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Laporte, Hubbard County, MN

Located in the northeastern section of Hubbard County on Garfield Lake, Laporte was established in 1908. State Highway 200 runs through the heart of the city.

Boots to Business

Starting or Growing A Veteran-Owned Business

Boots to Business Veteran Owned Business Help

Two Day Class
Wednesday and Thursday, August 10 & 11, 2016
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Place: University of St. Thomas, Terrence Murphy Hall 100
Address: 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Register at: Boots2Business.org/reboot

Click here for the Reboot Flyer

Click here for the Boots 2 Business FAQ


Park Rapids Municipal Airport - Konshok Field Master Plan

Park Rapids Airport

On behalf of the City of Park Rapids and Engineer TKDA you are invited and encouraged to attend an interactive Community Workshop for the Park Rapids Municipal Airport –Konshok Field Master Plan Update to discuss the future of our Airport. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.

DATE: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
TIME: 4:00 to 5:30 PM CST
LOCATION: Park Rapids Public Library
210 1st Street W.
Park Rapids MN 56470

The Park Rapids Municipal Airport supports a variety of activities including corporate operations, air taxi, amphibian aircraft retrofit and training, recreational flying, civil air patrol, etc. This interactive workshop is designed to obtain maximum input from City council, tenants, users, local businesses and community, as well as other interested parties regarding future Airport development. This will also provide an opportunity to identify any ongoing local concerns and needs.

Other objectives addressed will include:

  • Presenting existing and future aviation demand, airport needs and opportunities, and potential sustainable development
  • Explaining Airport’s economic impact on local community
  • Obtaining public input regarding future Airport development along with issues and concerns
  • Provide opportunity to interact with City staff and master plan consultants, and
  • Provide transparent process related to Airport evolution.

The Workshop format is as follows:

  • Sign-in table for the general public to register.
  • PowerPoint presentation and short film, “How Small Airports Impact Local Economy”
  • Viewing stations set-up along the perimeter of the room manned by the Master Plan consultants
  • Blank Full Size Maps of the Airport as well as White Board to allow Attendees to graphically present their ideas and comments, and
  • Blank comment forms will be provided to obtain any additional comments or concerns.

All comments received will be considered in determining recommended Airport development, and these comments will be published as part of the Master Plan report.


Job Fair

Thursday, March 17, 2016
3:00 - 7:30 PM
Gymnasium, Faithbridge Church
1505 Park Avenue South, Park Rapids, MN

Parking in north lot
Enter building eastside at E2

Meet Park Rapids Area Employers

  • Explore job opportunites
  • Full-time, part-time, seasonal, entry-level, and professional positions

If you would like to participate as an employer, please contact David at HCREDC: 

Hubbard County Economic Development Job Fair

Participating employers:


Celebrating our Business / Education Partnership!

You’re Invited!

Building upon the successful program last year where we featured the Park Rapids Area Schools and all that they are doing, the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission (HCREDC) will once again host a luncheon and program featuring the School’s exciting initiatives and successes.

The Partnership between our schools and business community is vital to the success and growth of our area. We hope you will make the time to join us for what promises, once again, to be an informative and enjoyable time with local school and community leaders.

Please join us:
12 Noon – 1:30 PM, Thursday, February 11, 2016
Century School Cafetorium
$10 / person – payable at the door
Please RSVP by Monday, February 8th, 2016:  or 218-732-2259

Find out more about current and future initiatives:

  • State of the District
  • Preschool and Kinder Readiness
  • Read Well by Third Grade
  • Closing the Achievement Gap
  • Alternative Learning Center
  • Technology Integration
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Developing Business and Civic Partnerships
  • Other exciting initiatives

The district will be sharing the accomplishments of our schools and discussing challenges as we move forward in preparing our K-12 students for college and career readiness and success in the future.

SPEAKERS:

  • Lance Bagstad, Superintendent of Schools
  • Jeff Johnson, High School Principal
  • Joleen DeLaHunt, Century Principal
  • John Schumacher, High School Assistant Principal
  • Shawn Andress, Century Assistant Principal
  • Jill Dickinson, Community Education Director

Learn more about the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline

Get the facts about the proposed Sandpiper pipeline through northern Minnesota here: Sandpiper Pipeline.

