Grant pre-app OKed for cultural heritage project

The Park Rapids City Council on Tuesday authorized a pre-application to the Minnesota Historical Society for a Heritage Partnership Program grant.

The city’s Arts and Culture Advisory Commission and the Hubbard County Historical Society are jointly seeking to hire a researcher to help them identify historical sites and themes for a future heritage tourism project.

The amount of funding being sought was not available as of Wednesday.

According to the application enclosed in the council’s agenda packet, shared goals of the two organizations include recognizing and preserving Park Rapids’ historic and cultural assets, and making the city a regional destination for unique arts and cultural experiences.

City Administrator Angel Weasner noted that since the pre-application was first brought before the council on Jan. 26, the city’s finance and personnel committees reviewed it and the request was changed from hiring an intern to a researcher.

Weasner noted that the city would only be asked to fund approximately $500 to advertise for the position and for staff time to report the program’s finances to the state.

Council member Erika Randall moved to authorize the grant pre-application, and the motion passed unanimously.

Weasner reported that a lot of water and sewer lines in the city froze the weekend of Feb. 20-21, and the problem continued.

“We’re doing our best to stay on top of it,” she said.

Weasner said interviews for the city clerk position will be held on March 3.

Scott Olson, manager of Rapids Spirits Liquor Store, said that as of Feb. 22, the store’s February sales receipts were up 30.7 percent compared to the same period in 2020.

Olson also reported that customers were temporarily entering and exiting the store through the exit door during repairs to the flooring of the entryway.