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Fall in love with nature all over again Geese are migrating, fall colors are peaking and pine cones are plopping onto the deck. Fall chores may have to wait until you return from the north woods where you can still hike, bike or ride miles of ATV trails and take in the comforting scent of […]

Find food, fun and fantastic music at August festivals

Sunrises and sunsets continue as bookends for glorious summer days on the water and in the woods.     You can go fishing, take a kayak around the lake, go tubing down a river, pitch a tent under the pines, stay off line for a few days or shop where you don’t have to stand […]

Blog – June 2020 Shelter at home

June 2020 Shelter at our place   It’s been a tough couple of months with students at home, possibly challenging our math skills, while working at home demands time and attention. Or maybe you’ve done a 1,000-piece puzzle and learned how to bake bread. Now the outdoors is calling and, while we want everyone to […]

PRDBA photo contest winners announced

Winners of the winter-spring Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) photo contest are Brad Lee, Mike Sheeran and Barbra Wicks, all of Park Rapids. This was the PRDBA’s 20th contest. Lee’s photo, Great Blue Heron, won in the Wildlife category and was taken at Fish Hook Lake. Sheeran’s winning photo, Secret Spot, won in the […]

April 2020 It’s a ‘silent spring’

As we stay home to protect ourselves, families, friends and neighbors, “silent spring” has taken on new meaning. It’s so quiet, we can practically hear the snow melting.   Wildlife isn’t sheltering in place though. Swans, geese, ducks and even a few loons are returning. Spring is teasing us and will continue to reveal her […]

2nd Street Stage winning button design chosen

  The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) received dozens of entries for the fourth annual 2nd Street Stage button design contest. The winner is Ann Schiller of Park Rapids, owner of The Little Dorset Shop. She will receive a $250 cash prize. Those who purchase and wear the official 2020 button for this season’s […]

March 2020 Deny cabin fever and head north

With so much snow everywhere, snowmobilers and cross country skiers have embraced winter. And it’s not over yet. Trail grooming continues and the Heartland Lakes area includes hundreds of miles of beautiful trails to ride and ski.   Walleye, pike and bass fishing season has ended in this part of the state, but avid anglers […]

February 2020 Embrace the Bold North

Need an excuse to head north? With Valentine’s Day, a three-day weekend and snow depths up to our eyeballs, it’s a great time to visit.   Hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails will take you places you might never find in the summer time – and there are no mosquitoes. Or explore the forest […]

Wish list done: wrap up plans for a trip up north

  It’s all here: snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiing, cultural experiences, you name it. Connect with nature and your family for a memorable holiday season. A week or a weekend in Park Rapids and Itasca State Park will not disappoint and make memories for years to come.   Some snow blankets the ground and […]

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