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Released: 06/27/2017

PRDBA photo contest winners announced


Photo contest winners Beth Waller, Judy Ballard and Kay Dent

 

Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association’s winter/spring photo contest received prints of their winning pictures recently. They are (from left) Beth Waller whose photo Patriot’s Pride won in the Main Street Scenes category; Kathy Dennis whose Morning Surprise won in the Recreation and Wildlife category and Jackie Hemmer. Her winning photo, Reflections of a Morning Fog, won in the category of Area Lake Scenes..

 

Winners of the winter/spring Park Rapids Downtown Business Association photo contest are Jackie Hemmer of Rochester, Kathy Dennis of Menahga and Beth Waller of Park Rapids. Max Bailey Photography sponsors the contest and awards a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.

 

View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the summer/fall contest, again being sponsored by Max Bailey Photography. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. View Contest rules and guidelines and enter the contest using our online photo entry form. The submission deadline is November 30, 2017.

 

The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.


Released: 04/19/2017

2nd Street Stage winning button design chosen


2017 2nd Street Stage button by Tristan NelsonThe Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) received more than 50 entries for our first 2nd Street Stage button design contest.


The winner is 19-year-old Tristan Nelson from Kasson, MN, a student in Communication Art and Design at Alexandria Technical and Community College. He will receive a $250 cash prize.


His instructor, Andrea White, said, "The button design contest was incorporated into coursework to give students an opportunity to provide creative solutions for real-world client initiatives. The class had one week to solve the problem and present for peer review, at which point they agreed on eight buttons to send to the competition."


Those who purchase and wear the $20 buttons for this season's ten 2nd Street Stage events, June 15 through August 17, will be helping to sponsor these fun summer concerts and will receive a free stadium cup or koozie at the beer garden. Five hundred buttons will be made and available for purchase at Downtown businesses May 5 and at the beer garden.


It is the PRDBA’s intent to continue the button design contest annually and create buttons that will become collectibles.
New this year, the beer garden will open for a social hour one hour before the concerts start. Come early to visit with the sponsors, watch the bands set up and listen to the sound checks.


This season’s 2nd Street Stage band schedule is posted on Facebook at 2nd St Stage. View band biographies and photos on the PRDBA 2nd Street Stage website page.


Released: 02/23/2017

Artists invited to submit button designs


The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) is sponsoring a 2nd Street Stage button design contest with a $250 cash prize to the winner.

 

Those who purchase and wear the $20 buttons for this season’s ten 2nd Street Stage events June 15 through Aug. 17 will be helping to sponsor this fun summer event and will receive a free stadium cup or koozie at the beer garden. Five hundred buttons will be made and available for purchase this spring and at the beer garden.

 

Please draw your design within a 4-inch circle. Designs must include “2017,” “2nd St Stage” and “Park Rapids, MN.” They may be full color or black and white with color accents. Please remember this is a fun, summer, live music event. Deadline for submissions is March 31.

 

Designs may be submitted on paper to the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, P.O. Box 142, Park Rapids, MN 56470 or digitally as a pdf or jpg e-mailed to luann47@gmail.com.

 

It is the PRDBA’s intent to continue the button design contest annually and create buttons that will become collectibles.

 

This season’s 2nd Street Stage band schedule is set and is posted on Facebook at 2nd St Stage. New this year, the beer garden will open for a social hour before the concerts while people arrive, the bands set up and do sound checks, etc.


Released: 01/26/2017

PRDBA photo contest winners announced


 

 

Winners of the summer/fall Park Rapids Downtown Business Association photo contest are Barbra Wicks of Park Rapids and Judy Ballard of Osage. Max Bailey Photography sponsors the contest and awards a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.

 

View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the winter/spring contest, again being sponsored by Max Bailey Photography. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. View Contest rules and guidelines and enter the contest using our online photo entry form.The submission deadline is April. 30, 2017.

 

The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.

Park Rapids photo contest winners

 

Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's summer/fall photo contest received prints of their winning pictures recently from Joel Maxwell, Max Bailey Photography, contest sponsor. Barbra Wicks’ photos won in two categories: Splendid Sunrise in the Area Lake Scenes category and Fall Reflections at Deane Park in the Main Street Scenes category. Judy Ballard submitted the photo Joel is holding. It is titled Not to be Overlooked and won in the category of Recreation and Wildlife.


Released: 10/04/2016

Armory Square to receive "Quality of Place Award"


Armory Square to receive "Quality of Place Award" from Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Former National Guard Armory renovation project nearly complete

 

Armory Square in downtown Park Rapids will receive a "Quality of Place Award" from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation at their annual State of the Foundation Luncheon, October 21, 2016. The award recognizes the foundation’s partners, grantees, training participants and loan clients that have helped to develop community assets and enhance the quality of places in northwest Minnesota.

