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When Minnesota's 2017-18 legislative session ended on May 20, one thing that ended with it was the latest go-around of an effort to ban ranked-choice voting (RCV). Left on the table were House File 3690 and Senate File 3325. They would have prohibited political entities in Minnesota from using RCV. May they rest in pieces.
Police Chief Jeff Appel presented Life Saving Awards to five law enforcement officers during the Park Rapids City Council meeting Tuesday. Opioid emergency The first award was shared by Sgt. Mike Mercil, Sgt. Rob Gilmore and Officer Austin Rittgers, all of the Park Rapids Police Department.
A severe storm with high-velocity winds caused damage Wednesday night and early Thursday morning near Park Rapids. Many trees were uprooted and others were snapped at varying heights along a narrow swath that crossed Garnett Drive on the south side of Potato Lake. A shed adjacent to a lake cabin was crushed by falling timber, and an electric utility pole was also destroyed. Itasca-Mantrap Electrical Co-op maintenance crews replaced the shattered power poles before noon Thursday.
The Fourth of July moved to a hot, sunny Friday and Saturday for Laporte Independence Days. In addition to an open-air craft and flea market both days and a volleyball tournament Friday night at 3rd Base Bar and Grill, the celebration included an all-day lineup of events on Saturday.
"Our people are — a lot of them — mothers, children, professionals, tribal people," said Winona LaDuke, co-founder and executive director of environmental justice organization Honor the Earth. "We are not violent, and we don't intend to be violent." She was responding to claims about camps being set up in preparation for the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project — claims, on both sides of the controversy over the oil pipeline, that such camps represent a threat of violence.
This summer, boaters visiting a public access in Hubbard County may meet one of a married couple of aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspectors. Mary Gohmann was the first of the pair to enlist against the spread of zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and other aquatic pests. It started when the couple met an AIS inspector at the Second Crow Wing Lake access. "I said, 'This is interesting. What are you doing?'" she said. "He told me all about it. I said, 'This sounds really good.' We talked about it."
"Precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia" is a long name for a scary illness, but a young Park Rapids boy and his family were recently forced to learn it. 'Just growing pains' Phoenix Hunter, 7, woke up early May 17 complaining of leg pain. It was a school day for his mom Danielle Perry, a paraprofessional at Century Middle School. So, it was his dad Chris Hunter, a night security worker at Lamb Weston/RDO Frozen, who took him to a local walk-in clinic.
The Park Rapids Planning Commission voted on Monday to recommend the sale of a right-of-way to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). At issue was MnDOT's request that the city sell or donate .48 acres of city-owned land along the east side of U.S. Highway 71 at CSAH 15/Crocus Hill Street, where the state plans to build a roundabout in 2019.
The Park Theatre in downtown Park Rapids got a new marquee over its front entrance this week. The old marquee was damaged by an electrical fire on July 24, 2017. The new marquee, created by Indigo Signworks of Alexandria, preserved the art deco look of the original. New features include a design with tragedy/comedy masks symbolizing drama, a more eye-catching shade of hot-rod red and neon lights powered by LED.