Weekly PRLA Chamber of Commerce & Tourism 
Member News and Calendar of Events Updates!
Friday, Oct 16, 2020
Minnesota’s youth deer season will continue statewide for its second year, starting Thursday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 18. The season coincides with statewide teacher workshops, so many Minnesota students don’t have school during the youth season. 
To participate, youth must be 10-17 years old and have a deer license. An adult parent, guardian, or mentor must accompany youth ages 10-13. All youth hunters and mentors must follow blaze orange/pink clothing requirements. Adults may not hunt, unless they are in an area open during the early antlerless season and have the corresponding license. Complete youth season details are available on the DNR website on the youth deer hunting page.

Because it's a Virtual Class, we are excited we are able to open the class registration up to everyone...
ON VACATION, working on the road or out of state for something... No problem... you can attend this virtual class and finish your shooting portion when you come back!
FIRST 25 people to register will get in a drawing for our SWAG PACK (Coffee Mug, T-shirt, bag of Hero's Rise Coffee)
(clicking GOING DOES NOT register you for class only clicking and filling out, submitting the REGISTRATION and paying in FULL by Friday OCTOBER 16TH registers you for the class)
How will this work?
Create a FREE zoom account and either download the app on your phone or use it on your computer(we recommend computer) Saturday evening I will send you an email with the Zoom link to the class.
On Sunday you will click on the Zoom link between 9:30 and 9:45am I will then do roll call and we will BEGIN promptly at 10am
If you have Zoom PLEASE make sure it's updated and you are familiar with it before class!

Morning Buzz is a monthly casual fast-paced business networking event where you or your employees can share in a light continental breakfast, short presentation & business announcements.
This months host is Northwoods Bank of Minnesota.

Dedicated to making your banking experience as convenient and enjoyable as possible. Northwoods Bank offers 2 locations in Park Rapids as well as 1 location in Nearby Nevis.

We offer an array of mortgage loan options catered to the needs of both the full time and part time Northwoods resident. We offer more than just great rates and flexible terms, but also the experience and professionalism to make sure your loan is done right and meets your expectations.
Whether it's a lake, city or country home, or simply your next home, look to us for all of your financing needs.

Online mortgage application and approval in 20 minutes or less at www.approvedin20.com

We understand the importance of your time and know that the demands on your schedule from work, family and life in general make it difficult sometimes to conduct your banking during the normal workweek. At Northwoods Bank we believe that banking should be done at your convenience. That's why we offer drive-up and walk-up banking on Saturdays.

Whether you're new to area or just on vacation, we encourage you to stop in and see what convenient, hometown banking is all about.

Month of October

Saturdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31
(MEA) Thursday and Friday, Oct 15 & 16
10:00 AM 5:30 PM

$13.50/person -Includes entertainment, mazes, and games!
(additional charge for pumpkins, concessions, and store items)
DISCOUNT DAYS! Saturday, September 26, Saturday, October 3, Thursday, October 15, Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 31 ONLY (all usual events included) $12.50/person
Children 2 and under -Free

Call Us 218-732-4979


We are so excited to announce that we are definitely planning on having our fall festivals/pumpkin parties this year! Things will be a big different due to mandates in Minnesota, but we've been doing some creative juggling in order to make this a great event. Our pumpkin party dates will be Saturdays from September 26 through October 31 along with MEA Thursday and Friday, October 15 & 16. We'll be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

As everyone is navigating difficult waters this year with unexpected obstacles along the way, we sure appreciate everyone's understanding and flexibility going in to this.


Dorset Corner Liquor - Senior Day - Tuesdays-10% Off-58 and Up

Come in and see us or Curbside Pickup is available.  

Call ahead at: 218-732-1770
Have your credit card ready when you call. 
We'll get your order ready. 
Call us when you are in the parking lot and we'll bring your order out to you!

