Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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This week’s story comes from Lori Jo Turner, about Josie. Could it be possible that my dog, Josie, thinks she is more important to my husband, Dean, than I am?...
BY Sarah smith email@example.com The business of running a llama farm is a non-profit venture, says Ken Kalish. Kalish is an active rescuer of the animals and will be getting a bundle of them next month. They are sweet, gentle animals who love human contact. In turn, Kalish loves them deeply, calling them each endearing names and scolding them if one tries to hog all the food. Kalish’s llama farm is northeast of Park Rapids. He takes llamas in that needs rescuing and is very careful – and picky – about placing them elsewhere.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org Heavy snow is falling in Hubbard County, with two inches expected today. Break out the sleds and snowmobiles. The forecast has backed off a two to five inch total, but a solid two inches would be good for recreational purposes.
BY Sarah smith email@example.com A dangerous and daring ice rescue took place Saturday night on Big Mantrap Lake. Under a sky blacker than a pocket, a man and woman were...
This editorial is an apology to the Beimdiek family. We inadvertently ran Scott Beimdiek’s Military ID on Wednesday’s front page, complete with his Social Security Number. For the majority of...
A fire Friday morning at the John Devore residence off Hubbard County Road 11 destroyed one or possibly two outbuildings. Park Rapids and Nevis firefighters struggled to get water to the fire, traveling into each town to find a water source to fill the tankers. Park Rapids Fire Chief Donn Hoffman said he did not know the source of the blaze. There was extensive damage to the building.
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org Officially it’s called MPL 4, for Minnesota Pipe Line 4, a 2008 model that owners want to ramp up significantly. Unofficially, it was compared to Enbridge’s request to build a new pipeline through Hubbard County, although MPL officials strived to differentiate the two projects. MPL 4 transports 165,000 barrels of crude oil per day down the west side of Hubbard County.
The Park Rapids Eagles Club closed at 11 p.m. Friday night for a reorganization. It is planning to close for four to eight weeks. All events set for March, including...
BY Sarah smith email@example.com A Gold Star Mother and Park Rapids resident has embarked on an unrelenting search to have her son’s military death classified as service related, not accidental...
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org Park Rapids’ newest bank will be called Northview if a sale of State Bank is approved by regulators. Other than that, not much should change, said Northview president Ron Carlson. “We’ve done this several times in the last 10 years,” he said of branch acquisitions. Northview Bank started in Finlayson in 1908 and gradually acquired other facilities to add to the family, Carlson said. In the mid-1990s the facility added Cromwell, then Floodwood, then Grand Rapids, then Deer River, then Sandstone in 2011. When Northview learned State Bank wa