MN Dept. of Commerce's report Sandpiper Pipeline: Comparison of Environmental Effects of Reasonable Alternatives


Lamb Weston-RDO volunteers clean up and paint Hubbard County Fairgrounds schoolhouse and more

A team of employees from Lamb Weston-RDO in Park Rapids MN donated their time to restoring the schoolhouse at the fairgrounds this week! The group from Lamb Weston –RDO cleaned, scraped and painted the schoolhouse to it’s former glory!


Lamb Weston-RDO volunteers spruce up fairgrounds

The volunteers also painted several picnic tables, cleaned and painted the bathrooms and the beer garden, cleaned up trash, tended to the structures such as the concession stand, and more.

Lamb Weston-RDO, the largest employer in this area, annually gives back to this community through donations and hard work! They support the Relay for life, the United Way and this Spring through employee donations, helped provide over 3500 meals in ConAgra’s End Child Hunger Campaign. Other benefactors have included schools, senior care programs, and civic groups all working for the improvement of our community.

Click here for the Park Rapids Enterprise article.


Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) visited Hubbard County businesses to talk about job training.


R-L Russ Karasch, Amy Klobuchar, Heidi Karasch

Senator Amy Klobuchar visited Hubbard County businesses to discuss the need for job training in our area. Here she is seen with Black Swan Cooperage owner Heidi Karasch and cooper Russ Karasch.

Read more at the Park Rapids Enterprise here.


DEED Offers 12th Edition of Employment Law Guidebook

February 18, 2014

ST. PAUL – The 12th edition of “An Employer’s Guide to Employment Law Issues in Minnesota” has been completed and is being offered to the public for free by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The agency said the business guidebook provides a broad overview of federal and state laws that pertain to the employee-employer relationship and offers guidance for hiring and managing employees, developing employment policies and avoiding liability for employment law violations.

The new edition contains substantial changes to the section on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – the federal law that protects personal medical information – and a new section on the Affordable Care Act.

“Employers and employees are linked in a dynamic relationship that is subject to a variety of social, economic and legal factors,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “We are pleased to offer this very useful publication to employers in Minnesota.”

DEED developed the book in collaboration with the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist & Vennum.

The publication is available in hard copy or on CD-ROM from DEED’s Small Business Assistance Office, First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351; telephone 651-259-7476 or 800-310-8323; or email at deed.mnsbao@state.mn.us. It also can be downloaded at the following link: www.tinyurl.com/DEEDEmployersGuide .

Lindquist & Vennum also has free copies at its offices in the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at http://mn.gov/deed/. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/mndeed.

NE SBDC to host NW SBDC in 2014

Attention NW Clients!

The Offut School of Business, Concordia College has been the host to the Northwest SBDC for the past two years. Beginning Jan 1, 2014, the NW SBDC will be hosted by UMD Center of Economic Development (NE SBDC) .


Elaine Hansen, Executive Director NW SBDC
"UMD Center for Economic Development looks forward to continuing the long-standing relationships of the NW SBDC and serving all of the businesses and communities in the NW region. We are very pleased that Jaimee Meyer and Skip Carpenter will be continuing with the NW SBDC and the consultants you are accustomed to seeing have also expressed an interest in staying with the NW SBDC region. We are in the process of establishing more partnerships and business consulting relationships throughout the region. Let me know how we can serve the NW region."
-Elaine Hansen, Exceutive Director of NE SBDC


Congressman Rick Nolan visits Park Rapids

Congressman Rick Nolan, Minnesota, 8th District, was in Park Rapids on November 6th. He attended a Rotary Meeting, where he presented the Park Rapids Rotary with a check for the Polio Plus Fund. Also, there was a roundtable discussion where various community leaders expressed concerns and voiced what they would like to see from the Congressman in Washington. He also toured Black Swan Cooperage and the Armory.


Davita Dialysis Center opens in Park Rapids

DaVita Grand Opening/ Ribbon Cutting

Dialysis Center Opens in Park Rapids by the Park Rapids Enterprise

Davita Dialysis Center Groundbreaking and information



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