 

Inspired by the City of Park Rapids' 2008 Comprehensive Revitalization Plan, Armory Square was conceived as an adaptive redevelopment of the former National Guard Armory that was closed in 1992 and remained vacant for 20 years.

 

With renovations nearly complete, Armory Square now hosts performances by the Northern Light Opera Company, Arts and cultural events presented by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council, Nemeth Art Center, Kitchigami Regional Library System and Park Rapids Area Library, as well as programs and lectures presented by the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning, the P.R.A.H.S. Drama Department, Downtown Business Association, 2nd Street Stage Concert Series, Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of local small business events and trade shows.

 

The Park Rapids Economic Development Authority will acquire ownership of the Armory Square project with grant funds appropriated by the state legislature in 2014 after the building renovations are totally completed later this month to continue its development as a regional center for arts and cultural events, doing business as the Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts. Park Rapids Community Development Corporation will manage day-to-day operations and schedule public programming on behalf of the City.

 

Armory Square Management Corporation received loan funds from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and the Industries for Park Rapids revolving loan fund to finance the redevelopment project, among other sources including Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation.

 

A charitable fund has also been established with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation for financial support of programs, projects and activities, such as facility development, arts education, arts activities, and cultural events in the Park Rapids area. Donate online to the Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts Fund at www.nwmf.org. Click Find a Fund and enter the fund name.

 

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public nonprofit community foundation serving twelve counties by investing resources, facilitating collaboration, and promoting philanthropy to make the region a better place to live and work.

 

For more information contact:

Ashley Johnson ashleyj@nwmf.org

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

218-759-2057


Released: 06/16/2016

PRDBA photo contest winners announced


Photo contest winners Beth Waller, Judy Ballard and Kay Dent

 

Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's winter/spring photo contest received prints of their winning pictures recently from Joel Maxwell, Max Bailey Photography, contest sponsor. On hand were Barbra Wicks (left), whose photos won in two categories. Her picture First Frost won in the Area Lake Scenes category and Angel Wings won in the Recreation & Wildlife category. Beth Waller submitted the photo, Enchanted Forest, which won in the category of Main Street Scenes.

 

 

Winners of the winter/spring Park Rapids Downtown Business Association photo contest are Barbra Wicks and Beth Waller of Park Rapids. Max Bailey Photography sponsors the contest and awards a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes. View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.

 

View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the summer/fall contest, again being sponsored by Max Bailey Photography. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. View Contest rules and guidelines and enter the contest using our online photo entry form. The submission deadline is November 30, 2016.

 

The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.


Released: 12/31/2015

PRDBA photo contest winners announced


 

 

 

Winners of the summer/fall Park Rapids Downtown Business Association photo contest are Jennifer Bateman and Deane Johnson of Park Rapids and Sandra Henk of Eden Prairie. Max Bailey Photography sponsors the contest and awards a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.

 

View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the winter/spring contest, again being sponsored by Max Bailey Photography. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. View Contest rules and guidelines and enter the contest using our online photo entry form.The submission deadline is April. 30, 2016.

 

The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.

Photo contest winners Beth Waller, Judy Ballard and Kay Dent

 

Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's summer/fall photo contest received prints of their winning pictures recently from Joel Maxwell (right), Max Bailey Photography, contest sponsor. On hand were (from left) Deane Johnson of Park Rapids whose picture, "Peek!", won in the Recreation and Wildlife category; Jennifer Bateman of Two Inlets Resort whose photo, "Red Sunset", won in the category of Area Lake Scenes; and Sandra Henk of Eden Prairie, whose photo, "July 4th Splendor", won in the category of Main Street Scenes.


Released: 12/30/2015

"Light Up Park Rapids" winners


Piks Clicks & Fabulous Funtography Whatnot Necce's Ristorante

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber and Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) thank all businesses who participated in this year’s “Light Up Park Rapids” contest. Piks Clicks & Fabulous Funtography (above) will receive the traveling trophy as first place winner. Whatnot placed second and Necce’s Ristorante third. The Chamber and PRDBA will be awarding $300 in prize money to the three winners.


Released: 05/28/2015

PRDBA photo contest winners announced


 

Winners of the winter/spring Park Rapids Downtown Business Association photo contest are Kay Dent and Beth Waller of Park Rapids and Judy Ballard of Osage. Max Bailey Photography sponsors the contest and awards a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.


View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the summer/fall contest, again being sponsored by Max Bailey Photography. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. View Contest rules and guidelines and enter the contest using our online photo entry form.The submission deadline is Nov. 30, 2015.

 

The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.

