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Where Beauty & Nature Intersect

April 2017 – Early spring brings welcome sights

ATVs - 1Kids on bikes. Shoppers without jackets. Grills on decks. “Snow birds” return. Sure signs of spring invite us to head outdoors to clean up debris winter left behind.

Ice is not only retreating but at the stage some call “rotten ice,” spongy looking and poised to disappear with a good rain and a little wind.

Community organizations have kicked into high gear planning summer events and festivals. The Chamber events committee is working on the Minnesota Bike Opener May 20, the Color Dash 5K May 21 and summer events. The Downtown Business Association has scheduled the bands for 2nd Street Stage. Northern Light Opera Company is auditioning for “South Pacific.” Summer’s calendar is filling fast.

Itasca State Park will celebrate its 126th birthday April 20 with the first naturalist led, North Country Trail hike of the season planned April 29.

Our new Discovery Guide shows many ways to Catch a Memory anytime at the lake, in the woods or enjoying a local celebration. Resorts and other lodging accommodations in the Park Rapids area invite guests to stay at the center of this extraordinary region and will help visitors realize their dream vacation. The Chamber website can also assist with your plans and offers a way to order your picture-packed Discovery Guide.

It is part of life here that we are optimists at the beginning of each new season and its progression of change. Our accommodations become your personal retreat and our wonderful community is your home away from home. If you don’t want to wait for summer, April can be a quiet time for a leisurely visit to see nature in transition, shop or just relax.

If you need help planning a memorable and affordable visit, need more information about the area or have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.


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