Hubbard County Residents Guide 2023

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Todd Keute, Publisher

Karen Holtan, Operations Coordinator


Shannon Geisen, Editor

Vance Carlson, Sports Editor

Lorie Skarpness, Reporter

Robin Fish Jr., Reporter


Todd Keute, Advertising Mgr.

Kelly Hoeke, Advertising Sales Consultant

Jayne Merila, Specialty Projects


Kathy Dennis, Customer Care Associate


Chris Johnson

Our Residents Guide offers one convenient source for finding out about resources available in Hubbard County. The guide is updated annually to provide the most accurate information possible.


If there is something missing that you would like to see included in next year’s guide, feel free to visit the Enterprise at 1011 First St. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids MN 56470, call 732-3364 or email sgeisen@

The staff thanks all the individuals and organizations who provided the information, as well as the advertisers who make it possible to publish it.


All print subscriptions include unlimited digital access to 20-plus newspapers, exclusive deals and events, news archives and e-papers. Call 218-732-3364.


The Park Rapids Enterprise front office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

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MEDIA Newspapers, Radio Stations .................. 6 LANDMARKS Landmarks 8, 10 LICENSES & PERMITS Drivers, Voter Registration .................... 12 Marriage, Passport, Pets, Liquor and Tobacco 13 Building Permits etc. 14 COMMUNITY Federal & State Officials 15-16 Community Overview 17 Hubbard County Board .......................... 18 Transportation 19 Townships 20 Veterans, U of M Extension 21 Recycling and Conservation ................. 22 Agriculture Services 23-25 Park Rapids 26-27 Nevis 28 Akeley 30-31 Smaller Communities, Laporte 32 Hwy. 34 Project 33 Health Services 34-37 Senior Services 38-39 Workforce Housing 40-41 Food Shelves 41-42 MAHUBE-OTWA ..................................... 42 EDUCATION Park Rapids Schools 43-45 Nevis School 46-47 Laporte School 48 CHURCHES & ORGANIZATIONS Area Organizations .......................... 49-50 Church Listings ................................... 51-53 Cemeteries ............................................... 53 BUSINESS & ECONOMY Downtown Business Association 54 Chamber of Commerce 55 Heartland Lakes Development Commission 56 Auto Directory 63 Contractor Directory 65-67 PARKS & RECREATION Deep Lake Park 57 Itasca-Heartland Connection Trail 58 DNR Offices 59 Coalition of Lake Associations 60 Aquatic Invasive Species ....................... 61 Itasca State Park ..................................... 64 North Country Trail ................................. 68 ENTERTAINMENT Museums and Libraries 69 Sculpture Trail 70 Arts Organizations 70-71
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Park Rapids Enterprise

Founded in 1882, the Park Rapids Enterprise is Hubbard County’s oldest continuous business venture. It was the first newspaper established north of the Northern Pacific Railroad in Minnesota.

The Park Rapids Enterprise is committed to providing the most complete local news coverage in the region. The Enterprise publishes Wednesday and Saturday each week with continuous online updates.

Serving the communities of Park Rapids, Nevis, Akeley, Menahga, Dorset, Lake George, Osage and the surrounding lakes area, the award-winning Enterprise is the most comprehensive news source in the area and the official newspaper of Hubbard County.

To subscribe, call the office at 218-732-3364, email Kathy Dennis at or stop in at the Bruhn Plaza office at 1011 First St. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids.

Northwoods Press

Located in Nevis, the Northwoods Press can be reached at P.O. Box 28, Nevis MN 56467, 218-652-3475 or


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Unique landmarks dot the county


► The original Hubbard County Courthouse, located at 3rd St. and Court Ave., was built in 1900. A fine example of Victorian design, it is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It is the home of the Hubbard County Historical Society and Nemeth Art Center.

► The U.S. Post Office, at the corner of Park Avenue (Hwy. 71) and 3rd St., was occupied in 1939. In 1940, well-known Minnesota sculptor Alonzo Hauser carved oak figures for the post office as part of the Section of Fine Arts, administered by the U.S. Treasury. These large figures depict a lumberjack, an Indian and a scene of lakes, deer and pines and are located in the lobby. Atop the brick building are a cupola and unique weathervane. The old granite steps were removed in 2006.

► Main Avenue parking – a street wide enough to accommodate center and side parking – is a curiosity and a memorable feature of the town. It is said since Park Rapids originally was a logging community, the street was laid out so wide

to allow teamsters to turn their horses around. It also has been said the street was made wide so piles of lumber could be stacked in the center to dry. Both stories may be right.

► The fire bell, displayed in front of the fire hall on U.S. Hwy. 71 south, was purchased in 1896 for $149, according to the Hubbard County Historical Museum. Inscribed on the 900-pound bell are the words “presented to the fire department of Park Rapids by J. B. Cutler.” In 1895, Cutler donated a lot to the fire department for the purpose of generating revenue. The lot was raffled off at $1 each, with 150 tickets issued. The Park Rapids Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its centennial in 1991.

► The Fish Hook mill pond and dam at Rice Park (and the state fish hatchery) still bear evidence of what was once the site of the town’s first sawmill and flour mill. They were built by Franklin C. Rice who came here in 1881 and founded the village of Park Rapids. In 1908 the voters gave Rice the franchise for the town’s electricity.

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Muskie Park, located just north of Highway 34 in Nevis, is the home of the Tiger Muskie erected in the early 1950s. Trees were planted in the park in honor of Nevis’ World War I dead and now the park has a veterans memorial with a lighted flagpole, flower bed, honorarium benches and a walkway. A pavilion was dedicated in the park in 1993 with an enclosed stand for food sales and shelter for picnic tables.


The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at St. Mary’s Church, Two Inlets, is a replica of the one in France with life-size statues of our Lady and Saint Bernadette, Stations of the Cross set in fieldstone frames and an outdoor altar.


First English Lutheran Church in Dorset, dedicated in 1936, is built of hand-split fieldstone gathered from neighboring farms.


Paul Bunyan’s statue on State Hwy. 34 in Akeley is the world’s tallest of the legendary woodcutter. He kneels holding his ax in one hand and stretching out his other hand as a seat for picture taking. It was dedicated in 1985 in a ceremony at Memorial Park, which is also the home of Paul’s cradle and an historical museum operated by the Paul Bunyan Historical Society.


Straight Lake is the source of Straight River. The 15 river miles between the dam at Straight Lake and the river’s confluence with the Fish Hook River is one of the premier brown trout streams in the state. Such natural reproduction is a rarity. Trout Unlimited promotes catch and release so trophy-size fish can continue to thrive here.

The former school on Hwy. 34 was built in 1938 during the WPA era. The building was the center of activity when Osage celebrated its centennial in 1991. The parade was so long, organizers considered having the parade stand still and the spectators walk around so the front would not catch the back and block the streets.

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Where to go for licenses and permits


Standard or enhanced driver’s licenses may be obtained or renewed at the Hubbard County License Center, located at 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids. Call 218-732-3426 for more information.

The Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) License Center is located at 322 Main Ave. S. in Park Rapids. The center offers vehicle registration and renewals, disability plates, vehicle title transactions, DNR registrations and fish and game licensing. The deadline to meet the federal compliant ID requirement has been extended to May 2025. At that time, you will need either a passport, passport card, Enhanced ID or a Real ID to board an airplane or enter a federal facility. A standard driver’s license will continue to be valid for driving privileges.


While Minnesota offers the ability to register on Election Day, as a voter you might save time and some stress if you are registered before you go to your polling place.

If you have moved since the last election, have not voted in a recent election or have changed your name, you may need to register. You can check your registration online at https://

The last day to register to vote prior to the election is Oct. 18. There are several ways to register in advance. You may register in person at the Hubbard County auditor’s office, located at the Hubbard County Courthouse in Park Rapids.

You also may register online at https://www.sos.state. Download and complete the registration form, then mail it to Secretary of State, First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite N201, Saint Paul, MN 55101. You may also drop the completed form at the auditor’s office at the Hubbard County Courthouse.

To request that a registration form be sent to your address, call the Secretary of State’s office at 1-877-600-VOTE (8683). Complete and take the form to the county courthouse.

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The Hubbard County License Center, located at 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids, issues marriage licenses.

A marriage license must be completed and submitted online at application. Applicants do not need to be Hubbard County residents.

Within 90 days, both parties need to be present to complete the application process at the license center. Both need to provide a picture ID and Social Security numbers.

The application fee is $115. The fee for parties who have completed at least 12 hours of premarital education is $40. Fee is payable to Hubbard County Treasurer and can be paid by cash, check or credit card.

The license is valid anywhere in Minnesota for a period of six months from the date of pick up.

Call 218-732-3426 for more information.


The U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Hubbard County Government Center, 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids.

Regular passport processing times are estimated at 6-9 weeks and expedited service is estimated at 3-5 weeks (additional fee applies). Plan ahead if you intend to travel.

No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are welcome all day. A typical application takes about 30 minutes to execute. For more information, call 218-732-3452.

For the latest travel advisories and COVID-19-related travel guidelines, visit


For Park Rapids residents, city hall (212 2nd St. W.) is the place to go for dog, cat and other animal licenses.

For Nevis residents, the licenses for dogs and cats over 4 months of age and for keeping poultry are available at city hall (104 Main St. W.).


Establishments outside the city limits apply for a liquor license from Hubbard County. Those within the city limits apply to the city where they are located.

The annual fee for a tobacco license is $50. A copy of the application is on the Hubbard County website. Print and complete the form, then mail it and the fee to Hubbard County Treasurer, 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids, MN 56470.

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Be sure to pull the proper permits

Before starting a residential or commercial construction or renovation project, be sure to check with your local government about what permits may be required. This may help you avoid costly penalties and the uncertain results of after-the-fact variance requests.

For properties within the city of Park Rapids, city hall (212 2nd St. W.) issues building permits, plumber and backhoe operator licenses, temporary and annual liquor licenses, ATV permits and gambling permits. Most are renewed annually, except gambling and temporary liquor licenses, which are issued on an as-needed basis. Gambling and liquor licenses are sent to the state after city approval.

Park Rapids also assesses fees for water, sewer, airport and city equipment usage, planning and zoning fees, Revolving Loan Fund fees, event fees for using public facilities, rental inspection fees and more.


Permits are also required for peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants, vendors at an organized event, extended garage sales, a commercial animal establishment, wreckers or junkyards, mechanical contractors, tree contractors, taxi cabs, pawnbrokers and keeping poultry. For a full list of permits and licenses, see Section 36 of the city code at

Meanwhile, the city of Nevis issues planning and zoning permits for construction, conditional use, planned unit development, variances, minor subdivisions, boundary realignment, zoning amendments, demolition and excavation; and permits for water hydrant usage, fencing, signage and chickens in the city.

Nevis also offers rentals of its council chambers, the Muskie Park pavilion and its kitchen, and wooden picnic tables. For details, pricing and to apply for permits, visit the city administration office at 104 Main St. W.

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Steve Green (R) Dist. 2 Senator 95 University Ave. West, Minnesota Senate Bldg, Room 2319, St. Paul, MN 55155, 651-297-8063 or

Paul Utke (R) Dist. 5 Senator 95 University Ave. West, Minnesota Senate Bldg, Room 2403, St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-9651 or


► Office of Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, 445 Minnesota St., Suite 1400, St. Paul, MN 55101, 800-657-3787 or

► American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, P.O. Box 14720, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (651) 645-4097, or

► Better Business Bureau of Minnesota & North Dakota, 220 S. River Ridge Cir., Burnsville, MN 55337,,, 651-699-1111

► Minnesota Department of Commerce, Golden Rule Building, 85 7th Place East, Suite 280, St. Paul, MN 55101, 800-657-3602, or

Matt Bliss (R) Dist. 2B Representative 311 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-5516, toll-free 877-838-5537 or

Krista Knudsen (R) Dist. 5A Representative 225 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-9918 or

► Federal Trade Commission for the consumer 877-FTC-HELP or

► Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota, Bemidji office 218-751-9201, 1-800-450-8585 or

► Social Security Administration, Bemidji office, 2900 Hannah Ave. NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, 1-866-258-6345, or 1-800-772-1213

► Minnesota Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE), 877-664-8463 or

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If you’re new to Hubbard County



Founded in 1880 by rugged pioneers, farmers and loggers, this city was named for its park-like groves and the rapids on the Fishhook River. The area’s natural beauty – and source of the mighty Mississippi River – attracts residents and tourists alike. Park Rapids is the county seat for Hubbard County. Its small-town charm also boasts schools, medical services, parks, recreation, arts, an airport and business opportunities.


The lakeside village, located on the east end of Belle Taine, is the gateway to the Paul Bunyan State Forest and 90 lakes located within a 10-mile radius.

It’s known for its huge tiger muskie, located at Muskie Park.

Nevis also offers a public beach, public dock with handicapped access, park, boat ramp and public access to Belle Taine north of Hwy. 34.

Nevis has a Civic and Commerce Association, Senior Citizens Center, a number of churches and many year-around and seasonal businesses.

The world’s tallest statue of Paul Bunyan and Paul’s cradle mark Akeley as home of the legendary woodsman. The Paul Bunyan Historical Society Museum, also located in the city park known as Paul’s Patio, houses artifacts from the days when Akeley was a logging boom town.

Community organizations include the Civic and Commerce, Akeley Lions, Garden Club, Senior Citizens Club and Eastern Hubbard County Fire District and Auxiliary. The city has several churches, light industry and many year-around and seasonal businesses. The Akeley Regional Community Center is home to the Akeley Community Library, thrift store, an archery range, a dog training site and two gymnasiums. Public meeting rooms are available to rent or use.



Hubbard County Board

Hubbard County is governed by the County Board of Commissioners, elected by district.

The board meets twice a month, at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays, in the boardroom on the third floor of the Hubbard County Government Center in Park Rapids. A work session is held on the second Tuesday.

The county has a website at that contains information on all departments, county ordinances, employment opportunities, lake maps, parcel maps and more.

All employees listed below may be reached by email. Their addresses are the first letter of their first names and full last names followed by the county address, for example,




District 3 218-616-4069 tom.krueger

A special election will be held in May 2023.