Photo contest winners Beth Waller, Judy Ballard and Kay Dent

 

Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's winter/spring photo contest received prints of their winning pictures recently from Joel Maxwell (right), Max Bailey Photography, contest sponsor. On hand were (from left) Beth Waller of Park Rapids whose picture, It’s Christmas Time in the City, won in the Main Street Scenes category; Judy Ballard whose photo, Mama with Babies, won in the Recreation and Wildlife category; and Kay Dent, whose photo, November Morn on the Fish Hook River, won in the category of Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes.


Released: 02/17/2015

Valentine’s Day promotion winner picked


Linda Locke of Park Rapids won the gift basket in the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association’s Valentine’s Day promotion.

 

Participating businesses donated gift cards and other sweet items for the prize and made special offers available to shoppers during the two-week promotion.

 

People could also be entered in the drawing by posting “I love Park Rapids because…” or “I love (business name) because…” comments on Facebook.

 

Promotion partners were 3rd Street Market, Amish Oak & Americana Home Furnishings, Beagle Books & Bindery, Bella Caffé, Citizens National Bank, Fresh Catch, Moose Creek, RiverBend Home Expressions, Summerhill on Main, Wild Loon Outfitters and Wildwood Enchantment.

Mary Schwartz (left), manager of Wildwood Enchantment, presents the Valentine's promotion gift basket to Linda Locke.


Released: 01/03/2015

PRDBA photo contest winners announced


Park Rapids Downtown photo contest winners Alissa Berthiaume, Nels Peterson and Ken Henk. Joel Maxwell of Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest.

 

Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's summer/fall photo contest received prints of their winning pictures recently from Joel Maxwell (right), Max Bailey Photography, contest sponsor. On hand was Bryan Atneosen of Park Rapids whose picture, The Best Reflections of Our Past, won in the Main Street Scenes category. He shot the picture at the Northern Knights Car Club’s Run to the Rapids in August. The other winning photos were Joe Scharber’s Foggy Fall Morning and Curious Doe by Bonnie Kelly.

Winners of the summer/fall Park Rapids Downtown Business Association photo contest are Joe Scharber and Bryan Atneosen of Park Rapids and Bonnie Kelly of Montrose. Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest and awarded a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.


View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the winter/spring contest, again being sponsored by Max Bailey Photography. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. View Contest rules, guidelines and enter the contest using our online photo entry form. The submission deadline is April 30, 2015.
The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.


Released: 05/28/2014

PRDBA photo contest winners announced


 

Winners of the winter/spring Park Rapids Downtown Business Association photo contest are Jennifer Bateman and Christine Rausch of Park Rapids and Holly Firehammer of Deep Haven. Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest and awarded a professionally finished, 11X14-inch print of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.


View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the summer/fall contest, again being sponsored by Max Bailey Photography. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. View Contest rules and guidelines and enter the contest using our online photo entry form.The submission deadline is Nov. 30, 2014.

 

The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.

Photo contest winners Lois Firehammer, Christine Rausch and Jennifer Bateman

 

Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's winter/spring photo contest received prints of their winning pictures recently from Joel Maxwell, Max Bailey Photography, contest sponsor. On hand were (front, from left) Lois Firehammer (standing in for daughter Holly) and Christine Rausch, (back) Jennifer Bateman and Maxwell. Firehammer's photo, Positively Park Rapids, won in the Main Street Scenes category. Rausch won in the Recreation & Wildlife Category with her photo, Friendly Visitor. Bateman’s photo, Morning on Two Inlets Lake, won in the Lake Scenes category.


Released: 12/12/2013

Light Up Park Rapids winners announced


Winners of the season’s Light Up Park Rapids contest were announced at the Jingle Bells Drawing and Gala Celebration Thursday, Dec. 12 at Century School.

 

Whatnot received the traveling trophy with a photo of their winning display. Whatnot, Amish Oak & Americana Furnishings and Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate each received $100 in prize money from the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Park Rapids Downtown Business Association. All three winners are located on Main Street. Williams Construction, located on state Highway 34 west, received Honorable Mention.

 

Five volunteers from the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council chose their favorite displays from businesses that signed up for judging.
The goal of Light Up Park Rapids is to create a more festive air in the community for the holidays.

 


Released: 12/09/2013

PRDBA photo contest winners announced


Park Rapids Downtown photo contest winners Alissa Berthiaume, Nels Peterson and Ken Henk. Joel Maxwell of Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest.

 

Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's summer/fall photo contest received prints of their winning pictures recently from Joel Maxwell, Max Bailey Photography, contest sponsor. On hand were Alissa Berthiaume and Nels Peterson, both of Park Rapids, and Ken Henk (right) of Eden Prairie. Berthiaume's photo, The Stomping Grounds, won in the Recreation & Wildlife Category. Henk won in the Main Street Scenes category with his photo, Watertower with Hanging Flowers. Winner in the Lake Scenes category was Nels Peterson. His photo was titled Sunrise on Fish Hook River.

