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A Hubbard County deputy was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when a fleeing suspect turned his two pit bulls on the officer after a high- speed chase. Dan May was one of numerous officers involved in the chase that started around 2:30 p.m.
A Sebeka man left a three-mile trail of scorched earth when the hay wagon he was hauling caught fire Thursday afternoon, dumping burning hay along Highway 227 between Sebeka and Nimrod. The State Patrol said Ardell Horton, 65, was westbound on the highway three miles east of Sebeka Horton noticed the blazing bales falling off the trailer around 2 p.m. The Patrol said Horton then turned around and headed east, presumably to head back home.
A Hubbard County deputy was taken to a Bemidji hospital Wednesday afternoon for injuries suffered making an arrest in a high-speed chase. Dan May was one of numerous officers involved in the chase that started around 2:30 pm.
It's the credit card conundrum. Paper or plastic? Cash, checks and credit/debit cards all have a price. In Park Rapids, it starts at about 3 percent and goes up. "It's killing us," said John Lutz, owner of Park Rapids' Ben Franklin Store. "It's the cost of doing business," said Summerhill Farm owner Eileen Reish. Lutz relays the story of the customer who parks free in front of the store, runs in and buys a $1 greeting card. If that customer throws out a debit card, Lutz has just lost 18 cents upon swiping the card, plus a percentage paid to the bank.
More than 1,700 anglers converged on Fish Hook Lake Saturday for an afternoon of suntans and sunfish. The 14th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest yielded 483 weighed fish, thousands more that never tipped the scales, and a perfect day on the ice. The haul was 197 fish more than were caught in 2011, tourney statisticians said.
Sunfish and suntans greeted anglers Saturday at the 14th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest. The lines to weigh fish on Fish Hook Lake were so long at one point, some went back to fishing because the wait there was considerably less. "I'm pulling up a bluegill every four seconds complained one angler. Temperatures in the mid 30s with plenty of sun made the fish restless. The festivities continue through the weekend at the Park Rapids American Legion with a fisherman's ball and awards presentation Saturday night and a pancake breakfast Sunday morning. Read mo
An Akeley man who testified Wednesday that he feared being shot during a drunken driving arrest last fall was acquitted on the most serious charge in connection with the incident. Elijah Lee Knowles, 26, was convicted of lesser but still serious charges in the Oct.
An Akeley man was found not guilty of one of the most serious charges in connection with the assault of a state patrol trooper last fall, but found guilty of other charges. Elijah Lee Knowles, 26, was acquitted of a First Degree Assault charge on Trooper Darcy Gagnon stemming from an altercation during an arrest Oct. 22 east of Park Rapids. His trial was held in Walker, in front of a jury of twelve. Gagnon suffered a head gash from an assault by her own Taser.
Two of three Native Mob members at large were apprehended Wednesday night without incident in northeast Minneapolis. A third suspect, Eric Lee Bower, remains out of custody and is considered armed and dangerous, the U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday. Officials had issued wanted posters Tuesday for Wakinyan Wakan McArthur, 33, of Bemidji, Christopher Lee Wuori, 24, of Cass Lake and Bower, 23, of White Earth. All three are accused of racketeering, weapons violations and drug trafficking. McArthur and Wuori were taken into custody the following night.
As more Minnesotans test shaky ice conditions on state lakes, a mass rescue training effort took place Saturday on Cass Lake. The 11th Annual Multi-Agency Winter Ice Rescue Training Exercise featured 29 agencies and 98 personnel. The purpose is to train all arms of law enforcement on water and ice rescue missions. Their skills are increasingly being called into use as more ice rescues become necessary in an unpredictable winter. At top right, Nevis firefighter Ben Roehl, one of the trainers, conducts a briefing before heading up the Cold Water Rescue Technician course.