Ag Inspector/ Parks and Recreation

Greg Hensel, 237-1456

Aquatic Invasive Species



Jamie Freeman, 732-3452


Jonathan Frieden, 732-4133


Kay Rave, 732-3196

County Administrator

Jeff Cadwell, 732-2362

Court Administrator

Whitney Kastney, 732-3573

Crime Victim Services

Jill Christenson, 732-4133

Emergency Management

Scott Williams, 732-2588

Environmental Services

Eric Buitenwerf, 732-3890

Extension Service

Melissa Koebernick, 732-3391

Facilities Maintenance

Bobby Wilkins, 732-2520

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 732-3890

Heritage Living Center

Stephanie Fairfield, 732-3329

Human Resources

Gina Teems, 732-2324

Land Survey

Ryan Miller, 732-3302

Natural Resources

Mark Lohmeier, 732-4270

License Center

Kay Rave, 732-3426

Passport Services

Jamie Freeman, 732-3452

Public Works/Highway Department

Jed Nordin, 732-3302


Lauren Anderson, 732-3552


Cory Aukes, 732-3331

Social Services

Brian Ophus, 732-1451

Solid Waste Officer

Josh Holte, 732-3302

Veterans Services Officer

Jerrold Bjerke, 732-3561

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David De La Hunt District 1 Charlene Christenson District 2 218-616-2181 Tom Krueger District 4 Vacant, as of February 7, 2023. Ted Van Kempen District 5 218-616-4073 ted.vankempen


The Heartland Express is Hubbard County’s public transit system. The Heartland Express provides service to the city of Park Rapids as well as a two-mile radius outside the city. A 16-passenger, wheelchair accessible bus is used to transport. All ages are permitted to ride.

Rides from the Park Rapids transit

get you there

service area to Bemidji are provided the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, excluding holidays.

Call dispatch at 218-732-3500 to schedule a ride. At least a two-hour notice is needed for initial pick up.

Transit service area fares are $1.50 one-way, Bemidji Trip $6 round-trip. If you have other transportation needs or more questions on how to access public transportation services, call 218-732-9328 or visit


► People’s Express at 800-450-0123 offers non-emergency medical transportation from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and by appointment on weekends.

► Medi-Van Inc., offering non-emer-

gency medical transportation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, may be reached at 800-422-0976.


The Park Rapids Municipal Airport is located on the southwest edge of the city along Highway 71 south. The facility includes two paved runways, a 5,500-foot runway plus a second 3,500-foot landing strip.

The airport is staffed daily and features 24-hour automated 100 LL and full-service Jet A fuel. Tie-downs and short- or longterm hangar storage are available. The airport’s full-service maintenance shop offers annual, 100-hour and pre-buy inspections, engine overhauls, prop balancing, parts sales, aircraft painting, oil changes, free estimates, aircraft brokerage and sales.

Transit services
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A guide to township government

Akeley Township: Sebrina Hegg, 218-252,4611,

Arago Township: Megan Auzenne, 404-725-2715,

Badoura Township: Tim Scouton, 218-252-1583,

Clay Township: Margie Vik, 218-255-0645,

Clover Township: Wayne Koop, 218-616-2087,

Crow Wing Lake Township: Brian Ford, 218-252-8323,

Farden Township: Laurel Schummer, 218-368-5654,

Fern Township: Kim Watkins, 218-209-6884,

Guthrie Township: Amanda Fallgren, 218-556-1790,

Hart Lake Township: Charlotte Rauch, 218-224-3217,

Helga Township: Aric Porter, 301-247-1860,

Hendrickson Township: Cheri Wilson, 218-556-7793,

Henrietta Township: Ann Lempola, 218-699-3617,

Hubbard Township: Laura Kujawa, 218-732-8836,

Lake Alice Township: Lois Holleman, 218-308-0093,

Lake Emma Township: Nan Iles, 218-732-0516,

Lake George Township: Joyce Harvey, 218-699-3338,

Lake Hattie Township: Christopher Parthun, 218-854-7272,

Lakeport Township: Alex Hadrava, 218-224-2853,

Mantrap Township: Carice Golberg-Cummins, 218-255-4052,

Nevis Township: Pat Hrubes, 218-652-3546,

Rockwood Township: Jean Diffley, 218-751-5672,

Schoolcraft Township: Stephen Booth, 218-854-7262,

Steamboat River Township: Tom Knight, 218-224-3195,

Straight River Township: Kari Weston, 218-732-2662,

Thorpe Township: Brian Ford (interim), 218-252-8323,

Todd Township: Pat Cadreau, 218-255-0826,

White Oak Township: Jeff Lindstrom, 218-652-3456,

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The numbers in black represent the Hubbard County Commissioner districts. Questions about township government can usually be answered by town clerks.


Bemidji Veterans Home construction continues

The Bemidji Veterans Home, currently under construction, is on track to open in mid-2023.

Located at 920 Anne Street NW, the facility will sit on 14 acres of land donated by nearby Sanford Health.

In December 2022, Kevin Gish was chosen as the administrator.

Originally from Mahnomen, Gish is a Bemidji State University graduate with over a decade of experience in administration, has joined the project and is now in the process of filling out the rest of his team.

After over a decade of gathering local support, the project was first granted state funding in 2018, and an official groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 2021.

Estimated to cost $45.5 million, the facility will house 72 private living quarters for veterans and certain members of their families who require skilled nursing care. The 72 residential units with private baths will be split into two “neighborhoods” and four “households” of 18 residents each, providing a more homelike atmosphere.

The design reflects a Northwoods cabin feel for the public spaces that include a town center featuring a small coffee shop/cafe, theater/meeting room, family dining room, meditation room/chapel and club room.

Veterans Services Office assists vets with earned benefits

The Hubbard County Veterans Services Office offers assistance and support to eligible veterans, their dependents and sur vivors in obtaining benefits through the state and federal departments of Veterans Affairs, and provides benefit counseling, claims service, and referrals for a variety of other programs.

Veterans Service Officers Jerrold Bjerke and Aaron Majors provide assistance on compensation and pension benefits, healthcare, education, insurance, home loan, military records and awards, and death benefits.

The office is located at 201 Fair Ave. in Park Rapids, and the phone number is 218-732-3561.

Veteran outreach in Laporte is held on the third Thursday of each month by appointment only.

Admissions will be staggered and gradual, and only a small number of residents will be admitted until after the home is approved by a Department of Veterans Affairs inspection. The facility has already received well over 100 applications for residents since the process opened in September 2022, and the hope is for the home’s doors to open in August 2023.


A Veterans Administration (VA) Community-Based Outpatient Clinic is located in Bemidji. Call 218-755-6360 to set up an appointment. Veterans currently enrolled in the VA system who would like to transfer their care to the Bemidji clinic may contact their local county veteran service office. For Hubbard County residents, the number is 218-732-3561.

U of M Extension delivers practical education

The Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension (UMN) office provides educational programs on sustainable farming, water quality, nutrition and address horticulture questions.

They offer the youth of our community learning opportunities via 4-H clubs, special-interest groups, afterschool programs, civic engagement, community service, camping and school enrichment.

4-H is an out-of-school, hands-on learning program for anyone in Kindergarten through one year past high school. Become a 4-H member to open up a host of resources and opportunities such as showcase and judging experiences, scholarships, leadership trips and more.

Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H. org, on Facebook at www.facebook. com/4-H or contact Mari Jo Lohmeier, Hubbard County 4-H program coordinator, at 732-3391 or mlohmeie@umn. edu.

Donna Anderson, SNAP-Ed Educator for UMN Extension, offers nutrition programming for men/fathers, Head Start CaP agencies and schools, to name a few. Contact her at 218-640-0285 or if you have ques-

tions, are an agency that is interested in discussing classes or other outreach; backpack programs, Farmers Market Power of Produce Club for youth and Power of Produce for seniors/elders, or Go Wild signs in the community that shares information about wellness and health through art.

If information about agriculture, gardening and natural resources interests you, consider signing up for the Hubbard County UMN Extension Agriculture, Gardening and Natural Resources e-newsletter at

For more information, call Hubbard County UMN Extension Educator Tarah Young at 218-732-3391 or visit https://

The office is located at 201 Fair Avenue, Park Rapids.

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A guide to the county’s recycling, garbage programs

es, shrubs, trees, including cut holiday greens and trees, are accepted in the brush piles at both transfer stations.

All brush loads must be inspected by an attendant prior to disposal.

Bags, pots, twine, wire, lights, decorations, and misc. garbage must be removed before inspection and disposal.



Hubbard County has two, well-staffed transfer stations with programs set up for residents to dispose of their construction and demolition materials, household hazardous waste (HHW), household yard waste, organics, mixed recyclables and both burnable/non-burnable household waste. Transfer station attendants are ready to answer any questions.

The south transfer station is located at 812 Henrietta Ave. S. in Park Rapids. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 218-7329568 with questions.

The north transfer station is located at 41304 U.S. Hwy. 71, Laporte. Hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Call 218-224-2100.

Both stations are closed on Sundays and holidays.


Residents can drop off HHW at the north transfer station from April 15 to Sept. 15 and all year at the south station.

The south transfer station has designated reuse areas for HHW, household and construction materials, tires and plastic containers for residents to drop off and pick up. Crushed concrete is also available for purchase.


After stopping at transfer stations for inspection, residents can drop off lawn clippings, leaves, tree needles, garden debris, plants, straw and hay at the designated composting area.

Finished (mature) compost is available at the south transfer station. See attendants for details. Brush, stumps, branch-

The south transfer station has an organics program where registered residents may drop off food waste. Register online at, by emailing solidwaste@ or calling 218-732-9568.

Registrants will receive an organics kit that includes bags for fruits, vegetables, peelings, grains, meat, dairy, plain paper towels, napkins, tissues, paper coffee filters, wooden treat sticks, tooth picks, chopsticks, tea bags, and BPI and Cedar Grove certified compostable products.


Electronics MAY NOT be placed into the waste dumpsters. Station attendants can guide residents to the correct areas for proper disposal of rechargeable/Lithium-ion batteries and all other batteries, fluorescent bulbs, phones, TVs, DVD/VCR devices, printers, all monitors, and other computer related items.


Hubbard County residents may unload properly sorted recycling at any of the 14 county recycling drop-off points or bring it directly to the two transfer stations. No plastic bags or totes may be placed in recycling dumpsters.

Single-sort mixed recycling items include cardboard, newspaper/magazines, junk mail, office paper, cans (aluminum, steel and tin), glass containers and only No. 1 or No. 2 plastic containers.

The transfer stations also have drop-off programs for antifreeze, used oil, oil filters, large appliances, fire extinguishers, propane cylinders, vehicle batteries and scrap metal, boat wrap and silage bags.

LICENSED HAULERS • A & D Trash Collection LLC 58501 Grant St., Park Rapids 218-255-7317 • AAA Roll-Off Service LLC 45755 County Hwy. 19, Sebeka 218-564-4743 • American Disposal P.O. Box 368, Deer River 218-246-8729 • City Sanitary Service P.O. Box 218, Walker 218-547-3633 • Grinning Bear Roll-off P.O. Box 31, Pine River 218-851-2509 • Homecare Solutions 393 West Ave., Nevis 218-230-0540 • Hough, Inc. P.O. Box 2, Detroit Lakes 218-847-7391 • Northern Pines Sanitation P.O. Box 854, Park Rapids 218-732-6767 • Rapid Roll-Off Systems 8425 Forest Dr., Park Rapids 218-255-3856 • Shepard Excavating & Septic Service 42554 County Road 45, Laporte 218-224-2754 • T & K Rolloffs LLC 0936 279th Ave., Bemidji 218-759-2376 • TC Lighting Supplies & Recycling Inc. P.O. Box 942, Bemidji 218-751-9091 • Tiger Rolloff 4595 Viola Trail, Pine River..................................................................218-288-4437 • Tom’s Sanitation P.O. Box 142, Laporte 218-407-3775 • Wadena Hide & Fur Co. Inc. 700 Ash Ave. NW | P.O. Box 309 Wadena 218-631-2617 • Waste Management 4107 Minnkota Ave. NW, Bemidji 218-755-1440 - 22 -


More conservation resources for landowners, farmers


Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff works with private landowners to help them protect their natural resources. The agency emphasizes voluntary, science-based assistance, partnerships and cooperative problem solving at the community level.

Some types of technical assistance and planning services provided include erosion control practices on agricultural and nonagricultural land; windbreak planning; a wide array of agronomic practices for cropland; wildlife habitat management planning; and pollution abatement practices, such as animal waste facilities and manure management.

The NRCS office provides technical support, including soil expertise, for local projects. Landowners are frequently referred to a district conservationist for help in stabilizing disturbed soils due to building activity or septic system work

in critical areas. They can recommend proper methods as well as seed mixtures.

Soil conservation technicians at the Park Rapids field office are Alicia Laturnus ( and Dan Pazdernik (daniel.pazdernik@ For information, call 218-732-9723 or visit The office is located at 603 N. Central Ave., Park Rapids.


Stabilizing farm income, helping farmers conserve land and water resources, providing credit to new or disadvantaged farmers and helping farm operations recover from the effects of disaster are the missions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FSA. Although the public may obtain general information from the headquarters and state offices, county offices administer all FSA programs. For more information call 218-631-2876, visit www.fsa.usda. gov or email

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Hubbard County SWCD helps with water, soil issues

The Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a non-profit, local unit of government.

The SWCD is charged with protecting the district’s soil, water, forests, wildlife and recreational resources through education, technical advice, leadership and financial assistance to landowners and cooperating agencies to pursue sustainable management, wise use and conservation practices.

SWCD programs benefit the whole community by helping landowners to implement shoreline, forest and agricultural conservation practices that reduce or prevent erosion, sedimentation, siltation and ag-related pollution. These efforts preserve our natural resources, ensure continued soil productivity, control floods, preserve wildlife, protect the tax base and protect public lands and waters for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

SWCD projects address erosion control practices, lakeshore and riverbank stabilization practices, watershed protection projects, stormwater runoff practices, lake water quality and groundwater level monitoring, abandoned well sealing, tree sales, precipitation monitoring, private well nitrate testing, forest stewardship assistance, conservation easements and assistance to irrigators in water management. The SWCD also administers the Wetland Conservation Act for the county.

Hubbard County sits within three major watersheds. SWCD collaborates with local partners and neighboring counties in the Leech Lake River, Mississippi Headwaters and Crow Wing River One Watershed One Plans.

SWCD also organizes environmental education programs for youth, such as the Envirothon and Freshwater Festival.

The SWCD board consists of five elected supervisors. They serve four-year terms.

Call 732-0121 ext. 4, visit or check out the SWCD on Facebook.

The office is located at 603 N. Central Ave., Park Rapids.