Judges have selected the winners of the Summer/Fall Park Rapids Downtown Business Association’s website photo contest.


Winners of the summer/fall contest are Alissa Berthiaume and Nels Peterson of Park Rapids and Ken Henk of Eden Prairie. Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest and will award a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.


View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the winter/spring contest, again being sponsored by Max Bailey Photography. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. View Contest rules, guidelines and enter the contest using our online photo entry form. The submission deadline is April 30, 2014.
The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.


Released: 12/09/2013

Friends & Family Sale prize winners announced


The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association thanks shoppers who participated in the Friends & Family Sale Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7.

 

Winners of the prize drawing are Allyn Brown and Gina Porozinski, both of Park Rapids. Each will receive a $50 gift certificate to spend at one of the participating stores: Albrecht Jewelers, Aunt Belle’s Confectionary & Grandpa’s Cabin, Summerhill on Main, Olde Liberty Shoppe, RiverBend Home Expressions, The Good Life Cafe, Trading Post, WIld Loon Outfitters, Wildwood Enchantment, Bella Caffè, The 3rd Street Market, Fresh Catch, Max Bailey Photography, Smoky Hills Art, Amish Oak & Americana Furnishings and Moose Creek


Released: 06/17/2013

PRDBA photo contest winners announced


Judges have selected the winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association’s website photo contest.


Winners of the winter/spring contest are Beth Waller and Douglas Brown of Park Rapids and Susanne Meredith of St. Paul. Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest and will award a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.

 

View the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the summer/fall contest, again being sponsored by Max Bailey Photography. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. View Contest rules, guidelines and enter the contest using our online photo entry form. The submission deadline is Nov. 30, 2013.


The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.

Park Rapids Downtown photo contest winners Douglas Brown and Beth Waller. Joel Maxwell of Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest.

 

Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's winter/spring photo contest received prints of their winning pictures recently from Joel Maxwell, Max Bailey Photography, contest sponsor. On hand were (front) Douglas Brown and Beth Waller, both of Park Rapids, and (back) Maxwell. Brown's photo, Morning Encounter, won in the Recreation & Wildlife Category. Waller won in the Main Street Scenes category with her photo, Les Miserables. Winner in the Lake Scenes category was Susanne Meredith, St. Paul. Her photo was titled Lily of the Lake.


Released: 03/20/2012

Park Rapids Downtown Reconstruction
Project Earns MnDOT and Concrete Paving Association Merit Award


Ulteig Engineer Brian Hiles recently accepted a Merit Award from the Minnesota Department of Transportation
(MnDOT) and the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota (CPAM) for its work on the Park Rapids Downtown
Reconstruction project.

 

Hiles accepted the award at the CPAM annual concrete paving awards banquet March 14.
“This project revitalized the downtown area of Park Rapids,” Hiles said. “All who were involved in the project
are extremely proud of the finished product. The concrete work is very unique and, as a result was recognized,
by both MnDOT and CPAM.”

 

As a local award winner, the project is eligible for a national American Concrete Pavement Association (APCA)
Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award.

 

The project involved utility replacement and street and sidewalk reconstruction on Main Avenue in Park
Rapids. Streetscapes ranging from plantings to decorative concrete were included in the reconstruction to
improve the image of downtown. The success of the project can be attributed, in large part, to the substantial
effort to keep the City Council and general public informed of the project’s progress.

 

The project also earned Ulteig an honor award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of
Minnesota (ACEC/MN).

 

Ulteig was founded in 1944 by Melvin Ulteig with the vision of bringing electricity to people in the rural
Midwest. Today, Ulteig is a nationally accredited company, ranked number 207 in the Top 500 Engineering
Design Firms in the nation by Engineering News Record and considered among the top firms in electrical
transmission and distribution services. Ulteig offers a wide variety of engineering, surveying and consulting
services. The company has offices in Bismarck, Fargo and Williston, N.D.; Detroit Lakes and St. Paul, Minn.;

 


Released: 03/20/2012

Ulteig receives engineering award


Ulteig Engineers has received an honor award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Minnesota for work on the Park Rapids Downtown reconstruction project.

 

Former Park Rapids City Administrator Bill Smith recognized Ulteig for completing a project that was located in the heart of the city’s business district and doing so with minimal impact to the surrounding businesses and the community as a whole.

 

“Throughout the project, the professionals at Ulteig had to consider the needs of effected business owners, the city of Park Rapids residents and the city council,” Smith wrote in a letter recognizing Ulteig. “By being heavily involved in the public input process, Ulteig was able to gather critical information from the general public and business owners that assisted in moving the project along smoothly.”

 

A key component of the project included continual communication, so former Ulteig engineer Jon Olson spent much of his time engaging the public throughout the project. He presented at more than 20 public informational meetings to provide project updates and collect feedback from community members.

