An estimated 100 fathers and daughters attended the Daddy-Daughter Dance held Saturday, April 8 at Park Rapids Area High School. Over 45 fathers registered for this first-time event presented by the FATHER Project and Violence Prevention Program. With daughters of all ages from tots to teens dressed in beautiful dresses and dads in their best shirts and ties, the event began with a grand march in the school auditorium. Family members attended this opening to the night before the daddies and daughters hit the dance floor for an evening of music, crafts and other activities.
The man who led law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit and eventually fled on foot into the woods in Itasca State Park last week was apprehended Tuesday, April 11 in Park Rapids. Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson confirmed Fredrick William Bachman had been arrested Tuesday. Bachman is currently in custody at the Hubbard County jail, according to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes.
The release of a draft environmental review of the proposed Line 3 pipeline project tentatively scheduled for this week is pushed back at least another month. The Minnesota Department of Commerce stated additional time is needed to complete the draft environmental review, in the works for more than a year, which had been tentatively scheduled for public release on April 3. The state says that won't happen until at least May 15.
Reino "Ray" Paananen, a World War II veteran from Menahga, turned 100 years old on March 24 and celebrated Saturday with family and friends at Rose Haven. As part of the celebration, the centenarian received a special gift from the Menahga V.F.W. Color Guard. The Color Guard honored Paananen for his military service and presented him a plaque making him an honorary member, and to commemorate the veteran's 100th birthday. Ice cream cake was served following the short recognition ceremony and Paananen, along with wife Lillian, were surrounded by family and friends.
The boys from Foggy Creek are looking to go out in style. The popular local band from the 80s and 90s is back for one more show this Saturday to perform for the return of the Firemen's Ball at Armory Square. For 35 years the Firemen's Ball was held in Park Rapids but ended when the Armory flooded 14 years ago. Now, with a renovated Armory Square the Firemen's Ball returns Saturday, March 25, 7 p.m. to midnight. And so does the Foggy Creek band.
Turns out donkey basketball and St. Urho Days make for a nice fit in celebrating Finnish tradition and heritage. Spectators filled the Menahga School gymnasium Friday evening during St. Urho Days opening ceremonies where a new king and queen were crowned. Then the donkeys took the floor and drew everyone's full attention as skilled (and not-so-skilled) riders mounted the stubborn beasts for a good game of basketball.
The case of a tragic, late-night vehicle accident last year where one man died and another faced felony charges was settled last week before going to trial. Dakota Patrick Walsh, 22, of Park Rapids had faced criminal vehicular homicide and other felony charges in connection to the fatal accident last July. Three of the four felony charges in the original criminal complaint were dismissed, including criminal vehicular homicide and counts of leaving the scene and failing to notify police of the crash.
Motorized golf carts have been operating in sort of a legal gray area in recent years without clear application of a Park Rapids city ordinance and not exactly street legal. That could change soon as the city council looks to clear up that gray area and prohibit golf carts from traveling the streets.
Local educators and health professionals are getting the word out to the Park Rapids area about diabetes. Following a week of raising awareness and educating the public on type 1 and type 2 diabetes a Park Rapids Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) community walk will be held Saturday, March 25 at Century School. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the walk 9 to 11 a.m.