Eco-clean, plus EPA approved for Covid non-toxic disinfectant used
Fall Get-Away - tired of staring at same four walls?  Come relax at the lake with us in a self-contained cabin and enjoy a ginormous natural living room outdoors. We already buffer 24 hours between guests, but for an additional $25, we will buffer 48 hours of no other guest in your chosen cabin. (For 72 hours, $50 will prompt us to block off three days on our availability calendar for your cabin.)   View our StaySafe Initiative on our website for specific details on how we are cleaning and disinfecting with NON-TOXIC EPA approved procedures.

Couples Special: $129/night for two-night stay, $109/night for 3+ nights - most cabins after Labor Day.

Group Special: $55/night/person for 5 or more, 2 night minimum. Most cabins.

Luxury cabins #9, #10 and #19 are available through November 17. (Couples: $149/night for #9 or #10, and $199/night for #19.  Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, dishwashers, private campfire rings.

Senior citizen 10% off Sept -May book Direct with us today Both Locations, Fishook in town and on Little Sand Lake
 Reller Vacation Homes 

If you need a reliable and reputable timber harvester, please call or email Kimball Logging, Inc. today.

Schedule an estimate with Kelly to have your timber harvested.


Chamber members enjoy the credibility that comes from participation in the organization. Consumers and colleagues alike recognize our members’ commitment to collaboration and prosperity in the Park Rapids Lakes Area. 

Click here for a downloadable Member Application.

Chamber members enjoy the credibility that comes from participation in the organization. Consumers and colleagues alike recognize our members’ commitment to collaboration and prosperity in the Heartland Lakes Area.

Click here for our Membership Brochure to see pricing structure, membership types and testimonials.

  • 703 1st Street West Park Rapids MN 56470
  • (218) 732-9226

Footpath stretching about 4,600 miles that is the longest hiking trail in the United States. The section of the trail in the Park Rapids area stretches 180 miles from east of Detroit Lakes to Remer.


  • (218) 444-1234
  • (888) 586-3100

Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Paul Bunyan Communications has built one of the largest rural all fiber optic networks in the country and can provide residents and businesses Internet speeds up to a Gigabit per second, digital and high definition television, voice services, and more. Advanced business communication solutions including Managed Voice, Managed Wi-Fi, Website design/development, and a host of Business IT services are also available.

Paul Bunyan Communications is also northern Minnesota’s certified Apple Service Center! We’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:30 and can help with hardware or software problems, spill damage, screen replacement, viruses, upgrades, or accessories you need, and we offer same day display replacements on iPhone 6S and newer devices.

As a cooperative, Paul Bunyan Communications is owned by the members it serves who share in our success.

Park Rapids Downtown Photo Contest
Whether photography is your passion, your hobby, or just an occasional pastime, we invite you to participate in our Park Rapids Downtown Business Association photo contest, celebrating the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.

Categories for photo entries are:
  1. Park Rapids Area Lake Scenes
  2. Park Rapids Main Street Scenes
  3. Park Rapids Area Recreation
  4. Park Rapids Area Wildlife
An individual may submit only one photo per category for each contest period.
Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. Photos must be submitted in digital format using the entry form below; see contest rules for details.
The Summer/Fall Contest opens on May 1st and ends November 30th.
The Winter/Spring Contest opens on December 1st ends April 30th.
The current contest period is May 1st, 2020 – November 30th, 2020
Max Bailey Photography sponsors the contest and awards a professionally finished, 11×14-inch print of the winning photograph in each category.
Contact: Kelly Martinka, Development Officer
Park Rapids Area Community Fund Invites Grant Applications               
BEMIDJI, MN—October 15, 2020 − The Park Rapids Area Community Fund invites grant applications in support of charitable, educational and public purpose projects that will help the greater Park Rapids community address the challenges and opportunities that are central to our future in the area.

The Park Rapids Area Community Fund will consider grant applications up to $5,000.  Grants will be considered from any nonprofit organization or public agency whose project addresses one of the following topics: education and youth, community character, recreation and cultural opportunities, health care, expanding leadership, drug and alcohol awareness.