 

“Our goal was to keep the doors of the involved businesses open, so it was important that we inform the business owners especially to eliminate surprises and allow them to help their customers navigate the area,” Olson explained. “The community really rallied behind the project, knowing it had to be done, and kept a positive outlook.”

 

Ulteig provided comprehensive engineering services for the replacement of utilities and the reconstruction of streets and sidewalks. The project also included finishing infrastructure with streetscapes that included trees and street lighting. Street design for the project featured center parallel parking using colored, stamped concrete.

 

Smith noted that since the completion of the project, Park Rapids business owners have received positive feedback and higher than normal traffic volumes.

 

ACEC Minnesota held a banquet on Jan. 27 to honor the 2012 Engineering Excellence Award recipients.

 


Released: 12/10/2012

PRDBA photo contest winners announced


Park Rapids Downtown photo contest winners John Paradise and Mary Schwartz. Joel Maxwell of Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest.

 

Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's summer/fall photo contest received prints of their winning pictures Friday from Joel Maxwell, Max Bailey Photography, contest sponsor. On hand were (from left) Maxwell, John Paradise and Mary Schwartz, both of Park Rapids. Paradise's photo, Swans at the Park, won in the Recreation & Wildlife Category. Schwartz won in the Main Street Scenes category with her photo, Christmas Wishes. Winner in the Lake Scenes category was David Orgish of Santa Rosa, CA. His photo was titled Lake Leap. The winter/spring 2012-2013 contest deadline is April 30.

 

Judges have selected the winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association’s website photo contest.
Winners of the summer/fall contest are Mary Schwartz of Park Rapids for her photo, Christmas Wishes, taken on Main Street; John Paradise of Park Rapids for his photo, Swans at the Park, taken on the Fish Hook River; and David Orgish of Santa Rosa, CA, for his photo Lake Leap, taken on the south shore of Potato Lake.


Max Bailey Photography sponsors the contest, awarding a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.
You can view the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions.


Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. View Contest rules, guidelines and enter the contest using our online photo entry form. Submission deadline for the winter/spring contest is April 30, 2013.
The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of the Park Rapids and surrounding area.


Released: 08/03/2012

Find Waldo Winners - Announced


Waldo

Macy Goochey of Nevis was the grand prize winner in the Find Waldo promotion, sponsored by Beagle Books & Bindery in July. The winner was drawn at a party Tuesday evening.


Waldo is turning 25 this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs visited 29 locations in Park Rapids July 1-31. Those who spotted his figure became eligible to win the grand prize: a complete six-volume set of Waldo books, plus prizes from participating businesses.

 

For more fun photos, go to http://beagle-books.com/events.html#waldo.


Some members of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and participants would like to see another Where’s Waldo hunt or perhaps Where’s Parker or Where’s Dora the Explorer next summer.


Iian Wallace as Waldo

Left - Iian Wallace, a student at Park Rapids Area High School, donned a Waldo costume in July and joined in activities including the 4th of July parade and Bite of Park Rapids.

 

Right - Allycia Zinke and Brandy Parsons were the first to find 20 Waldos of the 29 hidden in plain sight. Names of all who found 20 were entered in the grand prize drawing.

Allycia Zinke and Brandy Parsons

Released: 06/20/2012

Find Waldo in Park Rapids July 1-31


Waldo

Waldo is turning 25 this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 29 locations in Park Rapids July 1-31.

 

Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books and more. From Beagle Books & Bindery at 112 3rd St. W to the Park Rapids Area Library at 210 1st St. W, from Brigid’s House at 500 Park Ave. S (Hwy. 71) to Dog’s Paw at 11393 Hwy. 34, Waldo figures are showing up in public areas of local establishments. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Park Rapids!” search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an "I Found Waldo at ______" card for each Waldo they spot. Collecting cards in 20 or more businesses and turning them in at Beagle Books & Bindery will win seekers a Waldo button and an entry for other, larger prizes to be drawn at a Waldo party July 31. The Grand Prize is a complete six-volume set of Waldo books, plus prizes from participating businesses. People who prefer a shorter version of the hunt can collect the cards from 10 businesses and pick up a Waldo button at Beagle Books & Bindery.

 

Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now more than 55 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into eighteen languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

 

In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Beagle Books & Bindery in Park Rapids, to have fun and encourage people to visit local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the game lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Park Rapids, call Beagle Books & Bindery at 237-BOOK (2665)


Released: 05/25/2012

PRDBA Photo Contest Winners Announced


Winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's 2012 winter/spring photo contest are Elizabeth Lallak (left) of Albertville and Nancy Wilkins of Deerfield Beach, FL. Both were in Park Rapids for the holidays. Joel Maxwell of Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest, awarding a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photographs

Photo contest winners Paul Utke (left) of Park Rapids and Kirsten Erickson (right) of Park Rapids are pictured with Joel Maxwell of Max Bailey Photography. Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest.

