It was a miserable cold day with windchill factors at 30 below zero, but thousands of people braved the cold and came out to fish...well for a while. It got to be too much for some and they headed back to warmth early, but there were plenty of hardy folks fishing right to the end for a chance to win.
Even thou is was a rainy, dreary day....that didn't dampen the fun and spirits of those in attendance at the KK Radio Network Summer Fun time Giveaway on Saturday! The happiest person of all was Robert Demmon of Nevis, MN who went home with a Lund Boat, Mercury Outboard and shore-lander trailer compliments of Vaughn Auto and Marine of New York Mills. Robert qualified as a potential winner on-site this summer at the Hubbard County Fair. He is a huge listener of KDKK 97.5 FM one of 7 stations in the KK Radio Network group that were participating in the giveaway all summer long. Others in attendance had a chance to win a slug of great additional prizes too and enjoy a free lunch. Food provided by Coborn's Grocery in Park Rapids. Thank you to all who participated, showed up and "hung-out" in the rain, listen to our stations, attend the events we were at this summer. We couldn't do this without our major sponsors which included: Vaughn Auto and Marine in New York Mills providing us the boat, motor and trailer. KLN Family Brands, ACME Tools and Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, and GOICEFISH.com. And of course thank you to Smokey Hills for hosting the event at their beautiful location in Park Rapids and the A-Team staff of the KK Radio Network who worked hard to put the event on. See you next year and Congrats Robert!
On Thursday, August 24th the KK Radio Network went out to Evergreen Fun Park to try and escape one of there Escape Rooms. The event was placed as a way to show the community how fun the new Escape Rooms are in Park Rapids. The room that was used was based on one of the old bunkers found underground in New York. The bunker itself was used by Franklin Roosevelt during World War 2. Trying to escape took almost 40 minutes and there were many steps that had to be taken in order to try and escape. Another room that was available was based on an Old West jail that had you as the outlaw. For those looking for a great time and exciting action, look no further than Evergreen Fun Park!
Sunday August 20th, the Firefly Event Barn partnered with a Beer-Bourbon-Bacon Fest organization. The weather was perfect, the craft beers and distilled beverages flowed freely and the crowd enjoyed awesome music by Steel River Band. It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with people and staff for the KK Radio Network, and relax on the patio of the Taproom or tear up the grass dancing to the band. Owners for the Firefly Event Barn hope to build on the event themselves next year and make it bigger and better. This summer has found the owers trying new things to expand the fun that take place on the ground of this quaint an beautiful facility. Besides holding 25 wedding this season, a Taproom was openig this summer featuring 12 craft beers on tap, signature drinks and some light meals. Thursday nights it's OPen Mic night, Friday's bring your date for date night and Sundays relax and chill before the work week begins. The Taproom is closed most Saturdays due to weddings. Check them out on Facebook for all the fun and different things they keep trying with many other fun events coming next year.
Moondance Jam Number 26 played to all demographics this summer! The weather was great with the exception of one good storm that rolled through on Friday night, but the hardworking crew got things back on track with not one act being cancelled. Another epic moment thou was made at Moondance when Black Stone Cherry did a repeat of the Moondance Sammy Haager performance on the regional stage so that all acts were able to be seen by jammers. The Saloon was packed and Black Stone Cherry rocked it. Moondance is evolving like all festivals need too. Built strictly on Classic Rock 26 years ago, the slow move to include younger bands has been taking place for the past few years. The good old classic rockers of Vince Neil of Motley Crew, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Great White, Peter Frampton and Steve Miller band put on great shows. Gracing the stage for the first time was Melissa Etheridge. WOW! A talented, great musician and one heck of a guitar player. Halestorm was back again and didn't disappoint with their high energy. Lzzy pulled off a beautiful piano set where she sang the day lights out of "The Rose" and other beautiful songs. Her brother tore up the drum set. Excitement everywhere. Then the newer, younger bands performed including Pretty Reckless, LIVE, Better than Ezra. The dark horse of the week....Dorothy! Not only is she a amazing singer, performer and everyone fell in love with her. Backstage crew was ranting on how sweet, kind and easy she was to work with. Kathy Bieloh announced from the stage that she has added 4 new partners and see great things to come for Moondance. As the partners best said, "Moondance is not broken, it just hasn't reached it's full potential yet." Moondance 27th will be bringing some great new changes and bigger bands. Stay tuned!
