Where Beauty & Nature intersect

ATV riders can ride Minnesota trails for free on ‘No Registration Weekend’

Ride for free September 7th through 9th! All-terrain vehicle users registered for private or agricultural use can explore both the old and new trails without cost Sept. 7 to 9. Typically they would pay the registration fee ($60 for three years) to ride the public trails. Minnesota has 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid […]

100 Years of Summer – 1980 Water Wars Edition

Roll up your sleeves and dig deep for a can of orange pop.  Don’t worry about the sticky on your hands from caramel apples, you can always find some little kid who will be willing to lick it off.  Quick!  We need more polish, and buns too.  Whew, where’s some shade?” – So begins a […]

July Brings out Summer’s Best

As the Chamber celebrates 100 Years of Summer, July shines as why summers in the lakes area are the best. The calendar is overflowing with festivals and events in addition to all the possibilities for adventures like biking, water skiing, kayaking, tubing, grilling fresh caught fish or making s’mores over a campfire. It’s all here. […]

June Means it’s Time for Community Festivals!

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is turning 100 this year and will celebrate all summer long. You will find details of photo contests that are part of the centennial on the Chamber website. With third and fourth generations returning to stay at resorts, the family cabin and Itasca State Park, […]

100 Years of Summer is Here – Send in Those Album Photos!

100 Years of Summer is here! We’ve got 2 picture contests going.  Fun in the Sun and Then & Now. Fun in the Sun can be just about anything; family reunion pictures, groovy 70’s shots, Mom and her prizewinning blueberry pie, the cabin you and your family visit every year, the epic stringer of fish […]

Wanted: Your Summer Pictures

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism turns 100 this year and we’re celebrating all summer long.  Since 1918, the Chamber has worked with members to bring business and tourism to our area so we’re having a picture contest to look back at 100 Years of Summer.  Together we’ll make a digital […]

May Brings Fishing Opener and So Much More

Spring is chasing signs of winter away from the lakes and woods. The loons are back, trees are budding and rivers are open. On a short drive, it’s common to see a trifecta of bald eagles, wild turkeys and white-tailed deer. Spring rituals like ditch clean up can finally begin. Residents and resort owners are […]

And the winner is…

2nd Street Stage winning button design chosen From a 4/12/2018 Press release: The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) received dozens of entries for the second 2nd Street Stage button design contest. The winner is Hendri Ernst, president of Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, a 2nd Street Stage sponsor. “I entered the competition because my wife […]

Winter Trail Conditions; Snowmobile, Snowshoe & Ski, 3.22.18

Itasca State Park Forest Riders 3/19/18 – Groomers will not be out this week. It’s getting pretty limited out there. However, this coming weekend sounds like there may be a little snow in the forecast; so I’m not sure if it’s time to put the sleds away or wait to see if we can still […]

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