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September 2013 Fall has a special air about it

2013.09.03    No Comments

The Labor Day weekend brings an unofficial end of summer and changes in the rhythm of everyday life. Flocks of geese are already gathering for their noisy retreat. School buses and trucks hauling farm implements signal it’s time for serious work. Soon fall colors will paint the northern landscape with a fresh coat of orange, […]

July 2013 Festivals and more bring July fun

2013.07.02    No Comments

Fantastic fireworks, the county fair, community festivals, live music, theater and more fill the July calendar. The Park Rapids Lakes Area celebrates summer like no other place in a setting of crystal clear lakes, beautiful beaches, fresh north woods air and a star-spangled night sky. From the Firecracker Footrace at dawn to the fabulous fireworks […]

June Catch a Memory

2013.06.04    No Comments

When we celebrated the Governor’s Fishing Opener here in May, the activities shed light on the fact that the greater Park Rapids area remains home to nearly 100 family resorts. Resorts, together with other lodging, including motels and bed and breakfast inns, offer visitors an abundance of choices of places to stay and amenities to […]

May 2013 Park Rapids GFO will make history

2013.04.30    No Comments

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber office is buzzing with preparations to host the Governor’s Fishing Opener this month. Two “firsts” for the 66-year-old Minnesota tradition are in store. Thursday media tours have been added to the schedule and Friday’s Community Picnic activities will end with fireworks in Downtown Park Rapids. Dozens of volunteers have […]

March 2013 We have plenty of snow to play in!

2013.03.05    No Comments

March 2013 Plan a week to play the days away Snowmobilers, skiers and landscape lovers have reveled in the snow Mother Nature delivered last month, but it’s time to think spring and plan for the glorious months of summer. Our new Discovery Guide encourages visitors to Catch a Memory, the theme chosen to celebrate the […]

February 2013 Snow’s the Word!

2013.01.31    No Comments

February 2013 Take heart – snow’s the word Play to your heart’s content in the Park Rapids Lakes Area in February. What’s not to love! The days are getting longer, the average temps are rising and hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails and cross country ski trails are groomed and ready. Itasca State Park reports […]

January 2013 Happenings, Winter Wonderland in the Park Rapids Lakes Area

2013.01.02    No Comments

January 2013 It’s a Winter Wonderland in the Park Rapids Lakes Area A new year begins with snow covered trees, lakes and trails. It’s beautiful, but there isn’t enough yet to open snowmobile trails. Some cross-country skiers have enjoyed time on the trails at Soaring Eagle north of Park Rapids and the Shingobee Recreation Area […]

December 2012 Take Time to Smell the Hot Chocolate

2012.12.03    No Comments

December 2012 Take time to smell the hot chocolate We look forward to the approach of the winter solstice and longer days, but meanwhile a quiet has settled over the north woods. A full moon casts shadows across the snow, inspiring a peaceful walk or restful view. For some, a trip up north has become […]

November 2012, A MonthTo GIve Thanks

2012.11.01    No Comments

November 2012 A month of giving thanks It’s common these days to see large flocks of wild turkeys along highways and back roads. The awkward birds are relatively new inhabitants of the landscape and seem to be thriving. Seeing them reminds us Thanksgiving is just ahead and we have much for which to be thankful. […]

2012.10.06    No Comments

October 2012 Fantastic fall days As the busy pace of summer traffic on lakes and byways has slowed and the fall harvest is winding down, the north woods grow quieter. On a walk, the only sounds you hear are the crunch of leaves and pine needles underfoot, the occasional chatter of squirrels putting away food […]


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