A power outage impacted the Park Rapids area on one of the coldest mornings of the year. According to the Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative, the power went out about 6:00 Wednesday morning, at one point more than 685 customers were in the dark. Temps in the area were more than 30 below zero Wednesday morning. Power has been going on and off for several hours as crews work to repair the problem.
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A Park Rapids couple is recovering after they went through the ice on their ATV and into the frigid water for about 25 minutes while ice fishing last weekend on Little Sand Lake. Jason Funk, 46, was airlifted to a Fargo hospital with hypothermia-related conditions that included an increased heart rate and kidney concerns, while his wife, Holly Funk, 41, was taken to CHI St. Joseph's Health and released. The incident occurred on the lake, about seven miles northeast of town, last Sunday about 4 p.m.
Lorie Skarpness has joined the Park Rapids Enterprise as a news reporter. Her duties will include covering general news stories, local governments and features. Born in Minnesota, Skarpness spent most of her childhood in Iowa until moving with her family to DeLamere, ND when she was in high school. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Concordia College, Moorhead in 1994, completing her internship at the Detroit Lakes Tribune where she also wrote a weekly column.
Miscellaneous: Nov. 2: A report was made in Laporte of a male hunting on the road and on someone else's property; A person in Park Rapids reported being harassed by an ex; An abandoned vehicle was reported on Lilypad Landing Dr.; An officer reported being out with a vehicle in the roadway;
For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on Nov. 11 — first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both veterans and military families for the entire month of November. Area schools will be honoring local veterans during programs on Friday, Nov. 10. Nevis School
Miscellaneous: Oct. 16: A report was made in Park Rapids of a silver GMC and a white Chevy blowing through stop signs and driving fast and recklessly, GMC hit a bridge; A complaint was made in Cass Lake of a person who is always burning plastic and garbage in a barrel; A caller on Co. Rd.
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.