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District Supervisor

Crystal Mathisrud

Administrative Assistant

Annette Olson

Forest Resource Technician

Brandon Spain-Brist

218-252-6963 or

Water Quality Resource Research and Easement Specialist

Jacob Shaughnessy

218- 252-5391or

Community Conservationist

Claire Hansen



District 1

Fern, Rockwood, Helga, Lake Hattie, Schoolcraft, Lake Alice, and Lake George townships

Don Rettinger 218-854-7306 or

District 2

Farden, Guthrie, Hart Lake, Hendrickson, Lakeport, and Steamboat townships

Marcel Noyes 218-407-73425 or

District 3

Clover, Clay, Thorpe, Arago, Lake Emma, Mantrap, and Akeley townships

Heidi Anderson-Thomas 772-342-1662 or

District 4

Todd, Straight River, Henrietta and Hubbard west from County 11)

Don Sells

218- 732-5910 or

District 5

Nevis, White Oak, Crow Wing, Badoura, Henrietta and Hubbard east from County 11

Lynn Goodrich

218-652-3130 or


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Welcome to Park Rapids! COMMUNITY

Welcome to Park Rapids ‒ a city whose true heart is the heart of its people.

Our friendly community of 4,000plus is nestled among the beautiful Fish Hook River and multiple area lakes. Park Rapids is renowned for its unique downtown area, which features center parking on Main Street surrounded by many quaint stores, trendy restaurants and the historic Park Theater. The downtown area provides a charming venue for community events, like 2nd Street Stage, which showcases music and talent all summer long.

From great schools to parks and playgrounds, from farmers’ markets to the arts, from health clinics to public safety, Park Rapids has you and your family covered. We are located 20 miles south of Itasca State Park, which highlights the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Come ride and walk on our many miles of maintained bike and snowmobile trails. Celebrate the Fourth of July with our wonderful fireworks show and famous Professional Bull Riders bull ride. We enjoy four distinct seasons packed with events and activities that provide entertainment all year long.

Being born and raised here, I am proud to call Park Rapids home and warmly welcome you to visit our city and enjoy all that our family-friendly destination has to offer.

Hope to see you in Park Rapids soon!

Park Rapids City Council

The city of Park Rapids, population 4,145, is the county seat for Hubbard County.

Services provided by the city include law enforcement, fire protection, stormwater, sewer and water utilities, maintenance of streets, parks, and the public library, which is a member of the Kitchigami Regional Library System.

The city has a zoning ordinance;

building permits are required and are available at city hall.

For businesses wishing to expand or locate in the Park Rapids area, assistance is provided through the Heartland Lakes Development Commission. The city also operates a municipal airport and liquor store.

City hall is located at 212 2nd St. W. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday through Friday. Call 218-7323163. The city’s website is ci.park-rapids.

The Park Rapids Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at city hall. Ryan Leckner is mayor, and council members are Liz Stone, Bob Wills, Tim Little and Joe Christensen.

Ryan Leckner mayor Liz Stone liz.stone Bob Wills bob.wills Tim Little tim.little Joe Christensen joe.christensen
City Administrator ............ Angel Weasner 218-237-2748 City Clerk ........................... Berit Score 218-732-3163 City Planner ....................... Ben Oleson, AICP 320-759-1560 Public Works ...................... Scott Burlingame ........................ 218-237-2713
Chief ........................ Jeff
.................................... 218-237-2711 .............................
Chief ........................... Joe
.................................. 651-343-2054 .............................. Liquor Store Manager ......... Scott
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Joe Carlson has been fire chief with the Park Rapids Fire Department (PRFD) since February 2022. He is supported in his duties by Chief 2 Ben Cumber and Chief 3 Bob Meier.

According to Carlson, the fire department currently has a full roster of 26 paid-on-call firefighters, protecting the city of Park Rapids and 10 townships – a 323-square-mile area whose population of roughly 10,500 balloons in the summer to as high as 25,000.

The PRFD has mutual aid agreements with the Bemidji, Carsonville, Detroit Lakes, Lake George, Menahga, Nevis and Wolf Lake fire departments. It has

responded to an average of 118 fire calls per year during the past three years, setting a department record with 132 calls in 2022.

“We build a safer community through our commitment to protecting lives and property,” Carlson said of the department’s mission, adding that their motto is “Semper Paratus,” or always prepared. This year, the fire hall at 804 Park Ave. S. hosts an open house on Saturday, June 17. The department also provides on-site fire prevention education at the area schools, reaching 785 children from daycare through grade 4 in 2022.

Appel passes six-year mark as Park Rapids Police Chief

Police Chief Jeff Appel has served the city of Park Rapids since Oct. 17, 2016.

Prior to his appointment, Appel was a captain with the Savage Police Department with 17 years of law enforcement experience, seven of them in a supervisory role. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement.

Chief Appel is one of 13 sworn officers in the Park Rapids Police Department. Under his supervision are two patrol sergeants, one detective sergeant, eight patrol officers and a school resource officer. In addition, the department has one full-time administrative staff member and a K-9 officer.

“All staff with the Park Rapids Police Department are proud to serve

the citizens of Park Rapids and those visiting our community,” Appel told the Enterprise. “Our goal is to serve each and every day by upholding the values in our mission statement: professionally providing excellent, community-oriented law enforcement services to the City of Park Rapids with the highest level of integrity while respecting the rights of all people in a courteous and dignified manner.”

The police department is located in the Public Safety Building at 1425 Fair Ave. and can be reached from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 237-2711. To file a report or make a complaint, call dispatch at 732-3331. If there is an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

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Park Rapids Fire Dept. is ‘always prepared’

Welcome to Nevis!

Welcome to Nevis, home of the tiger muskie!

The swimming beach on beautiful Lake Belle Taine is popular all summer, along with biking on the beautiful Heartland Trail that goes right through downtown.

Stop at the new pollinator garden located near the visitor’s center, just off the trail.

Children will enjoy a visit to try out the new playground equipment at Muskie Park or Halverson Park just up the hill from the beach.

In the fall, come back to check out the beautiful colors along Paul Bunyan Drive north of town.

In the winter, there are hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails to explore.

Whatever the season, Nevis offers something fun for everyone! Go to the Nevis city website for more information on things to do in the area.

The lakeside village of Nevis is located on the east end of Belle Taine.

The Nevis City Council meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Nevis Administration Building.

The Nevis Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and Public

Hubbard County sheriff’s deputy Josh Oswald provides police services to the city of Nevis.

He received his police training at Hibbing Community College, graduating in 2011.

Oswald has worked for the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years and in Nevis for nine of those years.

“I take great passion in my job and enjoy every shift I work,” he said. “It’s a great community with great people.”

Oswald works closely with both the Nevis School District and the Akeley Police Department.

In addition to his regular patrols, Oswald also provides checks on seasonal residences during the winter months and checks in with elderly residents who do not have family nearby. Call 218-652-3866 to reach Oswald for non-emergency inquiries.

The Nevis Volunteer Fire Department protects the city of Nevis as well as Nevis, Crow Wing Lake, Mantrap and Thorpe townships. It also has mutual aid agreements with all fire departments in Hubbard County as well as the Menahga Fire Department, and an agreement with Minnesota DNR Forestry for wildland fires.

The department currently has 19 paid-on-call firefighters, including Fire Chief Josh Winter and Assistant Fire Chief Brent Nicklason, both appointed in January 2023.

“All of our members are Fire 1 and 2 certified as well as Emergency Medical Responder,” said Winter. “My goals as chief are to grow the department and to keep the department up to date with current tools and equipment. I want our department to be able to provide the best services that we can in our small, rural community.”

If interested in joining the department, stop by Nevis City Hall for an application or talk to any Nevis fireperson.

Nevis City Council


City Administrator .......... Dawn Veit............................. 218-652-3866, Deputy Clerk/ Planning and Zoning ....... Kimberly Wright ..... 218-652-3866,

Public Works Supervisor .. Don Umthun 218-652-3867,

Liquor Store Manager Erin Rhoades 218-652-3135

Fire Chief ........................ Mike Marchell 218-652-2323,

Police Deputy .................. Josh Oswald 218-652-3866 (non-emergency)

Works Department are located in the Nevis Fire Hall Building at 204 Main Street East.

Jeanne Thompson serves as mayor. Assistant mayor is Katie Rittgers. Council members are Teresa Leshovsky, Blair Reuther and Sue Gray.

A public beach and dock

with handicapped access along with a boat ramp are located at the public access to Lake Belle Taine north of Hwy. 34. Children will enjoy the recently completed playgrounds at Halvorson Park with access from Park Street and at Muskie Park on Hwy. 2.

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Deputy Josh Oswald serves Nevis
Nevis Fire Department is ready to serve
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Welcome to Akeley!

On behalf of the citizens of Akeley, I would like to welcome you to “the birthplace of Paul Bunyan.

Akeley started out as a boomtown for the logging industry and has gone through many changes over the years. We are currently a town consisting of 432 people, located on the southern edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest, in the heart of lake country.

We have the Heartland State trail running through the center of town that provides access to miles of bicycle, ATV and snowmobiling trails.

Akeley is home to one of the largest statues of Paul Bunyan in the world and has visitors stopping by all the time to have their picture taken with him. We hope that you will have the opportunity to stop by our town and see all that Akeley has to offer.

2023 in Akeley will definitely bring about a lot of changes. The biggest of these will be the redevelopment of Hwy. 34 through town. There’s been several years of planning that have gone into this undertaking between the state and the community, and I think everyone is anxious to see the finished product.

Akeley City Council

The Akeley City Council meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Akeley City Hall on 25 Broadway Street. During the Hwy. 34 project tentatively scheduled to start in July, entrance will be by the back door.

Akeley’s mayor is Brian Hitchcock. Council members are Bobbie Wosika, Billy Krotzer, Dan Riggs and Dale Nelson.

The city owns and operates an on- and off-sale municipal liquor store, known by locals as “the muni.” It is located on State

city government, call city hall at 218-652-2465 or go to


City Clerk/Treasurer ........ Kristi Kath

Akeley Police Chief .......... Jimmy Hansen 218-652-4440,

Liquor Store Manager ..... Lacey Hitchcock 218-652-4084,

Akeley city campground

The city-owned campground is one of Akeley’s hidden gems. Located dockside on 11th Crow Wing Lake, reservations are usually made well in advance of the busy summer.

For more information on rates and availability, call the park manager at 218-252-4570 or go to There is also a public beach, playground, fishing pier and boat access near the campground.

Brian Hitchcock Dan Riggs Bobbie Wosika Dale Nelson Billy Krotzer
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Hwy. 34, just a block from the Paul Bunyan Statue. For information about

Akeley Emergency Shelter helps victims of domestic violence

The ARCC Emergency Shelter (ARCCES) is a non-profit located in Akeley offering safe shelter and supportive services to those experiencing intimate partner violence and does not discriminate based on gender identity.

The shelter operates on a service model that is victim-centered. They assist with whatever residents determine are the goals and partner with victims as they begin to navigate their new and sometimes uncertain future.

According to ARCCES director Allison Forte, the main goal is usually to secure safe and affordable housing which can be very difficult as there is a shortage of affordable housing in this region.

ARCCES is often in need of diapers, wipes, hygiene products, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, and gift cards for gas and other personal items.

They are continuously raising funds for operating expenses. Anyone who would like to donate or is interested in volunteering may reach out to shelter staff at 218-652-2600.

Checks and gift cards are welcome and may be mailed to ARCC Emergency Shelter, P.O. Box 218, Akeley, MN, 56433. For more information, visit www.

Jimmy Hansen serves as Akeley Police Chief

Jimmy Hansen has been Akeley’s Police Chief for more than 10 years. He received his training in Alexandria.

“We have a family-oriented town and try to keep it safe for children,” he said. “Even though the Akeley Police Department is small, we center most of our activity on drug interdiction, on drugs coming through our town. We concentrate on that and have other law enforcement

assisting also.”

Hansen and his wife have four children. In his free time, he enjoys collecting classic vehicles.

“I love being in the middle of God’s country,” he said. “I work where everybody from the metro wants to come.”

Hansen said the emergency shelter in the Akeley Regional Community Center is important to the community because it provides a safe place for victims of domestic violence.

Hansen welcomes community input about issues of concerns to Akeley residents. Call him at the city office 218-652-4440.

Eastern Hubbard County Fire District

The Eastern Hubbard County Fire District serves Akeley and the surrounding area. They also assist the Nevis Fire Department with mutual aid. Troy Hegg is the chief and Billy Krotzer is the assistant chief.

There are currently 18 members in the department. There were 186 calls in 2022. The fire department holds a business meeting on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in

joining or who has questions about the department is welcome to attend. A training class for firefighters is held on the third Monday on every month at 6 p.m. Training is sometimes held jointly with the Nevis fire department.

There is also a fire board meeting on the first Wednesday of the month at p.m. with the gaming meeting held right after the board meeting.

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Smaller Communities


In Becida, the deer are so plentiful in the fall it is a favorite place for hunters. The Becida Community Church is only about three miles away. The small community is located in the northwestern part of the county at the junction of CSAHs 9 and 3.


Benedict is an unincorporated community in Lakeport Township with several local businesses. The Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Trail skirts Benedict bringing winter business. Benedict is located on State Hwy. 200, southeast of Laporte.


Dorset is home to several gift shops and restaurants. Dorset is also the home of First English Lutheran Church. The Heartland Trail is an attraction with horse stalls for public use, a park with a picnic area and shelter and a nature walk hiking trail. Dorset is located about a mile north of Hwy. 34 between Park Rapids and Nevis.


Emmaville, with a booming population in single digits, is welcoming clientele at the Emmaville Store. Emmaville is located on CSAH 4 northeast of Park Rapids.


A community center in Guthrie is located on the old school grounds. This center serves as a gathering place for community groups. Guthrie is located on CSAH 16 on the boundary between Guthrie and Hart Lake townships.


The community of Hubbard is mostly residential, except for a fine eating establishment where those attending a play at the

Long Lake Theater can dine before taking in a play. Long Lake Theater draws in summer visitors from miles around. Hubbard is located at the south end of Long Lake on Hwy. 87.


Kabekona is located at the junction of state Highways 71 and 200 along the Kabekona River.


Lake George is in a natural outdoor recreation area with two lakes on its doorstep. Unique seasonal and year-round businesses make up this active community, which has its own senior citizens group and garden club. Lake George has a post office, Senior Citizens Center, fire hall and a township hall. Many acres of stateowned forest land make Lake George a prime blueberry picking spot. Lake George is located on U.S. Hwy. 71, east of Itasca State Park.


Laporte has a celebration on 4th of July weekend. Laporte is home to the Lakeport Fire Department and First Responders. Service organizations in Laporte include the Laporte-Benedict Lions Club, Laporte Book Club, Northwoods Writers and Laporte Comets 4-H Club. Laporte is located on Garfield Lake on State Hwy. 200.


Nary’s pride and joy is its community center, an old school complete with the original stage. The Helga Town Board renovated the building for residents to use, but the center has its own board in charge of scheduling and raising money to maintain the facility. It has kitchen facilities and houses a library. Nary is located in northeastern Hubbard County on CSAH 9.