It was another great year of fun at Moondance Jammin Country. Great artists crossed the stage including Thomas Rhett making his third appearance. Old Dominion put on an amazing show as their career is finally kicking into high gear with hit after hit. Dan and Shay put on an amazing show and were so much fun. Danielle Bradberry wowed the youngin's. Back visiting again with his low smooth true country tone was William Micheal Morgan. We heard from up and coming artists like Drew Baldridge, Parmalee plus more. Weather wise it was chilly...but the fun never stopped. Kathy Bieloh the owner and operator of both Moondance Jam and Moondance Jammin Country announced from the stage Saturday night that she has 4 new partners who will be joining her. The partners bring financial stability, an abundance of set skills that will only enhance Moondance more. Expect bigger things in the future. As the partners have been quoted saying; "Moondance isn't broke, it just hasn't reached it's full potential." Excited for 2018!!!
The 2017 Summer Fun Time Giveaway is underway. Stop into participating businesses and pick up a card to get yourself pre-qualified to win the beautiful Lund Boat, Mercury Outboard, and trailer. Someone will win this fishing package on August 26th during the giveaway to be held at Smokey Hills Outdoor store. To get yourself qualified and in the final drawing, pick up a card from a participating business, fill it out, mail it in and then listen for your name to be called on the radio. When you hear your name, you have 10 mins to call the radio station to get pre-qualified. Also pre-qualify at various events and remotes throughout the summer too. Thanks to Vaughn Auto and Marine. Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, KLN Family Brands and ACME Tools for being our major sponsors.
The sound of chainsaws, fresh aroma of sawdust, and pine filled the air on Beach Haven and Pine Haven road on the south west end of Long Lake outside of Park Rapids. Neighbors along the area were helping each other clear trees that fell every direction. Most snapped but some even appeared twisted according to a person who clears trees for a living. Individuals from Illinois didn't get the EAS alert as they don't have a weather radio. A new utility she'd had a tree uprooted is still leaning on the shed trying to figure out how they are going to remove this massive tree. Most damage appeared to be to deciduous trees where the wind probably got caught up in the foliage and snapped them right off onto anything that lay below including houses, cabins, boats and cars. Utilities were still put clearing trees to open roads u late this afternoon and trees still laid over power lines in some spots. With the ground being so saturated from all the rain, trees are being uprooted. Comments coming from people this summer...it's become a full-time job clearing trees after all the storms this year.
The Leech Lake Walleye Tournament was held this past weekend on Leech Lake. 150 boats headed out on Leech Lake for the 2 day tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The winners for 2016 held onto their title from last year...Curb and Sutton took home some great prize money and a fabulous trophy. Congratulations to all the winners and the participants.
The 18th Annual Fishing Tournament will kick off at 1:00pm and folks will fish til 3pm for a chance to win great prizes. The 18th largest fish will take home an Ice Castle Fish House. The raffle side of the ticket has a grand prize of a Ford Pickup! Temps are expected to be in the mid 30's. Should be a great day!
The Heartland 106 Race was a huge success and ran 2 days on Fishhook Lake located north of Park Rapids.
Even thou old man winter was no where to be seen, several weekends ago cold weather secured the opportunity for the Heartland 106 Race to take place. Heartland 106 is one of 8 races in the USXC Circuit and the last two years with the lack of snow have proved to make things challenging. This race originally scheduled for Jan 16-17th was forced to be rescheduled to end of January with the hopes that we would get cold to make ice or better yet a pile of snow to make it a Cross-Country race.
Well, the cold came and gave us plenty of ice, but no snow was to be seen. The race was forced to be held on Fishhook Lake in Park Rapids for the 2nd year. It was a beautiful weekend with temperatures in upper 30's and plenty of sunshine. Racers and spectators alike enjoy the weekend. Congrats to all the winners and local young racers Ean Voigt and Brandon Wolter who had a great weekend of racing. Voigt ended up winning several classes.
