Green glorious green

As we look forward to celebrating the red, white and blue, the landscape is displaying a thousand shades of green. From the pine trees and foliage overhead to the ferns and other native plants at our feet, the view from the bow of a boat or through the window is glorious green. The July calendar […]

We’re here for you when you need a chance of pace

Did you just hear the kids say there’s nothing to do? Catch yourself eye-rolling at a staff meeting? Get delayed in traffic for the umpteenth time? If you’re seeing red and would rather look at green forests and blue water, it’s not too late to plan a stay in the Heartland Lakes. Choose a classic […]

2nd Street Stage Winning Button Design Chosen

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) received dozens of entries for the third annual 2nd Street Stage button design contest. The winner is Amy Gohman of Andover, a graphic artist and graduate of Bemidji State University. She and her spouse own a cabin near Park Rapids and attend 2nd Street Stage at least a […]

Calling all artists! Design a button for a $250 prize.

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association is looking for a new design for this years’s 2nd Street Stage button. 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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Spring is Sleeping In

Winter keeps tapping the snooze button on spring’s alarm. As soon as patches of grass appear another storm covers the ground with snow, but the clock is ticking. An increase in Bald Eagles hovering around lakes means they’re finding open water and longer days quickly melt new snow. Meanwhile community organizers have kicked into high […]

Music on Main Street: 2nd Street Stage Bands & Dates Announced

Nothing caps off a beautiful summer day like 2nd Street Stage. Park Rapids Downtown is the place for live music, family activities and a beer garden on Thursday nights. If you’re an artist, now is your time to shine!  The contest for this years button design is open until April 6th. Click here for all […]

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