Judges have selected the winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's website photo contest.


Winners of the winter/spring contest are Paul Utke and Kirsten Erickson of Park Rapids and Nancy Wilkins of Deerfield Beach, FL. Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest, awarding a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.


You can view the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions In our Photo Contest Gallery.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the summer/fall contest. Max Bailey Photography is sponsoring the contest, offering a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each category.


Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. Contest rules, guidelines and the photo entry form are available on our website. The submission deadline for the winter spring contest is November 30, 2012.


The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of the Park Rapids and surrounding area.


Released: 01/24 /2011

The "Disneyland Rule"  by Alan Zemek


As a newly married couple in school together in Glendale, AZ we decided to drive across the desert in a ’76 Plymouth Duster with no air conditioning and a questionable transmission on a weekend break to go see Disneyland in Anaheim California.

 

My new bride loved it. But after 30 years, I have a confession to make. The drive through the Mojave was the best part of the trip. The whole Disneyland thing? I just didn’t get it. Why would so many people travel from their homes to visit a fake town, with fake streets, to ride on fake railroads to look at fake natural scenery?

 

Later that semester, we studied the “Disneyland Rule” of business execution, and it has always been one of my most memorable case studies from business school. The Disneyland Rule was taught in a marketing class, but was actually a lesson in execution of basic operations. I used it many times in my career to get struggling managers to focus on the core elements of their business model. Anytime someone would complain about the economy being soft, or new competition, or make excuses about poor financial performance I would invoke the Disneyland Rule.

 

The question: “Why is Disneyland so successful?” As a case study problem, we evaluated everything from the relative strength of the Mickey Mouse brand to the attractiveness of California weather, but our professor at the time was looking for a one-sentence answer: because the bathrooms are always clean. Disneyland is successful because the bathrooms are always clean. The lesson: if you can’t execute something as elemental as basic sanitation in an entertainment world based on fantasy and illusion, the entire customer experience falls apart, along with any perception of value and investment in your brand.

 

What prompted me to recall the “Disneyland Rule” was a conversation I had with a downtown business owner, who related to me something they had observed recently. A young couple came into the store and snapped a picture of the bar code on the item they were interested in purchasing and uploaded it to amazon.com which gave them the on-line price for the same item. It’s what my son would call a “killer-app.”

 

I had two thoughts. “How cool is that!” and “It’s worse than I thought.” Not only do we have to contend with the big box retailers, Amazon is now getting regular people to do their price comparison research for them and offer a competitive response instantly.

 

Having spent all my summers as a kid in Park Rapids, there was nothing in “Main Street USA” I hadn’t already seen in its genuine form. A fake idyllic town didn’t resonate for me because I had already experienced everything a genuine small town could deliver. To me, Disneyland was just an outdoor shopping mall, but I will concede, a very, very clean one.

 

So what is our competitive response to the Amazon “killer-app”? Park Rapids needs a “killer-app” killer. What can Park Rapids deliver that can’t be found in a big box store or executed on-line? What’s our Disneyland Rule?

 

Our “killer-app” is us. Last week about 40 of the most energetic business owners in Park Rapids gathered for the annual meeting of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, and if you missed it, shame on you. If you are not a member, you should be. It’s the best fifty bucks you will ever spend to promote Park Rapids. (PO Box 142 Park Rapids MN 56470)

 

Our “killer-app” is why we need the farmer’s market on Main Street; it’s why we need our opera company, our art museum and M/State community college classes downtown. It’s why we need a downtown loop off the Heartland Trail when it expands west through town. It’s why we need to restore the old water tower, the Great Northern railway bridge, and to preserve our historic buildings. It’s why we need to encourage artistic and cultural expression with fairs, festivals and special events. We are the genuine article.

 

Come to think of it, Disneyland ain’t got nothing on us.


Released: 12/16 /2011

Chamber, PRDBA announce "Light Up Park Rapids" contest winners


Coldwell Banker/Clack & Dennis Real Estate is this year’s Light Up Park Rapids contest winner.
The winning business received a traveling trophy with a photo of the winning display, a $100 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice and bragging rights for a year.


The trophy was presented at the Jingle Bells Sweepstakes Drawing and Gala Celebration Thusday, Dec. 15 at Century School. Co-owner Diane Dennis chose the Hubbard County Food shelf to receive the donation.


Fifteen businesses participated with lighting displays in their windows or on their buildings and the public voted for the winner. At Thursday night’s celebration, one ballot was drawn for a prize. The winner was Teri Nyland of Park Rapids.


The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association sponsored Light Up Park Rapids.

