I can’t stop thinking about what we need to do to make MN States presence in Park Rapids successful. Â It is tremendously important for the future of our community to have a local presence for continuing education. Â We have an opportunity now with MN State Park Rapids but we have to put people in the seats of the classrooms. Â I would like to see a concentrated effort to raise scholarship funds for local students. Â I think service clubs, foundations, businesses, and individuals could endow scholarships or make yearly contributions. Â This has several benefits–encourage high school graduates to go on to higher education, to do it locally, and perhaps stay here for their careers.