Just announced this week, the I-500 from Winnepeg to Willmar has also been cancelled due to the lack of snow.
Enjoying a visit by Mandy Klinefelter whose family owns 12 McDonalds here up north including Park Rapids. Thanks for my pumpkin spice latte and breakfast which is now served all day!
Congratulations to Miriam Mursu of New York Mills, she won the kk Radio Network Summer Fun-time giveaway today. She took home a beautiful Lund boat powered by Mercury and trailer. Thank you to Vaughn Auto and Marine, kln Family Brands, Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Orton's Convenience Stores and 1st National Bank of Henning, Ottertail and Battle Lake our major sponsors this year. Hundreds of people braved the mist, wind and rain and enjoyed the 2 hour event hoping it was their name that was called. Pre-qualifiers and their families along with visitors to Smokey Hills that day received free lunch of hotdogs from Coborns Grocery along with products from kln Family Brands. Thank you Northwoods Bank for the Cups and napkins. And a big shout out to Smokey Hills Outdoor store and their staff for being so accommodating during the event.
Moondance Jam was epic this year and memory making for many reasons: Monsoon rains, Sammy Hagar on Saloon stage, 4 generations of bands performing! Thursday brought 4 inches of rain in a couple of hours chasing bands of the main stage and closing it down. Papa Roach never made their appearance even thou there was a lot of work behind the scene to try and make it happen. But Sammy Hagar jumped in with both feet and said I want to play the MDJ Saloon which can hold about 500 people and another 1000 or so standing outside of it. It was epic. Caribbean style close up and personal, just like as if you were in Cabo Wabo! Those who stayed on site and gathered into the various bars were treated with quite the surprise when he jumped on stage. The rest of the week went great with things drying up quickly, sunshine returning and all bands getting on stage. mDoobies, Huey Lewis, Finger 11, Peter Frampton and Shinedown just to name a few. It was a great Jam!
It was great week of fun for the 9th MDJC in Walker. 14,000 people attended the Friday night show that was headlined by Florida Georgia Line. From New artists that are true country-William Micheal Murphy, to the big names-Thomas Rhett, Phil Vassar and Chris Young......concert goers enjoyed great entertainment and weather all 3 days!
The 2015 Eel Pout Festival is off and running and a huge crowd is gathering on the lake. A great weekend of activities is planned along with fun out on the lake. Come check it out.
Ready for some fishing? Get your Park Rapids American Legion Ticket today!!!! Tune in tomorrow to 92.5 FM for updates from 12-4. If you want "live" coverage, tune into our sister station KPRM AM 870 from 12:30pm-4pm. We'll have to winning raffle prizes at the end of the day "live" too. Good Luck Fishing!!! We'll have pics tomorrow up here on our site, so stay tuned!
Join us for coverage Saturday from the Heartland 106 Snowmobile race in Park Rapids, out on Fishhook Lake on 92.5 FM. Coverage starts at 8:30am (races at 9:00am) and we will be doing updates til about 2:00pm. (Races should go til 3-4PM) If you are coming out to the lake, enter at the access on Hwy 71 North of Park Rapids. $5.00 coverage charge per person, 12 and under are free. 2 great days of racing Saturday and Sunday!!!
The search for the Capitol Christmas Tree began earlier this year. The Tree was cut during a public ceremony Wednesday, October 29th and moved to Bemidji State University, where it will be prepared for the cross-country expedition that includes a caravan of caretakers. The 2014 U.S Capitol Christmas tree will make its first public appearance on its journey to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, November the 2nd at Itasca State Park. The 88ft tall white spruce is coming from the Chippewa National Forest in Central Minnesota in partnership with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The 1992 Capitol Christmas Tree also came from the same forest in partnership with the band.
It was a fun weekend in Park Rapids with many activities taking place. The Park Rapids Area Chamber Sponsored Legends and Logging Days, The Northern Knights Car Club had their Run to the Rapids and Show and Shine and the Downtown Business Association sponsored Water Fights and 2nd Street Stage and the Class of 79 came home for their 35th. De la Hunt Broadcasting competed in the Water Wars and finished 2nd behind the reigning winners-Northwoods Bank.