Coldwell Banker receives Christmas lighting award Diane Dennis received the traveling trophy

 

Diane Dennis (right) received the traveling trophy on behalf of Coldwell Banker/Clack & Dennis Real Estate, this year’s Light Up Park Rapids contest winner. The presentation was made during the Jingle Bells Sweepstakes Drawing and Gala Celebration. Jane Larsen (left) of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and emcee Butch DeLaHunt also drew a prize winner from the contest ballots.

 

Joel Maxwell of Max Bailey Photography photographed Coldwell Banker’s Christmas lights and put together a photo for the traveling trophy.


Released: 12/11/2011

PRDBA Photo Contest Winners Announced


Park Rapids Downtown photo contest winners Elizabeth Lallak and Nancy Wilkins. Joel Maxwell of Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest.

Photo contest winners Elizabeth Lallak (left) of Albertville and Nancy Wilkins (right) of Deerfield Beach, FL. are pictured with Joel Maxwell of Max Bailey Photography. Both winners were in Park Rapids for the holidays. Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest.

Judges have selected the winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association’s website photo contest.


Winners of the summer/fall contest are Elizabeth Lallak of Albertville and Nancy Wilkins of Deerfield Beach, FL. Max Bailey Photography sponsored the contest, awarding a professionally finished, 11X14-inch mounted picture of the winning photograph in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.


You can view the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions In our Photo Contest Gallery.


Photo submissions are now being accepted for the winter/spring contest. Max Bailey Photography is sponsoring the contest again.


Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. Contest rules, guidelines and the photo entry form are available on our website. The submission deadline for the winter spring contest is April 30, 2012.


The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of the Park Rapids and surrounding area.


Released: 11/18/2011

Chamber, PRDBA invite public to vote in lighting contest


The public is invited to choose this year’s Light Up Park Rapids contest winner.


The light decorating contest will run from Wednesday, Nov. 23 through 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Voters’ ballots will be entered in a drawing for a gift basket to be given away during the Jingle Bells Sweepstakes Drawing and Gala Celebration that starts at 5 p.m. Thusday, Dec. 15 at Century School. The winner does not need to be present to win.


Fifteen businesses are participating with lighting displays in their windows or on their buildings and are listed on ballots available in the Park Rapids Enterprise or on the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association website, or Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber website, www.parkrapids.com.


Ballots may be dropped off at Coborn’s, J&B Foods or the Park Rapids Chamber office, 1204 Park Ave. So. Only the official ballots or votes from the website will be counted. Ballots must be turned in/submitted by 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 (one ballot per person, please.)
The winning business will receive a traveling trophy with a photo of the winning display, a $100 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice and bragging rights for a year.


The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association are sponsoring Light Up Park Rapids. For more information, please contact the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 218-732-4111 or emailing luann47@gmail.com.


Released: 10/21/2011

Passport drawing winners announced


CPA Garnett Pederson of Pederson, Smith, Roehl & Co. drew the winning Passport entries

CPA Garnett Pederson of

Pederson, Smith, Roehl & Co.

drew the winning Passport entries

at Bella Caffè.

Tony Bundy, Park Rapids Downtown Business Association treasurer, presents Mary Haaland with check

Tony Bundy, Park Rapids Downtown Business Association treasurer, presents Mary Haaland of Nevis, this year's Passport winner, with a $1,000 check. Mary's name was drawn from more than 225 entries in the second annual promotion.


Mary Haaland of Nevis is the winner of $1,000 cash in the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's Passport drawing.

 

Winners of Passport second chance prizes are April Brown of Lonsdale, Linda Schulte of Nevis and Nicole Roepke, Carre Vanderheyden and Lee Zwickey, all of Park Rapids.

 

The drawing was held Oct. 20 at Bella Caffè, ending the second annual Passport promotion which started in June. "The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association appreciates the support of all who entered," said Tony Bundy, Passport Committee chair.

 

The following businesses participated in this year's Passport promotion: 3rd Street Market, Albrecht Jewelers, Amish Oak & Americana Furnishings, Avant Garde on Main, Beagle Books & Bindery, Bearly Used Thrift Store, Bella Caffè, Beyond Juice, Body & Sole Boutique, Coborn's, DAC Salvage Depot, Four Seas Chinese Restaurant, Fresh Catch, J&B Foods, Max Bailey Photography, MinneSoda Fountain, Monika's Quilt & Yarn Shop, My Happy Place Arts & Crafts Studio, Olde Liberty Shoppe, Park Ace Hardware/JC Penney Service Center, RiverBend Home Expressions, Summerhill on 2nd, The Good Life Cafe, The Tin Ceiling, Trading Post, Whatnot, Wildwood Enchantment and Zula - Clothing & More.