Lakeport Fire and Rescue serves Laporte and rural area

Lakeport Fire and Rescue is dedicated to providing the best possible emergency response to rural communities in northeastern Hubbard County.

Beyond structural and wildland firefighting, they also provide ice rescue, vehicle extrication, search and rescue and hazmat services. They partner with Lakeport Emergency Medical Responders and work with Laporte’s school and community groups to provide fire prevention education.

The department serves a population of approximately 2,396 in Lakeport, Hart Lake, Guthrie and Hendrickson townships and the northern portion of Steamboat River Township in Hubbard County.

With a coverage area of 156 square miles, the department’s main fire hall is in Laporte with a substation in Hart Lake. They average about 50 calls per year and have mutual aid agreements with all the fire departments in Hubbard County, as well as the Bemidji, Cass Lake and Walker fire departments.

Kevin Day has served as Lakeport Fire Chief for five years, starting Jan. 1, 2018. The department’s 27 active firefighters

are active in a number of community outreach programs. Officers include Assistant Chief Jim Day, five captains and five lieutenants, training officer Kasey Kampfer and secretary Jessica Howg.

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This is a big year in Akeley with the State Hwy. 34 project scheduled to begin in mid-July and end in mid-October, as long as there aren’t any significant impacts to construction like extended periods of severe weather.


TJ Melcher is the communications and engagement spokesperson for Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in Bemidji. He said that to lessen the overall impacts on motorists and businesses, the project will be constructed in three stages.

► Stage 1: Pleasant Ave. to Franklin Ave. closed for about 4-5 weeks for pave-

ment replacement from Franklin Ave. to east of Scherer Ave.

► Stage 2: Graceson Ave. to Pleasant Ave. closed for about 5-6 weeks.

► Stage 3: Hillside Ave. to Graceson Ave. closed for about 5-6 weeks.

Once the project is underway, updates will be available at projects/hwy34-akeley.


Melcher said the pavement width on Hwy. 34 will be reduced by approximately 30 feet.

“What we find with wide roads is that drivers typically drive faster than the posted speeds,” he said. “It also requires

more time, effort and funding for things like construction, plowing and maintenance. Reducing the width of the road will not only help get motorists to drive slower through town, but it will also reduce costs, increase maintenance efficiencies and increase safety.

“Reducing the width also allows for the inclusion of boulevard spacing, which will move the sidewalks away from the driving surface and increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.”

In the two blocks between Hulet Ave. and Marie Ave./State Hwy. 64, the boulevards will include colored, decorative concrete. The rest will be grass.

Turning improvements will be made at the intersection with Hwy. 64.


The project will also include resurfacing and sidewalk replacement between Hillside Ave. and Franklin Ave., resurfacing and sidewalk replacement.

“Along with replacing the sidewalks, we will install new sidewalks east of Marie Ave. to about Franklin Avenue,” he said.

The project also will include new highway lighting. Parking will be changed from diagonal to parallel parking.

Trees will be planted in the boulevard along the corridor in 2024.

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Variety of health services available at hospital

CHI St. Joseph’s Health of Park Rapids is an award-winning, 25-bed critical access hospital located in the heart of lake country.

The health care facility combines state-of-the-art technology with personalized, compassionate care to offer a welcoming, healing environment.

Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, CHI St. Joseph’s Health provides a full range of personalized services, including a 24/7 emergency department and Level 4 trauma center, robotic-assisted surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics, community dental clinic, community health, hospice care, weight management center, imaging, rehabilitation and more.

For more information on any of their services, call 732-3311.

CHI St. Joseph’s Health partners with local agencies and organizations to strengthen healthcare programs offered in the community, providing more people access to care and keeping health care local.

CHI St. Joseph’s Health specialty and outreach includes:

► Orthopedics and sports medicine clinic specializes in all orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems, including hip and knee pain or injury, arthritis, hand and wrist issues, foot and ankle problems, and elbow and shoulder pain. No referral needed. To schedule an appointment, call 218-616-3700.

► Robotic-assisted surgical procedures are performed using minimally invasive techniques. Benefits include less pain, faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays. Patients can expect less discomfort and a quicker return to normal activities. Call 218-616-3170.

► Community Dental Clinic provides dental care for patients on state-provided insurance plans. Certain low income-eligible patients may qualify for reduced-rate den -

tal care. For appointments or to see if you qualify, call 218-732-4436.

► Community Health services include Women, Infants and Children, family home visiting, child and teen checkups, foot care, prevention classes, adult immunizations and health screenings. Call 218-237-5464.

► Hospice care services are available for patients in their home, a care center or with their loved ones. Call 218-7324552.

► Cardiac rehabilitation provides progressive exercise and education with medical supervision for those recovering from a cardiac event. Call 218-616-3000.

► Pulmonary rehabilitation helps patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, such as emphysema, asthma or bronchitis. Call 218-616-3000.

► Physical rehabilitation provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services designed to restore function and help patients recover to their fullest extent. A team of licensed and certified rehabilitation professionals are available at every level of care, from inpatient hospitalization, to acute rehabilitation, to outpatient therapy. Call 218-616-3005.

► Weight Management Center brings the latest technology and expertise to successful weight control – from non-surgical, medically supervised nutrition and weight-loss programs to advanced surgical procedures. Call 218-237-5757.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the gift shop, hospice care or various areas in the hospital. Call 218-616-3197 to learn more.

CHI St. Joseph’s Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit organization committed to creating healthier communities.

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Area Clinics

Essentia Health offers care close to home in two Park Rapids locations.

Essentia Health-Park Rapids Clinic, located at 705 Pleasant Ave. S., provides primary and specialty care Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Services include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, imaging services, surgery, lab services, behavioral health, weight management, telehealth services, wound care and vein services. Also, a full array of visiting specialists provide care in cardiology, ENT, OB/GYN, audiology, urology, podiatry and oncology. 3D Mammography is also available. Call 218-732-2800 or visit to schedule an appointment.

Essentia Health-Park Rapids Highway 34 Clinic, located at 1103 1st St. E., provides walk-in care Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Orthopedics, podiatry, chiropractic and dermatology services are also offered, along with a large physical, occupational and speech therapy department with 2,900 square feet of space and over 3,000 square feet of radiology space, including a state-of-theart MRI room. Call 218-732-6300 or visit to schedule an appointment.


Sanford Health Park Rapids Clinic, located at 110 7th St.West across from the hospital, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. and offers same-day appointments in family medicine, lab and x-ray services.

Shane Nygard, MD, family medicine physician, and Shelly Mahowald, APRN, CNP, nurse practitioner, both provide care for the whole family, from newborns to elderly. The clinic recently welcomed Alyssa Robley, DPT, PT, physical therapist, and Sara Anderson, OTR/L, occupational therapist, who will provide fulltime occupational and physical therapy services in Park Rapids.

In addition, specialists in pediatrics; cardiology; OB/GYN; nephrology; orthopedics; ear, nose and throat (ENT); pain management and medical oncology/hematology provide outreach specialty services at the clinic. To make an appointment, call 218-699-3121.


Vern Erickson, MD, offers internal medicine and urgent care with phone consultations 24/7. Referrals can be made to any specialist or hospital as needed. New patients and walkins are welcome, although appointments are recommended. Call 218-732-7760.

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Family Safety Network (FSN) provides services for victims of domestic violence and their families in Hubbard, Cass and Clearwater counties. Their services are person-centered and client-driven. They use trauma-informed practices that include one-on-one advocacy, violence and crisis intervention, safety planning, support groups, financial empowerment education, legal clinics and legal advocacy, court accompaniment and assistance for housing stability. In addition, FSN offers one-on-one and group training by a certified trauma-informed practitioner. FSN can be reached through its crisis line 24 hours a day at 218-7327413. Its new office in Park Rapids is located at 109 Grove Ave. S., Unit 1 and is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Support Within Reach (SWR) is a non-profit, sexual violence resource center serving victims of sexual violence and their families in Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard and Itasca counties. If you or someone you know have been impacted by sexual violence, call SWR’s after-hours crisis hotline: 1-800-708-2727. Trained advocates are available 24/7 to provide immediate assistance, referrals to community resources, medical accompaniment during sexual assault evidentiary exams at local hospitals, and support during interviews with law enforcement officers. The Park Rapids office is located at 323 Main Ave. S. Regular business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Call 218-237-0300 for more information or to schedule an appointment.



Formerly A Better Connection (ABC), the Sanford Health Park Rapids Behavioral Health Center is located at 1009 Hollinger St. The center provides comprehensive behavioral health and addiction services for families, groups and individuals including, but not limited to, animal-assisted therapy, child therapy services, eye movement desensitization reprocessing, HeartMath therapy, mental health diagnostic assessments, play therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and more. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment with a mental health provider, call 218-699-3510. The Mobile Crisis Team offers emergency and crisis behavioral health services 24/7 over the phone, at your home in the hospital or wherever you need urgent assistance. Call 800-422-0045.


GroupWorks Wellness is here to help with the stresses of day-to-day life, along with more serious problems that get in the way of living your best life. Providing mental health services to the community since 2000, their staff has the experience to help with a variety of problems impacting children between aged 0-5, school-aged and teens as well as adults, couples and families.

GroupWorks is ready to help with the changes you seek to make in your life. Their intake staff will answer your questions and help you schedule an appointment, working collaboratively with agencies you may be already working with: social services, probation, the courts, schools and medical providers. They also offer medication management services through Enlightenment Psychiatry at their 1003 Hollinger St. location. For more information, call 320-321-9599 or visit

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Experienced therapists at Lake Country Associates (LCA) can help you and your family improve communication and move forward in a positive direction. LCA provides a broad array of services to persons of all ages from early childhood to mature adulthood. Staff work with people on life adjustments – from grief and loss to severe mental illness. Services include diagnostic assessments, substance use disorder assessments, parenting support, Christian counseling, individual and family therapy, conflict resolution, children’s play therapy, art therapy, couples counseling, adult mental health, medication education, peer support services, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and more.

Lake Country Associates is currently offering a choice of telehealth or in-person appointments. The office is located at 515 Bridge St. in Park Rapids or 11 NW Main St. in Menahga. Call 218-366-9229 or visit for more information.


Stellher Human Services offers a variety of mental health services to the communities it serves in north-central and northwest Minnesota, including services for infants, children, teens, adults and families. Specific programs include children and adult crisis, in-home services and schoolbased skills counseling and psychotherapy, as well as school interventionist services. In addition, Stellher provides outpatient services and early childhood mental health services. The mental health crisis line is 800-422-0045. Stellher’s main office is in Bemidji, with an additional office in Detroit Lakes. Call 218-444-2845 or visit

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Headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minn., North Memorial Ambulance Services covers eight ambulance regions across Minnesota and western Wisconsin, including Hubbard County. Licensed to provide every level of care, they are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, the gold standard in the industry. The Park Rapids office is located at 302 Hatch Ave. and can be reached at 218-732-5255 or 218-732-5978.


Hubbard First Response & Rescue’s mission is to provide emergency care to victims of sudden illness or injury on a 24-hour basis.

The team comprises volunteer members who respond to dispatched 911 calls from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office and provide care at the emergency medical responder level or higher. They also provide volunteer emergency medical service for local community events, as requested.

Their coverage area includes the Hubbard County townships of Todd, Straight River, Hubbard, Crow Wing, Henrietta, Clay, Lake Emma, Arago, Mantrap, Badoura, Clover, Savannah and Two Inlets. Mutual aid is provided to other townships and Becker County, as needed. More information at


Founded in 2001, the Lakes Area Dive Team is a nonprofit, volunteer public safety dive team. They provide emergency dive rescue and recovery services to Hubbard, Cass and Beltrami counties. They also perform evidence search for law enforcement or aquatic invasive species search and identification, when requested.

The 20-plus members of the Lakes Area Dive Team are certified in advanced levels of scuba diving as well as search, recovery, CPR, evidence recovery and First Aid.

More information on the Lakes Area Dive Team’s Facebook page or by calling 507-269-1924.

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Assisted living and nursing homes

The Park Rapids community offers a variety of assisted living, memory care and nursing home services.


The Crystal Brook community offers residents a social and active lifestyle. Every day, residents decide how to spend their time while knowing their individual supportive needs will be met. Crystal Brook Senior Living is an “aging in place” housing model, and specifically impacts the senior living apartments and assisted living areas.

This style of living allows residents to start in senior apartments and add services as needed without having to move to a new area of the building. Aging in place brings many benefits to residents and their families.

These benefits include convenience with minimal interruptions in making multiple moves, strong relationships and communication with caregivers, enhanced safety, the comforts of home and reduced costs. In addition, memory care services are offered in a comfortable and secured ground-level complex.


Diamond Willow uses a person-centered care model which is uniquely different from most diagnostic-based care systems.

Each setting is designed to be intimate with fewer residents per suite, allowing facilities to have smaller communities with a calm and comforting home-like environment. Staffing ratios of 1:5 are maintained during awake hours and 1:13 overnight.


The Park Rapids Heritage Community is owned by Hubbard County and managed by Ecumen. It offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term care and long-term care on one campus to make transitions smoother for residents.

Park Villa Apartments offer maintenance-free living for those 62 and older with subsidized rent for those who meet income guidelines.

Assisted Living at Heritage Manor provides a wide variety of daily activities. There is an outdoor courtyard and garden beds as well as an onsite salon, chapel and restaurant-style dining.

Memory Care at the Cottages promotes engaged, purposeful living with customized care and personalized attention in a secure and supportive community.

Short-term care is available in the transitional care unit. Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy, are available seven days a week

Long-term care at Heritage Living Center has a nursing team onsite 24-hours-a-day. Medical care management and rehabilitation services are provided.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call 218-732-3329 or visit the Heritage Community website at

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Diamond Willow is located at 909 Crocus Hill Street in Park Rapids. Anyone interested in a tour or more information may contact Ronda (Rudy) Harvey at 218-730-8550.

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Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area (LAH) mobilizes volunteers and other community resources to assist those 65 years old and older in their home, whether that’s a private residence, an apartment or assisted-living facility.

They offer a repertoire of core services, ranging from transportation to friendly visiting, handyman services, shopping and errands, caregiver support and respite care.

The service area includes Park Rapids, Nevis, Akeley, Osage and the surrounding communities.

According to LAH Executive Director Connie Carmichael, in 2022, 69 active volunteers provided 4,166 hours of their time, made 2,010 home visits and drove 49,572 miles in service to over 300 clients.

Roughly 25 percent of LAH’s clients are military veterans. Thanks to annual contributions from the local Disabled American Veterans chapter, LAH specially earmarks those funds to give respite care for veterans or their spouses.

