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Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll earns national acclaim

Nancy Carroll (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll was the featured mayor of the week for Reader's Digest as part of the ongoing "We Hear You America" campaign, which officially launched Nov. 16.

Each week during the Reader's Digest campaign, will feature an interview with a mayor who strongly reflects the "We Hear You America" spirit. Some of the key attributes that are looked at in determining the mayor of the week are how actively engaged mayors are in finding ways to make their communities better places to live and in encouraging a high level of community spirit.

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Reader's Digest asked Carroll a few questions about Park Rapids. Here are the questions and responses.

What makes Park Rapids special?

"This community is known for its natural beauty, including pristine lakes, rivers, forests, wildlife, clean air and fertile farmland. Generations of families have come here to fish, water ski, and enjoy the many snowmobile, hiking and other recreational trails. We are a thriving arts community, which includes the Northern Light Opera Company, Heartland Concert Association, Community Band and Choir, painters, potters and sculptors. Over 50 individually-owned retail stores are located in our quaint downtown shopping district on Main Avenue. Our downtown shoppers have plenty of on-street parking due to our famous center-of-the-street parking."

If Park Rapids is a "Reader's Digest We Hear You America" winner in 2012, what's a city project that could use the funds and promotional support?

"The oldest water tower in Park Rapids is a single-cast concrete tower and one of a handful left in the state. The local farmers' market is interested in locating at the base of the tower since it is such a landmark and easy to spot from around town. It has been in private ownership, has stood unused for many years and suffers from neglect. Now is the time for the city and the farmers' market to partner on the purchase of the property, get it on the Minnesota Historical Society list of historic buildings and refurbish the outside. I chose this project because the farmers' market serves a wide range of residents and visitors to our area. The former site was in a downtown vacant lot owned by the city. There are plans to develop that lot into a park where people can take a break from shopping and/or rest while others shop."

What's your strategy for getting the vote out?

"I know that many people in Park Rapids worked very hard to get others to vote in the last round. The people of this community are very generous and committed to improving our area, so I hope they will get out and vote!"