Released: 10/3/2011

CONTACT:

Donovan Dearstyne

Hubbard County Attorney

(218)732-4133

ddearstyne@co.hubbard.mn.us

 

Business owners, residents encouraged to participate in countywide check diversion program

 

Hubbard County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne, Hubbard County Sheriff Corey Aukes and Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers are encouraging business owners and residents to participate in a new countywide check diversion program.

 

The need for a locally based program came out of a spring workshop on bad checks and shoplifting, sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association.

 

Dearstyne subsequently met with Tina Peterson about operating a program through HAPA (Human Achievement Performance Academy) and gained approval from the Park Rapids City Council and Hubbard County commissioners. The program is being implemented by the Hubbard County Attorney, Sheriff's Office and Park Rapids Police Department.

 

"As consumers and taxpayers, we all pay higher prices because of the losses associated with people issuing worthless checks," Dearstyne said. "Law enforcement spends significant resources investigating and prosecuting people who issue worthless checks. The number of worthless check cases increases every year."

 

When businesses ask check writers for a phone number, drivers license or other form of identification, consumers need to understand the information is needed to protect them, too. The main goals of the program are to collect restitution for victims, increase accountability from people who issue worthless checks, educate and assist Hubbard County merchants and residents in reducing the number of worthless check cases and reduce the costs to law enforcement associated with investigating and prosecuting worthless check cases.

 

The program is available at no cost to the taxpayer or area business owners. It is solely supported by the people who issue the worthless checks.

 

Participation does require businesses to post a sign where customers can see the service charge at the time a check is accepted. Two forms also must be completed. The sign and forms may be downloaded from the county attorney's website: www.co.hubbard.mn.us/attorney.htm or call Peterson at 218-237-4114 or 1-855-559-4114.

 

The new Hubbard County Check Diversion Program is for worthless checks only. Matters relating to counterfeit, altered, forged or stolen checks or checking accounts opened using fraudulent information will continue to be reported to law enforcement.


Released: 5/31/2011

Park Rapids Downtown-Passport contest winner Sally Lester with Grandchildren
Last year's Passport prize winner was Sarah "Sally" Lester of Park Rapids. She used the money to make Christmas special for her children and grandchildren (pictured).

Pick up your Park Rapids Passport today

   

The 2011 Park Rapids Passports are available at participating Park Rapids businesses. The free Passports offer shoppers discounts and other rewards and the chance for one lucky person to win $1,000 cash in a drawing Thursday, Oct. 20.


Here’s how it works. Make a purchase at 12 of 29 participating businesses before Oct. 17, 2011. Receive a Passport stamp for each purchase. Collect 12 stamps, complete the entry form inside your Passport, tear it out and drop it off at a participating Passport business to be entered into the $1,000 Grand Prize Drawing. Partially completed Passport entry forms may be entered for a Second Chance drawing. There is no limit to how many times you may enter.


Each Passport also has a page for your photo, a photo with our downtown ambassador Parker, fun facts about Park Rapids, things to do and an events calendar.


The following businesses are participating: 3rd Street Market, Albrecht Jewelers, Amish Oak & Americana Furnishings, Avant Garde on Main, Beagle Books & Bindery, Bearly Used Thrift Store, Bella Caffè, Beyond Juice, Body & Sole Boutique, Coborn’s, DAC Salvage Depot, Four Seas Chinese Restaurant, Fresh Catch, J&B Foods, MainStream, Max Bailey Photography, MinneSoda Fountain, Monika's Quilt & Yarn Shop, My Happy Place Arts & Crafts Studio, Olde Liberty Shoppe, Park Ace Hardware/JC Penney Service Center, RiverBend Home Expressions, Summerhill on 2nd, The Good Life Cafe, The Tin Ceiling, Trading Post, Whatnot, Wildwood Enchantment and Zula - Clothing & More.

 

While you’re visiting the area, please pick up the new Positively Park Rapids Destination Guide,

including a map of the area featuring the best places to shop, dine and play.

 


Released: 5/21/2011

Photo Contest Winners - Sue Tomte, Jenn Hanisch & Renee Bexell
Tyson Doke, marketing manager at Northwoods Bank, presents cash prizes to winter/spring photo contest winners (from left) Sue Tomte, Jenn Hanisch and Renee Bexell.

PRDBA photo contest winners announced

 

Judges have selected the winners of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association’s website photo contest.


The winners of the winter/spring contest are Renee Bexell, Jenn Hanisch and Sue Tomte, all of Park Rapids. Northwoods Bank of Minnesota sponsored the photo contest and awarded $50 prizes in each of three categories: Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes, Recreation and Wildlife and Main Street Scenes.


You can view the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions, by visiting our Photo Contest Gallery.


If you would like to participate, read our Official Contest Rules and then complete the Contest Entry Form to submit your entries.  The submission deadline for the summer/fall contest is November 30, 2011.


The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of the Park Rapids and surrounding area.