LAH does not charge for providing its services. “However, we do cost sharing, which is a suggested donation amount only for transportation and respite care. It’s a very, very minimal amount,” she said.

Those in need will never be turned away because of inability or unwillingness to donate, she added.

LAH also connects people to resources and information to help.

Additionally, LAH has a caregiver support program, led by Jill Grimes. This is available for anyone who is caring for someone aged 60 or older.

Grimes facilitates monthly caregiver discussion groups, provides one-on-one coaching sessions with caregivers and finds appropriate resources for supporting both the caregiver and the care receiver.

This year, LAH is sponsoring a monthly “An Afternoon Out” for people with dementia and their care partners. The meeting offers structured social activities and includes fellowship, chair exercises, music and art.


Hubbard County Meals Council, in conjunction with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, provides nutritious meals to persons 60 years of age or older and their spouses.

There is a suggested donation, but no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay. Home-delivered meals are available for those who are homebound and unable to prepare their own meals.

Dining sites are as follows:

► Akeley Diner’s Club: Zappy’s Café. Call 652-2233. Meal tickets are distributed at First National Bank of Walker in Akeley.

► Nevis Senior Citizens Center: On-site dining Monday Friday at noon. Home delivery is also available. Call 652-2022.

► Nevis Diner’s Club: Northwoods Café. Call 652-3608. Meal tickets are distributed at Northwoods Bank in Nevis.

► Park Rapids Diner’s Club: Great Northern Café. Orders are also available for pickup seven days a week. Call 732-9565. Meal tickets are distributed at Seip Drug at Hugos, 237-5848, and Northwoods Bank, 218-732-7221

► Park Rapids Woodland Court Apartments, 300 Court Ave.: Offers on-site and home delivery in the Park Rapids area. Call 218-237-2798.

On-site dining is available daily Monday through Friday for Park Rapids and Nevis community dining sites.

Frozen meals for pickup, for weekends or for other days the sites are closed are available upon request and can be scheduled with the dining site managers at one of the following phone numbers:

► Park Rapids 218-237-2798

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HLDC proposes $7M workforce housing project

Heartland Lakes Development Commission (HLDC) is spearheading a workforce housing project.

In partnership with Hubbard County and the city of Park Rapids, HLDC has proposed constructing a 58-unit housing development, costing an estimated $6,963,911.

For the project to move forward, a Local Housing Trust Fund must be established, a lender and a Minnesota Housing grant must be secured and both the county and city must agree to a 15-year tax abatement.

In addition, the HLDC will ask the city to relocate an undeveloped park previously dedicated in the neighborhood, allowing the new apartments to connect into existing infrastructure.

Two apartment buildings are proposed for this project. One would house six three-bedroom units, 16 two-bedrooms units and six one-bedroom units. The second would have 22 one-bedroom units and eight studios. There would be a community room as well.

Hubbard County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HHRA) currently owns property adjacent to the Meadow’s Edge Apartments and Meadow View Apartments at 317 Career Path. Each of those buildings has 28 units. The HHRA is donating the land for the new apartment complex, which will also go toward the local match for the proposed state grant.

HLDC executive director Mary Thompson said the grant application to Minnesota Housing’s Workforce Housing

Development Program must be submitted by mid-February, with awards to be announced in March or April. She emphasized that the project must be “shovel-ready” by then – meaning, community partnerships must be in place.

However, she noted, for the grant to be accepted, the city must be the applicant. Therefore, Thompson said, the HLDC will ask the city to approve the application, which she will write.

Thompson said the Minnesota Housing grant will require a local match, which could include the HRA’s land donation and a contribution from a Local Housing Trust Fund, but the “lion’s share” would have to come from county and city tax abatements.

Thompson noted that HLDC already owns 20 acres to the north of the proposed development, where they are working to prepare a subdivision where private developers can build affordable, single-family homes and two- or three-unit townhomes.

To access that area as well as the new apartment buildings and the relocated park, Thompson said a new road will have to be built. She said HLDC has a five-year plan to fund and build the road, but will ask the city to permit a temporary access road during that time.

Assuming the grant is awarded, Thompson said construction on the apartments could begin by late summer and be ready for occupancy by early 2024.

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Hubbard County HRA offers workforce housing and other aid

The Hubbard County Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) owns and operates several rental properties that provide a wide range of options for residents of Hubbard County.

The offerings include single-family, income-restricted units and market-rate workforce housing.

HRA also provides an entry cost assistance loan program that provides up to $7,500 to eligible households for closing costs and down payments associated with the purchase of a home.

HRA works to support projects that assist low- and moderate-income households obtain safe and affordable housing, and works with all the communities in the county to address critical housing and redevelopment needs.

HRA is a municipal corporation created in 1995 by the Hubbard County Board under the authority granted by state law. The organization is governed by a five-member board of directors appointed by the county board. They have a contract with Heartland Lakes Development Commission to provide operational support.

To learn more about the activities of Hubbard County HRA, call 218-732-9118 or visit

Food distribution for those in need


Food is given to the homeless or households with food insecurity the needy based on USDA guidelines for family size and income criteria.

The Hubbard County Food Shelf, located at 308 Pleasant Ave. S., is open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The food shelf is minimizing person-to-person contact by only allowing one client in the building at a time. Home delivery is also available for clients who are unable to get out. Volunteer drivers make the deliveries.

Volunteers are always welcome. Call director Bob Hansen at 218-732-1282 for more information.

Checks to support the ongoing work of the food shelf can be sent to the Hubbard County Food Shelf, 308 Pleasant Ave. Park Rapids, MN 56470-1419. Food donations may be dropped off during food shelf hours.

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MAHUBE-OTWA offers a variety of services

The MAHUBE-OTWA community partnership offers a variety of services including Head Start, child care, energy assistance and weatherization to residents of Hubbard, Wadena, Mahnomen, Becker and Otter Tail counties.

They also provide caregiver support and offer resources for those needing help with homemaking as well as Medicare and insurance counseling. In addition, they participate in the VITA tax aide program and provide volunteer opportunities in the community.

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The Akeley-Nevis Area Food Shelf is located next to the post office, at 6 Broadway St. E. in Akeley.

All families, individuals and seniors meeting the eligibility requirements may receive food items. Those in need of food fill out a simple form and hand it to a volunteer.

On Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m., families line up in their cars and are handed a list of available food items to choose from, quantities received are based on the number of people in their family. At that point, volunteer shoppers fill the order and bring it out to the car.

Send checks or gift cards to Akeley Food Shelf, P.O. Box 25, Akeley, MN, 56433. Cash and food donations can be brought to the food shelf on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers are also welcome. For more information, call the food shelf Tuesdays at 218-652-2388.


Ruby’s Pantry is a nonprofit organization that distributes corporate surplus grocery items on a monthly basis.

While there are no residency or income requirements for participation, it is their goal to help food-insecure individuals and families from the community and the surrounding area.

In Laporte, Ruby’s Pantry is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church at 315 Main St W, Laporte and is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and food bundles are available from 4:30-6 p.m.

In Menahga, Ruby’s Pantry is hosted by the Assembly of God Church at 216 Aspen Ave. S. Food distribution is the third Saturday of the month. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with food bundles available from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

For more information on these and other Ruby’s Pantry locations, visit their website or Facebook pages.

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Park Rapids Schools prepare students for future

Park Rapids Area Schools enrolls approximately 1,650 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

The district’s history of vision, excellence and success is summed up in its vision: “Preparing today’s learners for tomorrow’s challenges.”

Doors to student success begin with a voluntary pre-kindergarten program and an all-day, every-day kindergarten, and continue through high school.

The Park Rapids Area School District employs about 300 professionals, including a faculty of 145 teachers. Approximately 56% of the teaching staff has a master’s degree or its equivalent.

Century School, located west of the high school, has eight “schools” within the facility. Grades K-6 each have their own “pod” and special identity, while 7th and 8th grades are in mixed pods. This system enables the district to offer specialized education for each grade level according to various age groups’ unique needs.

A comprehensive preK-12 curriculum provides a multitude of offerings for students, integrating technology to transform learning.

The district offers one of the finest early childhood programs in the state. Early Childhood Family Education, School Readiness, Head Start, Early Childhood Special Education and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programs and other family services are located at the Century School.

Park Rapids Area High School prepares students for the future with Panther Tracks. Participating in the College in the High School program can earn

students an equivalent of two years of college credits while staying in Park Rapids and saving families several thousand dollars toward their students’ education.

Panther Tracks pathways are designed to provide our students with an individualized high school plan, to guide them towards a post-secondary pathway based on their interests, skills, and values by utilizing the Career Wheel model and YouScience aptitudes testing.

We want our students to be successful in the new economy. We want our students to find out how they are wired and what they are interested in building skills, explore careers, find out what they value in the workplace and build a plan to get there.

Panther Tracks enables students to explore the six nationally recognized career fields to eventually find their pathway to success. These include agriculture, food and natural resources; arts, communications and information systems; business, management, and administration; engineering, manufac-

turing and technology; health science technology; and human services.

Each of these tracks is further broken down into 16 career clusters that contain career pathways, each with a sequence of courses designed to help students explore fields of interest to better prepare them for life after high school.

Students who complete one or more Panther Tracks, along with their foundation knowledge and skills requirements, real-world experience and career certificate options, will graduate with a certificate and medal for each track completed. Career and postsecondary readiness is the wave of the future, and PRAHS Panther Tracks are paving the way for success in our schools today. Excellence is achieved with focused learning ideals, and Park Rapids Area Public Schools are the gateway to the future.

The district’s website can be found at

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Lifelong learning is available to people of all ages at reasonable costs. A brochure is published three times a year and mailed to residents in the Park Rapids School District and neighboring towns. Copies are available at the public library or you can access the information at A Community Education Advisory Council meets monthly to advise staff on programs, budget and collaborative efforts. Anyone interested in serving on this council or having questions about programming, please call Community Education at 218-237-6600.


Early childhood programs provide a warm and stimulating environment where children and parents can grow together. Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes and special events are available for children ages 0 to 5 years and their parents/guardians. Experiences are aimed to help strengthen families and young children by providing information, support and encouragement while having fun. Weekly classes, one-time special events, speakers and more are among choices offered. Preschool classes are available for 3- and 4-year-olds, based on their age as of Sept. 1. The 4-year-old classroom is a state-funded program, so there is no charge to attend.


Adult Basic Education offers adults the opportunity to get their GED or adult diploma, learn English as a Second Language (ESL), improve job skills and more, including reading, math and computers. For more information call 218-237-6627.


The Alternative Learning Center (ALC) offers students a non-traditional path to graduation. Students who qualify are offered a rigorous program of study that is flexible, challenging and rewarding. Students work at their own pace to complete the required coursework for a high school diploma. For more information, contact Lisa Coborn, ALC coordinator, at 218-237-6629.


The Park Rapids Area Virtual Academy (PRAVA) is an educational delivery model uniquely developed to assist those students requiring a fully online, alternative educational program. This option is available to families with children in grades 6-12. Language immersion programs, Advanced Placement (AP) and College In the Schools (CIS) courses may be available, along with the rigorous standards and graduation requirements of Park Rapids Century School and Area High School. In alignment with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) guidelines, our programming will provide education in all required state standards, English Learner (EL) and special education services, elective opportunities and more.



Lance Bagstad,

High School Principal

Jeff Johnson,

Century School Principal

Mike LeMier,

Century Elementary Assistant Principal

Steph Mercil,

Century Middle School Assistant Principal

Mark Frank,

Activities Director

Jeremy Nordick,

Community Education Director

Jill Dickinson,

Park Rapids Area Virtual Academy and Curriculum Director

Jill Stevenson,

PAWN Special Education Director Eva Pohl,

Business Manager: Kent Fritze,

Park Rapids School Board

The Park Rapids Area School Board generally meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at the Frank White Education Center community room. The public is welcome to attend. For a schedule of meetings, contact district secretary Kim Splett at 218-237-6500. Current agendas are posted at

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PRoject 309 school improvements to break ground in ’23

Park Rapids Area Schools’ program of facility improvements and additions, known as PRoject 309, continues to move forward, with dirt to start turning over in 2023.

A $51.65 million bonding referendum was approved on Nov. 2, 2021 with 55% of voters in favor. The district has partnered with local project management company ICS and JLG Architects.

According to Superintendent Lance Bagstad, core goals of PRoject 309 are to improve safety and security, provide more space for growing enrollment and programs, improve students’ college and career readiness and update existing educational spaces.

To achieve this, the district opted to hold two bond sales. The first, for $30 million, took place in January 2022, with the second for $21 million in January 2023.

Part of PRoject 309 was already completed last year, with the Helten Avenue tennis courts rebuilt during the summer of 2022. Next steps in 2023 include demolition of the Frank White Education Center (May-June), adding new parking, a parent pick-up/drop-off lane and playgrounds at Century School (summer), building a new bus garage off Helten Ave. (summer-fall) and starting a new seventh- and eighth-grade wing, auxiliary gym, offices and a parking area at the high school, for completion in 2024.

“There will be construction zones around our building,” Bagstad advised. “Starting this summer, the high school bus loop will be a construction staging point, so we will not be able to access that parking lot. That’s going to put the hockey arena in a little bind for a while, because right now, they park in this parking lot. But we’re going to be making a road from Helten Avenue to Huntsinger Avenue, so that there will be access to the rink from both streets.”

Bagstad said residents will see a lot of work starting, but it shouldn’t interrupt the flow of traffic in the neighborhood, except perhaps temporarily to connect utility services. “There is going to be some disruption, but hopefully very minimal,” he said, adding that temporary fencing will also surround the construction area.

He also noted that construction phases were planned to ensure there would always be safe egress from the occupied parts of the school.

As for the Century School parking and pickup/drop-off improvements, Bagstad anticipated they will be completed this summer, so that parents and students can begin enjoying their benefits by back-to-school time in the fall, with the new playgrounds ready for use by mid- to late June.

As for what taxpayers can expect from the project finan-

cially, Fritze said 2022’s bond sale got a great rate at 2.45%. Going into a second bond sale scheduled for early February, he added, “We know that we have an A+ rating with the S&P rating organization, so a lot of people look at this very favorably and they’ll want to bid on these bonds. So, we’re hoping for a good rate.”

The project continues into 2024-25 with more high school additions and interior renovations at both the high school and Century School.

“Getting through construction, it will be a disruption of the norm,” Bagstad said, “but it is going to be very well worth it in the end for our students and programs.”

All phases of PRoject 309 are slated for completion by the fall of 2025. To follow the progress, visit

Caring for our communities

If you or someone you know is struggling with housing, energy bills, childcare, or food insecurity, please reach out to us.

We are here to help.

