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The musical duo of Frank and Fran - or Fran and Frank - has delighted northern Minnesota audiences for a quarter century. Frank Lamb and Fran Gack are such institutions throughout Hubbard, Cass and other counties, they've earned, like Cher, a one-name instant recognition from their thousands of fans. "Oh, Frank and Fran are playing," one woman noted matter-of-factly at a recent event. Cheery, upbeat and full of life, one wonders if either has a bad day. Frank Lamb Frank was born in Akeley, where he owned Frank's Grocery for 30 years. He started picking out tunes on a piano around ag
As deposits to the county landfill reach the horizon, Hubbard County board members turned their attention Wednesday to the cost of waste disposal. The deep hole at the south transfer station is full to ground level.
Firefighters in three counties were called out to battle separate grass fires amid stiff winds and bone-dry conditions. Sebeka's department was called out shortly after 1 p.m. to a large grass fire in Wadena County.
A Park Rapids man will likely spend Christmas in the slammer following a birthday party Wednesday night that deteriorated into a donnybrook in a residential neighborhood. And the outcome, despite a Hubbard County dispatcher sending officers to the wrong address, was successful as the suspect calmly walked to the Law Enforcement Center and turned himself in. Milo T.
As the economy continues its sluggish pace and unemployment stays in the double digits, dissatisfaction with the dismal state of affairs is having an impact at home. "From Thanksgiving through the New Year, it's the worst time of the year," said Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers. "And they're dangerous," Eilers added. "That Lake City officer was shot at 8 o'clock in the damned morning. You just never know." Monday morning, Lake City police officer Shawn Schneider, 32, a nine-year veteran, was critically wounded by gunfire responding to a domestic argument in that town.
A Park Rapids man has been charged with Possession of Child Pornography following an Internet investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Daniel Richard Moore, 56, is charged with downloading child pornography to his laptop computer at his Park Rapids home. The pornography was located after officers executed a search warrant Sept. 29. The charge is a felony, punishable by a maximum of five years and/or a $5,000 fine upon conviction. Moore is the second Park Rapids man to face such charges in the last month. On Dec.
Jerry Cole's tenure as Board of Adjustment chair ended with the same fireworks as it began a year ago, clashing with lake activists over variances. Monday Cole threatened to call the police if COLA representative Chuck Diessner didn't stop talking and sit down. The heated exchange took place during one of three after-the-fact violations before the variance board Monday, in which both board members and Coalition of Lake Associations activists voiced dismay at the number of lake homeowners building without the necessary permits or variance. "There should be some form of punitive damage for
Volunteers with binoculars surrounded the state park Sunday to participate in the annual bird count. Park lead naturalist Connie Cox said the warm winter and lack of snow meant many species present last year are still in Canada. We haven't seen any redpolls or pine siskins," Cox said. With so much exposed ground, birds were hard to spot in the trees. "We'll be hitting more of the trails," she said. Eighteen volunteers came to count, even searching for owls during the 24-hour count period that coincides with the nationwide Audubon bird count.
The Park Rapids Fire Department's custom-made pumper truck arrived Friday from New Prague, where it was made to specfications. It cost $379,983 and was made by Heiman Fire Equipment The two-toned truck features a three-stage pump that can spray high and low pressure foam. Chief Donn Hoffman said because the front wheels are located behind the driver, the truck steers very differently, but has a much tighter turning radius than the other trucks in the fleet. Firefighters will train on it tonight and it will be ready to go by the holiday.
A Park Rapids man faces a Disorderly Conduct charge stemming from a volatile incident Monday noon at the Park Rapids post office. Gabriel Alan Detmers, 34, apparently came into the crowded post office to complain that his grandmother's Christmas cards had not been picked up by the carrier, Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers said. He demanded to know why.