Four people were injured Saturday evening, Oct. 7, when two vehicles collided east of Park Rapids. The Minnesota State Patrol reported a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Park Rapids resident Allen Duane Henderson, 77, collided on state Highway 34 with an eastbound 1957 Chevrolet Chevelle at 5:18 p.m. as the Jeep turned onto the highway from Country Road 20. Henderson and his passenger, 70-year-old Patricia Grace Henderson, also of Park Rapids, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were taken to CHI St. Joseph's Health.
Some changes to staff were announced by Jody Hanson, Forum Communications Lakes Group Publisher last week. Karen Holtan has been named Operations Coordinator for the Park Rapids Enterprise. Responsibilities for this position include fostering core values of Forum Communications through the Enterprise, working with staff to ensure everyone is following company policies, meeting initiatives, reviewing the financial health of the operation as well as many other duties including day to day operations.
Miscellaneous: Sept. 28: A caller reported neighbors in Park Rapids yelling at each other and slamming doors; A report was made of harassing phone calls on Co. Rd. 44; A 911 call was made from Vagabond Loop, two or more people were talking and dispatch could not get what the problem was from anyone; A person reported that a neighbor on Co. Rd.
Miscellaneous: Sept. 25: A Nevis caller reported suspicious activity at his residence; A report was made of child custody issues in Nevis; A Park Rapids caller had questions about a harassment restraining order that is in place; A Bemidji caller reported bones found near Co. Rd. 45; A Nevis caller requested assistance with a resident; A caller from Laporte reported vandalism to a gate; A possible intoxicated driver was reported; A locked, unoccupied vehicle was reported to be in a swamp in Akeley;
Park Rapids City Council Member Dick Rutherford, 76, passed away on Sept. 22. A lifelong Park Rapids resident, Rutherford was a member of the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, American Legion Post #212, Northern Knights Car Club and others. According to his obituary, "he had especially enjoyed playing Santa for over 40 years bringing the Joy of Christmas to many local families and the community." Read more in the Wednesday, Sept. 27 edition of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
Area school districts reported modest growth or held steady in student enrollment. These are the totals as of Sept. 5, the first day of school. Enrollment often fluctuates slightly throughout the school year. Park Rapids Area Schools
Park Rapids is organizing an effort to send supplies and relief items to Texas for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Miscellaneous: Aug. 28: A caller reported a female driving a SUV crossover was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane; A caller reported a Uhaul car hauler was left at the Midge Lake access; A Nevis caller had questions for an officer regarding posting no trespassing and no hunting signs around their 80 acres of land; A caller reported a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed heading northbound on Co. Rd.
The public is invited to a program Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Northwoods Bank Community Room to learn more about League of Women Voters. League has been operating for 97 years providing education and advocacy to strengthen our county's voting systems. A meet and greet with coffee and cake will open the evening from 6 to 6:25 p.m. The program will start promptly at 6:25 p.m. with state executive director, Michelle Witte, and then those attending will break into small groups to answer questions on these topics:
On Thursday, Aug. 17, state relief funds were made available for Clearwater County. The authorization comes amid significant damage to public infrastructure and high cleanup costs following severe thunderstorms that brought excessive rainfall, high winds, and large hail to the area at the end of July.