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IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS STRUGGLING WITH • Energy Assistance • Housing Supports • Caregiver Support & Resources • Child Care • Family Health Services HEAD START: Available via classroom, homebased, and virtual models • Homemaking & Chore • Medicare & Insurance counseling • VITA Tax Aide Program • Volunteer opportunities


Nevis School takes pride in quality education

The Nevis Public School District is committed to providing all of its students an opportunity to excel in its academic offerings and wide variety of extracurricular and fine art activities.

Academic excellence begins with small class sizes, where grades K-3 are capped at 21 students per section, while grades 4-6 are capped at 23 students per section. Grades 7-12 are limited to 50 students per grade level.

This very favorable student-teacher ratio leads to high MCA and ACT scores. Small class sizes, modern technology and an experienced staff all contribute to providing an academic setting where all students have the opportunity to grow and achieve success.

Academic opportunities are also evident with a large number of college-level courses taught in the school by an adjunct professor or online. College credit courses are part of the district’s College in the High School program, with courses like Composition I, Introduction to Literature, College Algebra, Survey of Calculus, and College Chemistry being offered. Online courses being taken by students this year include abnormal psychology, composition II, economics, general psychology, lifespan psychology, nutrition, public speaking, world geography, introduction to computers, biology, and ethics. The school is proud to partner with Alexandria Technical and Community College to offer students an opportunity to earn an AA degree.

Nevis School offers an extensive list of extracurricular programs, providing activities that involve about 80 percent of our students in grades 7-12. In addition to a number of athletic teams, students have the opportunity to participate in several academic or leadership activities, such as FCCLA, Knowledge Bowl, FIRST Robotics, Math League, FFA, National Honor Society, and Student Council. Special Olympics also provide a wide variety of activities, including swimming, basketball, bowling and track.

In the area of fine arts, students have opportunities in art club, yearbook, drama, one act play, band, choir, pep band and jazz band.

Recent extracurricular highlights include five athletes participating in the state track and field meet with one state champion and three athletes competing in the state cross country meet in 2021. Also, the robotics team placed first in the Lake Superior Regional and qualified for the World Championships in Detroit, Michigan and State competition in 2019. The boys basketball team competed in the State Class A Basketball Tournament in 2021. And the one-act play placed first at the subsection competition in 2022.

Nevis Public School prides itself on being a small school that maximizes opportunities for its students. For additional information, call the school at 218-652-3500. The district website is

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Nevis School Board

Nevis School Board meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the school media center and on Zoom. Go to the school website for more information.



Dr. Gregg Parks,

E-12 Principal

Brian Michaelson,

7-12 Dean of Students/Activities Director

Bryan Wormley,

K-6 Dean of Students

Shawn Klimek,

Community Education Coordinator

Mel Buckholtz,

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Laporte School offers small classes, personal engagement

Laporte’s “school on the hill” offers a wide range of educational activities for students in preschool through grade 12.

In addition to the traditional courses, the school offers vocational instruction, including manufacturing, robotics and automotive classes. They are rebuilding what will be a robust music program with plenty of enthusiasm for band involvement.

The school was recognized statewide for its wellness initiatives, healthy options for meals and snacks, and a renowned garden program which educates students about sustainability practices, responsibility, and whole body nutrition.

Laporte continues to boast small class sizes allowing for more individualized attention and engagement.

PBIS is now fully implemented and complements this inclusive environment focusing on positive behavior reinforcement and restorative approaches as students learn to navigate the world around them.

Community education programs allow the continued involvement of all ages.

The K-12 facility was built with community use in mind. The school welcomes many students from outside the district through open enrollment. The school’s number is 218-2242288,visit or follow us on Facebook.



Aaron Dombeck

Principal Lee Pederson


The Laporte School Board meets the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the media center at the school.

John Seegmiller

Joe Jorland

Jessica Howg

Holly Wright

Courtney Weber

Karl Beck

Andrew Graham

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Organization listings

Note: This list of contacts is subject to change throughout the year.

100 Women of the Heartland Who Care Tracy Ganley, 218-252-4222 or

ACTION Park Rapids

Jill Dickinson, 218-237-6606 or,


Angela Graham, 218-255-3692 or,

All-Veterans Memorial Committee

Everette DeCramer, 507-276-0710 or

American Legion, Otto Hendrickson Post 212 218-732-5238, or

American Legion Auxiliary

Linda Swanson, 218-252-1165 or

Boy Scouts

Park Rapids Troop 58, David Zinniel, 218-252-4239

Nevis Troop 56, Chris Norton, 218-366-1609

Caregivers Discussion Group

218-732-3137 or

Century School PTA

Rhonda Lageson, 218-237-6370 or

CHI St. Joseph’s Health Volunteer Services


Crazy Quilters

Royce Weston, 218-237-6298

Cub Scouts

Park Rapids Pack 58, Dustin Lof, 218-255-2915 Nevis Pack 56, Chris Norton, 218-366-1609

Disabled American Veterans, Park Rapids Unit #38

Jerry Bjerke, 218-732-3561 or

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

Mary Jane Lentsch, 763-516-1174

Duplicate Bridge Club

Sheila Tuhy, 520-404-4667 or

Forest Riders Snowmobile Club Richard Ohm, 218-255-1252, or Tim Eischens, 218-252-6025,

Forest Riders ATV Club

Ron Jensen, 218-255-3333, or Teresa Ohm, 218-255-1244,

Friends of Itasca State Park

Friends of the Library

Diane George, 218-732-4966

Girl Scouts

218-726-4710 or 800-955-6032, customercare@

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning Marty Leistikow, 218-699-3527 or

Headwaters Animal Shelter

218-237-7100, or

Headwaters R/C Flying Club

Heartland Arts or

Headwaters Chapter Minnesota Camping Club Carl Drury, 218-255-1459 or

Heartland Concert Association

Heartland Homes

218-732-4572, or

Helen’s Kitchen

Helping Hands

Rhonda Lageson, 218-237-6370 or

Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council Jenifer Anderson,

Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations Sharon Natzel, 763-355-7908, or

Hubbard County DFL;

Hubbard County 4-H 218-732-3391 or

Hubbard County Historical Society 218-732-5237 or

Hubbard County Republicans, or 218-203-0348

Hubbard County Master Gardeners 218-732-3391 or

Hubbard in Prevention Coalition Angela Graham, 218-255-3692 or,

Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club

Jackpine Writers’ Bloc Sharon Harris, 218-732-3782 or

Kinship of Park Rapids Area 218-732-0058, or

Knights of Columbus Nevis-Laporte: Gary Roerick, 218-760-8266 Park Rapids: Tom Porozinski 218-255-2469 or Ron Ahmann 218-616-0915

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity 218-828-8517, or

League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area Carolynne White, 320-438-0264;

Let’s Go Fishing - Headwaters Lakes Area Chapter 218-237-6600 or

Lions International

Park Rapids – Dick Kimball, 218-255-0233 or Zelda Novak, 218-732-9295 or 218-252-7247

Laporte-Benedict –

Osage – Larry Frehse, 218-573-3536 or Bonnie Lehrke, 218-255-4079

Living at Home of the Park Rapids Area 218-732-3137 or

Loon Country Carvers

Chuck Yliniemi, 218-732-9643

Mantrap Valley Conservation Club Russ Olson, 320-200-8159 or

Marine Corps League, Star of the North Detachment Dave Free, 218-252-8193

Masonic Shell Lodge 184

Colin Perry, 218-732-3205 or (use “Lodge” in subject line).

Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association, Park Rapids Chapter David East, 218-255-3040, or

Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Park Rapids Chapter Russ Johnsrud, 218-820-5330 or

Nevis Trailblazers Snowmobile Club Karl Dierkhising, 218-252-2637 or

Nevis Women’s Club

Kathy Carney at 218-252-6654 and Jody Pribyl at 763-331-2043

North Country Trail Association

Itasca Moraine Chapter - or

Laurentian Lakes Chapter - or

Northern Knights Car Club or

Northern Light Opera Company or info@

Osage Sportsmans Club

Tom Wettels, 218-252-1130, Jim Hartig, 218-252-9430 or

Park Rapids Amateur Hockey Association 218-732-9179 or

Park Rapids Area Antique Tractor & Engine Club Justin Peterson, 218-252-6253 or

Park Rapids Area Community Band

Paul Peterson, 218-732-4760 or

Park Rapids Area Homeschool Association or

Park Rapids Classic Chorale

Dave Keller, 218-732-9458,

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Park Rapids Downtown Business Association

218-820-2716 or

Park Rapids Education & Activities Foundation

Steph Carlson, 218-252-1597 or Lisa Koppelman, 320-293-1857

Park Rapids Farmers Market or

Park Rapids Figure Skating Club or

Park Rapids Friendly Squares

Karen Van De Venter, 218-252-3853 or

Park Rapids Garden Club

Karrie Kapsner, 218-732-9079 or

Park Rapids High School All-School Reunion

Connie Carmichael, 218-252-0086,,

Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

218-732-4111 or

Park Rapids Mah Jongg League

Amy Hankey, 952-201-0478

Park Rapids Ministerial Association

Steve Norby, 218-732-7284

Park Rapids Mothers of Preschoolers

Cora Henderson, 218-252-2652

Park Rapids Senior Citizens Center 218-732-8612 or

Party Bridge, Whist and Hand & Foot groups

Ruthann Helgren, 218-732-7427

Paul Bunyan Forest Riders MC

PEO Sisterhood

Chapter FJ – Jan Rumpza, 612-741-2034 or

Chapter FQ – Nancy Neal, 763-258-7553

Pregnancy Resource Center of the Park Rapids Area 218-732-5212 or

Quilts of Valor

Holly Johnson, 218-652-0116 or

Red Hat Society

Itasca Ruby Violets Chapter –Pat Cadreau, 218-255-0826

Nevis Chapter – Linda Olson, 218-652-4028

Red Hat Ladies of Park Rapids –Linda Moberg, 218-252-2979 or

Rotary Club of Park Rapids

Rubber Stamp Club

Deb Frentress, 218-564-4792

Salvation Army, Hubbard Co. Service Unit Hubbard County Social Services, 218-732-1451 Support Within Reach 218-237-0300 or 1-800-708-2727,

Shell Prairie Agriculture Association Russell Smith, 218-252-0264 or

Sons of the American Legion Bob Cadreau, 218-255-2326 or

Tall Pine Toms Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation Dano Crandall, 218-616-4142

Volunteer Heartland Lakes Gretchen Thompson, 218-444-8929,, Wellspring for the World Mark Larsen, 701-215-0565 or

White Birch Artists

Jill Geisen-Clack, 218-252-6322 or

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Park Rapids Assembly Of God

• Sunday Praise & Worship Service - 10:30 am

Sr. Pastor: Tim Wilson

• Sunday School - 9:30 am

• School of Bible (All ages) - Wednesdays 7:00 pm

208 Western Ave. S. (Hwy. 34 W.) (218) 732-8818

Hubbard United Methodist Church

12150 Broadway Rd., Park Rapids, MN 56470

Sunday Worship at 9 a.m. In-person or Livestream

Pastor Lauren Hauger 218 -732 - 0224

12150 Broadway Road, Park Rapids, MN 56470 (2 blks. south of Cty 87 & Cty 6 intersection in Hubbard, 1 block east of Beaver Dr.) or


Faith, Action, Compassion

Telephone: 218-732-5205 • Email: 1005 Park Ave North (Hwy 71 N.) P.O. Box 128 Park Rapids, MN

Pastor: Roger C. Grafenstein

Sunday Worship Weekly

(see website or call the church) Worship with us on FaceBook RiversideUnitedMethodist

Places to worship


Abide Vineyard Church

17765 State Hwy. 34

Pastor John Arras, Associate Pastor Laura Nelmark 218-237-8463 •

Assembly of God

208 Western Ave. S.

Pastor Tim Wilson 218-732-8818 •

Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA)

112 Park Ave. S.

Pastor Steve Norby

Dana Kocka, synodically authorized minister

218-732-7284 •

Eastside Christian Church

16623 State Hwy. 87

Campus Pastor Justin Domogalla, Associate Pastor Brandon Galligan 218-732-4676•


305 W. 5th St. • Park Rapids • (218)732-5142

Office Hours: M-Th 9am-4pm

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Faithbridge Church

1505 Park Ave. S.

Pastor Jeff Lange 218-732-1404

First Baptist Church

909 8th St. W.

Pastor Joshua Hawn 218-732-3321

Jehovah’s Witnesses

19420 U.S. Hwy. 71 N., Park Rapids 218-732-4290.

New Life Community Church

600 Bridge St.

Pastors Fred and Beverly Brown 218-732-7000, 218-732-5637

Park Rapids Church of Christ

707 Main Ave. N. Scott Warne, minister 218-732-5105

Restoration Christian Church

17789 State Hwy. 34

Pastors Joel and Jennifer Juni, Pastor Andy Spurlin 218-237-1700

Riverside United Methodist Church

1005 Park Ave. N.

Pastor Roger Grafenstein 218-732-5205

St. Johns Lutheran Church (LCMS)

State Hwy. 34 W.

Pastor James Neubauer, 218-732-9783 •

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church

305 5th St. W.

Father Joe Richards 218-732-5142


Akeley Cemetery

23407 County 12, Akeley


27182 105th Ave., Park Rapids

Bethany Lutheran Cemetery

102 3rd Ave. S., Nevis

Bethel Cemetery

15488 County 11, Park Rapids

Dudley Memorial Cemetery

22248 236th St., Nevis

Evergreen Cemetery

24321 Old Cemetery Rd., Laporte

Farris Cemetery

32547 500th St., Cass Lake


47358 129th Ave., Solway

Seventh-Day Adventist

18098 Elisha Dr.

Pastor Joel Kratzke 218-732-7186

Trinity Episcopal & Presbyterian Church 212 Court Ave. S. 218-732-4393


First English Lutheran (LCMS) 218-732-9466


Bethany Lutheran (ELCA)

100 3rd Ave.