Applications are available at the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce, 1204 Park Avenue South or you may call/email the Chamber at (218) 732-4111 or chamber@parkrapids.com for a copy to be emailed to you. An electronic copy of the application can be downloaded from www.nwmf.org under grants, then open grant rounds or the Park Rapids Area Chamber website. Grant applications are due November 30, 2020. Grants will be awarded by December 15.

Grants are made possible through the generous donations of Park Rapids residents, businesses and friends who desire to give back to our community. To learn more about the funds and how you can contribute, please visit www.nwmf.org
The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public charitable nonprofit community foundation serving 12 northwestern Minnesota counties with a mission to invest resources, facilitate collaboration, and promote philanthropy to make the region a better place to live and work.

Between the awesome grouse hunting and fishing throughout the area, I’m not sure what to do.
I do know that when I’m catching crappies bigger than a bucket I’m in 30 ft. of water fishing a 1/8 oz. jig tipped with a Berkley Gulp white 2” grub. And occasionally, a bonus walleye or nice pike.
The bigger pike are lurking nearby chowing on the crappies so fish the edges of the crappie schools with a large chub or sucker on a large quick strike bait rig.

The easy walleyes to catch are in or near the deepest holes in the lake. Concentrate on the 45-60 ft. range using minnows on just about any type of live bait presentation.

Lotsa Fish! Lotsa Fun! Minnesota Fishing Guide Service
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while you're at www.parkrapids.com
Now hiring part time cashier and candy maker. No experience necessary. Looking for someone who is friendly and outgoing. Flexible scheduling. Please apply in person, call 218-732-7019, or email: auntbelles@paulbunyan.net.

We are looking to add a Part-time Sales Associate for Amish Oak & Americana Furnishings. The position requires a positive attitude, dependable, the ability to work with a team and computer knowledge. This includes greeting and helping customers, selling product, handling a cash register, ability to lift product when needed and rearranging the store as product sells. This position also involves receiving and pricing inventory. Please apply in person at Amish Oak & Americana Furnishings in Park Rapids.

Responsible for providing exceptional customer service and ensuring that all associates provide the same, always.
  1. Direct employees during peak and slow traffic periods to keep productivity at peak levels.
  2. Resolve customer and employee concerns in a timely and satisfactory manner.
  3. Oversee the warehouse and repair room areas of the store.
  4. Oversee the sales floor area of the store.
  5. Responsible for ordering Ace and direct order merchandise, as necessary.
  6. Provide training necessary to develop employees the ability to grow within our company.


Looking for outgoing responsible people to join our staff. Shifts will be mainly evening from 3pm to 8pm , feel free to stop by STACKED HIGH DELI on Main street in down town park rapids or call jerry at 218 255 5515 with any questions.
for a current list of JOB OPENINGS in the area!

You may also find opportunities by volunteering, go to Volunteer Heartland Lakes  for more information.
Dear Valued Member,
RE: Process to follow to post on Every Friday News

At the Chamber, we strive to facilitate a robust and informative website where information can be found easily. Member's Business Directory Listing, Events, News, Hot Deals, Job Postings, etc. are all a part of parkrapids.com.  

Every Friday News (EFN) links to what is active on our website. We do our best to link to upcoming events at least 2 weeks prior to the event date but now that it's summer and there's so much going on, we can only fit so many things on the list.  
The first step: Make sure that your submission - to be - is already listed on parkrapids.com. This can be done through the Member Portal by either completing a Hot Deal, Job Posting, News Release or Event.  

Email your request for submission to Candy Christensen no later than
10 a.m. on WEDNESDAYs!

Schedule a Solo eBlast for your Hot Deal, Job Posting, News Release or Event are available for only $75. (one per week, by appointment only)

If you do not know how to log in to your Member Portal - please contact, chamber@parkrapids.com.  

Chamber Master Questions? Check out MIC-Member How-To Training Materials | Call (218) 732-4111 for assistance.

Your Chamber. Your Source.
Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism 
PO Box 249 ● 1204 Park Avenue S, Park Rapids, MN 56470