and freshman Alexis Annette. The three traveled to Las Vegas Dec. 10-15 to attend the IAC's national conference, where Diaz was announced as one of three winners of the essay contest.