Pastor John Dalen 218-652-2030

Fellowship Baptist Church

200 E. Main

Pastor Tom C. Drury Jr. 952-222-0596

Northern Lakes Church

100 E. Pleasant

Elder Daunten Veit, pastoral services 218-652-3900

Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church

205 Main St. W. Fr. Tony Fernando 218-652-4005

Peace Lutheran Church (LCMC)

24025 Hwy. 34

Pastor Tim Balfanz, Associate Pastor Linda Nicklason


GreenLea 32893 450th St., Cass Lake

Greenwood 16223 State 34, Park Rapids

Guthrie 43753 275th Ave., Laporte

Henrietta 18029 County 11, Park Rapids

Hubbard 17854 County 109, Park Rapids (Hubbard)

Hubbard United Methodist

12150 Broadway Rd., Park Rapids (Hubbard)

Immaculate Conception Lakeside

East of County 18, Nevis

Lake Alice 38908 115th Ave., Laporte

Lake Emma

26442 Inward Loop, Park Rapids


Frontline Church

12141 County Rd. 6, Hubbard Pastors Russell and Robin Smith, 218-237-3727 •

Hubbard United

Methodist Church

12150 Broadway Rd.

Pastor Lauren Hauger 218-732-0224 •


Akeley Methodist Church

17 First St. S.E.

Pastor John Carpenter 218-205-1381

First Lutheran Church (ELCA)

10 Pleasant Ave.

Pastor Maribeth McGoven 218-652-3335

St. John’s Lutheran (LCMS)

110 Pleasant Ave.

Pastor Karl Yahr 218-652-3779 or 218-536-9429 dial-a-devotion at 218-652-5555

White Oak Bible Church

30908 170th St. in Chamberlain, 7 mi. south of Akeley

Pastor Jake Nelson 218-652-3848


Christ Gospel Fellowship

37466 County Rd. 39 Pastor Rick Clyde 218-224-2800.

Kabekona Community Church 24044 Old Cemetery Rd. Pastor Jason Schafbuch 218-224-2827

Lake George 37724 Night Hawk Road, Lake George Lakeport

37742 North Willow Road, Laporte


East of County 18, Nevis


29366 150 St., Nevis

Malvik Lutheran

27689 474th St., Cass Lake

Nary 48771 County 36, Laporte

Resthaven, North of West Ave., Nevis

Riverside United Methodist

1005 U.S. Hwy. 71, Park Rapids

Roat Memorial

50740 Woodcamp Dr., Bemidji (Rockwood Twp.)

Laporte Community Bible Church

115 Main St. W. Pastor Matt Sconce 218-224-2542, 218-760-3445

St. Theodore of Tarsus Catholic Church 580 County Rd. 39 Fr. Tony Fernando 218-652-4005

Trinity Lutheran Church 150 2nd St. N.E. 218-224-2417,


Lake George Bible Chapel 37285 U.S. Hwy. 71, 7 mi. east of Itasca State Park Pastor Mike English 218-699-3013

Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) 37115 U.S. Hwy. 71 Pastor Philip Houser 218-266-3330.


Grace Community Church 24068 Pine Ave. N., Osage, or PO Box 325 Osage, MN 56570 Pastor Paul McKibben 218-573-3143

Malvik Lutheran Church 27689 474th St., Guthrie 218-444-4112 St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Grotto

55744 County Rd. 44, Two Inlets Father Joe Richards 218-732-4046

St. Lawrence 27075 444th St, Laporte

St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery Rd., Park Rapids (Two Inlets)

St. Peter’s Catholic

982 Henrietta Ave. S., Park Rapids

St. Peter’s Catholic

12951 150th St., Park Rapids

St. Theodore’s Catholic 635 1st Ave. N.W., Laporte


22782 300th St., Nevis

Union South of 500th St. (Rockwood Twp.)

Woodlawn 24410 County 18, Nevis

White Oak 16955 State Hwy. 64, Akeley

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The following public, township and church cemeteries are located in Hubbard County. Private cemeteries are not listed.

Experience the heart of Park Rapids

Discover up north hospitality and a friendly hometown spirit when you stroll and shop downtown Park Rapids.

The extra-wide street is lined with shops filled with gifts, vintage finds, boutique clothing, books, arts, crafts and much more as well as diverse options for dining.

Relax on one of the many benches and enjoy gourmet coffee, ice cream and snacks.

If you seek evening entertainment, take in a movie at the Art Deco theater and sample a variety of cuisines and bar scenes at our locally owned establishments.

One reason Park Rapids’ Main Street was named one of Minnesota’s Top 10 and the state’s most charming small town that you have to visit is the profusion of flowers that decorate store fronts and hanging baskets on the carriage lights in the summer months. Handsome decor enhances the experience in other seasons.

Whether you’re lucky enough to live here, stay at the cabin, experience the trails or visit Itasca State Park, you’re invited to experience downtown year-round.

A new event, the Easter Egg Chase, invites kids downtown March 30, March 31 and April 1 to collect eggs stuffed with candy and have their picture taken with the Easter bunny.

Join the great community get-together for the summer music series, 2nd Street Stage, Thursday nights June 15 through Aug. 17. Each week brings a new band, social hour, beer garden, kids’ activities and more.

Crazy Days dates will change in 2023. Make finding bargains fun Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5. Businesses go all out with sidewalk sales and staff dressed in crazy costumes.

Water Wars on Main, planned for Thursday, Aug. 10, matches local teams who battle it out for a trophy and bragging rights. The contest kicks off Legends & Logging Days fun downtown Saturday, Aug. 12, celebrating our logging heritage with activities, including the Backyard Barbecue Challenge.

Main Street is the perfect place for the Run to the Rapids classic car show, Aug. 11-12. Car buffs will see beautifully restored classic cars and trucks and can meet with their proud owners.

For Halloween, hundreds of princesses, Ninja turtles, goblins and other cute costumed characters come downtown for Trick or Treat Park Rapids Oct. 31.

Downtown businesses herald the holiday season the Friday after Thanksgiving, hosting a Yuletide Sampler with hot cider, hot chocolate and treats in their stores. The Yuletide Sampler is a prelude to the annual Community Tree-Lighting Ceremony with a Christmas carol sing-along, Santa’s arrival, fire pits for roasting marshmallows and the countdown to lighting the beautifully decorated tree on Main Street. The annual event is best described as living in a Hallmark movie. A downtown walking map will help you explore what downtown Park Rapids has to offer and can be found in park kiosks, local businesses and in the Chamber Discovery Guide. Or visit to see the webcams on Main, on the Fish Hook River and at the Mississippi headwaters. The website also provides updates on events, promotions, a member directory and much more. Or follow Park Rapids Downtown on Facebook.

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PR Chamber of Commerce promotes its members

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is a progressive, membership-driven organization where members cooperate to advance their common interests to build a sustainable, thriving community.

The mission of the chamber is to serve, connect and promote its members.

Its 350-plus members are a diverse group, each committed to the vitality and sustainability of the Park Rapids lakes area.

The chamber supports three main programs: membership services, events and tourism marketing. The chamber provides business advocacy, networking, referral, promotion and educational opportunities to enhance the business climate in this area.

Events promote community engagement, increase awareness of our great resources and create activities for both residents and visitors. Events that the chamber spearheads are the Park Rapids Fourth of July parade, Legends and Logging Days, Heart of the Holidays and the Heartland 200 Cor PowerSports Snowmobile Race, while supporting and collaborating on a multitude of other events.

As the official destination marketing organization, the chamber spends a significant amount of its resources to market and promote Park Rapids lakes area as a tourist destination. The chamber markets to potential guests from Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Canada and around the world.

The chamber collaborates with a number of organizations, public entities and private businesses to advance facilities, attractions and recreational amenities.

The chamber operates the Park Rapids Visitor Information Center at 1204 Park Avenue S. (U.S. Hwy. 71 S.) with 24/7 restroom facilities and information.

If you have any questions regarding the Park Rapids lakes area or a chamber program, call 218-732-4111, click, stop by the visitor center or email

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Hangar open to help ideas take flight

Entrepreneurs and business owners can access a variety of services at The Hangar, which is located at 100 8th St. E. in Park Rapids.

It starts with Entrepreneurs Anonymous, an event that brings together entrepreneurs, business owners and community experts for problem solving and networking. The event occurs on the second Wednesday of every month from 8 to 9 a.m. with a social time at 7:30 a.m.

The Hangar also serves as a cooperative workspace that is available 24 hours a day for members and during regular business hours for the public. The space features a variety of desk options including three semi-private cubicles. The workspace includes business-class internet, a high-capacity, multi-function machine, a wide,format color printer, video conferencing, conference room and kitchenette. There are several pricing options to fit the needs of everyone looking for flexible professional space or office equipment. The conference room can also be rented separately for meetings.

The offices of Heartland Lakes Development Commission are located in the same building and provide a wide array of services to Hubbard County businesses, local governments, nonprofits and individuals that are looking to start, expand

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Deep Lake Park promises to be a recreational gem

Hubbard County is developing a new, year-round, recreational park.

It’s located on the site of the former Val Chatel ski resort, about four miles north of Emmaville.

Trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking and mountain biking are proposed for Deep Lake Park.

It will also serve as a connector to the North Country Trail, located a mile to the north, and the Itasca-Heartland Connection Trail, which will be several miles to the west.

A variety of campsites will be constructed, along with a launch for non-motorized water recreation, such as canoes and kayaks. One of the campsites will entice ATV users wishing to explore an existing ATV trail off the property.

The Hubbard County Board adopted a master plan for the park in Nov. 2022.

The county is seeking designation as “a regional park or trail” for the property. Earning regional status opens up funding sources for development of the recreational park.

Total construction is expected to cost $7,581,000. Development is divided into five phases.

According to the master plan, the RV sites will be sized to accommodate an RV, ATV trailer and truck, with full electric-sewer hookups.

A 200-foot-long ATV spur trail will connect the ATV parking lot to the Karmal Forest Road where ATVs will be allowed.

Four camper cabins are proposed to overlook the lake. They will be heated to provide a year-round camping experience.

Approximately 16 drive-in campsites, one group campsite and six cart-in campsites will be offered.

The mountain bike trail system at Deep Lake Park will have three different loops.

Summer hiking trails and winter ski/snowshoe trails will surround the lake, where non-motorized water activities like canoeing, kayaking and fishing will be available.

Trust for Public Land acquired the land with support from a generous anonymous private donor, then donated it to Hubbard County for management.

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Tunnel construction to begin for Itasca-Heartland Connection Trail

Gladen Construction Inc. of Laporte was awarded the bid to construct a tunnel under U.S. Hwy. 71. This is part of phase 1 of the Itasca-Heartland Connection Trail, a multi-purpose, paved trail between Itasca State Park and the Heartland Trail.

Projected tree clearing for the project is scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2023.

Installation of the 12-by-12-foot boxed culvert tunnel is expected to begin on Sept. 5, 2023, with completion no later than Oct. 7, 2023.

Safe access routes to Minnesota’s most popular park have long been a priority, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) considers this a “destination trail.”

This trail would increase outdoor opportunities for cyclists, walkers, snowmobilers, families and children, including both local residents, who are active trail users, and visitors to this region.

For more than a decade, a citizen-led committee has been actively developing a plan for the Itasca-Heartland Connection Trail with input from a variety of stakeholders. The trail will be located primarily in county and state-owned lands, showcasing the abundant natural and cultural resources of the region.

In 2020, the Minnesota Legislature included $2 million in its bonding bill for engineering and design of the trail segment located within Itasca State Park and for construction of a trail tunnel under U.S. Hwy. 71.

When additional funds are available, the second phase of trail construction will continue 13 miles east to Emmaville on county land. The third phase will go south eight miles from Emmaville on a county road right-of-way to the intersection with the Heartland Trail, where a trailhead would be constructed.

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DNR offices in Park Rapids

DNR Fisheries

Anglers who fish in Hubbard, Wadena and eastern Becker counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Park Rapids area fisheries staff.

The Park Rapids Fisheries office is located at 301 South Grove Avenue. Call 218-732-4153 or email

Information on lake and stream surveys, shoreline alterations, aquatic plants, exotic species, boating regulations, fish consumption advisories, etc. can be found there. Lake users should report the presence and location of any exotic specimens they find to this office.

Nicole Kovar is the Northwest Region aquatic invasive species specialist. She can be reached at 218-732-8960, Ext. 222 or

DNR Wildlife

The Park Rapids Area Wildlife Office is located at 603 1st St. West, next to the Area Forestry Office. The staff conducts a variety of surveys on both plant and animal species. Information on hunting seasons, wildlife, their habitat requirements and technical assistance is available upon request. Call 218-732-8452.

Hunters, trappers and wildlife watchers in Wadena, Cass, Becker,

Clearwater and Hubbard counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Park Rapids Area wildlife staff.

DNR Forestry

The Park Rapids Area Forestry Office is located at 607 1st St. West. Staff will help with questions about land management. These concerns may be tree planting, timber sales, timber stand improvement, woodland stewardship plans, state land recreation, leases and easements and any questions you may have on open burning and permits. Stop in the office or call 218-732-3309.

DNR Ecological Services are located at 110 7th St. West, Suite 301, Park Rapids. Hydrologist Darrin Hoverson may be reached at 218-732-8960, Ext. 225 or

Turn in Poachers

To report a violation, call 800-6529093 24 hours a day, or key #TIP on your cell phone. If you wish to remain completely anonymous, you must contact TIP by phone. Callers may receive a reward of up to $1,000 for reporting a violation that leads to an arrest. The reward amount is determined by the seriousness of the crime reported.

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COLA leads protection of lakes, rivers

In 1988, the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) was formed by nine area lake associations. Today, celebrating 35 years, the nonprofit group represents 43 lakes and 31 lake associations, supported by 2,776 members.

COLA president Sharon Natzel said, “You, our lakes area residents and visitors, do take time to protect and preserve the pristine quality of these lakes you love!”

With COLA’s 25 years of volunteer lake water-quality monitoring, this data has helped ground-truth the satellite imagery for lake health factors for the University of Minnesota Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab.

Loon liaisons on 23 area lakes have worked in partnership with the DNR Loon Preservation Project, creating their lake’s loon-friendly lake management plan. “Be Loon Aware” tips

include viewing loons from at least 200 feet away. Natzel, “If you see a loon ‘dancing’ straight up out of the water and slapping with its wings, it is alarmed by your presence. Move away! Own your wake! Waves can wash loon eggs from shoreline nests.”

“You help prevent AIS,” she continued. The focus is “Clean. Drain. Dry. Dispose.” Take time to use the available toolset to clean off aquatic plants, animals and mud before moving to another lake.

Lakeshore owners may invite a complimentary visit by COLA’s Shoreland Advisors to walk along with them on their lake lot and share ideas on shoreline restoration and shoreline erosion prevention. View or email to learn more.

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County on alert for aquatic invasive species

Boaters and public water users should use aquatic invasive species (AIS) best management practices and should expect to see watercraft inspectors at many public accesses across Hubbard County.

When out at the boat access, remember to clean, drain and dispose. That means boaters must clean their watercraft of all aquatic plants, mud and prohibited invasive species; drain all water by lowering the motor, removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport, and dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. To keep live bait, a fisherman can drain the existing bait water and refill the container with bottled or tap water. Remember, that it is the law.

