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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 […]

Fishing Report

It’s that time of year when fishing patterns are all over the board! The bluegills/crappies are all basically shallow—7’ of water or less.  Small tube jigs, bobber minnow/waxie combos, or even tiny crankbaits will land a bunch of crappies or bluegills this time of year.  The walleyes are leaning towards any new weed growth—on the […]

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 […]

Button Design Contest

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 10 2nd Street Stage events will be helping to sponsor this fun summer event and will receive $2 off beverages […]

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 […]

November 2019

Winter is knocking on our door   After a storm ended a spectacular fall leaf show and a late heavy frost killed off the last blooming flowers, the stage is set for snow. It hasn’t arrived yet, but ice is beginning to form around the edges of ponds and lakes and winter is knocking at […]

September 2019 Discover fall’s beauty and fun in the Heartland Lakes

Brilliant yellow sunflowers are washing fields and scarlet red leaves are showing on maples here and there. The northern landscape will soon ripen with fall colors so breathtaking you won’t be able to resist a drive, bike ride or walk to take them all in. Or jump on an ATV trail and explore the back […]

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