What a fun family event! The KK Radio Network had a pig named Ham Radio in the race. The races were held in Nevis at 1pm and 3pm. Ham Radio put in a great effort but sadly was defeated, but better luck next year! I know all of us here are excited for the races next year!
The first ever Burger Battle was held and sponsored by Walker Home Center. What a great event and fabulous turnout. I think everyone who attended really enjoyed it. The Competitors/Restaurants competing in the Battle did a great job and we had some really great burgers. After judging 8 burgers...I am glad I wore stretch pants!! Here's to next year and another fun event. Great Job Jeff Holly, Stacey and the entire crew at Walker Home Center for a fun event. The People's Choice Winners were The Chase On The Lake 502. And the Judges Choice Award winners were Village Square.
It's Eel Pout time in Walker, MN. The size of the encampment's on the lake looks bigger than last year! Many activities in the Chase Ice Castle Tent, the Coors Light Tent at City Park and out on the lake. Eel Pout Plunge Saturday afternoon out in front of the chase. Join in the fun but dress warm!!!
Severe weather rolled through Northern Minnesota Thursday late afternoon. A tornado warning for area's around Northern Cass County all the way to Aitkin County went into affect about 5:30pm and the storm continued to trek across the state delayng the Nevis vs Floodwood Football game in Floodwood. Lightening was dancing around and players were moved inside the school for safety until the storm passed. The game that was scheduled to begin at 7:00pm and finally was able to resume just before 9pm. The tornado was first spotted near Bena and treked towards the Hill City area before spotters reported that it had disapated. This great photo was taken by Shannon Northbird. Nevis lost to Floodwood 27-20 in their first regular season game of the season. We have heard no reports of serious damage as the tornado spent most of it's time on the ground in open area's.
Congrats to all of our Summer Fun Time Give-away winners! We have one more portable radio to giveaway and will do that on Labor Day. Portable radio winners include: Carole Olafson, Kathy Orton, Loy Edwards, Susan Howard, Fred Urich, Jan Dodge, Sharon Arvik, Gary Rehborg, Eric Johnson, Anita Cypher, Kermit Karmon and Marvin Long. Winners of our Grills this summer included: Carol Olafson, Toni Preiner and Linda Thiesteid. Thanks for being a part of our Summer promotion!
36 Annual Park Rapids All-Sports Banquet was held Wednesday evening. Inducted into the Hall of Fame was Jim Enfield who graduated in 1956. He was the first 4 sport letterman. Julie Benjamin Cobalt graduated in 1984 and was one the best swimmer to come out of Park Rapids holding 9 of 11 school records. Her Butterfly record in swimming stood for 26 years. Receiving Park Rapids Memorial Scholarship Awards was Ian Johnson, Grace Bateman, Lora Remus, Tanner Otterness, Jake Waggoner and Andrew Waller. The “AAA” and “Excel” Awards were announced. Representing our area in the “AAA” was Lora Remus and Andrew Waller and the “Excel” representatives were Maddie Vaudrin and Conner Smythe. It is tradition for the Park Rapids Coaches Association to present a retiring coach with the Blanket Award and this year it was presented to Steve Prenevost who taught for 37 years and coached over 60 seasons. Named the 2013 Student-Athletes of the Year were: Hannah Williams and Ian Johnson. The Athletes of the Year were Grace Bateman and Jacob Waggoner. The Banquet concluded with the “Year in Review” slide Video Show. Congratulations to all the award winners and best of luck to all the graduates in the future.