As a courtesy to the public, Hubbard County operates a free decontamination station, located at 812 Henrietta Ave. S., Park Rapids. Typically, it’s available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment. Call 218-252-6738 ahead of time to make an appointment. The station is staffed by watercraft inspectors who have special training and certification from the DNR. A typical decontamination is pretty quick, usually about 15 minutes.

Beltrami County’s free decontamination station is located at 2400 Middle School Drive, Bemidji. It’s available seven day a week by calling 218-760-8519.

If you have questions about the Hubbard County AIS Program or have suspicion of a new AIS infestation, call the Hubbard County Environmental Services Department at 218732-3890 or stop in at 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids. They are located on the second floor of the courthouse.

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Gateway to a treasured natural beauty

Itasca State Park

Park Rapids is the undisputed gateway to Itasca State Park and the south entrance is a 19-mile drive from Park Rapids north on U.S. Hwy. 71.

The east entrance is only a couple miles farther, then another mile or so west at the junction of Hwy. 71 and State Hwy. 200.

Itasca State Park encompasses Lake Itasca, the official source of the Mississippi River, and a scenic area of northern Minnesota that has remained relatively unchanged from its natural state.

Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota’s oldest state park. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Stand under towering pines at Preacher’s Grove. Visit the Itasca Indian Cemetery or Wegmann’s Cabin, landmarks of centuries gone by. Camp under the stars, or stay the night at the historic Douglas Lodge or cabins. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota’s seven National Natural Landmarks.

But the main attraction will continue to be walking across the headwaters of the Mississippi River on stones at the mouth of Lake Itasca. There are plenty of other outdoor activities to do at the park, such as taking an excursion boat on Lake Itasca, exploring along Wilderness Drive, biking or hiking along more than 30 miles of designated trails, fishing in one of the many lakes, observing the wild flowers in season or birding. Like the entire Park Rapids area, wildlife can be seen throughout the park.

For more information about the park events and schedules, call Itasca State Park headquarters at 218-699-7251 or go to

Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center

The Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center opened in 2005 and affords a “river of stories” for guests. The visitor center is named after the brave, young park commissioner, Mary Gibbs.

The “Rivers of the World” sculpture is the focal point, interpretive signs identify the earth’s waterways and the Centennial Plaque, Time Capsule and International Peace Pole also engage visitors.

Outdoor exhibits in a portico allow the center to be open 365 days a year and as visitors enter the portico, they are greeted by quotes from the park’s premier explorers – Ozawindib, Henry

Schoolcraft, Jacob V. Brower and Jean Nicollet.

Visitors get acquainted with the headwaters’ natural history and gain an understanding of the area’s attraction for thousands of years. The changes in transportation are documented through the eras – from Native American travel and trade, to U.S. settlement and expansion to logging.

Along the trail to the headwaters, kiosks draw guests to learn the river’s story with a natural history angle. Park visitors become attuned to its aquatic species, birds, animals, exotic species and plants.

Douglas Lodge

One historic landmark that has welcomed visitors to the park since the beginning of the 20th century is Douglas Lodge. The lodge, a two-story pine log building at the south end of Lake Itasca, has been serving guests since 1905. Few changes have been made to the original lodge, which was built with green, newly cut pine logs harvested in the park.

Jacob V. Brower

Visitor Center

The Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center is the largest visitor center in any of Minnesota’s state parks. The 13,000-square-foot facility has exhibits on the Ojibwe, explorer and pioneer history of the area around Itasca. Land surveyor Jacob Brower lobbied hard to designate this area as a state park in 1891 to protect the pines from logging.

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National scenic trail runs through county

The North Country Trail (NCT) wanders 4,600 miles through America’s rugged northern Heartland.

From New York to North Dakota, hikers can find adventure. Traversing through seven states, the NCT is the longest national scenic trail in the U.S. It’s the only one in Minnesota.

NCT enters Minnesota near Jay Cooke State Park and winds toward the Chippewa National Forest, Hubbard County, the Paul Bunyan State Forest and the scenic Itasca Moraine landscape before heading further south through the Maplewood State Park and on to the North Dakota border.

Upon reaching Itasca State Park, NCT is in the neighborhood of the Mississippi headwaters before turning south and following the Laurentian Divide.

The trail path is natural, with roots and snags removed and overhanging limbs trimmed for unimpeded hiking.

With the trail open to foot traffic only, hikers, berry pickers, hunters, birdwatchers, geocachers, snowshoers and Hok skiers have miles of trails to explore.

Anyone walking this trail is in for a treat as it meanders through forested

hills and valleys interspersed with rivers, lakes, and numerous wetlands.

Short day hikes or overnight hikes are possible.

The Laurentian Lakes Chapter is responsible for maintaining over 72 miles of the NCT – from the middle of Itasca State park west to Clearwater County Hwy. 39 Trailhead, south through the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge, Hubbel Pond, crossing Hwy 34, through private land and then road walks to Frazee. Maps, events and suggested hikes are available at

The Itasca Moraine Chapter, based in the Park Rapids-Walker-Hackensack area, is responsible for a 107-mile section. The chapter also hosts year-around hikes. For more information, visit

At most locations, there is a kiosk or signboard with information about the trail. Hiking distances to the nearest kiosk are also provided.

A “Guide to Hiking the North Country Trail in Minnesota” guidebook is available in bookstores in Park Rapids, Itasca State Park, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and online.

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Explore the region’s history at museums

All Veterans Memorial and Museum

Dedicated in August 2003, the All Veterans Memorial is devoted to the memory of all veterans of all wars and branches of the service.

Visitors will find granite monoliths commemorating past wars and a stone walkway and benches commemorating individual veterans.

The lighted area is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The memorial is located on Hwy. 71 south, adjacent to the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

The All Veterans Memorial Museum was completed in Sept. 2017.

Exhibits of military memorabilia range from the Civil War through present-day conflicts. The items on display have been donated or are on loan from local veterans or their families.

Museum hours are 10 am. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, depending upon availability of volunteers.

For more information, visit

Hubbard County Historical Museum

The Hubbard County Historical Museum is located in the original Hubbard County Courthouse, built in 1900 and located at 301 Court Street, Park Rapids. The interior of the museum retains the original tin ceilings, eight vaults and the gilded, 14-karat gold lettering on the office doors. Delve into the beginnings of Hubbard County. Each room depicts a different aspect of early life in the area.

Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from May 1 through Sept. 30. More info at 732-5237, or

Akeley Paul Bunyan Historical Museum

The Akeley Paul Bunyan Historical Museum is located on Main Street, immediately behind the large statue of Paul Bunyan. It opened in 1984 and contains an interesting collection of pictures and artifacts portraying the early Akeley history when the largest sawmill in the state was located here and the population was between 3,000 and 4,000. When volunteers are available, the museum is open daily from 1-4 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Visit http://www.akeleymn. com/pbhs for more information.

Check out the local libraries and continuous learning

provides access to digital platforms including CloudLibrary, Flipster and Hoopla. Guests who have library cards from another regional library system in Minnesota can use their cards to check out our non-digital items.

The library is located at 210 1st St. West, near the intersection of State Hwy. 34 and Main Ave.

For more information, call (218) 732-4966, visit, email or find the Park Rapids Area Library’s Facebook page.

Akeley Community Library

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) is a nonprofit, educational organization. Since 2001, HCLL has hosted presentations on a variety of historical, artistic, scientific and public policy topics. The programs are free and open to all ages. DVDs of recorded programs are available to check out at the Park Rapids Area Library. For more information, contact Marty Leistikow at 218699-3527 or

Community Education

Park Rapids Area Library

Park Rapids Area Library is a branch of the Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS). It offers wireless internet access, public computer use and the capability to print, scan, and fax documents.

Library cards are free to residents of the five counties within KRLS, and can be used at any of our branches. Items available for checkout are books, audiobooks, music, movies and magazines. A KRLS library card also

Located in the Akeley Regional Community Center, the library is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. There are two computers with internet access and a printer. Books for all ages, including a genealogy section. Kids’ Story Hour for 4 to 10-year-olds is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. A book club for adults meets from 3-4 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at the Red River Bar & Grill. Contact Peg at 218-252-1541. Visit the Facebook page for more details or call.

Park Rapids Community Education offers classes and activities to all ages, birth to senior citizens. Visit www. or call 237-6600.

To contact Nevis Community Education, email coordinator Mel Buckholtz at The official website is

Laporte Community Education is managed by Lisa Moss at lisa.moss@laporte. or 218-224-2288, ext. 146.

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Hubbard County is home to a robust arts scene

Numerous artists, writers, actors, dancers and vocalists call the Northwoods their home.

Art Leap

Art Leap is an open studio event. The driving tour, sponsored by Heartland Arts, invites visitors to meet artists, see their studios and find other culturally rich destinations. Highlights include live demonstrations, music and seeing fall colors at their peak.

Blank Canvas Gallery

Blank Canvas Gallery is an online source connecting art lovers with unique, original art created by talented artists. Artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. Email or go online to www.

Heartland Arts Council

Heartland Arts remains an umbrella organization for 16 regional arts groups, promoting excellence in the arts through creation, education and performance. The council meets monthly to share calendars, inspire new arts projects and build community around the arts. Heartland Arts also sponsors events, including Noon Hour Concerts and Art Leap, and “Art Beat,” the newspaper insert published quarterly in the Enterprise. In 2023, the council plans to add another mural in downtown Park Rapids. For

more information, visit

Heartland Concert Association

Founded in 1981, the Heartland Concert Association’s goal is to bring quality entertainment to the area at a reasonable price. From September to May, its concert series offers five live performances – classical, Broadway, jazz, country and more. Admission to the Heartland Concert series is by season membership ticket or at the door. For more information, visit

Hubbard County DAC Grants from the Region 2 Arts Council and Minnesota State Arts Board have allowed Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center artists to work with local artists to learn new skills and create art. Some recent learning opportunities have included welding, printmaking and paper arts.

Jackpine Writers’


This local writing group publishes a literary journal, “The Talking Stick.” Visit

Nemeth Art Center

The Nemeth Art Center (NAC) is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May through September. Admission is free. The gallery is located in the upper level of the historic county courthouse, located at 301 Court Ave. Founded in 1977 by Park Rapids community members, the NAC has provided quality arts and education experiences to north-central Minnesota. For more information about upcoming exhibits and membership privileges, visit

Park Rapids Area Community Band

Sixty to 70 musicians rehearse at the Park Rapids High School in preparation for the community band’s spring and late fall concerts and the pre-fireworks show on the Fourth of July. For information, visit

Park Rapids Classic Chorale

The Park Rapids Classic Chorale is a 45-member, community chorus. The chorale typically performs a Christmas and spring concert. For more information, visit

Sculpture Trail highlights Minnesota talent

Sculptures created by Minnesota artists dot downtown Park Rapids and Red Bridge Park.

Initiated in 2018, the Park Rapids Sculpture Trail is a collaboration of the city of Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Arts and Culture Advisory Commission. It’s made possible by the sculptors who enter and bring their artworks to the city every spring and businesses and nonprofits who generously provide funding.

Each year, new sculptures are placed along the Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail. The Red Bridge Park is the trailhead for the Heartland State Trail, which is used year ‘round for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, snowmobiling and other recreational activities.

In 2020, the Sculpture Trail expanded to downtown Park Rapids. In 2022-23, nine sculptures were located downtown and the first People’s Choice Award was given.

All artworks remain in place for a year and are available for sale.

For information on sponsoring or entering a sculpture, contact commission members LuAnn Hurd-Lof at luann47@ or Laura Grisamore at

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Theatrical productions delight audiences

Northern Light Opera Company

Since 2002, the Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC) has produced professional quality musical theater. Community singers, dancers, ages 8 to 85, and a live orchestra are challenged by theater professionals to bring significant and compelling music theater to a large, regional audience. “Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed at the Armory Arts & Events Center on July 28 -Aug. 5, 2023. For more information, check

WorkBench New Play Workshop

Led by professional playwrights, participants spend an intensive week writing a 10-minute play which comes to life at a public reading read by NLOC actors and directors. 2021’s inaugural workshop participants were surprised and delighted with what they accomplished and audiences were enthusiastic. Workshop dates are June 10- 17, 2023. For more information,



NLOKids is a three-week theater camp for children ages 8 to 13 where participants develop their acting, singing, improvisational and movement skills. Led by NLOC director and student interns, children create their own story, compose music, build costumes/sets and perform original music theater for family and friends. NLOKids will continue its collaboration between the Park Rapids and Pine Point communities, recruiting students from each. For more information, email

Jasper’s Theater

Jasper’s Theater, nestled in the pines one mile east of Park Rapids, is a one-ofa-kind variety show experience that rivals the music and comedy shows of Branson, Missouri. Visitors near and far come to enjoy a multi-generational cast and crew

in a highly entertaining two-hour show featuring music, comedy and a little magic. Enjoy the show as you sit in our padded seats and air-conditioned log theater, just east of Park Rapids on scenic State Hwy. 34. Call 218-255-1333 or visit

Long Lake Theater

Long Lake Theater presents musicals, comedy, drama and concerts along with other entertainment in the village of Hubbard on the south end of Long Lake. Additionally, this family-friendly venue hosts kids camps and workshops, special events and is open to weddings, receptions, meetings and other community engagements. This lovely, little venue resides in two former churches built in the 1890s and invites you to enjoy meeting at its very own, “Two Loons Pub,” before the shows. For more information, call 7320099 or visit

Armory Arts and Events Center launches gallery, open mic

The Armory Arts & Events Center (AA&EC), located at 203 Park Ave. S. in Park Rapids, hosts private and community events throughout the year – exhibits, trade shows, conferences, meetings, banquets, weddings and much more.

The venue contains a large main event floor that can seat up to 300 guests at a wedding reception and four smaller studio spaces, with flexible seating arrangements that accommodate up to 25-30 people depending on the room arrangement.

AA&EC hosts open mic nights every third Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. January through May, taking a break in the summer, then returning again in September through December.

Singers, musicians, stand-up comedians, dancers and poets are invited to sign up for this Bohemian-style event. AA&EC partners with Revel Brewing and Wine Not? for liquid libations and with the Salvage Depot for some comfy, intimate seating near the stage.

AA&EC opened a new art gallery in 2022, “Gallery at the Armory,” which is open year-round to area artists to show and sell their art.

AA&EC is home to the Northern Light Opera Company, which produces quality musicals. This summer’s production is “Little Shop of Horrors.”

AA&EC is continuing the Phase One fundraising campaign to acquire telescopic seating and other needed improvements to better serve the community. To make a donation to the fundraiser or for more information on coming events, call the AA&EC office at 218-237-3722, visit the Facebook page Armory Arts & Events Center or check out

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Articles from Hubbard County Residents Guide 2023