The Minnesota State Governors Fishing Opener will take place in Park Rapids this weekend. The ice on area lakes continues to melt and the events continue to come together. Media converged upon the community as early as Wednesday night. WCCO TV did their live news shows from Dorset Thursday night and Friday from main street Park Rapids. Friday a Community Picnic took place on Main street in Park Rapids and the public came in swarms and over 2500 people were feed free food. Food, Music, Fun! Saturday the Governor and many other Media and dignitaries fished. Governor Dayton went out at 12:01 am Saturday morning and was able to land a walleye. The first walleye caught by a Gov during open fishing weekend in 3 years. Bitterly cold winds whipped across Fish Hook Lake Friday night and Saturday morning but it wasn't enough to clear the ice off the lake. So the Gov and Lt. Gov. where put on Fish Hook River Saturday morning. Media, and special guests will fish Saturday as long as they can stand it on various ice free lakes in the area and will come together and warm up for a shore lunch Saturday. A Celebration dinner in the big white tent on Main street in Park Rapids (invitation only). The raffle prizes of a fishing boat and ice castle fish house were announced. A gentleman from Indiana won the boat and Nancy Utke of Park Rapids won the ice castle fish house. Brainerd/Grand View was name the Host Community for the 2014 Governors Opener was announced. Congrats to the GFO Committee for all your hard work!!!
KK Radio Network Staff preparing for Governors Opener on Fish Hook Lake
The Communities of Walker and Hackensack send off the WHA Boys basketball team this morning as they head to the State Boys Basketball Tournament. Never in the history of WHA Basketball has a team made it to the State Tournament. The Cass County Sheriff, Walker Police department along with the Walker and Hackensack Fires departments lead the team bus down the streets of Walker and Hackensack as business owners/employees and bystanders lined the streets waving and cheering the boys on. Good Luck Wolves....so proud of you!
The Soil and Water conservation office will be throwing a open house party Friday the 5th from 3pm-7pm. The event is being put on in celebration of recieving a $100,000 grant from Community Partner. Also tree sales will be sold at a %10 discount throughout the event. Stop on by the Soil and Water Conservation Office at 212 1/2 street in Park Rapids from 3pm-7pm Friday the 5th!
Park Rapids became the newest location to be added to the U.S.XC Racing circut. The 2 day cross country race involved two different routes and 120 drivers competing in 165 events. Classes ranged from pro's, to Juniors, woman and vintage sled races. The staging area was located on Hwy 34 East of Park Rapids at the old Silver Star City location. Racers exceeded 60-70 mph going down ditches to 100 mph across Long Lake. The average MPH was 64-67 MPH throughout the course on Saturday. The town was a buzz all weekend long and many people worked hard to make this race come alive after the green light was given. The group had one week to put it all together and it was a huge success! Congratulations to Jeff Voigt and Jon Koch; the organizers of the event, US XC Racing, and all the volunteers and people who helped in many ways to make it a safe and fun weekend.
13.3 Pound Eel Pout.....what a catch!
Check out this hog that won the 2012 Eel Pout Contest for largest Eel Pout caught
13.3 Pounds...what a beast!
Eel Pout Is This Weekend In Walker....it's tradition to Kiss an Eel Pout!
It turned out to be a great day at the Park Rapids Community Fishing Contest. The participants had a great time fishing and partaking in fun games like the minnow eating contest.
We have just gotten confirmation that Moondance Jammin Country will have Country Singer Jake Owen closing on Friday of Moondance Jammin Country #7. He will be joined earlier in the evening with
Thomas Rhett!! MDJC announced earlier this past month that Montgomery Gentry will be the closer for Sat night! For more information go online to www.jammincountry.com. Tickets and Campsites available now at a great rate!
HOT COUNTRY 92.5 Crew with Bomshel at Moondance Jammin Country 2012
PARK RAPIDS GOVERNORS OPENER COMING TO PARK RAPIDS 2013. Representing Park Rapids: Bob Siefert, Katie Magozzi, Governor Dayton, Butch De La Hunt and Dennis Mackedanz.
De La Hunt Broadcasting began their 50th Anniversary Celebration this past January Throughout the year special advertising package's are being offered, old time commercials, songs and promo's from years past will air on KPRM AM 870 and KDKK 97.5 FM. The Summer Fun Time Giveaway will include another Classic Cadillac Giveaway and there will be a party the first weekend in August and much more. Stay tuned!
The DeLaHunt Broadcasting Family gathered together for a photo opp during the 50th Celebration. L to R: Bernie DeLaHunt Schumacher, Cindy DeLaHunt Jacobson, David, Richard, Gene DeLaHunt Kanten, Carol and Ed DeLaHunt, Butch, Julie DeLaHunt Wilson.